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

Rep. Tom ReedTom ReedLIVE COVERAGE: Tax hikes take center stage in Ways and Means markup It's now Pelosi's move on bipartisan roads bill The Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act is an industry game-changer MORE (R-N.Y.), a co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, said Tuesday that Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles MORE should be recognized as the president-elect while many top Republicans in Congress are still siding with President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right 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 McConnellCEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' Capito grills EPA nominee on '#ResistCapitalism' tweet Hassan launches first ad of reelection bid focusing on veterans' issues MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyOvernight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Top Democrats tout California recall with an eye toward 2022 Former national security officials warn antitrust bills could help China in tech race 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.


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.


A handful of other GOP lawmakers have also publicly acknowledged Biden as the president-elect, including Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyWarren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack Overnight On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — GOP senator: It's 'foolish' to buy Treasury bonds Democrats aim for maximum pressure on GOP over debt ceiling MORE (Utah), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsWelcome to ground zero of climate chaos A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate Bipartisan blip: Infrastructure deal is last of its kind without systemic change MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRepublican leaders misjudged Jan. 6 committee Trump endorses GOP challenger to Upton over impeachment vote Businesses want Congress to support safe, quality jobs — so do nearly all Americans MORE (Alaska) and Ben SasseBen SassePresident of newly recognized union for adult performers boosts membership Romney blasts Biden over those left in Afghanistan: 'Bring them home' Progressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal 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 KinzingerBlinken grilled in first hearing since Afghanistan withdrawal Sunday shows - Manchin says he won't vote for .5 trillion bill Kinzinger says GOP fundraising on vaccine mandates are 'playing on people's fear' MORE (Ill.), Paul MitchellPaul MitchellSeven takeaways from California's recall election Opposition to California recall widens in new poll CNN posthumously airs final interview with late Rep. Paul Mitchell MORE (Mich.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonMcCarthy-allied fundraising group helps Republicans who voted to impeach Trump Cheney on challenger's Trump endorsement: 'Bring it' Trump endorses Cheney challenger MORE (Mich.), Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungRepublicans are the 21st-century Know-Nothing Party OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump |  Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps Overnight Energy: Biden admin backs Trump approval of major Alaska drilling project | Senate Republicans pitch 8 billion for infrastructure | EPA to revise Trump rule limiting state authority to block pipelines MORE (Alaska) and Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdFirst Democrat jumps into key Texas House race to challenge Gonzales Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel 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: Fall in white population could add fuel to nativist fire A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate The Memo: Biden beats Trump again — this time in the Senate 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.


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.”