LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- Members of the Las Cruces City Council unanimously voiced their opposition to U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell's rejection of electoral votes that certified Joe Biden's presidency.
In her first speech in Congress, the newly elected Republican congresswoman objected to counting the electoral votes from Pennsylvania and Arizona, saying the actions "disenfranchised" her constituents.
In an interview last month with ABC-7, Herrell did not state whether she agrees with former President Trump's unfounded claims that the election was "stolen."
"I feel that the electoral votes were counted and they were certified by Congress and we will have a new president in office on January 20th," Herrell told ABC-7 last month.
The Las Cruces City Council passed a resolution in "support of American democracy" and "condemning Congresswoman Yvette Herrell's votes to reject the electoral votes of Arizona and Pennsylvania."
"All elected officials must also respect the proper authority and roles of each branch of the government while serving in their elected role," the resolution reads. "Any actions in opposition to these mandates may be viewed as a dereliction of duty or may serve to weaken the role of established governmental procedures and institutions."
Herrell’s office issued the following statement on the council vote:
“Why is the Las Cruces City Council wasting time on this when both an immigration and funding crisis is headed their way thanks to the Biden administration’s actions to weaken border security and destroy more than a third of New Mexico’s annual state revenue?
Congresswoman Herrell is focused on what matters to New Mexicans– their safety, their jobs, and their children’s futures. Instead of drafting meaningless resolutions, the congresswoman has introduced two bills so far to maintain critical border health protections and save the industry and jobs that provide more than billion dollars in education funding for New Mexico schools each year.
The city council should follow the congresswoman’s lead and get to work solving the number of challenges their community faces.”
Below you can watch the Las Cruces council meeting where this resolution was discussed and approved.