After the chaos that unfolded in D.C. earlier today, it appears Congress is attempting to move forward with the joint session tonight.
JUST IN: Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that “in consultation with Leader Hoyer and Whip Clyburn and after calls to the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Vice President, we have decided we should proceed tonight at the Capitol once it is cleared for use."
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) January 6, 2021
NEW from Speaker Pelosi: "In consultation with Leader Hoyer and Whip Clyburn and after calls to the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Vice President, we have decided we should proceed tonight at the Capitol once it is cleared for use." pic.twitter.com/aklYAn3PGG
— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) January 6, 2021
Confirming my wonderful colleagues' reporting, Pelosi tells members they will convene tonight to certify Biden's victory.
"We have decided we should proceed tonight at the Capitol once it is cleared for use. Leader Hoyer will be sending out more guidance later today."
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) January 6, 2021
BREAKING: Speaker Nancy Pelosi has conveyed to her colleagues in a letter that "after calls to the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Vice President," leadership has decided that the counting and confirmation of electoral votes will proceed tonight, @edokeefe reports. pic.twitter.com/e6Yx9QDuAX
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 6, 2021
Figures the cowards in Congress would do this after D.C. is placed on curfew and under Orwellian-like security.
Reminder: A citywide curfew for the District of Columbia is in effect from 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, until 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 7.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) January 6, 2021
BREAKING: The Mayor of Washington DC has declared a citywide curfew starting at 6pm
— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) January 6, 2021
DC's idiot mayor has initiated a 6pm curfew for the city… something SHE NEVER DID for BLM riots.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) January 6, 2021
Curfew for 12 hours?
How convenient for the crooked Democrats & RINOS?
They’re attempting to bide their time to certify the fraudulent results.
Of course, both sides of the aisle are complicit on certifying the illegal votes.
Here's the first step in repairing American democracy. Both @SpeakerPelosi and @senatemajldr say: "Whatever our differences, we will not be chased from the chambers of Congress. We are returning, TONIGHT. Right NOW. And beginning impeachment."
And march right back into Congress.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) January 6, 2021
Leadership huddling on Capitol Hill now, the intent is to proceed with the certification of the election tonight.
— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) January 6, 2021
Spokesman for Vice President Pence says he never left the building and said "And now we will finish the people's business", an implication that congress may continue to count electoral college votes tonight. https://t.co/v0mrou38DG
— David Kaplan (@DKaplanWTAE) January 7, 2021
That’s certainly not the business for ‘We the People’ Mr. Pence.
We might as well drop the VP title from his name.
NBC News reported on the developments:
Congress’s effort to count the Electoral College votes that gave President-elect Joe Biden his election victory devolved into chaos and violence Wednesday after pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol.
The breach of the building occurred after President Donald Trump called on supporters at a rally in downtown Washington to march to the Capitol complex. One person has died, according to multiple law enforcement sources.
Members of Congress were set to tally the electoral votes of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., at 1 p.m., but had to abort the count and were whisked away from their respective chambers when protesters overran the building. One person was shot and several were injured in the frenzy that ensued as lawmakers were evacuated and sheltered in place.
More than a dozen Senate Republicans and over 100 GOP members had been planning to object to the tallying of the votes in several battleground states, citing unsupported allegations of voting irregularities and demanding the creation of a special commission to audit the results.
Pelosi says Electoral College vote count will continue tonight
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers will resume counting the Electoral College vote later Wednesday after armed protesters stormed the Capitol building, disrupting the proceedings and forcing lawmakers to flee to secure locations.
“To that end, in consultation with Leader Hoyer and Whip Clyburn and after calls to the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Vice President, we have decided we should proceed tonight at the Capitol once it is cleared for use,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to House members.
The lawmakers will return for a joint session, so members of both the House and Senate will join. It’s unclear what time lawmakers will reconvene.
“We always knew this responsibility would take us into the night,” Pelosi continued. “The night may still be long but we are hopeful for a shorter agenda, but our purpose will be accomplished.”