This week, the United States TODAY Politics focuses on the inauguration of President Joe Biden, his remaining cabinet election, the Senate runoff in Georgia, and the certification of the Electoral College vote.
Dates to see:
January 3: The new Congress is sworn in.
January 5: Senate runoff election in Georgia.
January 6: Congress counts and certifies election results in a joint session.
January 20: Inauguration of Biden, who takes the oath.
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More than 100 Republicans may object to election certification
Republican Rep. Elected Byron Donalds said Thursday he will object to the certification process to make the results of the 2020 presidential election official.
Donalds issued a statement through social media stating that he “cannot in good faith vote for support certification of the results of the Electoral College on 6 January. “
The future Florida congressman joins a growing list of Republican lawmakers who have vowed to oppose the final count, which gave President Joe Biden 306 votes to President Donald Trump’s 232. Efforts to challenge the results of the Electoral College are certainly failing and even though no evidence of widespread fraud has been presented in any of the Trump campaign’s countless election cases, nor was such evidence found in reviews from the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.
CNN reported Thursday that Donalds could stay along with objecting to the outcome of as many as 140 of his Republican colleagues in the House. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Said on “Bulwark Podcast“that he expects at least 100 GOP members of Congress to participate in the effort, which he called” undermining democracy. “
Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Is the only Republican senator to announce that he also plans to object to the number of votes, which will force a debate and a vote on the objection. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of the R-Ky., Who tried to prevent his members from joining Republicans’ objections, said in a conference call that he considered the upcoming vote to certify the election “the most consistent I have ever cast.” in a 36-year senate career, Axios reported.
Dens. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Sharply condemned the “institutional ardent members of Congress who will object to the vote in the Electoral College,” and warn that they are “playing with fire.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of Republicans led by Rep. Louie Gohmert from Texas, who wants to give the authority to overthrow the election into the hands of the vice president.
– William Cummings, USA TODAY; Bill Smith, Fort Myers News-Press
How climate change is included in Georgia’s Senate runoff
Climate and rising sea levels have not been a major focus in any of Georgia’s runoffs before the Jan. 5 election, which could determine control of the U.S. Senate.
With Georgia’s most important population center approx. four hours from the beach, Climate change and rising sea levels remain problems with the burners For many politicians in Georgia, however, Georgia has seen 10 inches of sea level rise since 1935, and scientists predict another 1 to 6 feet by 2100.
Although Senator David Perdue owns a $ 1.3 million home near the water on the exclusive Sea Island, the incumbent senator’s campaign page does not mention climate change. He earned a lifetime score of 3% from League of Conservation Voters based on his voting rights.
Perdue’s Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff said he sees climate change as a “direct threat to prosperity and health on the coast of Georgia”, although he does not support the Green New Deal.
Pastor Raphael Warnock, who is running against Senator Kelly Loeffler, has not joined the Green New Deal either, but sees a need to act on climate change issues, especially in coastal cities like Savannah, where he grew up.
Loeffler, who is often concerned with “purifying” air and water and the economy when asked about climate change, has cited her support for the Great American Outdoors Act as proof that she has taken something to solve the problem. The bill, which was passed with bipartisan support that included every Democratic senator, is considered a victory for the environment, mainly for the funding it provides for the restoration and maintenance of national parks and other federal states.
– Mary Landers, Savannah Morning News
Trump extends visa ban; the court ends the health insurance rule
Trump on Thursday extended pandemic-related bans on green cards and work visas to large groups of applicants through March 31, while a federal appeals court was next to him with a rule requiring new immigrants to have their own health insurance.
The dual development on the last day of 2020 encapsulated how Trump has made U.S. immigration policy more restrictive without congressional support. Biden has promised to undo many of Trump’s actions, but it’s unclear how quickly and even to what extent.
Federal judges have limited the impact of the pandemic-related visa bans, which were due to expire on Thursday. Biden, who is now forced to decide when and whether to lift them after joining on January 20, does not specifically address the issue in his immigration platform.
Biden also does not directly address the health insurance claim in its platform. A lawyer who sued the policy on Thursday urged him to immediately lift the claim.
In its ruling Thursday, a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel voted 2-1 to pave the way for Trump’s requirement that immigrants have health insurance. New immigrants must demonstrate that they can get coverage within 30 days and pay their medical expenses. A federal judge blocked the rule from taking effect almost immediately after it was announced in October 2019.
– Elliot Spagat,
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Election objection backed by more than 100 members of the GOP House: Updates