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Republicans on a joint congressional committee that helps prepare for inaugurations refused to go along with a resolution naming Democrat Joe Biden as president-elect, thereby effectively blocking it.

“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.

The committee is made up 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 (MO.).

All three GOP members refused to approve the resolution, resulting in a 3-3 tie.

“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,” CNN’s senior congressional correspondent added.

The committee has existed since 1901, in accordance with the 20th Amendment. It 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,” says its website.

Hoyer blasted the three Republicans, claiming their refusal to recognize Biden as president-elect “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 to 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.

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Electors have yet to meet — that happens Dec. 14 — to cast their ballots for president. Also, some have argued that despite electors’ certification, the decision on who actually becomes president and vice president could still be contested and then decided in Congress.

In addition, the Trump campaign’s legal team is continuing to contest results while they also make their election fraud case to GOP-led state legislatures.

Finally, on Monday Texas filed suit against four battleground states alleging their result are tainted because balloting rules and procedures were unconstitutionally altered in the weeks before the Nov. 3 election.

Rules were changed by state executive branch officials and/or state courts, not by the legislatures themselves, as provided for by the U.S. Constitution.

Texas is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to order those states to toss out the results and order legislatures to name electors instead.

Jon Dougherty

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