Breaking News
0
Ad-Free Version. Upgrade your Investing.com experience. Save up to 40% More details

Texas Democrats defy calls for their arrest in voting restrictions fight

WorldJul 14, 2021 04:36AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This article has already been saved in your Saved Items
 
2/2 © Reuters. Representative Chris Turner, chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, joins with other Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives, who are boycotting a special session of the legislature in an effort to block Republican-backed voting rest 2/2

By Susan Cornwell and Julia Harte

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Texas Democratic lawmakers defied calls for their arrest on Tuesday, a day after fleeing their state to thwart efforts to pass voting restrictions, and said they would stay in Washington to push for federal voting reform.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, vowed to arrest more than 50 Democratic lawmakers who left the state on Monday, denying the state House of Representatives the quorum required to approve the voting limits and other measures on his special session agenda.

The remaining members of the Texas House voted 76-4 on Tuesday morning to send for the missing lawmakers under a House rule that authorizes the chamber's sergeant-at-arms to find and arrest absentee members.

"As soon as they come back in the state of Texas, they will be arrested," Abbott said in an interview with local TV station KVUE ABC. "They will be cabined inside the Texas Capitol until they get their job done."

Abbott vowed to continue calling for special sessions "all the way up until election next year" to get the voting bill passed.

Texas is among several Republican-led states pursuing new voting restrictions in the name of enhancing election security. Former President Donald Trump has claimed falsely that the presidential election last November was stolen from him through widespread fraud.

On Sunday, Texas House and Senate committees passed new versions of the voting measures, which would prohibit drive-through and 24-hour voting locations, add new identification requirements to mail-in voting and empower partisan poll watchers.

The Texas Senate passed its version of the voting legislation on Tuesday. But the Democratic lawmakers' exodus from the House has brought work there to a halt, with the departed Democrats vowing to stay in Washington indefinitely.

"Our intent is to stay out and kill this bill this session," Texas House Democratic Caucus Chairman Chris Turner told a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol, where dozens of Texas Democratic lawmakers broke into the civil rights anthem, "We Shall Overcome."

Special legislative sessions can last up to 30 days in Texas, meaning the current session must end by Aug. 7. There is no limit to how many special sessions a governor can call.

Texas state Representative Alex Dominguez said he was prepared to stay away from Texas even if Abbott continues to call special sessions after the current one ends. Dominguez said he was not deterred by the threat of arrest.

"If that's what they choose to do, then we'll be ready," Dominguez said.

Abbott called the special session after Democratic lawmakers staged a walkout on May 30, just before the regular session ended, to boycott a vote on an earlier version of the voting legislation.

Turner said the Texas lawmakers would use their time in Washington "to implore the folks in this building behind us to pass federal voting rights legislation."

DEMOCRATS PRAISE LAWMAKERS

Meeting with the lawmakers, Vice President Kamala Harris compared their exodus to other notable moments of voting rights activism in American history. [L1N2OP1SY]

"I know what you have done comes with great sacrifice, both personal and political," she said.

In Philadelphia, President Joe Biden said in a speech that passing sweeping voting rights legislation was a "national imperative" but he did not outline a path to overcome Republican opposition.

Republican resistance in the U.S. Senate to such reforms has increased pressure on Democrats, who narrowly control the chamber, to pursue a parliamentary measure that would let them pass sweeping voting rights legislation with a simple majority. Otherwise, Republicans can block them with a maneuver called a filibuster.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, also met with a group of the Texas Democrats on Tuesday and told them they would be remembered for being "on the right side of history." He did not discuss specific strategies for passing federal voting expansion laws, according to Turner.

Asked in a hallway of the Capitol whether he would meet the Texas Democratic lawmakers, Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas replied, "Not if I can help it."

Texas Democrats defy calls for their arrest in voting restrictions fight
 

Related Articles

Add a Comment

Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to use comments to engage with other users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind:  

  •            Enrich the conversation, don’t trash it.

  •           Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed. 

  •           Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically. Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user. Racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination will not be tolerated.

  • Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases. Comments that are written in all caps and contain excessive use of symbols will be removed.
  • NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and comments containing links will be removed. Phone numbers, email addresses, links to personal or business websites, Skype/Telegram/WhatsApp etc. addresses (including links to groups) will also be removed; self-promotional material or business-related solicitations or PR (ie, contact me for signals/advice etc.), and/or any other comment that contains personal contact specifcs or advertising will be removed as well. In addition, any of the above-mentioned violations may result in suspension of your account.
  • Doxxing. We do not allow any sharing of private or personal contact or other information about any individual or organization. This will result in immediate suspension of the commentor and his or her account.
  • Don’t monopolize the conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also strongly believe in giving everyone a chance to air their point of view. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
  • Only English comments will be allowed.

Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at Investing.com’s discretion.

Write your thoughts here
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
Post also to:
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Thanks for your comment. Please note that all comments are pending until approved by our moderators. It may therefore take some time before it appears on our website.
Comments (1)
Transparent Labs
Transparent Labs Jul 13, 2021 8:31PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Its not voting restrictions. Its to create fair properly vetted balanced voting practices!
Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 13, 2021 8:31PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
It's restrictive when you take away all but a few ballot drop-off boxes, in a huge county, with the intention of making it difficult for low-income people to access it. It's restrictive when you reduce the number of days for early voting for people who cannot get the time off work to vote on Election Day. It's restrictive when you reduce the number of hours that people can access the voting stations on Election Day. It's restrictive when you close voting stations in low income areas so that those people have to travel farther than normal to vote. Requiring ID, I agree with, but these Republican laws are full of needless restrictions that are solely for the purpose of reducing legal Democrat votes.
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Add Chart to Comment
Confirm Block

Are you sure you want to block %USER_NAME%?

By doing so, you and %USER_NAME% will not be able to see any of each other's Investing.com's posts.

%USER_NAME% was successfully added to your Block List

Since you’ve just unblocked this person, you must wait 48 hours before renewing the block.

Report this comment

I feel that this comment is:

Comment flagged

Thank You!

Your report has been sent to our moderators for review
Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.
Continue with Google
or
Sign up with Email