On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence signaled his support for a bid by Republican lawmakers to challenge electoral votes saying that he “welcomes” the GOP effort. Congress is expected to certify President-elect Joe Biden‘s victory in a meeting on Wednesday.

Although no credible allegations of voter fraud have been found, a dozen GOP senators have announced that they will object to counting votes for Biden’s Electoral College win. President Donald Trump has been pushing for Congress to try and overturn the election results ever since Biden’s win was announced, but Pence has steered clear of the issue.

At least 140 House Republicans are expected to vote against counting the electoral votes in Congress, but it will most likely delay the affirmation of Biden’s victory as the next president by only a few hours.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) became the first senator to announce plans to object to the results. On Sunday, he was still reviewing how many states he might object to in addition to Pennsylvania. For every state that Hawley decides to object to, both the House and Senate must each debate separately for two hours and hold a vote.


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Hawley and Trump have been speaking about the objection regularly.

Sen. Ted Cruz is leading a group of 10 other Republican senators who have announced they will vote to object to the certification of the election results.

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