House GOP debates Electoral College vote

House GOP lawmakers debated their challenging the Electoral College votes during a roughly 2 1/2-hour conference meeting at the Capitol on Tuesday morning. 

The meeting comes just one day before conservatives are slated to object to the results in certain swing states, a move that has divided the conference. 

Lawmakers described the debate as productive and cordial despite the huge differences between some Republicans.


“I thought everybody there had thought through where they were and why,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWhite House debates vaccines for air travel McCarthy on Dems' spending bill: 'The amount of money we spent to win World War II' Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE (R-Calif.) said. “Nobody was attacking anyone, everyone was laying out some of the strongest arguments I saw on all sides. Very productive.”

Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because many Republicans 'have remained silent' Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes McCarthy-allied fundraising group helps Republicans who voted to impeach Trump MORE (R-Mich.), who is opposed to objecting to the results, laid out the election process in Michigan, where President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE won the vote by more than 150,000 votes.

Upton said there were no cases of fraud that would overturn the result in Michigan, pushing back on unsubstantiated claims by the Trump campaign and its supporters that have been rejected by courts and state officials in Michigan.

Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksWatchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments Jan. 6 panel seeks records of those involved in 'Stop the Steal' rally Jan. 6 panel to ask for preservation of phone records of GOP lawmakers who participated in Trump rally: report MORE (R-Ala.), who is leading the efforts in the House, announced his plans to challenge the results last month, arguing that Congress, not the courts, should hold jurisdiction over the matter. 

A number of GOP senators have said they will challenge results in various states, including Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySenators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE (R-Mo.). 


There has been more support for challenging the results of the election among House Republicans than Senate Republicans, but the effort doesn't have enough support in either chamber to be successful. 

And the divide has also been worrying Republicans.

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.) told The Hill on Monday it was clear to him there was no evidence of widespread fraud that would change the result of the election.

“At this point in time, I don't see where that is coming to light. And I think it's time for us to sincerely search our souls and as leaders here of the country, rather than potentially pander to folks that are very upset. I think maybe it's time to have an honest conversation with them and to understand their frustration and anger,” he said.