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S.Res. 718 (116th): A resolution reaffirming the Senate’s commitment to the orderly and peaceful transfer of power called for in the Constitution of the United States, and for other purposes.


The text of the resolution below is as of Sep 24, 2020 (Resolution Agreed to by Senate).

Summary of this resolution

The overwhelming majority of Republicans supported the resolution, but not all of them.

Context

President Donald Trump has claimed that he might refuse to leave office if he loses the 2020 presidential election. During a September 23 press conference, in response to a question about whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power, Trump responded, “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens.”

Whether he would actually follow through or was just blustering is unclear at this point. But within days of Trump’s answer, a House and Senate resolution were introduced to get members of Congress on the record, pre-election, about whether they would endorse a …


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116th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. RES. 718

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 24, 2020

(for himself, Mr. Carper, Mr. Schatz, Mrs. Gillibrand, and Mr. Coons) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

Reaffirming the Senate's commitment to the orderly and peaceful transfer of power called for in the Constitution of the United States, and for other purposes.

Whereas the United States is founded on the principle that our Government derives its power from the consent of the governed and that the people have the right to change their elected leaders through elections;

Whereas our domestic tranquility, national security, general welfare, and civil liberties depend upon the peaceful and orderly transfer of power; and

Whereas any disruption occasioned by the transfer of the executive power could produce results detrimental to the safety and well-being of the United States and its people: Now, therefore, be it

That the Senate—

(1)

reaffirms its commitment to the orderly and peaceful transfer of power called for in the Constitution of the United States; and

(2)

intends that there should be no disruptions by the President or any person in power to overturn the will of the people of the United States.