Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Elections

Texas Democrats Flee State To Block Republicans Voting Restriction Efforts

The lawmakers urged Congress to quickly pass federal legislation to protect voting rights.

Texas Democrats have fled their state in an extraordinary effort to block the Republicans from enacting new voting restrictions in the state.

Several Democratic members of the state House of Representatives made their way to the airport in D.C. and as many as 58 Democrats are expected to be at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. They have said they will not return to Texas until August when the session ends.

The lawmakers urged Congress to quickly pass federal legislation to protect voting rights.

“Our democracy is on the line,” state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer told NBC News. “It became very clear to us that this weekend that any attempts to negotiate some Democratic concessions were cut off, making it very clear that Republicans were hellbent on having it their way.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

According to the Texas Constitution, the Legislature requires a quorum of two-thirds of lawmakers to be present to conduct state business in either chamber. The Democrats say they expect Republicans to try and track them down, forcing them to return to the state.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott slammed the move as a dereliction of duty.

“Texas Democrats’ decision to break a quorum of the Texas Legislature and abandon the Texas State Capitol inflicts harm on the very Texans who elected them to serve,” Abbott said in statement. “As they fly across the country on cushy private planes, they leave undone issues that can help their districts and our state.”

This isn’t the first time the Texas Democrats have staged a walkout. Back in May, they walked out during regular legislative session that ended in May, forcing the GOP to adjourn without passing a voting bill.

“We do need federal legislation now, so Texas Democrats are taking on immense risk to try and push that forward and keep this awful voter suppression legislation from becoming law,” she said in an interview Monday afternoon,” Carisa Lopez said.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Written By

Stephen Michael is a Political Correspondent based in the United States. He has reached a global audience with his coverage of the 2020 Election and Trump White House. Michael joins Forward Axis News after spending time with the Project Spurs Network since 2014 and covering reality TV in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Pingback: Biden To Denounce Republican Voting Restrictions In Long-Awaited Speech - PopWrapped

  2. Pingback: Biden To Slam GOP Voting Restriction Efforts In Major Speech Tuesday

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement
Advertisement

You May Also Like

Politics

Trump and Biden face off for the final time with 12 days until Election Day

Music

Stefani captions Instagram post with "Yes please!"

Music

Nelson is leaving the group after nine years to focus on her mental health.

Music

U.S. Pop star leaves U.K. singing show after one season

Advertisement