After a violent mob stormed of the U.S. Capitol and disrupted Wednesday’s joint session, Congress completed the typically perfunctory electoral count. Results were certified in all states, including Pennsylvania and Arizona, and Vice President Mike Pence announced Joe Biden’s victory.
Lawmakers resumed debating the electoral college results after nearly six hours of recess. Members of Congress had been forced to barricade themselves as the angry mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
Despite the actions of the violent mob at the Capitol, Texas Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz, along with Reps. Jodey Arrington, Brian Babin, Michael C. Burgess, John R. Carter, Michael Cloud, Pat Fallon, Louie Gohmenrt, Ronny Jackson, Troy Nehls, August Pfluger, Pete Sessions, Randy Weber, Roger Williams and Ron Wright, voted in favor of objections to certifying election results in swing states Pennsylvania and Arizona.
Freshman Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R) was the only Texan to split her vote. She released a statement on Twitter explaining her decision in which she cited doubts over the election integrity in Pennsylvania. She stated: “While I did not support the objection of electors from the state of Arizona, I believe voting against electors from Pennsylvania was constitutionally correct and our best opportunity to stand up for federalism, the rule of law and justice that is owed to the American public.”
All Texas Democrats present voted against the objections.
Overall, Congress overwhelmingly voted against Cruz’ objection to the certification of Arizona’s results. The vote for Arizona was 93-6 in the Senate and 303-121 in the House. Only Sens. Ted Cruz (TX-R), Josh Hawley (MO-R), Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS-R), Roger Marshall (KS-R), John Kennedy (LA-R), and Tommy Tuberville (AL-R) voted against certification.
Sens. Cruz, Hawley, Hyde-Smith, Marshall, Kennedy and Tuberville were joined by Rick Scott (Fl-R) and Cynthia Lummis (WY-R) in voting against certification in Pennsylvania. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (PA-R) rejected the attempts of his colleagues to discredit his state’s election results and described the result as an “honest victory.” The Senate voted 92-7 against an objection to certifying Pennsylvania’s results; House members rejected it 282-138.