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Rep. Meijer Upholds Oath to Support and Defend Constitution

January 6, 2021

 

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Peter Meijer (MI-03) made the following statement today ahead of the Joint Session of Congress to count electoral votes for the President and Vice-President of the United States.

“It’s abundantly clear that our election process must be reformed. The discrepancies seen throughout the 2020 election are unacceptable to me and to the people of West Michigan. We must have electoral processes that are beyond reproach and do not allow room for inconsistencies or fraud. These issues, however, cannot be fixed if we set the precedent that Congress can choose the president. In doing so, Congress would strip the power to elect the president from the American people and put it in the hands of the political establishment,” said Congressman Peter Meijer.

“It is not our job to disqualify electors based on our own beliefs as to whether fraud occurred in that state’s election. It is Congress’ job to uphold the integrity of the Constitution and respect states' authority in the election process. Any interpretation otherwise is extremely dangerous and one that threatens the will of the voters. We cannot and should not relegate more powers to the federal government over how states conduct elections. Doing so only gives the Democrats exactly what they have been after for years- to fully federalize election control and trample on states’ constitutionally-granted authority. Just three days ago I swore an Oath to protect and defend the Constitution above any policy agenda. This is a responsibility I do not take lightly, and while I may not be happy with the outcome of this election, the idea of objecting to the Constitution’s clearly defined text regarding Congress’ role is not one I can support.” 

Background: Yesterday, Congressman Meijer joined several of his Republican colleagues in a letter to House Leadership ahead of the January 6th vote to certify the Electoral College. Find the letter here.

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