The congressional joint session to count electoral votes is generally a routine, ceremonious affair. But President Donald Trump’s repeated claims of victory will bring more attention than usual to next Wednesday’s joint session of the Senate and the House.
The congressional count is the final step in affirming a win for Biden, after the Electoral College officially elected him on December 14. The meeting is required by the Constitution and includes several distinct steps.
Some Republicans have said they will officially object to the results, forcing votes in the Republican-run Senate and the Democratic-controlled House that will likely fail. A group of House Republicans had been looking for a senator to sign on because there must be support from at least one member of each chamber to force the votes.
That support came on Wednesday from Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, a possible contender in the 2024 GOP presidential primary.
Hawley’s challenge comes despite a plea from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that Republican senators not join the House effort. McConnell told his caucus on a private call earlier this month that it would be a “terrible vote” for Senate Republicans to have to take.
A look at the joint session: