The U.S. Congress certifies the Electoral College vote giving Democrat Joe Biden his presidential victory amid violent pro-Trump protesters storming the U.S. Capitol.
Members of the House of Representatives planned to object to some states' Electoral College votes.
Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., objected to Georgia's electoral votes late Wednesday night but said the senators who planned to sponsor his move backed out after violence at the Capitol. Members of the House need a senator to sponsor such bicameral objections.
Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., said she was objecting to Michigan's results with 70 of her colleagues, but that objection was not signed by a senator, meaning it could go nowhere. Other lawmakers in the chamber applauded.
Similarly, just after midnight, Rep. Mo Brooke, R-Ala., said 55 House members wanted to object to Nevada's results, but no senator stood with them. Lawmakers again cheered.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., said she couldn't in "good conscience" reject the certification of electors for Georgia — reversing a decision she announced earlier this week ahead of her runoff election.
President Trump arrives to speak at a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (AP)
"When I arrived in Washington this morning, I fully intended to object to the certification of the electoral votes," Loeffler, R-Ga., said in remarks from the Senate floor. "However, the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider and I cannot now, in good conscience, object."
Some senators voted in the early hours of Thursday morning to reject Pennsylvania's electoral votes. They were Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wy., Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Ks., Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.
"I have serious concerns about election integrity, especially in Pennsylvania, and expressed some of them in a written statement to the Senate. But today’s sickening, un-American attack on the U.S. Capitol overshadowed that debate," Lummis said in a statement early Thursday. "Congress cannot fix problems with election integrity, only states can fix these problems. But Congress can investigate those problems and raise awareness."
The Senate, however, voted 92-7 to reject the effort to overturn Pennsylvania's vote, making a clear path for Biden to claim the White House.
Congress early Thursday certified the Electoral College vote.
Fox News' Chad Pergram, Sam Dorman and Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.