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  • Providing for the Counting of Electoral Votes for President and Vice President of the United States

    by Senator Harry Reid

    Posted on 2013-01-03

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    REID. Mr. President, I have a concurrent resolution at the desk, and I ask that it now be considered.



    The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The clerk will report the concurrent resolution by title.

    The legislative clerk read as follows: A concurrent resolution (S. Con. Res. 1) to provide for the counting on January 4, 2013, of the electoral votes for President and Vice President of the United States.

    The PRESIDENT pro tempore. Without objection, the concurrent resolution is considered and agreed to.

    The concurrent resolution (S. Con. Res. 1) reads as follows: S. Con. Res. 1 Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That the two Houses of Congress shall meet in the Hall of the House of Representatives on Thursday, the 4th day of January 2013, at 1 o'clock post meridian, pursuant to the requirements of the Constitution and laws relating to the election of President and Vice President of the United States, and the President of the Senate shall be their Presiding Officer; that two tellers shall be previously appointed by the President of the Senate on the part of the Senate and two by the Speaker on the part of the House of Representatives, to whom shall be handed, as they are opened by the President of the Senate, all the certificates and papers purporting to be certificates of the electoral votes, which certificates and papers shall be opened, presented, and acted upon in the alphabetical order of the States, beginning with the letter ``A''; and said tellers, having then read the same in the presence and hearing of the two Houses, shall make a list of the votes as they shall appear from said certificates; and the votes having been ascertained and counted in the manner and according to the rules by law provided, the result of the same shall be delivered to the President of the Senate, who shall thereupon announce the state of the vote, which announcement shall be deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons, if any, elected President and Vice President of the United States, and, together with a list of the votes, be entered on the Journals of the two Houses.

    Mr. REID. Mr. President, I move to reconsider the vote by which the concurrent resolution was agreed to.

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