During a virtual call with governors Wednesday evening, President-elect Joe Biden spoke to the bipartisan group about tackling the pandemic, reiterating his plans for the first 100 days that include mandating mask-wearing on federal lands and reopening schools.
"Also I'm going to ask — and I know it's going to be controversial for some of you — but I'm going to ask that we're going to be able to open schools at the end of a hundred days," he said. "That's going to take a lot of money but we know how to do it. If we have the money and the funding. We do everything from ventilation to more teachers, smaller class sizes, a whole range of things.”
Biden emphasized that he intends to work with the governors on every aspect of beating the pandemic in the nation.
“We're here to be your partner, and to listen,” Biden said, according to pool reports.
According to pool reports, Biden said he wants to work with governors on the “Herculean task” of “delivering safe, equitable and free vaccinations.”
“It's going to take the federal government, and working with you guys to decide what the best way to do it. It's going to require us to be clear with the American people about what to expect through this massive public education campaign,” and taking steps to reach underserved communities.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who spoke first, told the governors that her "door will always be open" to them as they work to confront the pandemic, adding a frequently used line that the American people in need of help don't care if they are Democrats or Republicans.