Nov 23, 2020
President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris hosted a video conference call with members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors today to discuss how city and federal leaders can work together as one country to beat COVID-19. Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Chair of the Conference’s Transportation and Communications Committee, participated in the call.
President-elect Biden pledged to rise above politics and work with the bipartisan group of mayors as partners on critical issues facing the country and individual states, especially the ongoing response to COVID-19 and the related economic crisis.
“I’m greatly appreciative of the president-elect and vice president-elect taking the time to engage with mayors on what we’ve experienced during this pandemic, and how a coordinated national response will make the impact we need it to make on controlling the spread of this virus. Having an Administration that will be a partner to cities, instead of an adversary, will benefit every American.”
The president-elect and vice president-elect acknowledged that mayors are on the front lines of dealing with COVID and the economic recovery – and made clear their intention to improve coordination with cities and other local and state governments to ensure effective, bipartisan action. They discussed the critical ways the federal government can work together with Denver and other governments to beat COVID, including expanding testing; preparing for the distribution of vaccines; shoring up shortages on supplies and equipment; making sure schools can open safely; and securing economic relief for individuals, businesses, cities and states.
The mayors and president-elect and vice president-elect also discussed how the federal government and cities can work together to address income inequality, climate change, and systemic racism, and to improve the infrastructure of American cities. The bipartisan group who participated on the call included more than 60 mayors in total, including members of the executive leadership team of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.