Republicans on the inauguration committee blocked a resolution that said Joe Biden had won the election.
Democratic House Majority Leader: Refusal to Accept Election Results Is "Astounding"
The joint congressional committee for the opening ceremonies currently consists of three Republicans and three Democrats in key congressional positions. You will be responsible for directing and organizing the President's inauguration next month.
House Democratic chairman Steny Hoyer tabled a resolution confirming the committee's plans to inaugurate former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). It was endorsed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
Republicans on the Inauguration Committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Chairman Kevin McCarthy, and Senator Roy Blunt voted against and blocked the resolution by three votes to three. They said neither Trump nor Biden had won the election yet.
"The extent to which Republicans refuse to accept the election result and recognize Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next presidents and vice-presidents is amazing," Hoyer said in a statement.
"Your continued respect for President Trump's post-election tantrums threatens our democracy and undermines trust in our electoral system," continued Hoyer, noting that the December 8th "safe haven" deadline for states to confirm their results was up was.
"It is imperative that JCCIC continue to plan for its inauguration and coordinate with the President von Biden's inaugural committee," he concluded.
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Republicans who don't stand up for Trump in many ways
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While it may be good to see Republicans in Congress on minor election-related issues, they do not support President Trump's agenda in serious post-election policy areas.
Republican Senator Mike Lee's bill to secure green cards for more foreign technicians passed smoothly in the Senate without much objection, despite allowing foreigners to continue depriving Americans of high-paying jobs.
Here's what happens next:
– The law Lee passed today is a modified version of what the House passed. So it has to go back inside.
– McConnell & Pelosi must set up a special conference committee with House and Senate members to reach an agreement.
– US Tech Workers (@USTechWorkers) December 3, 2020
Only a small number of Republicans in the House of Representatives were available to President Trump in his recent call for an end to big tech immunity to be included in this year's National Defense Authorization Act. The President then threatened to veto the bill.
I hope the Republicans in the House will vote against the very weak National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that I will VETO. Must include termination of Section 230 (for national security purposes), preserve our national monuments, and enable 5G and troop reductions in foreign countries!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2020
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