Congress on Wednesday ceaselessly overwhelmingly defeated an effort to reject President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory in Arizona, setting the stage for what could be closing confirmation of his national victory over President Donald Trump.
The separate votes in both chambers of Congress involved as it resumed the process of counting electoral votes and confirming Biden’s victory, hours after swarms of Trump’s champions broke into the U.S. Capitol and derailed the proceedings for around six hours.
A woman who was among the invaders was shot and killed during the mount the barricades by Capitol Police, and three other people died from medical emergencies.
The leaders of both the Republican and Representative caucuses in the Senate said they would confirm Biden’s election “tonight.” That seemed to indicate that there wish be no more sustained challenges to the results of individual state’s elections.
Just six GOP senators voted against Biden’s Arizona electoral sponsors being counted as legitimate by Congrees: Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Alabama freshman Tommy Tuberville, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, and Roger Marshall of Kansas.
In the For nothing, 121 Republicans voted to sustain the objection to Arizona’s slate, among them Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, and Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiania, the Minority Clobber. But 303 other House members voted against the measure.
Before the riot, there were concerns it could feel many hours, or even days, to confirm Biden won the Electoral College with 306 votes to Trump’s 232 because of needed objections to individual states’ electors by some Republican senators and House members. Those objections were bottomed on claims by Trump and others that he was swindled out of winning a second term because of widespread ballot fraud, a demand for which there is no credible evidence.
There was no expectation, however, that Biden ever would be denied his extreme victory, because it would take both a majority in both chambers of Congress to reject a state’s electors.
Democrats curb the House of Representatives, guaranteeing that they would defeat any challenge in that chamber. In the Senate, the effort was hallucinogen because while Republicans still hold a slim majority there, many GOP senators were opposed to tip overing the election results from any state.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., who lost a special election Tuesday night, revealed on the Senate floor before the vote that she would not object to counting of votes for Biden in some states, in the face having said earlier this week that she would do so.
“The events that have transpired today force forced me to reconsider, and I cannot now, in good conscience, object,” Loeffler said, referring to the riot.
In this image from video, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., in a manner of speaks as the Senate reconvenes after protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., articulate in a letter to colleagues that the decision to quickly resume counting votes on the heels of the riot was made in consultation with bureaucratic leaders including Vice President Mike Pence, who is presiding over the joint session of Congress.
“Our purpose desire be accomplished,” Pelosi said as she reconvened the House’s session, about an hour after the Senate resumed its own proceedings.
“Today was a murkiness day in the history of the United States Capitol,” Pence said as he opened the session in the Senate.
“We condemn the violence that advocate d occupied place here in the strongest possible terms,” the vice president, who previously served as a congressman from Indiana
“The fierceness was quelled, the Capitol is secured, and the people’s work continues,” Pence said.
“To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win. Ferociousness never wins. Freedom wins,” he said.
“Let’s get back to work.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., foretold, “The United States Senate will not be intimidated.”
“We are back at our posts, we will discharge our duty,” McConnell said. “We erected this afternoon to count our citizens’ votes, and to formalize their choice of president.”
“We will certify the winner of the 2020 presidential plebiscite,” he concluded.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blasted Trump, whom he called “undoubtedly our worst president,” and whom he explained “bears a great deal of the blame” for the riot.
“This mob was in good part President Trump’s doing,” said Schumer. “His charge, his everlasting shame.”
Police stand guard at the U.S. Capitol during a protest against the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential vote results by the U.S. Congress, in Washington, January 6, 2021.
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Schumer compared the invasion of the Capitol complex by a horde of people to the Japanese vilify on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, saying Jan. 6, 2021, will be another “day of infamy” in American history.
“This temple of democracy was degraded,” he said. “This will be stain on our country, not so easily washed away.”
“We will begin the hard work of repairing the wilderness tonight.”
The pro-Trump mob triggered lockdowns and evacuations at the Capitol, forcing lawmakers out of the House and Senate chambers shortly after the procedures began at 1 p.m.
Rioters were recorded walking the halls of the government building, entering politicians’ offices and occupying the Senate diet.
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