The Texas Democrat, one of more than 50 state lawmakers who flew from Austin to Washington earlier this week to block the GOP vote, was criticized by critics on Thursday night for blocking the GOP vote. wrote that he was washed with llari. clothing.
Critics said the post was another arbitrary move aimed at portraying the Democrats ’absence from Texas – after a charter flight to the country’s capital – as a personal sacrifice rather than a political strategy move.
“You think we recognize and respect our country’s heritage,” state spokeswoman Donna Howard wrote. “Like most Texans, a thousand dollars [sp], what are we doing tonight – wash using what you have [sic] our clothes in the sink. “
Howard’s Twitter post has a picture of his wet clothes wrapped over a shower curtain that looks like a modest hotel room.
Some Democrats see them as defending democracy, while their critics see their DC tour as a summer exclusive summer trip to Washington, where they ate a salad and drank Miller Lites – for someone’s money.
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The Texas Legislature is a temporary body with an annual salary of $ 7,200. Thus, most of the delegates have other major jobs in Texas. But state officials collect $ 221 a day for days spent in the legislature.
A spokesman for Gov. Greg Abbott told Acesparks on Wednesday that Democrats who flew to Washington were still receiving that day’s money.
Some critics have questioned why Howard’s clothes weren’t simply washed.
Republican commentator Matt Whitlock called the lawmaker’s tweet “very strange.”
“But you know, if you were doing your job at home in Texas, you didn’t have to do that,” he wrote on Twitter. “Instead of being here to do tourism work and newspapers about the fact that tourism laws have not yielded any results.”
Howard’s office did not immediately respond to a post-work email requesting a comment from Acesparks.
The Texas Democrats left the state on Monday in an attempt to block voting on two election laws put forward by the state’s Republicans. Lawmakers traveled to Washington on a private flight, where they demanded federal protection for voters.
The situation in Texas is a bit gray. Republicans – like Governor Greg Abbott – see the bill as a sensible approach to voting. Abbott appeared on Acesparks earlier this week, accusing President Biden and Democrats of spreading “false information” about a comprehensive election bill.
He noted that the Texas bill would “make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”
Abbott accused lawmakers of “hanging on to the taxman’s id-junket” and said he would be arrested when they returned.
The delegation noted that the entire trip would be funded by charities, not taxpayers, but through the state’s Democratic caucus. They are also in public debate over whether or not to give up $ 221 per day.
“Our job here is to take advantage of the fact that in Washington, from that time until August 7, we need to pass federal legislation to vote in the U.S. Senate. And that’s what we need now,” said Chris Turner, a spokesman for the Texas House of Representatives. Arlington. “And we’re going to have as many problems as we can do that.”
A Texas Republican House speaker said he plans to charter a plane that is in a “standby” state in Washington, D.C., waiting to bring home Democrat lawmakers who have fled the state.
“I urge all of our colleagues in DC to contact their staff immediately to secure their seats on the plane to do state work and return to Austin,” said Speaker Dade Felan. said in a statement. “Texas is waiting.”
Andrew Mark Miller of Acesparks and