GOP lawmakers block resolution identifying Biden as ‘president-elect’

Although President Donald Trump’s re-election chances appear to dwindle by the day, a number of GOP lawmakers are nevertheless taking a symbolic stand against what seems destined to be the incoming administration of Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

As the Washington Times reported, Republican members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies signaled their resistance to recognizing Biden as the formal winner of last month’s election, blocking a resolution that would have achieved exactly that. 

“Ahead of the electoral process”

The resolution came as Trump’s legal team and allies insist that alleged voter fraud and election irregularities resulted in a race that was effectively stolen from the incumbent.

Of course, the rebuffed resolution was largely symbolic, as is the decision of many Republican legislators to refuse media requests to call Biden “president-elect.”

If the JCCIC had approved the resolution, the former vice president would have been formally recognized as such ahead of next month’s inauguration.

Several notable figures within the GOP took part in snubbing the resolution, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), who serves as co-chair of the committee.

Blunt was reportedly adamant that the committee refrains from awarding titles while the president’s election-related challenges were ongoing, asserting: “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.”

“Refusing to accept the outcome”

The GOP lawmakers also apparently felt the resolution was intended to stir up controversy by pitting them against Trump’s supporters, many of whom have also refused to identify Biden as the president-elect.

Democrats on the committee were not pleased with the failure to pass the resolution, accusing their Republican counterparts of refusing to accept the results of the election.

“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,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

The committee’s vote came on the so-called “safe harbor” date, or the deadline by which states were to have resolved any outstanding challenges over the election results.

While the Republicans’ move likely played well in pro-Trump America, Hoyer expressed the belief that their “continued deference to President Trump’s post-election temper tantrums threatens our democracy and undermines faith in our system of election.”

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