- Paula Bolyard | Jan 07, 2021 2:36 AM est
The time for debate in the House has expired. Pelosi called for a voice vote on whether to uphold a Republican objection to the Pennsylvania electoral votes. Rep. Mike Rogers demanded a roll call vote, so now we wait.
The Senate voted earlier to reject the objection, 92-7.
After the House vote, the two chambers will reconvene for a joint session to continue counting.
- Paula Bolyard | Jan 07, 2021 2:11 AM est
Newly minted Congressman Madison Cawthorn (R- N.C.) gave what I assume is his first speech on the House floor. He called for a new generation of Americans to be radicals—but to reject violence.
Cawthorn, who uses a wheelchair as a result of paralysis from an auto accident, added:
"What does it really mean to be an American? It means believing in the rule of law. It means speaking up in defense of our founding principles and in defense of the Constitution. Being an American means you are proud of your country but you never beat your chest. And being an American means that you must sometimes stand alone when others sit. Now, obviously, I can't stand, but trust me, if I could stand, I would stand in defense of our Constitution today."
Amen and A-woman.
- Paula Bolyard | Jan 07, 2021 1:55 AM est
A shouting match just erupted in the House and Nancy Pelosi has just ejected a Republican member (can't tell who he is with the mask) for asking her to strike from the record accusations from the other side of the aisle that Republicans are lying. She ruled him out of order, he argued with her about it, and she threw him out. Members on both sides of the aisle jumped out of their seats and it was beginning to look like we'd see an NFL-style dog pile. Pelosi, who can barely put together a coherent sentence at this point, pounded her gavel and quelled the bawl.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.) called for respect on both sides, saying there is "nothing worse than moral pomposity." A minute later, Pelosi scolded him for letting his mask slip. It looks like she may have cut his time short as well.
You can't make this stuff up.
- Paula Bolyard | Jan 07, 2021 12:58 AM est
Wise words from Sen. Ben Sasse:
“Look, there's a lot of uncertainty about the future, I get it. There's a lot that does need to be rebuilt. But if you're angry, I want to beg you -- don't let the screamers who monetize hate have the final word. Don't let nihilists become your drug dealers. There are some who want to burn it all down. We met some of them today. But they aren't going to win. Don't let them be your prophets. Instead, organize, persuade, but most importantly, love your neighbor. Visit the widower down the street who's lonely and didn't want to tell anybody that his wife died and he doesn't have a lot of friends. Shovel somebody's driveway. You can't hate somebody who just shoveled your driveway. The heart of life is about community and neighborhood, and we're supposed to be servant leaders. The constitutional system is still the greatest order for any government ever, and it's our job to steward it and protect it.”