Jan. 4 (UPI) — Almost 200 enterprise leaders urged Congress on Monday to certify the outcomes of the presidential election as a number of lawmakers have stated they are going to object to the historically ceremonial process.

The letter issued by nonprofit group Partnership for New York Metropolis and signed by a big swath of enterprise individuals got here as a dozen Senators and a slew of Home representatives, all Republican, stated they are going to object on Wednesday to certifying election outcomes that say President-elect Joe Biden gained November’s presidential election.

The letter’s signatories, which embody Ajay Banga, govt chairman of Mastercard; and Albert Bourla, chairman and CEO of Pfizer, stated the election is over and it is now time for the nation to maneuver ahead.

“President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have gained the Electoral Faculty and the courts have rejected challenges to the electoral course of. Congress ought to certify the electoral vote on Wednesday, Jan. 6,” the letter stated. “Makes an attempt to thwart or delay this course of run counter to the important tenets of our democracy.”

Adam Silver, commissioner of the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation; Brad Smith, president of Microsoft; and David M. Solomon, chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, have been among the many heads of 188 firms to signal the letter.

They stated the Biden administration faces the duty of defeating the COVID-19 well being disaster and restoring the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Individuals who’ve misplaced their jobs and there must be “no additional delay within the orderly switch of energy.”

“Our duly elected leaders deserve the respect and bipartisan assist of all Individuals at a second after we are coping with the worst well being and financial crises in fashionable historical past,” the letter stated.

The letter was issued as Sen. Ted Cruz leads a coalition of 11 Republican senators who stated Saturday they are going to object to the certification course of. On Monday night time, Sen. Kelly Loeffler stated she would additionally object.