Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, of Texas, criticized state Democrats who fled to Washington on Monday in a bid to deprive the Legislature of a quorum, thus giving the GOP a chance to vote on a major overhaul bill in a comprehensive election.
Abbott defended the bill on the Ingraham Angle program on Monday, saying the missing lawmakers would be arrested once they return to the state. He said the Texas House of Representatives, which is still in the state, may call for the arrest of colleagues who did not come to vote. One caveat is that the arrest must be made in the state.
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“When they return to the state, they will be arrested and returned to the Capitol and we will do business,” he said.
Republicans argue that the controversial bill will provide greater security in the election, while Democrats suppress minority voter turnout.
The speech was the second time Democrat lawmakers have taken part in a radical overhaul of the vote, as they have strongly opposed proposals that would make it harder for young people, people of color and people with disabilities to vote.
As in last month’s move, it is unclear whether voting events by Democrats or other controversial proposals backed by the GOP will permanently block the debate.
“We have special training that lasts 30 days,” Abbott said. “The governor will call them, and I will continue to call a special session after the special session, because over time it will continue until they start voting.”
When they arrived in Washington on Monday night, lawmakers said they would not shake them.
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“We are determined to kill this bill,” said state spokesman Chris Turner, who said he and his colleagues tried to end the clock in a special session that ends early next month.
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