Business leaders tell Congress to certify Biden won election, Trump lost

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at the transition team’s Covid-19 advisory board Nov. 9, 2020 meeting in Wilmington, Delaware.Joe Raedle | Getty ImagesMajor U.S. business leaders on Monday urged Congress to certify this week President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Donald Trump, who has refused to recognize his loss in the 2020 election.Business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Partnership for New York City separately issued statements calling for an end to efforts to undermine Biden’s win.”This presidential election has been decided and it is time for the country to move forward. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have won the Electoral College and the courts have rejected challenges to the electoral process,” the Partnership for New York City said in its statement.”Congress should certify the electoral vote on Wednesday, January 6. Attempts to thwart or delay this process run counter to the essential tenets of our democracy,” that group said.Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue, in his statement said that “efforts by some members of Congress to disregard certified election results in an effort to change the election outcome or to try a make a long-term political point undermines our democracy and the rule of law and will only result in further division across our nation.”And the National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons in his statement cited the fact that hat manufacturing workers have “heroically stepped up” to produce food, vaccines, medicines and other products to fight the raging Covid-19 epidemic in the past year.”Our industry has been fighting to protect our country, and now we ask Congress to join us in healing our nation, instead of fostering more division and vitriol,” Timmons said.Congress is due to meet on Wednesday to certify the Electoral College results.A number of Republican senators and members of the House of Representatives have said they will challenge the certification of electors from several battleground states that gave Biden his margin of victory.That effort is expected to fail because both the House and Senate would have to reject the Electoral College tally in Biden’s favor to invalidate the results. Democrats have a majority of House seats, ensuring such a measure would fail there, and enough Republican senators have said they will not decertify Biden’s win to defeat the effort in their chamber of Congress.Trump has claimed, without evidence, that he was swindled out of both a popular vote victory and a Electoral College win by widespread ballot fraud.

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