WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s former chief of staff and a senior advisor to socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders are among those who are laying the groundwork for Joe Biden’s new administration.
The Biden-Harris campaign announced their “agency review teams” on Tuesday evening which will be responsible for making sure the pair are able to “hit the ground running on Day One” but also reflect the “diversity of perspectives” for addressing the nation’s most urgent challenges.
While Biden has insisted that he is the Democratic Party and that the rowdy left flank of progressives have no power over him, included on the list are staff who work for some of Congress’s most reformist lawmakers.
As first noted by Fox News, Josh Orton, a senior advisor for Sen. Sanders [I-Vt] has been appointed to review the Department of Labor, while Anne Reid, the former chief of staff to Sen. Warren [D-Mass.] will review the Department of Health and Human Services.
Silicon Valley is also well represented.
Tom Sullivan, Amazon’s international tax director will review the Department of State on a volunteer basis, while Matt Olsen, Uber’s chief trust and security officer, will review the Intelligence Community.
Biden has vowed to forge ahead with his transition, even as President Trump refuses to concede the election and Republicans fail to recognize him as president-elect.
At a press conference in Wilmington on Tuesday, Biden said he didn’t see anything slowing him down, even as the head of the General Services Administration, a Trump appointee, is refusing to release $6.3 million in funding for the incoming Biden team.
“We’re well underway and the ability for the administration in any way by failure to recognize our win does not change the dynamic at all and what we’re able to do,” Biden said.
“I’m confident that the fact that they’re not willing to acknowledge we won at this point is not of much consequence in our planning and what we’re able to do between now and January 20th,” he went on.
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