Republicans in Congress Stay Largely in Line Behind Trump
Nearly two weeks after President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. was declared the winner of the election, leading congressional Republicans remain unwilling to recognize his victory, keeping silent on Friday even in the face of President Trump’s increasingly brazen attempts to subvert the results.
As Mr. Trump met at the White House with Michigan lawmakers in hopes of overturning that state’s popular vote, a few additional fissures emerged in the otherwise solid wall of Republican support for his tactics. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the retiring chairman of the Senate’s health committee, became the most senior Republican to call for Mr. Trump to begin the transition process. And the party’s top House appropriator, Representative Kay Granger of Texas, said it was time for the president and Republicans to “move on.”
“If there is any chance whatsoever that Joe Biden will be the next president, and it looks like he has a very good chance, the Trump administration should provide the Biden team with all transition materials, resources and meetings necessary to ensure a smooth transition so that both sides are ready on Day 1,” said Mr. Alexander, a three-term senator, former governor and former education secretary. “That especially should be true, for example, on vaccine distribution.”
But by and large, those notes of dissent and others came from Republicans who are already retiring at year’s end or have no immediate plans to face voters, like Senators Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.