Washington – New session of Congress last (always local)
The 117th U.S. Congress begins as the House and Senate promise to swear in new members.
As per the requirements of the constitution, both the chambers are holding a rare Sunday session to open the new Congress on January 3. All members of the House and about one-third of the Senate will be sworn in.
Democrat Nancy Pelosi decided to re-elect her party as House Speaker, which retained a majority in the House but the shortest gap in 20 years.
Senate control remains in question until Tuesday’s run-off for Georgia’s two Senate seats. The result will determine which party holds in the chamber
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to say much about the efforts of growing Republican senators to overturn the presidential election.
“We’ll be working on everything by Wednesday,” McConnell told a reporter in the capital on Sunday.
The Republican leader was referring to a joint session of Congress this week that Joe Biden was elected the winner in 306-232, defeating President Donald Trump to confirm the list of electoral colleges.
McConnell has personally urged Republicans not to object to the election results. He says it will force Republicans to choose between Trump’s demands and the will of voters.
A dozen Republican senators and more Republicans in the House are planning to protest on Wednesday.
Sen. Ted Cruz said Congress has an obligation to ensure the legitimacy of the presidential election, explaining why he and some Republican colleagues would object if Congress sat down this week to prove the veracity of the electoral college vote.
He told Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that the aim was to “restore Americans’ confidence in our electoral system.”
Numerous federal and state officials said the election was conducted fairly and without any evidence of fraud on such a large scale that the result could have changed.
Democratic President-elect Joe Biden defeated Republican President Donald Trump in the Electoral College by nearly 7 million popular votes and 306-232 votes.
Trump has refused to acknowledge his losses and continues to falsely claim the election was “stolen.”
Groups of House and Senate Republicans plan to vote against certain state selectors on Wednesday, but that will not stop Biden from taking the presidency on Jan. 20 at noon.
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– More GOP lawmakers sign Trump’s bid to bring back Biden’s victory
– Explainer: While Georgia waits, Republicans still have control of the Senate
– In the Senate race, GOP as well as Biden made Georgia’s muscles flexible.
– A memorial has been held for the elected Congressmen who signed the Kavid-19 agreement
– Senate race puts ‘Black American Church’ in the spotlight
What’s going on:
11:15 in the morning
Republican Sen. Josh Howley is leaning towards GOP colleagues who are critical of his efforts to turn back the presidential election elected by Joe Biden.
In a lengthy email, the Missouri Republican defended his argument for challenging President Donald Trump’s defeat. He and other Republicans plan to raise objections to the results when Congress convenes a joint session Wednesday to confirm the list of electoral colleges.
Howley especially defended himself against the criticism of GOP Sen. Pat Tommy of Pennsylvania when he challenged the results of this state election.
Howley, an ally of Trump and a potential 2024 presidential candidate, insisted that the elements of returning home were “loud and clear” that they believed Biden’s victory against Trump was unfair.
Hawley wrote late Saturday night, “As senators, it is my responsibility to raise their concerns.
Sen. Ron Johnson insists that the extraordinary efforts of congressional Republicans to challenge Joe Biden’s presidential victory are not intended to thwart the democratic process, but to “defend it.”
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press”, the Wisconsin senator hinted at a “volatile situation” where he claimed that many people in the country do not accept elections as legitimate. He argued that the results needed more transparency to “restore confidence” that the states and electoral colleges have certified.
A group of 11 senators led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said they would reject the results of the Electoral College during a joint session on Wednesday unless a commission is appointed to conduct a 10-day audit of the vote. They are zeroing in on states where presidents have raised the established claim of Donald Trump voter fraud.
Johnson is not giving new evidence of the voting problem. And he admits that Trump’s former attorney general, William Barr, found no evidence of large-scale election fraud. Trump’s legal team has repeatedly dismissed multiple lawsuits filed, with the Supreme Court and Trump-appointed judges who ruled on the cases lacking evidence.
While Johnson insisted that “millions of people” believed the presidential election had been “stolen,” NBC’s Chuck Todd suggested that Johnson “look in the mirror”. Todd Johnson has cut off unsupported claims.
Todd told Johnson: “You didn’t prove these allegations to be true.”
8 o’clock in the morning
The new congressional session will begin on Sunday at a turbulent time in American history.
A growing number of Republicans are working to reverse Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump, and the severity of the coronavirus infection is limiting the capital.
Nancy Pelosi, a fellow Democrat, will be elected House Speaker, who retained the House majority but the shortest margin in 20 years.
The opening of the Senate could be among the final tasks of Mitch McConnell as majority leader. Republican control relies on Tuesday’s run-off for Georgia’s two Senate seats.
It is often said that a divided government may be the time for a legal compromise, but lawmakers in the 117th Congress are becoming more fragmented with the nation than ever before, even debating other fundamental issues, including Biden’s election victory.
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