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McConnnell, McCarthy accept Biden invitation to pre-inauguration church service

McConnnell, McCarthy accept Biden invitation to pre-inauguration church service
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All four top-ranking members of congressional leadership have accepted President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE’s invitation to attend a church service with him Wednesday morning ahead of his inauguration, according to multiple reports. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions Senate Democrats near deal to reduce jobless boost to 0 MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra MORE (D-N.Y.), Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food Andrew Yang condemns attacks against Asian Americans Congress in lockdown: Will we just 'get used to it'? MORE (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyMcCarthy sits for 'Green Eggs and Ham' reading: I 'still like' Dr. Seuss Chamber of Commerce clarifies stance on lawmakers who voted against election certification Watch live: McCarthy holds press briefing MORE (R-Calif.) will join Biden for mass at Washington’s Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.

Biden is the second Catholic elected president, after President John F. Kennedy.

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Punchbowl News first reported the invites and leaders’ plans to attend, which were later confirmed by CNN, NBC and ABC. The Hill has confirmed McCarthy's acceptance of the invitation. 

The Hill has reached out to McConnell's office for confirmation. 

The reports come as President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE himself is set to be the first president in 150 years not to attend his successor’s inauguration. Vice President Pence is scheduled to be present at the ceremony, while the president himself will attend a sendoff ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.

The bipartisan leaders’ attendance also comes as Biden has repeatedly signaled his commitment to national unity ahead of the inauguration.

McCarthy was one of more than 100 House Republicans who objected to Biden’s Electoral College victory following a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

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Both chambers of Congress had broken off separately to debate an objection to Arizona's election results when the mob of Trump supporters breached the Capitol. 

McConnell, meanwhile, spoke out against the challenge in the Senate and joined the vast majority of his fellow Senate Republicans in voting to certify the election results.

Washington will be on high alert this week amid the inauguration following the riots, particularly in parts of Washington where the power of the federal government is concentrated. On Monday, the Capitol was briefly placed on lockdown over what was later confirmed to be a fire in a homeless encampment.  

Updated at 11:33 a.m.