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Biden, New Congress Should Focus on Working Families

Bipartisan Policy Center President Jason Grumet today released the following statement regarding the general election results:

“BPC congratulates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their apparent victories in this year’s election. We also commend the U.S. senators, representatives, and local leaders who have stood for office and earned the right to serve. Finally, we praise and thank the election workers and administrators who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the voting process was free, fair, and safe despite unprecedented challenges.

“While a few races remain unresolved, one conclusion is certain: Neither party has a political mandate to govern absent collaboration. A closely divided Congress will be sworn in on January 3, 2021, and immediately be confronted by a continuing pandemic, economic instability, joblessness, increased homelessness, hunger, and racial tensions. This crisis environment demands that our leaders move quickly from campaigns that exaggerate differences to policy solutions that are anchored in evidence and principled compromise.

“BPC will present a bipartisan agenda to address the needs of America’s working families at our Solutions Summit next month. We believe Congress and the Biden administration should focus their initial work on programs that support families and create economic opportunity for all Americans. With early bipartisan achievements, Congress and the Biden administration can provide critical aid to suffering communities and begin to restore public trust in their ability to govern a divided nation.”