Swalwell to introduce resolution re-affirming commitment to orderly & peaceful transfer of power

September 28, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) on Tuesday will introduce a resolution reaffirming the House of Representatives’ commitment to the orderly and peaceful transfer of power called for in the Constitution of the United States.

“Since the dawn of our nation, every President has honored the orderly and peaceful transfer of power to his successor following an election, but President Trump repeatedly has said he might not allow this,” said Swalwell, co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and a member of the Judiciary and Intelligence committees. “His threat to refuse to accept defeat should worry every American regardless of party. With this resolution, the House will express its commitment to democracy and its intent that nobody can subvert the will of the people of the United States.”

Mirroring the resolution which the Senate passed by unanimous consent, Swalwell’s resolution notes that the United States was founded on the principles that our government drives its power from the consent of the governed, and that the people have the right to change their elected leaders through elections – concepts on which our domestic tranquility, national security, general welfare, and civil liberties all depend.

The House is expected to vote on Swalwell’s resolution later Tuesday. Click here to read the full text of the resolution.

UPDATE: The House passed the resolution Tuesday evening on a 397-5 vote.