Joe Biden Officially Certified by US Congress as President

President-elect Joe Biden
President-elect Joe Biden. Credit:Biden-Harris Presidential Transition official site

Joe Biden is officially the 46th person to win the White House as the US Congress officially affirmed the President-elect’s Electoral College victory over President Trump early Thursday morning.

The Senate and House rejected objections to throw out Georgia and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for Biden. Republicans also objected to Arizona, Nevada and Michigan’s electoral votes, but the motions failed before they reached debate.

Biden was declared the winner with 306 electoral votes while Donald Trump received 232 electoral votes.

The certification comes after Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol earlier Wednesday.

The joint session of Congress in which the electoral college’s votes are accepted is normally a ceremonial step, was halted for several hours after demonstrators breached the Capitol.

Proceedings resumed at about 8 p.m. ET with Vice President Mike Pence bringing the Senate session back into order.

“Let’s get back to work,” Pence said. He did not speak about President Trump in his remarks at the rostrum, which was seen as very unusual, perhaps signifying a major break with the President after the events of the day.