President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on the Transition Team’s Covid-19 Advisory Board on November 9, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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Key U.S. business leaders on Monday urged Congress this week to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over the electoral college over President Donald Trump, who refused to recognize his loss in the 2020 election.
Business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Partnership for New York City separately issued statements calling for an end to efforts to undermine Biden’s victory.
“This presidential election has passed and it is time for the country to move forward. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris have won the electoral college and the courts have rejected contests to the electoral process,” the New York City Partnership said in its Explanation.
“Congress should confirm the election vote on Wednesday January 6th. Attempts to thwart or delay this process run counter to the essential tenets of our democracy,” said the group.
Thomas Donohue, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, said in his statement: “The efforts of some members of Congress to ignore certified elections result in the election result being changed or an attempt to make a long-term political point that undermines our democracy and the rule of law.” and will only lead to another division in our nation. “
And the President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, Jay Timmons, quoted in his statement the fact that manufacturing workers “rose heroically” to sell food, vaccines, medicines and other products to fight the raging Covid-19 Epidemic last year.
“Our industry has struggled to protect our country, and now we ask Congress to join us in healing our nation instead of promoting more division and vitriol,” Timmons said.
Congress will meet on Wednesday to approve the results of the electoral college.
A number of Republican senators and members of the House of Representatives have announced that they will be challenging the certification of voters from several battlefield states that have given Biden his head start.
These efforts are expected to fail as both the House of Representatives and the Senate would have to reject the electoral college record in Biden’s favor for the results to be invalidated. Democrats have a majority of seats in the House of Representatives to ensure that such a move would fail there, and enough Republican senators have declared they won’t decertify Biden’s victory to defeat efforts in their Congress Chamber.
Trump has claimed without evidence that he was betrayed by both an election victory and an electoral college win through widespread electoral fraud.
But more than four dozen lawsuits filed by Trump’s campaign and allies questioning Biden’s victory in various states have either failed entirely or have been withdrawn.
In its statement released on Monday evening, the Group Business Roundtable noted this legal track record.
“With allegations of electoral fraud being fully scrutinized and rejected by federal and state courts as well as government officials, there is no doubt about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election,” said the group, composed of CEOs from leading US companies.
“There is no power for Congress to reject or revoke votes that have been legitimately confirmed by states and approved by the electoral college. The peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy and should proceed unhindered. Therefore, the Business Roundtable rejects efforts to delay or reject the matter Overturn the election result. “