Pelosi Says That EC Vote Will Continue Wednesday Once Capitol Is Cleared For Use

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to reporters during her weekly press conference at the US Capitol on August 27, 2020. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
|
January 6, 2021 6:45 p.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced in a letter to members of the House that the Congress’ counting the Electoral College votes would resume on Wednesday night once the was Capitol was deemed safe for use.

“Today, a shameful assault was made on our democracy.  It was anointed at the highest level of government.  It cannot, however, deter us from our responsibility to validate the election of Joe Biden,” referring to the President Trump-supporting mob that breached the Capitol earlier Wednesday. “It cannot, however, deter us from our responsibility to validate the election of Joe Biden.”

Pelosi said the decision was made “in consultation with Leader Hoyer and Whip Clyburn and after calls to the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Vice President.”

Not long after Pelosi’s letter was released, CNN reported that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had indicated plan is to resume the count at around 8 p.m.

Read the full letter below:

Dear Colleague,

Today, a shameful assault was made on our democracy.  It was anointed at the highest level of government.  It cannot, however, deter us from our responsibility to validate the election of Joe Biden.

To that end, in consultation with Leader Hoyer and Whip Clyburn and after calls to the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Vice President, we have decided we should proceed tonight at the Capitol once it is cleared for use.  Leader Hoyer will be sending out more guidance later today.

We always knew this responsibility would take us into the night. The night may still be long but we are hopeful for a shorter agenda, but our purpose will be accomplished.

We also knew that we would be a part of history in a positive way, today, despite ill-founded objections to the Electoral College vote.  We now will be part of history, as such a shameful picture of our country was put out to the world, instigated at the highest level.

Today, January 6 – the Feast of Epiphany – let us pray that this instigation to violence will provide an epiphany for our country to heal.

Members and staff should remain on the Capitol complex until they are notified by the United States Capitol Police.

I look forward to seeing you later this evening, during this time of great sadness.

Latest News
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: