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“Mr. Speaker! Mr. Speaker!” by Michael Steenbergen

“Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker”   Or “How to Steal a Presidential Election and Force the Victim to Announce You Winner”     Starring Vice President Al Gore and Featuring the United States Congress in Joint Session (Both by Quotation Directly from the Congressional Record)   Also Starring in Abstencia: George and Jeb, the Bush Boys, and The Supremes (Court) (Again Both Groups by Direct Reference in the Congressional Record)   A One Act Coup D’état  copyright 2011 by Michael Steenbergen

“Mr. Speaker! Mr. Speaker! 

History forces Vice President Al Gore to supervise and certify his own usurpation as the winner of the 2000 US Presidential Election.
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“Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker”

Or “How to Steal a Presidential Election and Force the Victim to Announce You Winner”

Starring Vice President Al Gore and Featuring the United States Congress in Joint Session (Both by Quotation Directly from the Congressional Record)

Also Starring in Abstencia: George and Jeb, the Bush Boys, and The Supremes (Court) (Again Both Groups by Direct Reference in the Congressional Record)

A One Act Coup D’état
copyright 2011 by Michael Steenbergen

All Dialogue is 100 Percent Real, Historically Accurate and was actually spoken on the Floor of the United States Congress

Congressional Record
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United States of America
PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE 107th CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION
Vol. 147 WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2001 No. 4
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD—HOUSE H45

APPOINTMENT OF TELLERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE TO COUNT ELECTORAL VOTES

The SPEAKER. Pursuant to the provisions of Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, the 107th Congress, the Chair appoints as tellers on the part of the House to count the electoral votes the gentleman from California (Mr. THOMAS) and the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. FATTAH).

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE SPEAKER

The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr.COMBEST). The Chair will entertain five 1-minutes on each side.

OBJECTING TO THE ELECTORAL VOTE COUNT FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA (Ms. WATERS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Ms. WATERS. Mr. Speaker, let the RECORD show that on today, Saturday, January 6, I am present on the floor of the House of Representatives prepared to object to the electoral vote count for the State of Florida at the proceedings that will take place at 1 o’clock.  Let the RECORD show that the rules require all objections to be submitted in writing and signed by a Member of the House and a Member of the Senate.  As of 11:00 today, I have not been able to identify any U.S. Senator prepared to sign any objections; therefore, all attempts to object may be denied. However, I am voicing my objections to the electoral votes submitted by Florida. Mr. Speaker, I believe these electoral votes to be illegitimate and unrepresentative of the true popular vote in Florida. Vice President GORE is leading in popular votes in excess of 500,000 votes in this country, and all of Florida’s vote recounts are not yet tabulated. The recounts will document that GORE won Florida, despite voter fraud, despite voter intimidation, despite the butterfly ballots, despite the
criminal recording of ID numbers on absentee ballots. History will record what really took place in this election.

(Mr. WATTS of Oklahoma asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute. Deleted.)

EXPRESSING OUTRAGE AND EXASPERATION OF CONSTITUENTS IN MIAMI, FLORIDA (Mrs. MEEK of Florida asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mrs. MEEK of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I am a born and raised resident of the State of Florida. I do not stand today before this Congress with great pride, because I must object to the way the votes were handled in the State of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I am here to express the outrage and exasperation of my constituents in Miami, Florida, over the failure of our government and our electoral system in the 2000 Presidential election; 20,000 votes or more were not counted in Miami, Dade County, Florida. I am standing so that history will show and record my words so that people might better understand what has happened to us in Miami. We are outraged because African American voters in Florida did everything they were supposed to do, studied the issues. We did our civic duty. We lined up at the polls and we voted; and yet massive numbers of our votes were not counted. We cannot be silent, even though we would like to. First, the importance of this election is important throughout the country. We exercised what we thought was our legal right, only to have it nullified by faulty and defective voting machines distributed discriminatorily, targeted in our neighborhoods, nullified by purge of voting lists, and on and on. Mr. Speaker, I want America to understand that African Americans were not given process in this election.

