Washington: Joint session of Congress to certify Electoral College continues as objection to Pennsylvania results fails in the Senate.
The breach by a pro-Trump mob at the US Capitol on Wednesday forced members of the House and Senate to suspend a joint session of Congress to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Congressional leaders have since resumed the electoral vote count.
– The Senate votes 92-7 against the objection to Pennsylvania’s Electoral College results
– The Senate and House of Representatives voted to reject a challenge to President-elect Biden’s victory in Arizona
– Debate was suspended earlier on Wednesday and both chambers were evacuated following a breach by a pro-Trump mob
– Before the breach, Senate leader Mitch McConnell said that overturning the 2020 presidential election result would “damage our republic forever”
DC mayor extends public emergency to 15 days:
Earlier, DC mayor extends public emergency to 15 days after four people dead amid violence at the Capitol.
Local authorities announced that four people died after a mob of Trump supporters entered the Capitol building and engaged with riot police on Wednesday afternoon as Congress held a joint session to count the 2020 Electoral College votes.
Both chambers of Congress recessed debate after the mob forced a lockdown at the Capitol and the evacuation of lawmakers and VP Mike Pence. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the city will be under a state of public emergency lasting until January 21.
– A pro-Trump mob breached the US Capitol building on Wednesday afternoon, leading to clashes with law enforcement and halting Senate proceedings as Congress voted to certify Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden
– One person was fatally shot and three others died from medical emergencies
– Trump recorded a message calling for peace and said protesters were “very special”
– National Guard members were deployed to DC
– Mayor Muriel Bowser extended a public emergency to 15 days