The General Services Administration is refusing to turn over nearly $10 million in federal dollars to the Biden camp to begin the transition between administrations, saying the funding won’t be given until it “ascertains the apparent successful candidate once a winner is clear based on the process laid out in the Constitution.”
Which, to those who errantly believe it’s up to cable news outlets to call a presidential race, is very upsetting.
“An ascertainment has not yet been made. GSA and its administrator will continue to abide by, and fulfill, all requirements under the law,” GSA spokeswoman Pamela Pennington said in a statement, reiterating that “the GSA administrator does not pick the winner in the presidential election.”
Pennington added that the GSA is providing the Biden team with whatever aid is currently allowed under the law, but won't hand over any resources that can only be given once an official winner is declared.
“The administrator’s ascertainment is done for the purposes of making services provided by the PTA available. Until an ascertainment is made, the statute allows for the Biden Transition Team to continue to receive the preelect services from the government (e.g., limited office space, computers, background investigations for security clearances). GSA has met all statutory requirements under the PTA for this election cycle and will continue to do so.”
Back in February, Congress had allocated $9.9 million in federal funding to help with a potential transition between administrations.
But contrary to what many in our woefully uneducated American society believe, it’s not up to CNN, Fox News, Hollywood celebrities or Twitter to determine who won a presidential race. It’s up to Congress and the Electoral College – neither of which have made an official determination on the winner of the 2020 election, which is now tied up in litigation across several key battleground states as the Trump administration has made multiple claims of potential voter fraud and ballot count manipulation.