Fred Keller speaks on the floor of the U.S. Capitol in the early morning hours of Jan. 7

Congressman Fred Keller, R.-Middleburg. who has a field office in Tunkhannock, found himself smack dab in the middle of what happened in Washington, D.C., last Wednesday when a group of pro-Trump supporters mobbed the U.S. Capitol.

Into the early evening, he issued these words: “The violence happening at the U.S. Capitol is shameful, completely unacceptable, and un-American. This is not how our Republic should operate and the rioters must be fully prosecuted. My staff and I are safe and sheltered in place at a secure location. God bless our Capitol police and first responders.”

He participated in the certfying of electoral college votes and offered these words the next day:

“While the violence at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an attack on our democratic republic, we witnessed the best of America when Democrats and Republicans came together to fulfill their duty to our Constitution and the American people. Thanks to the service of our Capitol Police, National Guard, and law enforcement, Congress came back to session to count the Electoral Votes, showing the world that America will not be deterred in ensuring that our nation functions like our founders intended.

“My objection during last night’s joint session was narrowly focused on the constitutional violations that occurred in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf, Secretary of State Boockvar, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court robbed the state Legislature’s clear constitutional authority to set election proceedings, and Attorney General Shapiro turned a blind eye. While the objection failed, I intend to work with my colleagues in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and county commissioners charged with administering elections to ensure that these constitutional abuses never happen again.

“After thorough and open debate, Congress upheld its constitutional duty and certified President-Elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election. We will move forward as one nation and ensure the peaceful transition of power occurs as it has every four years since 1792.”

At noon on Wednesday, Jan. 13, he will be providing a legislative update virtually through the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce. To access the Zoom meeting, contact the Chamber at 570-836-7755.

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