Republicans responsible for organizing the 2021 inauguration ceremony have refused to officially recognize they are planning the event for President-elect Joe Biden.
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which is made up of lawmakers from both the House of Representatives and the Senate, rejected a motion on Tuesday that essentially recognized Biden as the winner of the 2020 election.
The motion was put forward by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) during a meeting about the ceremony. The resolution failed to pass in a 3-to-3 vote, with all three Republicans on the committee voting against it.
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
.@LeaderHoyer tells reporters the congressional inaugural committee (also includes Pelosi, McConnell, Blunt, McCarthy and Klobuchar) did not approve a motion acknowledging Biden’s victory.
All three Republicans voted against the measure, per Hoyer.
— Ben Siegel (@benyc) December 8, 2020
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