(Mr. DREIER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute. Comment deleted.)

VOICING OBJECTION TO TALLY ON PREMISE OF SELF-EVIDENT TRUTH THAT WE ALL ARE CREATED EQUAL (Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)

Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, Alexander Hamilton said the sacred rights of mankind can never be erased or obscured by mortal power. Today is a solemn day, a day to affirm the votes of the American people; yet thousands of Americans’ votes were not counted.  I went to Florida and saw thousands of Floridian votes thrown out. After marches in Selma, Alabama and a dream that was enunciated at the Lincoln Memorial, it is imperative that the self-evident truth is that every vote must count. Therefore, at the tallying of the electoral votes, the voice of the voiceless will be heard as I intend to make a formal objection to the tally on the premise of the self-evident truth that we all are created equal. I will formally object to the electoral votes of the State of Florida, for the Supreme Court’s decision must not substitute for the will of the people. I do believe, as the Declaration of Independence has said, we all are created equal with certain inalienable rights of life, liberty, and, of course, freedom and justice, as I paraphrase.

(Mr. HAYWORTH asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.  Comment deleted.)

BETRAYAL OF DEMOCRACY (Ms. LEE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)

Ms. LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in total outrage over the disenfranchisement of thousands of voters and the real betrayal of our democracy. I rise today because we will not go gentle into that night. We will not stand silently by to seal the results of an electoral system that is separate and unequal. We will not stand silently by while African American voters are dismissed from polling places, forced to use antiquated machines, and denied their rightful voice.  I went to Florida to work to get out the vote for the same reason that I have gone overseas as an election observer, because free and fair elections are the very lifeblood of our democracy, because the principle of one person, one vote, must be more than empty rhetoric. This is not a dispute about chads; this is about fairness. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for the right to vote. Medgar Evers died for the right to vote. Today, we stand here in their memory. The right to vote is meaningless if every vote is not counted. So, let the world know that we failed in upholding our democratic principles, and that it was the Reagan-Bush Supreme Court, not the people of the United States, who decided the outcome of this election. I object to the tallying and to accepting the electoral votes and will formally do so.

(Mr. HUTCHINSON asked and was given permission to address the House
for 1 minute.  Comment deleted.)

GROSS VIOLATIONS OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT (Ms. MCKINNEY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Ms. MCKINNEY. Mr. Speaker, we had our problems in Georgia, but the Florida elections were marred by gross violations of the Voting Rights Act. Voters who had never been to jail were listed as felons and then were not able to vote. Translators were not provided. A second ID was requested of immigrants even though it was not required. But while Floridians pored over
hanging chads and dimpled ballots, one-third of Florida’s African American males were unable to vote because of felony convictions. The Congress today will rubber stamp these gross violations of the Violating Rights Act. For black voters, these egregious insults must be addressed. It is not the act of voting that is democracy, but the counting of those votes; and that is what measures a true democracy.

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

The SPEAKER Pro Tempore (Mr. COMBEST). The Chair desires to make a statement. The Chair desires to defer further unanimous consent requests and 1- minute speeches until after the formal ceremony of the day, which is the counting of the electoral votes for President and Vice President.

RECESS

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to clause 12 of rule I, the Chair declares the House in recess until approximately 12:55 p.m.

Accordingly (at 11 o’clock and 21 minutes a.m.), the House stood in recess until approximately 12:55 p.m.

AFTER RECESS
The recess having expired, the House was called to order by the Speaker at 1 o’clock and 1 minute p.m.

COUNTING ELECTORAL VOTES—JOINT SESSION OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE HELD PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 1

At 1:02 p.m. the Sergeant at Arms, Wilson Livingood, announced the Vice President and the Senate of the United States. The Senate entered the Hall of the House of Representatives, headed by the Vice President and the Secretary of the Senate, the Members and officers of the House rising to receive them. The Vice President took his seat as the Presiding Officer of the joint convention of the two Houses, the Speaker of the House occupying the chair on his left. Senators took seats to the right of the rostrum as prescribed by law.

