Biden told reporters at a news conference on Monday that his priority was to get first and foremost a stimulus bill passed and secondly to begin to rebuild the economy. He plans to make a detailed announcement in this regard on Thursday.
"I had a discussion today with some folks in the House (and) in the Senate," Biden said. "Can we go a half day on dealing with the impeachment and half a day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate, as well as moving on the package?"
"So that is my hope and expectation," he said.
The president-elect added that he had not received an answer from the lawmakers yet.
Responding to a question, Biden said he was not afraid of holding inauguration outside.
"We have been getting briefed, but I think it's critically important that there be a real serious focus on holding those folks who engaged in sedition and threatened peoples'' lives, defaced public property, caused great damage that they be held accountable, Biden said. "And I think that is a view that is held by the vast majority of Democrats and Republicans in the Congress."