Rep. Steve Scalise spoke at the US Capitol Wednesday as Congress voted to certify the 2020 election; outlining his duty to defend the integrity of Americans’ vote.
“I rise today to object to a number of states that did not follow the Constitutional requirements for selecting electors,” said Scalise.
“This is something that is clear. That our Founding Fathers decided was fundamental in choosing our President, a process where each state has a process,” he added.
“There was a lot of back and forth—if anyone reads the founding documents of our country—about the different versions they went through to ultimately come up with a process where each state has elections, each state has a process for selecting their electors and sending them to Washington.
“And, Madame Speaker, in a number of those states that constitutional process was not followed and that’s why we’re here to object,” said Scalise.
Article II of the Constitution says about the Electoral College: “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress.”
If you look at what the requirement says, nowhere in Article II, Section I does it give the secretary of state of a state that ability,” said Scalise. “Nowhere does it give the governor that ability. Nowhere does it give a court that ability. It exclusively gives that ability to the legislatures.
“And, in fact, in most states that’s the process that was followed,” said Scalise. “But for those states that this wasn’t followed. Unfortunately, this is not new.
“We have seen—over and over again—more states where the Democrat Party has gone in and selectively gone around this process. That has to end, Madame Speaker. We have to follow the constitutional process,” said Scalise.
“We have to discuss this. We have to fix this,” said Scalise.
“In fact, on our first full day of this Congress, many of us brought legislation on to the House floor to start fixing the problems with our elections, to restore integrity to the election process, which has been lost by so many millions of Americans,” said Scalise. “And, we had a vote. Every single Republican voted to reform the process. Every single Democrat voted against it.
“They don’t want to fix this problem,” said Scalise.
“But the Constitution is our guide. And it’s time we start following the Constitution,” said Scalise.
“It’s time we get back to what our Founding Fathers said is the process for selecting electors,” said Scalise. “That’s the legislatures, in public view, not behind closed doors, not smoke-filled rooms, not bullying someone who might give you a better ruling. Let’s get back to rule of law and follow the Constitution.”