The joint session was called to order by the Vice President.

The VICE PRESIDENT. Mr. Speaker and Members of Congress, the Senate and the House or Representatives, pursuant to the requirements of the Constitution and the laws of the United States, are meeting in joint session for the purpose of opening the certificates and ascertaining and counting the
votes of the electors of the several States for President and Vice President. After ascertainment has been had that the certificates are authentic and correct in form, the tellers will count and make a list of the votes cast by the electors of the several States. The tellers on the part of the two Houses will take their places at the Clerk’s desk.

The tellers, Senator DODD and Senator MCCONNELL on the part of the Senate, and Mr. THOMAS and Mr. FATTAH on the part of the House, took
their places at the desk.

The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair will open the certificates in alphabetical order and pass to the tellers the certificates showing the votes of the electors in each State, and the tellers will then read, count, and announce the result in each State.

POINT OF ORDER

Mr. DEUTSCH. Mr. Vice President, I make a point of order.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The gentleman will state his point of order.
Mr. DEUTSCH. Mr. Vice President, we have just completed the closest election in American history.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The gentleman will suspend. The Chair is advised by the Parliamentarian that, under section 18 of title 3, United States Code, no debate is allowed in the joint session. If the gentleman has a point of order, please present the point of order.
Mr. DEUTSCH. Mr. Vice President, there are many Americans who still believe that the results we are going to certify today are illegitimate.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The gentleman will suspend. If the gentleman from Florida has a point of order, he may present the point of order at this time. Otherwise, the gentleman will suspend.
Mr. DEUTSCH. Mr. Vice President, I will note the absence of a quorum and respectfully request that we delay the proceedings until a quorum is present.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair is advised by the Parliamentarian that
section 17 of title 3, United States Code, prescribes a single procedure for
resolution of either an objection to a certificate or other questions arising in
the matter. That includes a point of order that a quorum is not present. The Chair rules, on the advice of the Parliamentarian, that the point of order that a quorum is not present is subject to the requirement that it be in writing and signed by both a Member of the House of Representatives and a Senator.
Is the point of order in writing and signed not only by a Member of the House of Representatives but also by a Senator?
Mr. DEUTSCH. It is in writing, but I do not have a Senator.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The point of order may not be received. The Chair hands to the tellers the certificate of the electors for President and Vice President of the State of Alabama, and they will read the certificate and will count and make a list of the votes cast by that State… …the State of Alaska …the State of Arizona …the State of Arkansas …the State of California …the State of Colorado …the State of Connecticut …the State of Delaware …the District of Columbia… Is there objection to the certificate just counted? The Chair hears no objection.

There was no objection.

