Pelosi made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday, when she succinctly replied “yes” when asked if she was planning on having Miller-Meeks sit down before moving on to another question.
“Every vote counts and that is why the House Administration Committee is conducting a thorough and fair review of this election to ensure that every vote has been counted and counted as cast,” said the spokesperson for Pelosi, Drew Hammill, in a statement following the press conference. “Pending the outcome of the Committee’s review and in accordance with House practice, we intend to provisionally sit the Republican candidate on Sunday.”
The fate of Iowa’s Second District – and which would be seated when Congress meets to begin the 117th Congress on Sunday – has remained an open question as lawmakers and campaign officials from both parties have speculated what Pelosi might do. make. House Democrats could also have chosen to leave the seat open until the House committee completes its review.
But many Democrats privately worried about the optics of not placing the certified winner of the seat as they continue to strongly criticize President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the presidential election results, despite the landslide victory by Joe Biden.
Refusing to sit Miller-Meeks, the certified winner of an election, would be extremely rare. This has only happened three times since 1933, according to Congressional records.
Miller-Meeks was declared the winner by Iowa election officials in late November, but Hart has not conceded and is now asking the House Administration Committee to review the results and possibly overturn the decision of the ‘State.
Any member of the House could object to Miller-Meeks being sworn in with the rest of the freshman class on January 3, but senior assistants predicted that likely wouldn’t happen after Pelosi took over. the decision to make her sit down.
Hart formally filed his challenge in the House last week under the Federal Contested Election Act. (Pelosi’s intention to have Miller-Meeks sit will not directly affect Hart’s contest.)
In the coming weeks, the House administration committee is expected to create a panel to investigate his allegations – possibly by conducting a recount – and then determine the winner of the seat.
In his complaint, Hart explained in detail why 22 ballots were improperly rejected. If those ballots had been counted, she said she would have been in the lead.
The current outgoing president, Democratic Representative Dave Loebsack, will retire next month. Miller-Meeks, an ophthalmologist, has run four times for the Southeastern District of Iowa. The neighborhood is a biennial swing. Trump wore it in 2016 and 2020.