The rejection was announced at a private meeting on Tuesday after House Majority Leader Stanley Hoyer proposed that he be preparing for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Missouri Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt House voted to block the proposal, along with Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, to effectively prevent the inaugural committee from gaining public acceptance that the upcoming inauguration would be Biden’s. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobutcher, a ranking Democrat on the rules committee, voted in favor of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Howe.
“The extent to which Republicans are refusing to accept the election results and recognizing Joe Biden and Orange Harris as our next president and vice president,” Hoare said in a statement. “The continued reverence for dissidents after President Trump’s election threatens our democracy and undermines our confidence in the electoral system … Republicans are refusing to even allow the Joint Congressional Committee on Inauguration Biden and Vice President-elect Harris Even if there is no serious dispute over this fact. ”
The vote came when Capitol Hill Republicans repeatedly refused to acknowledge that Biden would be the next president of the United States. Hower told reporters, however, he could not guess why Republicans voted against the move.
“You have to ask them, you have to ask them,” Hoare said while pressuring Republicans whether they voted against the proposal, because he recognized Biden as president-elect.
Blunt responded by criticizing that Republicans would not approve of Hoyer’s proposal to recognize Bienna as president-elect.
“It is not the job of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inauguration to take the electoral process forward and decide who we are inaugurating. The JCCIC faces the challenge of planning a safe opening ceremony during a global pandemic. I hope, going forward, Will continue and focus on the work at hand, ”Blunt said in a statement.
Democrats surprised Republicans because such a proposal is not usually accepted by the committee, but a Democratic ally told CNN that the proposal was made to keep Republicans on record as to whether Biden was elected president.
“It’s not uncommon to make such resolutions,” Blunt told CNN. Blunt said he had learned about the Democratic resolution “about eight minutes” before the meeting began.
He does not believe Biden will be elected president on Monday if he votes to make the results of the Electoral College official. He added that the next inauguration would be much smaller than usual and said “there will be tests and masking and other requirements.”
“It seems to me that we are moving towards a much smaller number than the opening in the past,” Blunt said. “I think 2 with the safety gate will be less than 10% of the conventional population of 220,000.”
This marks the latest attempt by the Democratic leadership to continue the process of moving Biden to the White House as Republicans block this process.
For weeks, Hill Republican Biden has denied winning the presidency, with several lawyers telling reporters they will wait until December 14 to officially vote for the Electoral College.
In fact, many conservative House Republicans have argued that desperate attempts to overturn Trump’s election results next week will not end. Republicans like Jim Jordan are encouraging some like Jim Jordan not to admit next Monday.
Asked if Trump should be acknowledged, Jordan said in words: “No, no way, no way, no way.”
It’s not clear whether any Senate Republicans will create a formal debate to object to their House of Representatives, although many have entertained Trump’s false claim of widespread voter fraud.
And top Senate Republicans have repeatedly signaled the end of the Dec. 14 election because they tried to give Trump a place in his legal battle and refused to recognize Biden as president-elect.
The story has been updated with additional events on Tuesday.