U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise and Mike Johnson announced Wednesday morning that they will join U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins as members of Louisiana's legislative delegation who will vote today to overturn Joe Biden's election as president.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, who like the others is a Republican, has said he will not object to certifying the election result. U.S. Rep. Garret Graves is the only member of Louisiana's congressional delegation who hasn't announced his position. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond has announced he will join with all Democrats in certifying the election.
President Donald Trump has been demanding that Republican lawmakers join his effort to subvert the election result even though the courts and state election officials have ruled repeatedly against him.
None of those objecting to Biden's victory has presented credible evidence that would overturn the result.
Scalise, who represents suburban New Orleans, said in a statement that he will be standing up for "the rule of law" in voting not to certify the electors in several battleground states won by Biden that had not properly selected their presidential electors.
Johnson, of Benton outside of Shreveport, released a lengthy statement with 36 other Republican House members that presented a similar argument.
As they noted, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected this legal argument last month. The lawmakers' statement said that was because of insufficient standing, not merit.
"We understand that our support of objections in the joint session may not be sustained by a majority of both houses of Congress," Johnson and the others wrote. "Our oath, nonetheless, is to 'support and defend the Constitution of the United States,' and to 'bear true faith and allegiance to the same.' Taking this action today will not undermine our beleaguered institutions, as some critics charge, but rather reinforce and defend them."
A joint session of the House and Senate is taking up the vote on the election. The debate will likely last hours because overturning the election requires a majority vote in both the House and the Senate, and Kennedy, Johnson, Higgins and their allies have neither led.