One day after electoral college cast their votes certifying Biden as President elect, congress is close to approving a stimulus package. Headlines appear from bias main stream media praising the fact that Congress may finally be ready to help the American people.
On December 4th Nancy Pelosi admitted to withholding the Stimulus package in retaliation for President Trump being in office.
After months of refusing to negotiate in good faith with Republicans, she is now willing to come to the table and not only discuss a stimulus bill but accept what is less than half of what she demanded before the election.
CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju asked:
“Was it a mistake not to accept half of a loaf months ago? When you said I’m not going to accept half a loaf –?”
Nancy angrily responded:
“I’m going to tell you something, don’t characterize what we did before as a mistake, as a preface to your question if you want an answer. That was not a mistake. It was a decision, and it has taken us to a place where we can do the right thing without other, shall we say, considerations in the legislation that we don’t want. Now, that is it. Now, the fact is, I’m very proud of where we are.”
As the Trump campaign gears up for January 6th Here’s what’s next:
The electors’ votes head to Congress on December 23, 2020
Federal law requires states to deliver certified electoral college results to the vice president, serving as president of the Senate, and other parties by the fourth Wednesday in December; in the year 2020 that date falls on December 23.
Then Congress counts the electoral votes on January 6, 2021
Also under federal law, a joint session of Congress is required by the 12th Amendment to count the electoral votes and declare the winners of the presidential election. That joint session of Congress is held on January 6, 2021 at 1 p.m.
When the results from each state are announced, a member of the House and Senate can jointly object, in writing, to the election results from that state. The House and Senate then adjourn for up to one hour to consider the objection; if both bodies agree to uphold the objection, the votes are excluded from the election results under the terms of the Electoral Count Act of 1887.
There are several scenarios that could allow for this final vote count to be delayed in Congress. One scenario would be if House and Senate agree to exclude a state’s electoral votes, which would then result in a candidate not having the majority of electoral votes. Another would be a elector causing a tie in the electoral college voting.
The 12th Amendment then calls for a run-off or contingent elections in the House (to select a president) and the Senate (to select a vice president). Those elections would need to be finished by 12 p.m. on January 20, 2021 for the next president and vice president to take their oaths of office. If that does not happen, the Speaker of the House would serve as president until Congress certifies a winner of the 2020 presidential election.
Could this be Nancy Pelosi’s plan? Or could this be a win for the Trump campaign? How will this all play out? Will January 20th be Biden inauguration or the inauguration of President Trump or the Presidential seize by Nancy Pelosi.