In the run up to President Joe Biden‘s inauguration today in front of the United States Capitol, many Texas lawmakers confirmed their attendance.
Both Texas’ senators, Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, confirmed that their attendance at the inauguration. Joining them are Reps. Colin Allred (TX-D), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-D), Michael Burgess (TX-R), Henry Cuellar (TX-D), Michael McCaul (TX-R), Lloyd Doggett (TX-D), Tony Gonzales (TX-R), Marc Veasey (TX-D), and Roger Williams (TX-R).
Of the Republicans who objected to the certification of the election results, Reps. Van Taylor, Beth Van Duyne, Ron Wright, Pat Fallon and Lance Gooden have announced that they have declined to attend.
Taylor and Van Duyne both cited coronavirus testing requirements impeding their attendance at the ceremony. Wright said he will not attend because of a recent exposure to the virus. Gooden confirmed he would not attend, but did give an official reason.
In a statement, Fallon described “double standards” regarding pandemic safeguards. “It is a classic double standard to pretend that Members of Congress are more important than the citizens we represent,” he said. “If my constituents can’t attend, I’ll take the same advice they’ve were given and will stay home on Inauguration Day.”
Other Texas legislatures took to Twitter to commemorate the event. Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX-D) tweeted, “Congratulations President Joe Biden! We are ready to get to work #ForThePeople. Pa’lante!” She also called it an “honor” to attend the swearing-in of the first female vice president Kamala Harris.
Reps. Lloyd Doggett and Al Green were among Democrats who took the opportunity to condemn the outgoing President Donald Trump.
“The sun has set on the horrible Trump presidency for the last time,” Doggett tweeted.
The inauguration “symbolizes more than our typical quadrennial transference of power,” Green wrote. “It represents the end of a shameful, incitive presidency that brought harm to our nation and the beginning of a pivotal opportunity for our nation to build back better.”
Unity was the emphasis of statements released by Texas Republicans, including those who sued to overturn Biden’s win in four battleground states.
“In a season of politics like we’re experiencing in our country, there’s never been a better time to unite around our common values as Texans,” said Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-R).
“We come together not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Texans, to honor the American tradition of the transfer of power,” Gov. Greg Abbott stated. “This past year has been challenging as our state and nation have confronted the coronavirus pandemic … I have no doubt that Texans will continue to work together to overcome this challenge and to build an even brighter future for this great state.”