December 15th. The website of daily Hill published a report entitled “Senate Republican Leaders Seeking to End the Election Dispute”, written by Alexander Bolton.
According to the report, the Electoral College voted for Joe Biden as the next President of the United States on Monday local time. When the U.S. Congress meets on January 6 next year to count the votes of the electoral college, the Republican leaders of the Senate hope that there will be no more chaotic debate at that time, and then vote on the legality of the election results. The full text is excerpted as follows:
Senate Republican leaders have downplayed the possibility of opposing the results of the Electoral College vote, but several House Republicans, led by Republican Rep. Mo Brooks, will continue to oppose the results of the states. If a Republican senator joins Brooks, both houses of Congress will meet separately to consider these objections.
“There will be no other outcome,” Senate Republican Whip John Thune said when asked if other Republican colleagues would oppose the voting results.
He said: “This provides people with an opportunity to vent and protest, but in the end we have a clear way to elect the next president. These initiatives are being followed and we will follow these rules.”
Asked what he would say to Republican senators who are considering supporting the protest, Thun said that it was time for the Republicans to accept the election results.
He also said, “I can’t tell them what to do. I know some people are dissatisfied with the outcome of this election, but eventually you have to face the reality at some point in time.”
He suggested: “Once the Electoral College solves this problem today, it’s time for everyone to move forward.”
According to the law, if a member of the House of Representatives and a member of the Senate sign a written objection to the results of the electoral college vote in a state, the joint meeting to count the results of the electoral college vote will be suspended, and the Senate and the two houses will meet separately to discuss and vote. Both the House of Representatives must vote on whether to veto the vote of the electoral college in a state.
Senate Republican leaders expect any objection to be firmly rejected by a bipartisan vote.
Arguing on this issue will only expose differences within the party and may anger Trump.
There is also the question of Georgia’s second round of elections for two Senate seats on January 5, which will determine which party can control the majority of the Senate. If the Democrats win both seats, they will have a majority in the Senate.
Pro-Gor-Georgia’s vote count — which state election officials confirmed Biden won after multiple counts, which showed Biden’s 12,000 votes ahead of Trump — could alienate the state’s neutral and swing voters from Republicans.
But rejecting the objections initiated by House Republicans may upset some of Trump’s most loyal supporters.
For the Republican leadership, the unfortunate silver lining is that the Senate and the House of Representatives will not hold a joint meeting to count the Electoral College votes before January 6, the day after Georgia’s second round of elections for the two Senate seats.
Sen. John Cornen, a Republican from Texas, an adviser to the Senate Republican leadership, said it would be a “mistake” if Republicans opposed the results of the Electoral College vote. He predicted that this effort would be “in vain”.
Asked about Brooks’ intention to dispute the Electoral College vote in a joint session of Congress next month, Cornen said: “I think that would be a serious mistake.”
He said, “I think one day you must realize that despite your best efforts, you have not succeeded. That’s the nature of an election, there are always winners and losers.”
Corning noted that former Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) formally objected to Ohio’s election results after the 2004 presidential election, leading to the electoral college plan. The ballot work was suspended.
But Boxer’s objection was decisively rejected by the Senate, which rejected her opinion by a vote of 74 to 1. Boxer is the only senator who voted against it.
Konen said, “I know Barbara Boxer did the same when she was a senator. I thought it was a bad idea at that time.
As a former Senate Republican whip, Konen expects any opinion opposing the result of a vote in a state electoral college to be similarly rejected.
He said: “I think the situation is similar. I think we all know who would have this idea, and I just hope they realize that it is futile and unnecessary.”
The most mentioned Republican senators who may join Brooks are Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, and Ron Johnson, a Republican senator from Wisconsin.
“We are still looking at all legal issues related to these cases and we will make decisions after studying all the legal challenges,” Paul told CNN last week.
Johnson also refused to rule out this possibility. He told reporters a week ago: “What I want to say is that it depends on what we find. I need more information.”
Brooks met with several Republican senators last week, including Republican Senator Mike Lee from Utah, to clarify his position.
Among Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Republican leaders have repeatedly said that disputes over the 2020 presidential election should be handled by the courts, while federal judges have repeatedly rejected the Trump legal team.
[Extended Reading] Foreign media: The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Republican Party’s request to overturn the presidential election results.
Reference News Network, December 12 According to the Associated Press Houston, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request from Texas to overturn the presidential election results on December 11 local time. This is the second time in a week that the court has ruled against the Republican request.
The court reportedly said that from a legal point of view, Texas has no right to challenge the election results of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The four indicted states have urged the court to reject Texas’s request, and it was supported by another 22 states and the District of Columbia.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the appeal of the Pennsylvania Republican Party on the election results on the 8th.
Reference Newsflash: The Electoral College officially confirms Biden’s victory in the U.S. election
According to the Associated Press Washington, the U.S. Electoral College gave Joe Biden a majority of votes on Monday local time, officially confirming that Democrat Biden won the U.S. election.
According to the report, this year’s electoral college vote has become more important because Trump refused to admit his defeat. After receiving 55 electoral votes from California, Biden has obtained the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election.
According to AFP Washington, Biden was confirmed as the next President of the United States on the 14th local time, and the Electoral College officially confirmed his victory over Trump.
[Extended Reading] All states in the United States have completed the certification of election results. The Electoral College meeting will be held.
According to CNN, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have certified the results of the presidential election, and the electoral college will meet on the 14th to advance the next step.
West Virginia became the last state to certify the results of its presidential election on December 9, officially announcing that Trump had won five electoral votes in the state.
According to the report, President-elect Biden is expected to receive 306 electoral votes and Trump will get 232 votes. Winning the presidential election requires 270 of the 538 electoral votes.
Trump has reportedly claimed that the election was rigged and questioned the results of the presidential election. Since the end of last month’s election, dozens of lawsuits challenging the election results have been rejected at the state and federal levels.
The report pointed out that the procedures for certification of election results vary from state to state, and presidential election results certification in some states are carried out separately from state and local election results certification.
The next procedure of the Electoral College is to convene the Electoral College Conference. According to the law, they must meet on the first Monday after the second Wednesday of December (this year is December 14). The votes of the electoral college will be handed over to the relevant officials, and then counted at a joint meeting of the two houses of Congress on January 6.
Some state laws require that electors must vote for the winning candidate, and even stipulate that so-called “distrustworthy electors” may be punished or replaced. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this summer that such laws punishing members of the Electoral College against their promises and not voting for the state’s general election winners are constitutional.
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