Top Republican leaders in the House and the Senate rejected a symbolic resolution to acknowledge Joe Biden as the president-elect, during a meeting to plan his inauguration!
According to Politico, the Democratic measure sought to notify the American people that Congress is preparing for the inauguration of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris “in coordination with health experts” as “we observe this transition of power.”
Every Republican leader present at the meeting of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)–opposed the measure. While every Democrat on the committee— Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)–voted in favor of the resolution. The resolution failed on a 3-3 vote.
After the meeting Hoyer said: “The extent to which Republicans are refusing to accept the outcome of the election and recognize Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next president and vice president is astounding.”
Republicans meanwhile, feel that Democrats were trying to pit them against Donald Trump publicly. Sen. Blunt, the chairman of the Senate committee overseeing the inauguration said, “It is not the job of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies to get ahead of the electoral process and decide who we are inaugurating. I would hope that, going forward, the members of the JCCIC would adhere to the committee’s long-standing tradition of bipartisan cooperation and focus on the task at hand.”
Read the full report on Politico.