Although there were at least 5 Democratic Senators attending the joint session, none of them would join a House Democrats in objecting to certification of the Electoral College results.
As The Washington Post reported several House Democrats tried to object to the results but were ruled out of order because by rule their objections had to be joined by a Senator, “Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) raised the first objection Friday after the joint meeting was gaveled to order. They were among several House Democrats who considered lodging objections on grounds of “voter suppression” or apparent Russian interference in the campaign. But they were hampered by the fact that federal law demands that any objection be sponsored by both a House member and a senator.”
Politico’s Connor O’Brien observed that there were at least 5 Democratic Senators in attendance at the joint session, but none of them would sign on and formally object to the Electoral College results:
FWIW there are at least five Democratic senators present for counting the electoral votes and none will sign a formal objection.
— Connor O'Brien (@connorobrienNH) January 6, 2017
A Senate Democrat could have stood up and joined with the House members to object, but they chose to stay silent. As Vice President Biden told the objectors, “It’s over.” It appears that Senate Democrats have moved on from the election results and are focusing their efforts on blocking Trump’s agenda.
Many Democratic voters won’t be happy to hear it, but the Democratic Party looks to be moving on from questions about the validity of the 2016 election.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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