US Senator Ted Cruz from Texas (left) speaks during a joint congressional session with colleague Josh Hawley from Missouri about the election of the US President at the US Capitol in Washington on January 6th. Olivier Douliery / AFP / Getty Images
The Senate’s main objectors meet privately to consider whether they want to advance their objections. Discussions come as Heads of State and Government plan to continue the House and Senate sessions tonight, but pressure is mounting on the Senators to limit their objections and show unity after the violent demonstration in today’s Capitol.
Sens. Mike Braun from Indiana, Ted Cruz from Texas, Josh Hawley from Missouri, and several others met in a separate room outside the larger room where all senators are being held.
Braun was asked by reporters if they had found a solution. He replied: “Not yet.”
When CNN’s Manu Raju asked if his GOP peers should drop their objections tonight and just complete the Electoral College certification, Alaska GOP Senator Dan Sullivan replied, “I think the way to get this done is the fastest Way to show that our constitutional order is intact would be a good way forward. ”
Senators say they hope to return to the session Wednesday evening and complete ratification of the electoral college.
“These thugs won’t let us go,” said Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Manchin said he thought it was going to happen in the Capitol, but wasn’t sure.
Repeating Manchin’s remark, Democratic Senator from Arizona Mark Kelly said, “I expect this to be done.”
GOP Senator Roger Wicker said, “We will move forward.”
“The goal would be to speed up the objections and to shape the debate so that people who still have their arguments to make,” said Wicker. But he repeated that he was not involved in these negotiations. As CNN noted, it is still uncertain until leadership says so.
When asked if it would happen tonight, Wicker replied, “We will try to do it on the day it is requested.”
The Mississippi Republican also said the mood in the room where the senators are being held is “concerned” and “not optimistic”.
A few moments ago the Sergeant-at-Arms announced that the Capitol is now safe.
Minimal damage was visible in the Capitol, debris on the ground, but no major damage. The floor was chalky with what an officer told us was smoke bombs. The smell of what appeared to be smoke bombs filled the corridors of the Capitol.