The United States House of Representatives and the Senate convened for a joint session of Congress on Friday to verify certificates and count electoral college votes from each state for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Vice President Joe Biden shut down Democratic challenges to the congressional certification of the Electoral College vote, officially declaring Donald Trump the next president in the final declaration by the U.S. government.
“It is over,” he said when a third challenge was lodged by a House Democrat, to a rousing cheer from Republicans.
Biden gaveled down similar protests from Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. Jackson Lee stood four times to protest, but each time was shut down by Biden.
Parliamentary rules prohibit “debate in a joint session,” Biden said at one point. “The objection cannot be entertained” without a senator’s signature, he added.
At the end of the session, Biden announced the expected result: Trump got 304 electoral votes and Hillary Clinton got 227. Just as Biden finished, three protesters interrupted the process and were escorted out of the gallery.