Freshman Republicans Send Letter to Joe Biden: 'We Can Rise Above the Partisan Fray'

A group of first-term Republican members of Congress have written to President-elect Joe Biden expressing a desire to work with the incoming administration in the nation's interest.

The 17 freshmen lawmakers include some Republicans who voted to reject the results of the presidential election on January 6 and two who voted in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump.

Most of the signatories don't yet have major national profiles but one, Rep. Madison Cawthorn, has faced criticism for speaking at the "Save America" rally that preceded the deadly Capitol riot.

The letter begins by congratulating Biden on the start of his administration and expressing the hope that "we may work together on behalf of the American people we are each so fortunate to serve."

"After two impeachments, lengthy inter-branch investigations, and, most recently, the horrific attack on our nation's capital, it is clear the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans does not serve a single American," the Republicans write.

"Americans are tired of partisan gridlock and simply want to see leaders from both sides of the aisle work on issues important to American families, workers and businesses," they go on.

The letter then highlights a number of issues, including further relief for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions and modernizing infrastructure.

The freshman Republicans also highlight the need to "enforce our antitrust laws against emboldened technology monopolies." Big Tech has been a bugbear for many conservatives but it's unlikely the Biden administration will find much common ground with frequent Republican complaints about social media.

"We firmly believe that what unites us as Americans is far greater than anything that may ever divide us," the letter says. "In that spirit, we hope we can rise above the partisan fray to negotiate meaningful change for Americans across the nation and maintain the United States' standing as the best country in the world."

Our country is tired of the partisan gridlock. It's time to rise above the partisan fray to negotiate meaningful change for the American people.⁰
Read the letter my colleagues and I sent to @JoeBiden congratulating him on his presidency and pledging to work together ↓↓↓

— Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne (@RepBethVanDuyne) January 20, 2021

Two of the letter's signatories voted to impeach Trump, California Rep. David Valadao and Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer. Neither man voted against accepting the election results on January 6. Of the 15 others, 12 voted to reject the Electoral College votes from either Arizona or Pennsylvania or both.

Biden will be sworn in as the 46th U.S. president at noon on Wednesday by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She will become the first woman to serve in the office and the 49th vice president.

Joe Biden at a COVID-19 Memorial Service
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers brief remarks during a memorial service to honor the nearly 400,000 American victims of the coronavirus pandemic at the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial January 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. A group of Republicans have written to Biden saying they are willing to work with him. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images