Biden on electoral vote objection: ‘It is over’
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Vice President Biden made no effort to entertain protests about the Electoral College from Democrats on Friday, telling one congresswoman raising an objection: “It is over.”

“There is no debate,” Biden told Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), gaveling her down as she tried to speak during the official tallying of the vote on the House floor.

Some Democrats had hoped to challenge the validity of the electoral vote on the House floor on Friday, when the two chambers met for a joint session. But Biden, who was presiding over the meeting as the constitutional president of the Senate, expressed annoyance with the challenges.

“There is no debate, and if it’s not signed by a senator, the objection cannot be entertained.”


Objections to the vote must be in writing and come from both a senator and representative.

“It is over,” Biden told her to a mix of cheers and boos throughout the chamber.

Efforts to overturn the electoral vote last month by convincing members of the Electoral College not to cast their votes for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE ultimately failed despite high-profile efforts by activist groups. The meeting of the House and Senate Friday to count the votes is the last official step to affirm Trump’s victory.