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Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration (GSA) formally designated President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the apparent winner of the presidential election, providing federal funds and resources to begin a transition and authorizing his advisers to begin coordinating with Trump administration officials, the New York Times reported.

The designation was made three hours after the GSA said there was no presidential transition yet, and will brief Congress about it on November 30, Andrea Shalal and David Shepardson reported for Reuters. A GSA spokeswoman said Deputy Administrator Allison Brigati would speak with the Democratic chairmen and senior Republican lawmakers on four US House of Representative committees next week, following a request by House Democrats. The Associated Press (AP) and other media outlets also reported on the latest development.

The agency will also hold a briefing for congressional staff on three US Senate panels that House staff members can attend, said the spokeswoman, Pamela Pennington. Leaders of the House Appropriations and Oversight and Reform committees and two key subcommittees on Monday rejected the plan and demanded GSA Administrator Emily Murphy brief them on Tuesday.

“Every additional day that is wasted is a day that the safety, health, and well-being of the American people is imperiled as the incoming Biden-Harris Administration is blocked from fully preparing for the coronavirus pandemic, our nation’s dire economic crisis, and our national security,” the chairs wrote. Lawmakers and business executives ratcheted up pressure on the little-known federal agency on Monday to recognize the Nov. 3 election results and free up millions of dollars in federal funds, office space and briefings for Biden’s team.

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