Republicans on the committee in charge of the inauguration blocked a resolution to say that Joe Biden had won the election.
Democrat House Majority Leader: Refusal To Accept Election Results Is “Astounding”
The Joint Congressional Committee on the Inaugural Ceremonies currently consists of three Republicans and three Democrats in important congressional positions, and they are in charge of running and organizing next month’s presidential inauguration.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat, introduced a resolution to confirm that the committee was planning the inauguration of former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). It was supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
However, the Republicans on the inauguration commitee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senator Roy Blunt, voted against, and therefore blocked the resolution by three votes to three, saying that neither Trump nor Biden had won the election yet.
“The extent to which Republicans are refusing to accept the outcome of the election and recognize Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next president and vice president is astounding,” Hoyer said in a statement.
“Their continued deference to President Trump’s postelection temper tantrums threatens our democracy and undermines faith in our system of elections,” Hoyer continued, noting that the “safe harbor” deadline of December 8th for states to certify their results had passed.
“It is imperative that JCCIC proceed with plans for their inauguration and coordinate with the Biden Presidential Inaugural Committee,” he concluded.
Republicans Not Standing Up For Trump In Ways That Matter
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While it may be good to see Republicans in Congress grand-standing on small issues relating to the election, they are not backing President Trump’s agenda in serious areas of policy following the election.
Republican Senator Mike Lee’s bill to ensure green cards for more foreign tech workers was easily passed in the Senate, without many objections, despite it allowing foreign nationals to further deprive Americans of high-paying jobs.
Here’s what happens next:
– The bill Lee passed today is an amended version of what the House passed. So it has to go back to the House.
– McConnell & Pelosi have to setup a special conference committee with members from both House & Senate to come to an agreement.
— U.S. Tech Workers (@USTechWorkers) December 3, 2020
Only a small number of Republicans in the House stood by President Trump on his recent demand to include an end to Big Tech immunities in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. The President has threatened to veto the bill as a result.
I hope House Republicans will vote against the very weak National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which I will VETO. Must include a termination of Section 230 (for National Security purposes), preserve our National Monuments, & allow for 5G & troop reductions in foreign lands!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2020