Happening now: @VP calls joint session of Congress to order.
No objections for Alabama or Alaska... but Arizona is next.
Objection for Arizona being recorded "on the ground they were not under all of the known circumstances regularly given."
Two houses now withdraw from joint session and retire to chambers for debate.
.@SteveDaines staff says he will be speaking at some point. I asked when and told, "We'll have to wait and see." I asked during which state and told, "We'll have to wait and see."
MCCONNELL: "President Trump claims the election was stolen," and mentions sweeping conspiracy theories. He says over and over courts rejected claims, including judges POTUS has nominated.
McConnell says nothing before them shows irregularity in the massive scale that would have tipped the election. He says Congress cannot simply declare themselves a national board of elections on steroids. He says the voters, boards and states have all spoken.
McConnell: "If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever."
He says our democracy would enter a death spiral if they overturn the election. He says every four years there would be a scramble for power at any cost.
McConnell says it would be unfair and wrong to disenfranchise American voters and overrule the courts and the states on this "extraordinarily thin basis."
There are a lot of moving parts and a lot of scheduling going on regarding speaking on the floor. It's fluid and all depends on how long these debates take and how many times they break to debate objections over specific electors.
Schumer: "As we speak, the eyes of the world are on this chamber, questioning if America is still the shining symbol of democracy."
Cruz pushes for electoral commission to conduct a 10-day emergency audit and resolve the claims.
.@SenatorTester issues statement condemning objections to Electoral College, citing notable Republicans who have also denounced the effort. #mtnews #mtpol Image

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