Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Good for Gov. Abbott

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) pledged Monday that every Texas Democratic lawmaker who fled the state in an act of political theater would be promptly arrested upon their return to the Lone Star State.

What is the background?

Texas Democratic lawmakers organized the political stunt to block legislation that Texas Republicans say would strengthen the integrity of elections. 

By fleeing the state, more than 50 Democrats elected to the Texas state House denied the legislature the two-thirds quorum required to conduct official business. The legislative session cannot move forward until the lawmakers return.

The Democrats chartered two private planes and traveled to Washington, D.C., where they planned to lobby Congress to pass the "For The People Act," a sweeping election reform bill championed by congressional Democrats and President Joe Biden.

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