Rep. Williams Statement on Electoral College Certification
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today released the following statement:
“Yesterday’s cowardly attack on our American democracy was a heinous act. While Congress attempted to execute their constitutional duty to debate and vote on the certification of the electoral college, violence interrupted the proceedings in an attempt to stop the democratic process. Those who committed these acts are domestic terrorists and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I thank the Capitol Police and all of the law enforcement organizations that pushed back against the mob. I can’t help but be reminded of their bravery during the baseball shooting on my Republican colleagues in June of 2017. I thank God every day for their presence.
“The American people deserve full transparency in the electoral process, with confidence that any irregularities or inconsistencies in that process will be fully investigated. As a former Texas Secretary of State, I know the electoral process well, and above all I know what the courts, the executive branch and elections officials can and cannot do without approval by the state legislature. During my tenure, I knew that my authority was confined to the powers the legislature provided me. If states fail to abide by the Constitution and follow their own laws, it calls into question whether the votes in Texas or any other state are fairly represented. And now, as a duly elected Member of Congress, the Constitution outlines my rights to speak and voice my constituents’ concerns with my vote.
“It’s pivotal that we have free and fair elections in our representative democracy, and more importantly, that we trust in the results of those elections. In no way is voicing an objection an attempt to overturn an election, and when this process is complete and all objections have been heard, I acknowledge that we will have a peaceful transfer of power on January 20, 2021. Faith in our system must be restored and Americans must be confident that their vote matters, and only lawful votes will be counted. Yesterday was a sad day in our nation’s history, but a solemn reminder that our country will not falter and will not fail.”
Congressman Roger Williams represents the 25th Congressional District of Texas and serves as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.