Trump has refused to concede defeat in the November 3 election and has been ramping up the pressure on fellow Republicans and Vice President Mike Pence to back his baseless claims of election fraud.
The joint session of Congress comes one day after voters went to the polls in Georgia and appear to have handed a pair of stunning victories to the Democratic Senate candidates over their Republican opponents.
Biden is due to be sworn in on January 20 and control of the Senate would give his Democrats the levers of power in the executive branch and both chambers of Congress, and allow him to push through
In his address, Trump also claimed “today, I will lay out the evidence” of electoral fraud.
Speaking at a rally in Washington this Wednesday, Donald Trump tells supporters “we will never give up, we will never concede”, demonstrating his enduring refusal to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory.
Eleven Republican senators, led by Texan senator Ted Cruz, have vowed to object to the Electoral College votes… unless there is a 10-day audit of election results.
President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday hailed his Democratic Party’s likely takeover of the Senate as a sign that Americans want action and made an appeal for bipartisanship.
Biden said he looked forward to working with “Majority Leader” Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat who would take control of the chamber, as he congratulated Georgia Democratic Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff as last results came in from Tuesday’s runoff.
“After the past four years, after the election, and after today’s election certification proceedings on the Hill, it’s time to turn the page,” said Biden.
“The American people demand action and they want unity. I am more optimistic than I ever have been that we can deliver both,” Biden said.
Biden immediately called on Congress to do more to provide Covid relief after a package last month provided $600 cheques to most Americans.