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Cruz, Cornyn to attend Biden inauguration

Texas Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSupreme Court faces landmark challenge on voting rights Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run Poll shows most GOP voters back Trump 2024 bid MORE (R) and John CornynJohn CornynBottom line This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Senate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill MORE (R) will attend President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year 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 HawleyGOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' Scarborough tears into 'Ivy League brats' Cruz, Hawley for attacking 'elites' No. 2 Senate Democrat shoots down overruling parliamentarian on minimum wage 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.