Republicans have blocked a resolution that names Democratic candidate Joe Biden as the president-elect.
A joint congressional committee that helps prepare for inaugurations is refusing to accept the resolution.
“The Inaugural Committee fails to pass simple resolution essentially acknowledging Biden as president-elect after all Republicans opposed,” Politico correspondent Heather Caygle reported via Twitter. “The resolution was very basic, per folks with knowledge. It would’ve notified American people that Congress is preparing for inauguration of Biden and Harris ‘in coordination with health experts’ as ‘we observe this transition of power,’” she added.
NEW: The Inaugural Committee fails to pass simple resolution essentially acknowledging Biden as president-elect after all Republicans opposed.
Hoyer offered the resolution, which failed 3-3. Other committee members are Pelosi, McConnell, McCarthy, Blunt and Klobuchar
— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) December 8, 2020
The committee consists of three Democrats—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.), and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.)—and three Republicans, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), and Sen. Roy Blunt (Miss.).
“Top Rs—McConnell, McCarthy, and Blunt—effectively rejected recognizing Biden as president-elect by voting against a resolution offered by Hoyer that said the congressional inaugural committee was preparing for the inauguration of President-elect Biden and VP-elect Harris,” said CNN’s senior congressional correspondent, reported BizPacReview.
Top Rs – McConnell, McCarthy and Blunt – effectively rejected recognizing Biden as president-elect by voting against a resolution offered by Hoyer that said the congressional inaugural committee was preparing for the inauguration of President-elect Biden and VP-elect Harris.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 8, 2020
According to its website, the committee, which was established in 1901, is “responsible for the planning and execution of the Inaugural Ceremonies of the President-elect and Vice President-elect of the United States at the Capitol.”
Hoyer claims by refusing to acknowledge Biden as president-elect, it “threatens democracy.”
“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,” he said in a statement posted on his website.
“Their continued deference to President Trump’s post-election temper tantrums threatens our democracy and undermines faith in our system of elections,” he continued.
“Today is the safe-harbor deadline, and states have now certified their results, confirming that Joe Biden will be the forty-sixth President of the United States and Kamala Harris will be the first woman and first Black and South Asian American to serve as Vice President. It is imperative that JCCIC proceed with plans for their inauguration and coordinate with the Biden Presidential Inaugural Committee,” he added.
Blunt defended their decision, and said in a statement, “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.”
He continued that the panel is “facing the challenge of planning safe Inaugural Ceremonies during a global pandemic” and should “focus on the task at hand.”