The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair now hands to the tellers the certificate of the electors for President and Vice President of the State of Florida, and
they will read the certificate and will count and make a list of the votes cast
by that State.
Mr. FATTAH (one of the tellers). This is the one we have all been waiting for.  We, the undersigned duly elected and serving Electors for President and Vice-President hereby certify that we have this day met in the Executive Offices of the Capitol at Tallahassee, Florida, and cast our votes for President of the United States and our votes for Vice-President of the United
States, and that the results are as follows: Those receiving votes for President of the United States and the number of such votes were: George W. Bush, 25. Those receiving votes for Vice- President of the United States and the number of such votes were: Dick Cheney, 25. Done at Tallahassee, the Capitol, this 18th day of December, A.D., 2000. Signed by the pertinent electors and duly attested. Mr. President, the certificate of the electoral vote of the State of Florida seems to be regular in form and authentic, and it appears therefrom that George W. Bush of the State of Texas received 25 votes for President and Dick Cheney of the State of Wyoming received 25 votes for Vice President.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is there objection?
Mr. HASTINGS of Florida. Mr. President, I object to the certificate from
Florida.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The gentleman from Florida (Mr. HASTINGS)
will present his objection. Is the gentleman’s objection in writing and
signed by a Member of the House of Representatives and by a Senator?
Mr. HASTINGS of Florida. Mr. President, and I take great pride in calling
you that, I must object because of the overwhelming evidence of official misconduct, deliberate fraud, and an attempt to suppress voter turnout.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair must remind Members that under section 18, title 3, United States Code, no debate is allowed in the joint session.
Mr. HASTINGS of Florida. Thank you, Mr. President. To answer your
question, Mr. President, the objection is in writing, signed by a number of Members of the House of Representatives, but not by a Member of the Senate. Thank you, Mr. President.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair thanks the gentleman from Florida for
his courtesy. Since the present objection lacks the signature of a Senator,
accordingly, the objection may not be received. Are there other objections?
Mrs. MEEK of Florida. Mr. President, I have an objection.
The VICE PRESIDENT. For what purpose does the gentlewoman from
Florida (Mrs. MEEK) rise?
Mrs. MEEK of Florida. Mr. President, I have an objection.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection in writing and signed by a Member of the House and by a Senator?
Mrs. MEEK of Florida. Mr. President, it is in writing and signed by myself
and several of my constituents from Florida. A Senator is needed, but missing.
The VICE PRESIDENT. On the basis previously stated, the objection may
not be received. The Chair thanks the gentlewoman from Florida for her
courtesy. For what purpose does the gentlewoman from Florida, Ms. BROWN, rise?
Ms. BROWN of Florida. Mr. President, I stand for the purpose of objecting
to the counting of the vote from the State of Florida as read.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection in writing and signed by a Member of the House of Representatives and a Senator?
Ms. BROWN of Florida. Mr. President, it is in writing and signed by several House colleagues on behalf of, and myself, the 27,000 voters of Duval County, of which 16,000 of them are African Americans that were disenfranchised in this last election.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The gentlewoman will suspend. The part of the
question that the Chair will put again is, is the objection signed by a Member
of the Senate?
Ms. BROWN of Florida. It is not signed by a Member of the Senate. The
Senate is missing.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair thanks the gentlewoman. The objection, on the basis previously stated, may not be received. For what purpose does the gentlewoman from Texas (Ms. EDDIE BERNICE
JOHNSON) rise?
Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. President, I rise on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus to object to the 25 electoral votes from Florida.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Does the gentlewoman state an objection, and is it in writing and signed by a Member of the House of Representatives and a Senator?
Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. It is in writing, signed by a number of Members of Congress, and because we received hundreds of thousands of telegrams and e-mails and telephone calls, but we do not have a
Senator.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection signed by a Senator?
Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. It is not signed by a Senator,
Mr. President.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair thanks the gentlewoman from Texas.
On the previous basis stated, the objection may not be received. For what purpose does the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. CUMMINGS) rise?
Mr. CUMMINGS. I have an objection.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The gentleman will state his objection. Is the
objection in writing and signed by a Member of the House and a Senator?
Mr. CUMMINGS. Mr. President, it is in writing and signed by myself on behalf of the many disenfranchised people in the State of Florida, and it is
signed along with many of my other colleagues from the House.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is it signed by a Senator?
Mr. CUMMINGS. No, it is not.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair thanks the gentleman from Maryland.
On the basis previously stated, the objection may not be received.
Mr. CUMMINGS. Thank you very much, Mr. President.
The VICE PRESIDENT. For what purpose does the gentlewoman from
Texas (Ms. JACKSON-LEE) rise?
Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Mr. President, I have an objection.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection in writing and signed by a Member of the House of Representatives and a Senator?
Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Mr. President, thank you for your inquiry. It is in writing, it is signed by myself on behalf of my diverse constituents and the millions of Americans who have been disenfranchised by Florida’s inaccurate vote count, along with my House colleagues, Mr. President.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection signed by a Senator?
Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Mr. President, I do not have a Senator who has signed this objection.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair thanks the gentlewoman from Texas. On the basis previously stated, the objection may not be received.
Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Thank you, Mr. President.
The VICE PRESIDENT. For what purpose does the gentlewoman from California (Ms. WATERS) rise?
Ms. WATERS. Mr. Vice President, I rise to object to the fraudulent 25 Florida electoral votes.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection in writing and signed by a Member of the House and a Senator?
Ms. WATERS. The objection is in writing, and I do not care that it is not signed by a Member of the Senate.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair will advise that the rules do care, and the signature of a Senator is required. The Chair will again put that part of the question: Is the objection signed by a Senator?
Ms. WATERS. Mr. Vice President, there are gross violations of the Voting Rights Act from Florida, and I object; and it is not signed by a Senator.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair thanks the gentlewoman from California. On the basis previously stated, the objection may not be received. For what purpose does the gentlewoman from California (Ms. LEE) rise?
Ms. LEE. Mr. President, I have an objection.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection in writing and signed by a Member of the House of Representatives and a Senator?
Ms. LEE. Mr. President, it is in writing and signed by myself on behalf of many of the diverse constituents in our country, especially those in the Ninth Congressional District and all American voters who recognize that the Supreme Court, not the people of the United States, decided this election.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection signed by a Senator?
Ms. LEE. Unfortunately, Mr. President, it is not signed by one single Senator.
The VICE PRESIDENT. On the basis previously stated, the objection may not be received. The Chair thanks the gentlewoman from California. For what purpose does the gentlewoman from Georgia (Ms. MCKINNEY) rise?
Ms. MCKINNEY. Mr. President, I have an objection at the desk to Florida’s 25 electoral votes.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection in writing and signed by a Member of the House of Representatives and a Senator?
Ms. MCKINNEY. Mr. President, it is in writing and it is signed by my Congressional Black Caucus colleagues, my House colleagues and myself; but it is not signed by one single Senator.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair thanks the gentlewoman from Georgia. On the basis previously stated, the objection may not be received. For what purpose does the gentlewoman from Hawaii (Mrs. MINK) rise?
Mrs. MINK of Hawaii. Mr. President, I want to voice my objection.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection in writing and signed by a Member of the House of Representatives and a Senator?
Mrs. MINK of Hawaii. Mr. President, it is in writing, and I have signed it on behalf of not only myself and other colleagues of the House but my constituents. Unfortunately, I have no authority over the United States Senate and no Senator has signed.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair thanks the gentlewoman from Hawaii. On the basis previously stated, the objection may not be received. For what purpose does the gentlewoman from North Carolina (Mrs. CLAYTON) rise? Mrs. CLAYTON. Mr. President, I rise in objection to the Florida electoral votes, and I rise to object to the process that, indeed, that voters do count, the essence of democracy demands that we speak to it.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection in writing and is it signed by a Member of the House of Representatives and a Senator?
Mrs. CLAYTON. Mr. President, it is in writing and it is signed by more than 10 of my Members in the House.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection signed by a Senator?
Mrs. CLAYTON. Unfortunately, it is not.
The VICE PRESIDENT. On the basis previously stated, the objection may not be received. The Chair thanks the gentlewoman from North Carolina. Are there any other objections? For what purpose does the gentlewoman from Georgia (Ms. MCKINNEY) rise?
Ms. MCKINNEY. Mr. President, I object to Florida’s electors, and in view of the fact that debate is not permitted in joint session and pursuant to title 3, I move that the House withdraw from the joint session in order to allow consideration of the facts surrounding the slate of electors from Florida.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair will remind the Members of the joint session that even though a Member’s motion may affect only one House, the statutory principle of bicameral signatures must, nevertheless, be applied. The gentlewoman will suspend. Reading sections 15 through 18 of title 3, United States Code, as a coherent whole, the Chair holds that no procedural question is to be recognized by the presiding officer in the joint session unless presented in writing and signed by both a Representative and a Senator. Is the gentlewoman’s motion in writing and signed by a Member and a Senator?
Ms. MCKINNEY. Mr. President, the motion is in writing, it is at the desk, and because it involves the prerogatives of the House, therefore Senate assent is not required.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair will advise the gentlewoman respectfully that reading sections 15 through 18 of title 3, U.S. Code, as a whole, the Chair holds that no procedural question, even if involving only one House of Congress, is to be recognized by the presiding officer in the joint session, unless presented in writing and signed by both a Representative and a Senator. Because the gentlewoman’s motion is not signed by a Senator, on the basis previously stated, the motion may not be received. The Chair thanks the gentlewoman from Georgia. For what purpose does the gentleman from California rise?
Mr. FILNER. I have an objection to the electoral votes from Florida.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection in writing; is it signed by a Member of the House of Representatives and a Senator?
Mr. FILNER. No, it is not in writing, but I rise in solidarity with my colleagues who have previously expressed their objection.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The objection will not be allowed on the previous basis.
