A video from C-SPAN shows Gore presiding over the joint session of Congress. Several members, mostly from the Congressional Black Congress, presented objections to the certification of the Florida vote, arguing that black voters in the state were disenfranchised during the election. Because the objections needed a signature from a senator and the House members objecting did not have one, Gore repeatedly dismissed each objection presented on the House floor.
After the joint session came to a close and Gore declared the election for Bush, members of the Congressional Black Caucus held a press conference outside the capitol protesting the outcome of the election, according to the New York Times' report from that day.
"'There is overwhelming evidence that George W. Bush did not win this election either by national popular vote or the Florida popular vote,'' Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) said at the press conference.
Watch the C-SPAN footage from the session. The action begins around the 29 minute mark.