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  • 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 2:16 AM est

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.): "There is good news: Our democracy held today." 

  • 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 1:57 AM est

Wait, what? 

  • 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 1:32 AM est

Senate sends a messenger to the House to announce it has rejected the objections to Pennsylvania's electoral votes -- 92-7. 

  • Jeff Reynolds | Jan 07, 2021 1:07 AM est

  • Jeff Reynolds | Jan 07, 2021 1:04 AM est

Debunking conspiracy theories:

  • 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.”

  • Paula Bolyard | Jan 07, 2021 12:56 AM est

  • Jeff Reynolds | Jan 07, 2021 12:28 AM est

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  • Jeff Reynolds | Jan 07, 2021 12:23 AM est

Oh Dear. @Paula you thought Klobuchar was slurring? Grandma Boxwine can barely get the words past her dentures and mask.

  • Jeff Reynolds | Jan 07, 2021 12:22 AM est

The only one so far ... we still have Wisconsin to go after the joint session reconvenes ...

  • Paula Bolyard | Jan 07, 2021 12:20 AM est

The House and Senate will now convene in their own chambers to vote on the Pennsylvania objection, the only one that was accepted as legitimate according to House rules. 

  • Jeff Reynolds | Jan 07, 2021 12:17 AM est

And now we withdraw from joint session so each chamber can debate the objection. This night will never end.

  • Jeff Reynolds | Jan 07, 2021 12:16 AM est

Josh Hawley is the senator who signed the objection to Pennsylvania.

  • Jeff Reynolds | Jan 07, 2021 12:15 AM est

Pennsylvania objection lodged - signed by a senator and 80 members. Here we go.

  • Jeff Reynolds | Jan 07, 2021 12:10 AM est

Why, @Tyler, it almost seems as if they're creating precedent.

  • Jeff Reynolds | Jan 07, 2021 12:06 AM est

Nevada objection incoming. The numbers of Members signing on has dwindled as more objections are lodged. No senators. Rejected.