Mr. FILNER. I thank the President.
The VICE PRESIDENT. For what purpose does the gentlewoman from California (Ms. WATERS) rise?
Ms. WATERS. I have a motion of objection.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the motion in writing, and is it signed by a Member of the House of Representatives and a Member of the Senate?
Ms. WATERS. The motion is in writing, Mr. President, and I rise to offer a motion to withdraw from the joint session. There is no reference to the section that you have referenced to quorum or withdrawal.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair will respectfully advise the gentlewoman from California that sections 15 through 18 of title 3, as previously stated, in the opinion of the Chair and the Parliamentarians require the Chair to rule that no procedural question is to be recognized by the Presiding Officer in the joint session, even if it applies to only one House, unless presented in writing and signed by both a Representative and a Senator. Since the Chair has been advised that the gentlewoman’s motion is not signed by a Senator, on the basis previously stated, the motion may not be received.
Ms. WATERS. Let the RECORD show that is an opinion. It is not written in that section in reference to quorum or withdrawal.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair thanks the gentlewoman from California. Are there any further objections to the certificate just counted?
Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Mr. President, I rise to make a point of order.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the point of order in writing, and is it signed by a Member of the House of Representatives and a Senator?
Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Mr. President, being that this is a solemn day and a day that we are affirming the voices of the American people; we   wish to delay this until a quorum has been maintained.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The gentlewoman will be advised, as all Members of the joint session will be advised, that a motion for the presence of a quorum is not in order unless it is signed by a Member of the House of Representatives and a Senator. Since the Chair is advised that the gentlewoman’s motion is not signed by a Senator, it is not received.
Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas. Thank you, Mr. President. It is signed by me, but I do not have a Senator.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair thanks the gentlewoman from Texas. For what purpose does the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. JACKSON) rise?
Mr. JACKSON of Illinois. Mr. President, I have an objection.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the gentleman’s objection in writing and signed by a Member of the House of Representatives and a Senator?
Mr. JACKSON of Illinois. Yes, sir, I have signed it.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is the objection signed by a Senator?
Mr. JACKSON of Illinois. Mr. President, I am objecting to the idea that votes in Florida were not counted; and it is a sad day in America, Mr. President, when we cannot find a Senator to sign these objections. New Democratic Senators will not sign the objection, Mr. President. I object.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The gentleman will suspend. The Chair thanks the gentleman from Illinois, but, on the basis previously stated, the objection is not in order. For what purpose does the gentleman from Florida (Mr. HASTINGS) rise?
Mr. HASTINGS of Florida. Mr. President, point of order. Would the President advise whether or not there is an opportunity to appeal the ruling of the Chair?
The VICE PRESIDENT. This is going to sound familiar to you, to all of us. The Chair finds that section 17 of title 3, United States Code, prescribes a single procedure for resolution of either an objection to a certificate or other questions arising in the matter. The Chair rules that the appeal is subject to the requirement that it be in writing and signed by both a Member of the House of Representatives and a Senator. Since the Chair presumes that it is not signed by a Senator, it is not received on the basis previously stated.
Mr. HASTINGS of Florida. We did all we could, Mr. President.
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair thanks the gentleman from Florida. Are there further objections?
Ms. WATERS. Further objection, Mr. President.
The VICE PRESIDENT. For what purpose does the gentlewoman from California (Ms. WATERS) rise?
Ms. WATERS. Mr. President, I rise to ask unanimous consent that the debate on this issue go forward.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Notwithstanding the fact that an objections were heard, the Chair is advised that that request should not even be entertained. For what purpose does the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. JACKSON) rise?
Mr. JACKSON of Illinois. Mr. President, is it possible to ask at this hour for a Democratic Senator to sign one of these Democratic objections by unanimous consent? Is that within the House rules?
The VICE PRESIDENT. The Chair will advise the gentleman from Illinois that any Member of either Chamber may do as he or she wishes, so long as it is within the rules of the joint session. So it is possible, as long as it does not violate the rules, but the Chair will not entertain debate, because that is a violation of the rules of the joint session. If there is no further objection, the Chair hands to the tellers the certificates of the electors for President and Vice President of the State of Georgia, and they will read the certificate and will count and make a list of the votes cast by that State.
Senator DODD (one of the tellers). Certificate of Ascertainment. On November 7, 2000, the following people were appointed electors of President and Vice President of the United States, each receiving 1,419,720 votes: Certificate of Vote of the 2000 Electors From Georgia. We, the undersigned, being the duly elected and qualified electors of President and Vice President of the United States of America from the State of …  Mr. President, the certificate of the electoral vote of the State of Wyoming seems to be regular in form and authentic, and it appears therefrom that George W. Bush of the State of Texas received 3 votes for President and DICK CHENEY of the State of Wyoming received 3 votes for Vice President.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Is there objection? The Chair hears no objection.

