House GOP lawmaker: Biden should be recognized as president-elect

Rep. Tom ReedTom ReedGOP infighting just gets uglier Lawmakers who bucked their parties on the T infrastructure bill Democratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse MORE (R-N.Y.), a co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, said Tuesday that Joe BidenJoe BidenMarcus Garvey's descendants call for Biden to pardon civil rights leader posthumously GOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors MORE should be recognized as the president-elect while many top Republicans in Congress are still siding with President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE in refusing to concede the election.

Most Republicans in Congress are backing Trump's efforts to challenge his loss to Biden, despite the lack of evidence of voter fraud.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats livid over GOP's COVID-19 attacks on Biden US could default within weeks absent action on debt limit: analysis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyDemocrats livid over GOP's COVID-19 attacks on Biden GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level McCarthy laments distractions from far-right members MORE (R-Calif.) have so far declined to acknowledge Biden as the president-elect and defended the Trump campaign's legal efforts claiming voting irregularities in states where he is trailing in the vote count.

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Reed issued a statement congratulating Biden within hours of his projected victory on Saturday, and on Tuesday said that Republicans should recognize the outcome if there isn't evidence to back up the Trump campaign's claims.

"Joe Biden has rightfully earned the title of being the projected president-elect and that should be recognized," Reed said on a call with reporters.

Reed said that Republicans and Trump should be prepared to move on with the transition of power if there isn't evidence of voter fraud that would change the election results.

"If the evidence is not there, then I think it's incumbent upon us as a Republican Party and the president himself to recognize that what we pride ourselves [on] in America is a peaceful transition of power," Reed said.

"And I'm confident the president will do that and recognize that if the lawsuit is not substantiated by the courts in regards to the claims, that we will do what we do best in America and lead the world with our democratic process rather than having some sort of dysfunction in regards to what has been a rich 200-year-plus history of transition of power," he continued.

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A handful of other GOP lawmakers have also publicly acknowledged Biden as the president-elect, including Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP anger with Fauci rises No deal in sight as Congress nears debt limit deadline GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions MORE (Utah), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPhotos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Real relief from high gas prices The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCongress should reject H.R. 1619's dangerous anywhere, any place casino precedent Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE (Alaska) and Ben SasseBen SasseThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay CBO releases cost estimate of Biden plan Real conservatives must make a choice MORE (Neb.), as well as Reps. Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyGOP leader taking proxy voting fight to Supreme Court Pricing carbon can help solve the infrastructure funding dilemma Allies of GOP leader vow to oust Liz Cheney MORE (Fla.), Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerGOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown On The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on MORE (Ill.), Paul MitchellPaul MitchellProposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy Seven takeaways from California's recall election Opposition to California recall widens in new poll MORE (Mich.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonOnly two Republicans expected to back censuring Gosar Jarring GOP divisions come back into spotlight Trump allies target Katko over infrastructure vote MORE (Mich.), Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungThanks to President Biden, infrastructure is bipartisan again — it needs to stay that way Biden signs trillion infrastructure bill into law Republican governors mostly silent on infrastructure bill MORE (Alaska) and Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — Tackling the misinformation 'crisis' Bipartisan commission urges US take immediate steps to curb online misinformation First Democrat jumps into key Texas House race to challenge Gonzales MORE (Texas).

McConnell on Monday said that Trump has "every right to look into allegations and request recounts under the law,” though he stopped short of saying there had been voter fraud in the election.

“President Trump is 100 percent within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options,” McConnell said.

McCarthy, meanwhile, maintained that there should be time for recounts or legal challenges before declaring a winner in the presidential race.

“What we need in the presidential race is to make sure every legal vote is counted, every recount is complete, and every legal challenge should be heard. Then and only then, will America decide who won the race,” McCarthy told Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoThe Memo: Omicron poses huge threat to Biden presidency Fox's Bartiromo called Bill Barr 'screaming' about election fraud: book DeSantis eyes ,000 bonus for unvaccinated police to relocate to Florida MORE on Fox Business over the weekend.

Both the House and Senate passed symbolic resolutions in September affirming commitment to the peaceful transfer of power. The Senate passed its version unanimously, while five House Republicans voted against the lower chamber's version.

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The Trump administration has delayed the formal transition process given that the president has still not conceded to Biden.

Biden shrugged off Trump's reluctance to acknowledge the election outcome during an appearance on Tuesday.

“I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly," Biden said. "At the end of the day, you know, it’s all going to come to fruition on Jan. 20.”