In an interview on Fox News, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AK) said that dozens of GOP House members would sponsor and co-sponsor challenges to electoral college votes in Congress’s January 6th joint session. Brooks said:
There are dozens in the House of Representatives who have reached that conclusion, as I have; we’re going to sponsor and co-sponsor objections to the Electoral College vote returns.
According to the US Constitution, both the Senate and the House must meet to hear the Senate’s president, Vice President Mike Pence, count the electoral college votes and declare the winner of the presidential election. During the process, the Constitution allows House and Senate members to register objections. If one Senator and one House member join in objecting, the Senate and House convene to debate the objections in their own chambers.
Republican House members plan to object to the battleground states’ electoral votes, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada, where many election irregularities and fraud occurred.
While dozens of GOP House members may be willing to object, no GOP Senators have confirmed that they will join the effort. Brooks explained:
“The real issue is whether we have any senators who have done their homework and have studied what has transpired … that there has been massive voter fraud and election theft unlike anything we have seen in American history.
Newly elected Sens. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have suggested that they might join but have not committed yet. Without a Senate sponsor, the objections of the House members are impotent.
As Trump supporters are being asked to put all their effort and time into keeping the Senate in Republican hands, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell and at least 45 other Senate Republicans don’t seem willing to lift a finger to fight for the integrity of US elections. President Trump has called on them to fight like Democrats for the presidency, but so far, crickets.
Senate Republicans risk a backlash in 2022 if they don’t stand up for the president and his supporters. While the Senate GOP fails to provide leadership in this contested election, House GOP members are ready to fight for President Trump and the 73 million people or more that voted for him.
Update: Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has confirmed that he will join House GOP members in objecting on Jan. 6th.
NEW — Senator Josh Hawley announced he will object during the Electoral College certification process on Jan 6. He will call for Congress to launch a full investigation of potential fraud and election irregularities and enact election integrity measures. https://t.co/zy1GIlxbnJ pic.twitter.com/V3R5GUJlUZ
— Senator Hawley Press Office (@SenHawleyPress) December 30, 2020