24 November 2020 16:42
Emily Murphy was right to hold off until yesterday to sign off on the release of federal funds for Joe Biden's transition team. Now the president-elect and his crew can get travel, equipment, staff training and other costs covered until Inauguration Day. We can't ascertain Murphy's thought process, but I'm guessing the certifications of vote counts in legally contested states, culminating in Michigan, sparked a signal from the White House to go ahead. President Donald Trump is a realist, and you can't float a debenture to cover a vote deficit. Those disagreeing with Trump's controversial assertions of vote count fraud correctly called for evidence. Those issuing ad hominem attacks on Murphy, asserting she was doing political dirty work on behalf of the White House are equally required to produce proof.
In the 2000 election, the then-administrator of the GSA, David Barram, told Congress on Dec. 4 that he could not ascertain the election results, but instead would make transition resources available to both George W. Barram wrote, "While the Act gives no explicit criteria or deadlines for making this ascertainment, as the legislative history demonstrates, Congress made it perfectly clear that if there is 'any question' of who the winner is 'in a close contest' this determination should not be made." It would be made a week later by the Supreme Court, closer to Christmas than to Thanksgiving. Watching the chorus of media excoriation of Murphy, and its amplification on social media, one might have thought the chief of the General Services Administration has ultimate Constitutional power to decide the fate of the nation. But as Murphy stated in her letter to Biden, "As you know, the GSA Administrator does not pick or certify the winner of a presidential election. Instead, the GSA Administrator's role under the Act is extremely narrow: To make resources and services available in connection with a presidential transition." Biden deserves an orderly transition and is entitled to the resources Congress makes available to him.
receive threats online, by phone, and by mail directed at my safety, my family, my staff, and even my pets in an effort to coerce me into making this determination prematurely. Emily Murphy Administrator GSA The General Services Administration has informed President-elect Joe Biden through a letter that GSA will now make federal resources and services available to help facilitate the presidential transition, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy said in an ascertainment letter, obtained by WSJ, the agency will provide $6.3M in government funds to help the Biden transition team implement the provisions of the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 and make available $1M in additional funds to provide a transition directory and appointee orientation sessions. "As stated, because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results, I have determined that you may access the post-election resources and services described in Section 3 of the Act upon request," wrote Murphy, a three-time Wash100 Award winner. Michigan on Monday officially certified its election results.