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A GOP lawmaker objected to seating US representatives from battleground states in response to colleagues that plan to object to the presidential election results

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Rep. Chip Roy. Patrick Semansky, File/Associated Press
  • GOP Rep. Chip Roy of Texas objected to seating 67 elected House members from battleground states on Sunday in response to his colleagues that plan to object to certifying the presidential election results.

  • "It would confound basic human reason if the presidential results were to face objection while the congressional results of the same process escaped without public scrutiny," Roy said.

  • At least 140 House Republicans plan to vote against certifying the presidential election results on Wednesday, though the effort cannot affect the results of the vote in any US state.

  • Roy is among a group of seven House Republicans that have said they do not support the effort to vote against the certification of the Electoral College vote.

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Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas objected to seating 67 elected House members from battleground states on Sunday in response to his colleagues that plan to object to certifying the presidential election results.

Roy, who does not support objecting to the presidential results, said in a statement, "It would confound basic human reason if the presidential results were to face objection while the congressional results of the same process escaped without public scrutiny."

He objected to seating representatives from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, citing his colleagues that have said they will object to the presidential electors from those states on the basis that their elections were subject to "statewide, systemic fraud and abuse."

President Donald Trump and his allies have spread claims of fraud since the election, but none have held up in court and the Justice Department said it found no evidence of fraud that would affect the outcome.

Roy said that if those allegations raised significant doubts about the presidential election, they should also call the congressional races into question, as they all occurred under the same election systems.

His objections did not block the seating of the House members, as the 117th Congress was sworn in on Sunday.

President-elect Joe Biden won the election by receiving 306 electoral votes compared with Trump's 232. The results have been certified in every state, and presidential electors cast their votes last month.

The electors' votes are due to be certified Wednesday during a joint session of Congress that is usually procedural and confirm the winner that voters and the Electoral College have already chosen.

But CNN reported at least 140 House Republicans planned to vote against certifying the presidential election results on Wednesday over the unsubstantiated fraud claims.

Their objections could delay the certification of the election but would not alter the voting results of any US state.

Roy is among a group of seven House Republicans that have said they do not support the effort to vote against the certification of the Electoral College vote.

In a statement on Sunday, the group, led by Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, said it believed there were "profound questions" regarding the integrity of the election but that "only the states have authority to appoint electors."

"Congress has only a narrow role in the presidential election process," the statement said. "Its job is to count the electors submitted by the states, not to determine which electors the states should have sent."

In his statement about objecting to seating House members, Roy said if Congress was going to "adequately address" the concerns over the presidential election, then it must be consistent in doing so.

"Anything less would strip the current efforts of their legitimacy and make it look like a political stunt, rather than a good-faith effort to restore confidence in our electoral process," he said.

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