Congress finalizes Biden's win after riot disrupts Capitol

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Melissa Mahtani, Veronica Rocha and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 5:15 p.m. ET, January 7, 2021
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12:34 a.m. ET, January 7, 2021

GOP objection to Pennsylvania's electoral results is now under deliberation

GOP Rep. Scott Perry.
GOP Rep. Scott Perry. House TV

Vice President Mike Pence has accepted Pennsylvania's objection to its electoral results.

"I have a written objection, signed by a senator and 80 members of the House of Representatives," GOP Rep. Scott Perry said early Thursday morning in his objection.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley joined the objection as well.

Because the objection has been signed by both a congressman and a senator, the Senate will now reconvene and both it and the House will debate the objection. Each chamber will then vote on whether to sustain the objection.

CNN's Phil Mattingly has more:

2:55 a.m. ET, January 7, 2021

GOP objection to Nevada's electoral results rejected due to senator not joining their effort

Republican Rep. Mo Brooks.
Republican Rep. Mo Brooks. House TV

Vice President Mike Pence rejected an objection presented by Republican Rep. Mo Brooks to Nevada's electoral votes after their bid failed to include a signature from a senator.

The congressman said they objected to Nevada's electoral votes "in order to protect the lawful votes of Nevada and all other American citizens."

He noted, however, that "unfortunately" no senator had joined in their effort.

Nevada's votes were certified for President-elect Joe Biden.

Remember: Each objection must be put in writing and signed by both a congressman and senator in order for the joint session to be paused and the House and Senate adjourn to separately consider it.

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12:27 a.m. ET, January 7, 2021

GOP bid to object to Michigan's electoral result fails

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Source: House TV

A bid by Republicans to object to Michigan's electoral results, which certified President-elect Joe Biden's win, failed tonight in a joint session of Congress.

The objection was raised by Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who confirmed that it was in writing but had not been signed by a senator.

Because the objection lacked the signature, Vice President Mike Pence rejected the action.

"In that case, the objection cannot be entertained," Pence said, drawing applause from members of Congress.

And as a result, the objection failed.

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12:24 a.m. ET, January 7, 2021

Rejection of GOP objection to Georgia's electoral results draws applause in Congress

From CNN’s Kristin Wilson

Republican lawmakers objected to Georgia's electoral results, which certified President-elect Joe Biden's win, tonight on Capitol Hill.

GOP Rep. Jody Hice, of Georgia, objected to the election results in the state claiming they were "faulty and fraudulent."

When asked by Vice President Mike Pence whether these objections were presented in writing and signed by one senator, Hice said: "Mr. President, prior to the actions and events of today, we did, but following the events of today, it appears that some senators have withdrawn their objection."

Hice's response drew vigorous applause from other lawmakers.

"In that case, the objection cannot be entertained," Pence said in response.

Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler had indicated earlier today that she would object, but withdrew it after protestors stormed the Capitol Wednesday saying, "I cannot now object to the certification of these electors."

Georgia’s votes are now certified for President-elect Joe Biden.

Remember: Each objection must be put in writing and signed by both a congressman and senator in order for the joint session to be paused and the House and Senate adjourn to separately consider it. 

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11:59 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Track the electoral vote count in Congress

From CNN's Sean O’Key and Zachary B. Wolf

Electoral votes for president are counted during a joint session of Congress after they resumed the session following protests at the US Capitol in Washington on January 6.
Electoral votes for president are counted during a joint session of Congress after they resumed the session following protests at the US Capitol in Washington on January 6. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The joint session of Congress is counting the electoral ballots.

Four lawmakers designated as "tellers" — two from the House and two from the Senate — are reading the certificates of vote from each state.

They are doing this in alphabetical order. The teller just read the votes from Maine.

Track the electoral vote count in Congress here.

11:50 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Congress reconvenes for joint session to certify Biden's win

From CNN's Ted Barrett and Manu Raju

House TV
House TV

The House and Senate has reconvened the joint session and will resume counting the electoral ballots.

According to a Senate GOP leadership aide, when the Senate returns to the chamber to debate the objection to Pennsylvania, expected to be triggered by GOP Sen. Josh Hawley, they will not hold two hours of debate but will go straight to a roll call vote on the objection. 

This will allow many senators to leave the Capitol while the House debates, possibly for two hours, and then votes on the Pennsylvania objection. 

It’s unclear right now if the House would yield back time and not use the full two hours.

There will not likely be any more objections but after Pennsylvania is dealt with, the joint session will have to reconvene and complete counting of the ballots.

CNN's Phil Mattingly has more:

11:37 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

3 people died from medical emergencies near Capitol grounds during riots

From CNN's Adrienne Winston

DC Police Chief Robert Contee announced this evening that three people died from medical emergencies during today’s insurrection at the Capitol.

Contee did not specify if these people were involved in any way with the overtaking of the Capitol building.

“One adult female and two adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies, which resulted in their deaths. Any loss of life in the District is tragic and our thoughts are with anyone impacted by their loss," he said.

DC Fire and Emergency Medical services transported people to area hospitals with injuries ranging from cardiac arrest to multiple fractures after falling from scaffolding on the West front of the Capitol building. However, city officials did not say whether any of these people are the ones now deceased.

11:35 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Pelosi's office damaged during Capitol riot

From CNN's Manu Raju

Pro-Trump rioters -- who overtook the Capitol Wednesday and stormed past police barricades -- took the nameplate from above the door to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office. 

Aides also said the rioters shattered a big mirror in her office. 

CNN reported earlier that a photo from inside her office suite shows a folder with the words "we will not back down" written on it. 

The folder was found after rioters stormed the US Capitol as members of Congress were meeting to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win.

It also appears that the Office of the Senate Parliamentarian was ransacked during today's violence.

2:30 a.m. ET, January 7, 2021

The House just rejected an objection to Arizona's electoral vote. Here's what comes next.

House TV
House TV

The House voted to reject an objection to throw out Arizona's Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden. The measure was also dismissed in the Senate.

The effort failed in the House by a final vote of 303 to 121. A majority of Republicans voted to reject the electors, 121-83.

The House and the Senate will now reconvene in a joint session to continue to count the Electoral College votes. 

Remember: Any further objections must be made in writing and backed both by a member of the House of Representatives and a senator, from any state.

Objections that are entertained by the chair — that’s Vice President Mike Pence, whose duties include serving as president of the Senate — will force both the House and Senate to withdraw for debate in each chamber, which will be capped at a maximum of two hours.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley still plans to object to Pennsylvania's results, a spokesman said, which would force a second round of debate and votes on the objection.