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Senate Democrats rebuke GOP colleagues who say they'll oppose Electoral College results

Senate Democrats criticized their GOP colleagues after a group of 11 Republicans announced they would oppose the Electoral College results when Congress meets on Wednesday.

A number of Democrats said the group, which is led by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Cruz puts hold on Biden's CIA nominee It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it Senate rejects Cruz effort to block stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants MORE (Texas) and includes Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonMarjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP Democrats gear up for PR battle on COVID-19 relief Johnson says leaving office after 2022 'probably my preference now' MORE (Wis.), James Lankford (Okla.), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Kennedy (La.) and Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) is undermining the electoral process by vowing to vote against accepting the election results until there is a 10-day audit. 

Congress will meet for a joint session on Wednesday to certify the Electoral College tally, which found President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE the victor of the White House race. 

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“Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20th, and no publicity stunt will change that,” Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction FDA signals plan to address toxic elements in baby food Sen. Tina Smith calls for eliminating filibuster MORE (D-Minn.) said in a statement issued Saturday.

“For a group of my Republican colleagues to claim that they want an additional federal 'commission' to supersede state certifications when the votes have already been counted, recounted, litigated, and state-certified, amounts to nothing more than an attempt to subvert the will of the voters,” she added. 

“This pathetic, opportunistic stunt is an attack on our democracy. It’s un-American & unconscionable. Votes have been counted, recounted, certified, & all challenges totally discredited. Time to govern & get things done,” added Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).

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The rebukes are targeted at the GOP senators who announced Saturday that they would reject the Electoral College results so a panel could investigate allegations of voter fraud.

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE’s campaign and Republican allies have stated numerous times that the 2020 election was tainted by widespread voter fraud. However, U.S. election officials as well as former Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPolitics in the Department of Justice can be a good thing Majority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case MORE have stated that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. 

Following the 2020 election, the president's campaign and some GOP lawmakers launched legal battles in several battleground states, but the majority of them have been unsuccessful. 

"Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states," the GOP senators said. "Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed."

The 11 senators and senators-elect will join Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyDeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Chamber of Commerce clarifies stance on lawmakers who voted against election certification Crenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' MORE (R-Mo.), who has already said he will object to the Electoral College results because of concerns around allegations of voter fraud.

The challenge is almost guaranteed to fail in the Democratic-controlled House and in the Senate, where 48 Democrats and several Republicans are anticipated to come out against these efforts. 

Still, Democrats accused their GOP counterparts of attempting to undermine the democratic process. 

"'I did sedition because I was up for re-election' is a helluva thing to explain to your grandkids," tweeted Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzSenate inches toward COVID-19 vote after marathon session Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Little known Senate referee to play major role on Biden relief plan MORE (D-Hawaii).

“It is a sad and tragic day for our country that 140 members of the House of Representatives, 13 senators and a defeated president are attempting to undermine American democracy and our Constitution,” Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage, implying that it's sexist Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package Schumer insists Democrats unified after chaotic coronavirus debate MORE (I-Vt.) added. “They will not succeed.”

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Members of Republican leadership such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote MORE (Ky.) and Senate Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Biden gets involved to help break Senate logjam MORE (S.D.) have urged their colleagues to refrain from challenging the Electoral College results. 

Following the news from his Republican colleagues, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer tweeted, "Joe Biden and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it Trump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol MORE will be President and Vice President of the United States in 18 days."