Just hours after President Donald Trump held a rally falsely claiming that the election was stolen and after rioters stormed the Capitol, eight members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, all Republican, voted to object to counting Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
“Sadly, but resolutely, I object to the electoral votes of my beloved commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the grounds of multiple constitutional infractions that they were not under all of the known circumstances regularly given,” said Rep. Scott Perry (R-York), who voiced the initial objection to counting the state’s electoral votes.
Perry was later joined by Reps. John Joyce (R-Blair), Fred Keller (R-Snyder), Mike Kelly (R-Butler), Dan Meuser (R-Luzerne), Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny), Reps. G.T. Thompson (R-Centre), and Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) in voting to object to the state’s electoral votes.
The lone Republican of the states congressional delegation to support certifying the state’s electoral votes for Biden was Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks).
Since Trump’s defeat, Republicans in the state have filed several lawsuits attempting to declare Act 77, passed by the state legislature, as unconstitutional. The courts have ruled against them.
The effort from Perry plus the other 7 members of the state’s congressional delegation was unsuccessful. 138 House members, all Republican, voted to object to counting the state’s electoral votes, while 282 members voted to oppose their effort.
Pennsylvania Democrats were united in ensuring that the electoral votes would count for the state.
Rep. Conor Lamb’s (D-Allegheny) speech went viral as tensions began to flare during his address.
“To do this with any kind of honesty means admitting and declaring in this House that these objections don’t deserve an ounce of respect,” Lamb said, about the GOP effort to block Biden’s victory. “Not an ounce.”
Sens. Bob Casey (D) and Pat Toomey (R) were also united in opposing the push to block Biden from being awarded the electoral votes in Pennsylvania.
“I rise tonight to defend the people of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to defend the more than 6.9 million voters who voted in this election,” Casey said. “And to condemn in the strongest possible terms this attempt to disenfranchise the voters of Pennsylvania based upon a lie. A falsehood.”
“That same lie sowed the seeds of today’s violence and today’s lawlessness here in the Capitol,” Casey continued.
“Mr. President, Joe Biden won the election,” Toomey said, who endorsed Trump for president. “It’s not what I hoped for, but that’s what happened.”
“It was an honest victory,” Toomey added.
“We witnessed today the damage that can result when men in power and responsibility refuse to acknowledge the truth,” Toomey continued. “We saw bloodshed because a demagogue chose to spread falsehoods and sow distrust of his own fellow Americans. Let’s not abet such deception.”
Only 7 Senators, all Republican, voted to object to awarding the Electors for Biden in Pennsylvania, while the rest of the chamber voted against this attempt.
Reps. Joyce, Kelly, Perry and Reschenthaler also voted to object to Arizona’s electors being awarded to Biden, while the 14 other members of the state’s congressional delegation opposed the effort to stop the electors from going to Biden.