The US Congress ratified this Thursday the victory for president-elect, Democrat Joe Biden, in the November elections, after a long and extraordinary day that included an assault on the Capitol to interfere in the process of confirming the results.
The joint session of both houses of Congress confirmed that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, they surpassed the barrier of 270 electoral votes who gives the keys to the White House, with a total of 306, and therefore they will come to power on January 20.
US Vice President Mike Pence, who chaired the session, he stated that such ratification should be considered “sufficient” to accept Biden’s election.
Pence thus ended a session that began early Wednesday afternoon and was interrupted by the violent assault on the Capitol by the followers of President Donald Trump, a siege that lasted almost four hours and ended in four dead, 14 police officers injured and at least 52 arrested.
About two hours after the authorities managed to clear the Capitol and its surroundings, both houses of Congress met again to continue with the process of ratification of the election results, which was already confirmed in December by the competent body in the US, the Electoral College.
The new session lasted more than seven hours due to the debate in both houses on two objections to the results of the elections in Pennsylvania and Arizona, both presented by Trump’s allies.
As expected, both houses voted in favor of respect what was voted in the elections in those two states, and the joint session continued as planned.
After the Pennsylvania objection failed, Pence kept opening the envelopes to count the result relative to each state, in alphabetical order, and there were no more successful objections.
At the beginning of the day, at least thirteen senators were expected to present or endorse objections, possibly in four more states: Georgia, Michigan, Nevada y Wisconsin.
However, the assault on the Capitol dissuaded some of them from pursuing their plan, and no senator supported the objections they raised in those states. several Republican congressmen.
Under US law, to spark a debate and a vote in Congress on the possibility of rejecting the result in a state, you need at least one congressman and one senator to support the idea.
There was never any prospect that the objections raised in Congress would succeed, since each of them must pass a vote in plenary and the Democrats, Biden’s party, they are a majority in the House of Representatives.
However, the outgoing president, Donald Trump, insisted on pressuring legislators and his own vice president, Mike Pence, to assume powers that do not correspond to them under the Constitution and interfere in a session that is normally simply a formal procedure.