Dear Colleague on Certification of Electoral Count

January 3, 2021
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Over the years, we have experienced many challenges in the House, but no situation matches the Trump presidency and the Trump disrespect for the will of the people. 

Wednesday, January 6, is a day fraught with meaning.  In our Caucus Call tomorrow, 9:00 a.m., Members will again be briefed as to how events will unfold.

In preparation for the call, I wanted you to have this rundown:

  1. The Vice President presides over a Joint Session and calls the roll of states.  The tellers announce the results of each state, alphabetically.  There is no other discussion in the Joint Session. 
  2. If a written objection is lodged by a Member of the House and Senate, we then meet in our individual chambers for up to two hours of debate.  Only then will Members be recognized to speak on the Floor.  Unless both the House and Senate vote to reject the Electoral count for the state in question, the objection is rejected.
  3. We then reconvene and proceed to the next state in the roll call.  At the end of the day, which could be the middle of the night, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be officially declared the next President and Vice President of the United States.

Constitutional authorities and our membership have been working on the Democratic presentation of the constitutional, historical and thematic justification for respecting the will of the people.

I am grateful to Representatives Zoe Lofgren, Jamie Raskin, Adam Schiff and Joe Neguse for their patriotic and strategic guidance.  In addition to the presentation and the Caucus Call, they have suggested that we meet before Wednesday with each of the delegations targeted by the GOP.

On Monday, we will have a clearer picture of how many state votes will be subject to an objection.  Our choice is not to use the forum to debate the presidency of Donald Trump.  While there is no doubt as to the outcome of the Biden-Harris presidency, our further success is to convince more of the American people to trust in our democratic system.

More to follow.  Thank you for your leadership.