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Bonamici Statement on Effort to Block Presidential Election Certification

January 6, 2021

A critical part of our representative democracy is confidence in our election processes. Under the Electoral College system, each state sends its certified election results to Congress and, in a joint session between the House and Senate, the election of the President and Vice President is certified. The GOP Representatives and Senators who plan to derail the certification today will not succeed. They are shamelessly supporting Trump’s baseless accusations, knowingly endangering our democracy, and further dividing our country at a time when we desperately need to come together to control a raging pandemic and provide our communities with the support they need to recover. This is one of the most carefully vetted elections our country has seen. Donald Trump and Republicans have filed scores of cases alleging improprieties in various courts across the country; no court has found any reason to change the results the states have certified and sent to Congress. America has spoken. The election results are clear – Joe Biden will be the next President and Kamala Harris will be the next Vice President of the United States. I urge my colleagues to abandon this meritless plot, recognize the voice of the people, and uphold their responsibilities under the Constitution.