When Friday’s U.S. House schedule was released from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, it was brief: “On Friday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business and recess immediately. The House will reconvene at 1:00 p.m. for the Joint Session of Congress to count the electoral ballots for the President and Vice-President of the United States.”
Today the House and Senate will verify certificates and count electoral college votes from each state for president and vice president of the United States. The process can be watched live or live-streamed from C-SPAN beginning at 1:00. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden will preside over the session.
Today’s formality represents the final and official confirmation that Donald Trump won the presidential election and clears the path for his inauguration on January 20.