Joint Statement: Ted Cruz & 10 Other Senators to Reject Electors on January 6

Senator Ted Cruz released a Joint Statement which asserts that he and 10 other senators intend to vote to reject disputed electors on January 6.

Joint Statement: Ted Cruz & 10 Other Senators to Reject Electors on January 6

Senator Ted Cruz released a Joint Statement which asserts that he and 10 other senators intend to vote to reject disputed electors on January 6.

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Senators-Elect Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) issued a statement in advance of the Electoral College certification process on January 6, 2021.

The statement, in part reads:

“Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states. Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.”

“We intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed.”

“These are matters worthy of the Congress, and entrusted to us to defend. We do not take this action lightly. We are acting not to thwart the democratic process, but rather to protect it. And every one of us should act together to ensure that the election was lawfully conducted under the Constitution and to do everything we can to restore faith in our Democracy.”

The joint effort bolsters the effort made by Senator Josh Hawley, who said last week he would object to what he claims was the failure of the disputed states to follow their own election laws.

House Republicans have said that at least 140 GOP lawmakers plan to contest the results.

The move will force lawmakers in both the House and Senate to vote on whether to accept the results of votes cast in the Electoral College.

While the number of Republican lawmakers who plan to challenge the results is rapidly increasing, they have been met with some opposition.

Most notably, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has derided the decision while saying that his vote to certify a Joe Biden victory in the 2020 election will be “the most consequential I have ever cast,” according to a report by Axios.

McConnell has been publicly urging other senators not to participate in the objection. Earlier this month, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that McConnell privately warned Republican senators to not dispute the Electoral College tally when Congress convenes to confirm the results on January 6.

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