Congressional Republicans Reject Resolution Naming Biden President-Elect

Congressional Republicans Reject Resolution Naming Biden President-Elect

( – Congressional Democrats appear desperate to force Republicans to acknowledge that Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden is the President-elect. To date, Biden is not the President-elect. President Trump is contesting the election, and the Electoral College has not met yet to formally cast votes for President.

Contrary to some who believe otherwise, the popular vote is not the final arbiter of a presidential election. A majority of “electors” in the Electoral College makes this decision as established by the United States Constitution. On Monday, December 14, the electors will meet to cast their votes for president. At that point, the country will have a president-elect.

Why a Resolution?

On Tuesday, December 8, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies met behind closed doors to vote on a resolution acknowledging Biden as the president-elect. Three Democrats and three Republicans make up the committee. Democrats on the committee include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Representing Republicans were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

It seems Democrats on the committee are getting way ahead of themselves and putting the cart before the horse, desperate to get Republicans to concede and leverage it against President Trump. The president and Republicans in several states contest the election and hope for a case to come before the Supreme Court soon that could overturn the results.

If Republicans were to agree to the proposed resolution, it would end the unified front in the Republican Party. More importantly, it could interfere with the cases before the courts. Should judges or Supreme Court justices feel the Republican Party has already acknowledged Biden as the winner, it could potentially impact the legal claims.

Hoyer Exposes the Meeting and Failure of the Resolution

On Tuesday, Hoyer released a statement blaming Republicans for not acknowledging Biden’s alleged victory or planning for his upcoming inauguration.

However, in a separate statement by Sen. Blount, he refuted Hoyer’s claims. He said it’s not the job of the committee to get ahead of the electoral process. In essence, he argued it’s not the committee who determines wins or losses, which he suggests the committee is attempting to do. Instead, it’s the job of the Electoral College.

Blount attempted to remind the committee and inform the public how vital bipartisan cooperation and focus on the inauguration preparations are to their success. It was the senator’s way of suggesting that Democrats should avoid politicizing the inauguration.

Senate Republicans appear to be on the same page. Much like the inauguration committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said his committee would not discuss Biden Cabinet nominees until after the Electoral College meets.

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