Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri have objected to the counting of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes, triggering up to two hours of debate in the House and Senate.
Biden won Pennsylvania by just over 80,000 votes. Since the Nov. 3 election, Trump and his allies filed at least a half-dozen lawsuits challenging Biden’s win on various grounds, including that many or all of the state’s mail-in ballots were illegal.
Earlier, the House of Representatives voted to accept Arizona’s slate of electoral votes, 303-121.
An objection in the Senate to Arizona’s Electoral College certificates was not sustained just after 8 p.m. local time Wednesday. The Senate overwhelmingly voted 93-6 to reject the objection to Arizona’s Electoral College.
In this image from video, Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., speaks as the House reconvenes to debate the objection to confirm the Electoral College vote from Arizona, after protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (House Television via AP)
The Republicans raised the objection based on accusations from President Donald Trump and others of issues with the vote in Arizona, which were repeatedly dismissed in Arizona’s courts and by the state’s election officials.
Congress resumed the joint session to certify Joe Biden’s win Wednesday evening after Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol earlier today in an unprecedented breach of an American government institution.
The Associated Press contributed to this report