Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced that the leaders of Congress have decided to resume the joint meeting tonight to validate President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Once the crisis in the Capitol building is lifted and ready for use, members will continue to certify the counting of electoral votes, CNN reported.
“In consultation with Leader Hoyer and Whip Clyburn and after calls to the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Vice President, we have decided we should proceed tonight at the Capitol once it is cleared for use,” Nancy Pelosi said.
Members of Congress are pushing for completion of the election verification process tonight. Senate deputies also intend to return to the Capitol building. Meanwhile, with the curfew in Washington at 6:00 pm, the crowd outside the Congress building began to disperse.
As we reported earlier, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency as well as set a curfew for the Arlington and Alexandria areas neighboring Washington, DC.
"At the request of the administrations of Alexandria and Arlington, I am declaring a curfew from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am in these jurisdictions, with limited exceptions. I am also issuing a State of Emergency in Virginia, so we can continue to respond," the governor wrote.