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Cruz, Cornyn to attend Biden inauguration

Texas Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military | Military guns go missing | New White House strategy to battle domestic extremism Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military: 'We are not weak' Biden tries to erase Trump's 'America First' on world stage MORE (R) and John CornynJohn CornynSenate passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday Harris calls for pathway to citizenship for Dreamers on DACA anniversary Senate confirms Garland's successor to appeals court MORE (R) will attend President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE’s inauguration next Wednesday.

KXAN Austin first reported that Cruz will attend Biden’s inauguration, citing sources. In response to the news that Cruz will attend, Cornyn said on Twitter “see you there,” indicating that he will also attend.

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Cruz has faced backlash over the past week for leading a group of 11 senators who said they would challenge the Electoral College votes of certain battleground states. Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHillicon Valley: Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC | Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cyber during summit with Putin | TSA working on additional security regulations following Colonial Pipeline hack Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC Rick Scott urges NBC to demand Winter Olympics be moved from China over human rights abuses  MORE (R-Mo.) separately had announced he would do so, and Hawley objected to the vote in Pennsylvania.

Cruz objected with several House members to the count in Arizona, roughly an hour before a mob attacked the Capitol. Critics have said senators objecting to the Electoral College votes, in a largely futile gesture that had no chance of succeeding, contributed to the Jan. 6 disaster in which a mob fueled by conspiracy theories over the election stormed the Capitol.

While some senators backed off the effort after the riot at the Capitol, Cruz still voted to uphold objections to both Arizona and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes.

Cornyn did not join efforts to challenge the Electoral College vote, and CBS Austin notes that he has acknowledged Biden’s victory since December.