Schumer Floor Remarks: For The Sake Of Our Democracy, Republicans Should Follow Leader McConnell And Acknowledge President-Elect Joe Biden

December 15, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the need for Republicans in the House and Senate to follow Leader McConnell’s statement and acknowledge President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Now as the Republican Leader rightly acknowledged a few moments ago, Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States, and our colleague Kamala Harris will be the next Vice President of the United States.

Leader McConnell’s Republican Senators ought to follow suit. They ought to acknowledge that Joe Biden will be the next President and Kamala Harris will be the next Vice President. And, for the sake of the country, President Trump should take his cue from Leader McConnell that it’s time to end his term with a modicum of grace and dignity, qualities that his predecessors took great pains to display during our grand tradition of a peaceful transfer of power.

Enough is enough. Our Republican colleagues, for the sake of our democracy, for the sake of the peaceful transition of power, should stop the shenanigans, stop the misrepresentations and acknowledge that Joe Biden will be our next president.

Enough is enough, and Republican Senators and Republicans throughout the country should follow Leader McConnell's lead and acknowledge, now, that Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States.

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