On Tuesday, top Republican congressional leaders rejected a proposal that would have recognized the groundbreaking ceremony on January 20 would lead Joe Biden to the presidency while President Trump still refused to waive the election.
The three Republicans on the committee – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate No. 3 Republican Roy Blunt, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – are in a deadlock with the three Democrats: Hoyer, Speaker from the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Amy Klobuchar.
By blocking the proposal, Hoyer’s statement continued, Republicans “are effectively preventing the Interagency Coordination Committee (JCCIC) from publicly accepting that the next nominations will be President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris.”
The resolution text suggests that the public be aware that the committee is working “in coordination with Biden’s inaugural presidential committee and public health experts” because we are “witnessing this transfer of power.”
“It is not the job of [JCCIC] to move forward with the electoral process and decide who we will open,” Blunt said in a statement, calling on committee members to “adhere to the established traditions of bipartisan cooperation. Focus on the task at hand.”
“The extent of the Republicans’ refusal to accept the election result is staggering, “Hoyer said. “Their continued respect for President Trump’s bombings after the election threatens our democracy and undermines confidence in our electoral system.”
Most Republicans in Congress remained silent about the election results or publicly voiced their support for Trump’s legal efforts and unfounded allegations of fraud, with only some acknowledging Biden’s victory. Few officials in the Trump administration, such as NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison and Chief of Civil Service Emily Murphy, have also recognized him as the elected president.
In response to an article in the Washington Post about Republicans in Congress who allegedly recognized Biden’s victory, Trump wrote on Twitter, expressing his willingness to take revenge on the Republicans who broke away from him. He even called initial protests against some Republican officials who were perceived as disloyal in the election.