There was no objection.

The VICE PRESIDENT. Gentlemen and gentlewomen of the Congress, the certificates of all the States have now been opened and read, and the tellers will make final ascertainment of the result and deliver the same to the President of the Senate.

The tellers delivered to the President of the Senate the following statement of results:

JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS FOR THE COUNTING OF THE ELECTORAL VOTES FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: OFFICIAL TALLY, JANUARY 6, 2001

The undersigned, CHRISTOPHER J. DODD and MITCH MCCONNELL, tellers on the part of the Senate, WILLIAM M. THOMAS and CHAKA FATTAH, tellers on the part of the House of Representatives, report the following as the result of the ascertainment and counting of the electoral vote for President and Vice President of the United States for the term beginning on the twentieth day of January, two thousand and one.

Electoral Votes of Each State For President  Total—538 … George W. Bush, of the State of Texas, 271; AL GORE, of the State of Tennessee, 266

CHRISTOPHER J. DODD, MITCH MCCONNELL, Tellers on the part of
the Senate.

WILLIAM M. THOMAS, CHAKA FATTAH, Tellers on the part of
the House of Representatives.

The VICE PRESIDENT. The state of the vote for President of the United
States, as delivered to the President of the Senate, is as follows: The whole number of electors appointed to vote for President of the United States is 538, of which a majority is 270. George W. Bush, of the State of
Texas, has received for President of the United States 271 votes.  AL GORE, of the State of Tennessee, has received 266 votes. This announcement on the state of the vote by the President of the Senate shall be deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons elected President and Vice President of the United
States, each for the term beginning on the 20th of January 2001, and shall be entered, together with a list of the votes, on the Journals of the Senate and the House of Representatives.  May God bless our new President and
our new Vice President, and may God bless the United States of America.  Members of the Congress, the purpose for which the joint session of the two
Houses of Congress has been called having been accomplished, pursuant to
Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, 107th Congress, the Chair thanks the Speaker and the Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate here assembled and declares the joint session dissolved.

(Thereupon, at 2 o’clock and 50 minutes p.m. the joint session of the two
Houses of Congress was dissolved.)

The SPEAKER. Pursuant to Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, 107th Congress, the Chair directs that the electoral vote will be spread at large upon the Journal.
Google First Edition Published August 4, 2012 by Michael Steenbergen ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Also “Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker” by Generation Party on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 8:39am was published as a Tribute for the HCTDW Annual “Dia De Los Muertos” Fundraiser www.HCTDW.org

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