Updated Jan 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy
Congress rejects objection to Arizona's electoral vote
The House and Senate on Wednesday voted down Sen. Ted Cruz's objection to Arizona in the Electoral College certification process.
Driving the news: More than a dozen senators said before Wednesday’s mob violence in the U.S. Capitol that they’d object, but only six ended up voting yes. The House vote was 303-121.
- Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) and John Kennedy (R-La.) joined Cruz in objecting.
- A majority of House Republicans voted to reject the electors.
The big picture: The House and Senate went into an extended recess on Wednesday after a "March for Trump" mob invaded the Capitol building, prompting mass evacuations of lawmakers, staff and members of the press.
- Both chambers have now reconvened and are continuing the certification process.
- States are certified in alphabetical order — with Arizona being the first battleground brought to the floor.