Republicans Block Recognition of Biden’s Inauguration

Republicans Block Recognition of Biden’s Inauguration
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The race isn’t over yet for the Republicans as members still fight for President Trump’s re-election.

On Tuesday, a motion was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The motion would have permitted the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies to accept that the upcoming inauguration would be for President-elect Joe Biden.

The motion was brought by Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer “to affirm that inaugural preparation” that would commence is for Joe Biden.

On the other hand, Republicans on the committee heavily refused.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer released a statement, “Today, at a meeting of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, some Republicans voted to reject a motion offered by House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) that the committee affirms preparing for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in coordination with the Biden Presidential Inaugural Committee.” 

The statement added that Senators McConnell and Blunt, joined by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, blocked the motion, effectively preventing JCCIC from accepting that the inauguration will be for Biden.

According to Bizpac Review, electors would meet on December 14 to cast ballots for president. However, some argued that regardless of the electors’ vote, the decision on who would actually become president and vice-president would be turned over to Congress. 

Further, President Trump’s legal team continues to contest election results while filing election fraud cases in GOP-led state legislatures. 

On Monday, Texas filed a lawsuit against four battleground states. Results in the four states were allegedly tainted because voting rules and procedures were unconstitutionally altered weeks before November 3.  

The election rules were also changed by some state executive branch officials and/or state courts – a breach that has likewise questioned the veracity of the ensued election. Only the legislatures were allowed to change the rules as provided for by the US Constitution. 

Texas State now asks the SCOTUS to order the four battleground states to disregard the results and order legislatures to nominate electors instead.