Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) made the following statement ahead of the joint session of Congress to count the electoral college votes:
“During this joint session of Congress, we will carry out our duty under the Constitution to count the certified electoral votes sent to us from each state. They represent the collective voice of the American people, who chose Joe Biden to serve as the next President of the United States. Yet, there are members of this body who continue to push unfounded claims of wrongdoing and illegality in this election that have been dismissed in state and federal courts across the country, as justification to object to the ceremonial counting of legal, certified votes. These efforts only needlessly undermine the trust in our democratic system and should be rejected.
“Losing an election is not easy for candidates or supporters. But the people have spoken, our election processes have been rigorously scrutinized in court, and our independent judiciary has affirmed the results. It’s time for us to come together and count the certified electoral votes in keeping with our Constitution, which all Members of Congress swore to support and defend.”