President Trump’s attempt to overturn the presidential election is splitting the Republican Party, with many GOP lawmakers saying they will object to certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win despite an outpouring of condemnation from current and former party officials warning the effort is undermining Americans’ faith in democracy.
It’s unclear to what extent GOP leaders in Congress will be able to control Wednesday’s joint session, which could drag into the night, though the challenges to the election are all but certain to fail. Trump himself is whipping up crowds for a Wednesday rally near the White House.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has tried to prevent his party from engaging in this battle, which could help define the GOP in the post-Trump era. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Trump ally, has declined to say much publicly on it.
Vice President Mike Pence, who is under pressure to tip the results for Trump, will be closely watched as he presides in a ceremonial role over Wednesday’s joint session.
“I promise you this: On Wednesday, we’ll have our day in Congress,” Pence said while campaigning in Georgia ahead of Tuesday’s runoff elections that will determine control of the Senate.
The congressional effort to keep Trump in office is being led by Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, along with rank-and-file House members, some on the party’s fringe.
“Just got off the phone with @realDonaldTrump,” tweeted newly elected Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who is aligned with a conspiracy group backing Trump.
“He wants you to call your Rep & Senators TODAY, ALL DAY!” she tweeted Monday. “Don’t let Republicans be the Surrender Caucus!” She later appeared onstage with Trump as he held a campaign rally in Georgia.
So far, Trump has enlisted support from a dozen Republican senators and up to 100 House Republicans to challenge Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win.
Here’s a look at the House Republicans who have announced their intention to stand with Trump and object to the certification of the Electoral College votes.
- Alabama Representative Mo Brooks
- Alabama Representative Jerry Carl
- Alabama Representative Mike Rogers
- Alabama Representative Barry Moore
- Alabama Representative Robert Aderholt
- Arizona Representative Andy Biggs
- Arizona Representative Paul Gosar
- California Representative Mike Garcia
- Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert
- Colorado Representative Doug Lamborn
- Florida Representative Matt Gaetz
- Florida Representative Byron Donalds
- Florida Representative John Rutherford
- Florida Representative Bill Posey
- Florida Representative Brian Mast
- Florida Representative Scott Franklin
- Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene
- Georgia Representative Jody Hice
- Georgia Representative Andrew Clyde
- Georgia Representative Barry Loudermilk
- Idaho Representative Russ Fulcher
- Indiana Representative Jim Banks
- Indiana Representative Jackie Walorski
- Kansas Representative Ron Estes
- Kansas Representative Tracey Mann
- Kansas Representative Jake LaTurner
- Louisiana Representative Clay Higgins
- Maryland Representative Andy Harris
- Michigan Representative Lisa McClain
- Michigan Representative Jack Bergman
- Michigan Representative Tim Walberg
- Mississippi Representative Steven Palazzo
- Missouri Representative Sam Graves
- Missouri Representative Vicky Hartzler
- Missouri Representative Billy Long
- Missouri Representative Jason Smith
- Nebraska Representative Adrian Smith
- New Jersey Representative Jeff Van Drew
- New Mexico Representative Yvette Herrell
- New York Representative Elise Stefanik
- North Carolina Representative Madison Cawthorn
- North Carolina Representative Ted Budd
- North Carolina Representative David Rouzer
- North Carolina Representative Richard Hudson
- Ohio Representative Jim Jordan
- Ohio Representative Bob Gibbs
- Oklahoma Representative Markwayne Mullin
- Oregon Representative Cliff Bentz
- Pennsylvania Representative John Joyce
- Pennsylvania Representative Dan Meuser
- Pennsylvania Representative Glenn Thompson
- Pennsylvania Representative Mike Kelly
- Pennsylvania Representative Lloyd Smucker
- Pennsylvania Representative Guy Reschenthaler
- Pennsylvania Representative Fred Keller
- Pennsylvania Representative Scott Perry
- South Carolina Representative Jeff Duncan
- South Carolina Representative Ralph Norman
- South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson
- South Carolina Representative William Timmons
- Tennessee Representative Chuck Fleischmann
- Tennessee Representative Mark Green
- Tennessee Representative Diana Harshbarger
- Tennessee Representative Scott DesJarlais
- Texas Representative Lance Gooden
- Texas Representative Ronny Jackson
- Texas Representative Louie Gohmert
- Texas Representative Brian Babin
- Texas Representative Randy Weber
- Texas Representative Pete Sessions
- Utah Representative Burgess Owens
- Utah Representative Chris Stewart
- Virginia Representative Bob Good
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.