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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday called on President Trump and Congress to work on an emergency housing program after enhanced federal unemployment benefits and an evictions moratorium expired.

Why it matters: A large number of monthly rent and mortgage payments were due Saturday, as the new month began.

  • The $600 a week tens of millions of jobless Americans had been receiving on top of regular unemployment payments ended Friday after Congress failed to reach an agreement on extending the measure.
  • A 120-day rent moratorium for renters in federally assisted housing, introduced under the CARES Act, expired on July 25.

What he's saying: Biden noted these expirations in a Medium post in which he blamed President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for sending the Senate home for the weekend:

"Because Donald Trump is abdicating his responsibility to lead us out of the pandemic crisis and the economic crisis, we now face a potential housing crisis across the country.
To prevent a catastrophic rise in evictions and homelessness, President Trump must work with Congress to act swiftly and enact a broad emergency housing support program for renters, just as we would in the aftermath of a natural disaster."

Of note: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Saturday morning in an attempt to break the congressional deadlock over the next stimulus bill.

  • Both Mnuchin and Schumer said at separate briefings after the meeting that the talks had been "productive."
  • Axios has contacted the White House and McConnell's office for comment on Biden's post.

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Ben Carson tests positive for coronavirus

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson tested positive for COVID-19, ABC News first reported on Monday.

Why it matters: Carson is the latest in a string of White House officials to contract the virus — days after Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also tested positive. Like Meadows, Carson attended the White House’s largely mask-free election night party last week alongside a group of other top officials in President Trump's Cabinet.

Ro Khanna urges Pelosi to retake Trump's pre-election COVID deal

In an "Axios on HBO" interview, California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna continued to urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take the $1.8 trillion coronavirus relief deal that the Trump administration offered — and Pelosi rejected — before the election.

Driving the news: Asked if he thinks Pelosi ought to take the deal now, Khanna replied, "If we get $1.8 trillion? I think we would definitely want to make the deal. And it's gonna be catastrophic if we don't."

New Biden-Harris transition website lists plans for 4 key issues

President-elect Joe Biden has released his new presidential transition website, where he outlined his plans to address four main issues: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change.

Why it matters: Even as President Trump continues to contest the election and push unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud, the Biden team is moving forward as it faces a historic set of challenges.