The four most senior members of the Congress leadership have accepted President-elect Joe BidenJoe Biden FDA clears second rapid home COVID-19 test Pentagon awards $ 6.7 million contract for domestic production of essential material for rapid COVID-19 testingthe invitation to attend a church service with him Wednesday morning before his inauguration, according to several reports.
Majority Leader in the Senate Mitch mcconnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell A Tale of Two Fiscal Policies: What Motivates Senate Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid Harry Reid, political pugilist and longtime Senate Majority Leader, dies MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles schumerChuck SchumerBiden and lawmakers mourn Harry Reid Harry Reid, political pugilist and longtime Senate Majority Leader, dies Mitch McConnell set to win ‘Politician of the Year’ in 2021 MORE (DN.Y.), Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiA Tale of Two Tax Policies: What Motivates the Senate Asian American leaders push for national museum of their own Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid MORE (D-California) and House Minority Leader Kevin mccarthyKevin McCarthyJuan Williams: McCarthy’s inaction is a shame. President Biden’s bipartisanship resembles unilateral disarmament (R-Calif.) Will join Biden for mass at St. Matthew the Apostle’s Cathedral in Washington.
Biden is the second elected Catholic president, after President John F. Kennedy.
Punchbowl News first reported on the executive invitations and plans, which were later confirmed by CNN, NBC and ABC. The Hill has confirmed McCarthy’s acceptance of the invitation.
The Hill contacted McConnell’s office for confirmation.
Reports come in as President TrumpDonald TrumpKeith Olbermann slammed for tweet targeting Romney family Prince Andrew’s legal team said the accuser “lives in Australia” cannot sue in US court. And other key national security issues for 2022 PLUS he himself is expected to be the first president in 150 years not to attend the inauguration of his successor. Vice President Pence is expected to be present at the ceremony, while the President himself will attend a departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.
The presence of the bipartisan leaders also comes as Biden has repeatedly signaled his commitment to national unity ahead of the inauguration.
McCarthy was one of more than 100 House Republicans who opposed the Biden Electoral College victory over a deadly riot on the United States Capitol.
The two houses of Congress had split up to debate an objection to the Arizona election results when the mob of Trump supporters violated the Capitol.
McConnell, meanwhile, spoke out against the Senate challenge and joined the vast majority of his Senate Republican colleagues in voting to certify the election results.
Washington will be on high alert this week amid the inauguration following the riots, particularly in parts of Washington where federal government power is concentrated. On Monday, the Capitol was briefly quarantined for what was later confirmed to be a fire at a homeless camp.
Updated at 11:33 a.m.