Texas House Speaker Dade Felan on Wednesday called on Democratic lawmakers in the state to waive a $ 221-a-day stipend for hunkering in Washington (DC) to avoid repealing a vote-reform bill.
To prevent a quorum and deprive Republicans of the right to pass a controversial voting bill, 51 of the state’s 67 Democrats boarded a private plane for the capital on Monday.
Nine other Democratic senators are believed to have joined House members in DC
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“While these Texas Democrats are flying private planes to meet the Washington elite and collect taxpayers’ money, those left in the chamber are committed to providing our retired teachers with a 13th check, protecting our students, and paying taxes. are waiting for him to return to start work on the supply. relief, ”Felan said in a statement on Wednesday. “Those who deliberately refuse a quorum must return their daily payments to the State Treasury immediately after the daily admission.”
Texas Democrats flew to the city to meet with President Biden and urge Congress to pass federal legislation that would have increased the rules raised by voters under the People for the Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
While members of the Texas House failed to consider a bill to reform voting in a special session convened by Governor Greg Abbott, Senate Republicans repealed their names. Senate Law 1 Tuesday.
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Although a number of Democratic senators left the special session for Washington, the quorum in the Senate was maintained with 22 of its 31 members present, allowing the bill to pass.
Some Democrats have rejected the notion that a trip to Washington means it doesn’t work.
“We’re doing our job,” state spokesman Chris Turner told Acesparks on Tuesday. “What we’re doing right now is if we were to stay in the room and watch the bill on voter repression being considered by rty-line vote, we would be working harder than that.”
But not all Texas Democrats in Washington have said they will keep the rate allocated to lawmakers in a special session.
“Representative Beckley will not accept daily payments and will return every day since he has not been in Austin since the daily quorum break,” his spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday, and that his office will continue to process relevant work from Monday. is working to ensure and return the money to the state.
The special session convened by Abbott on July 8 was to last 30 days, meaning Democrats in Texas could stay in the nation’s capital for the next few weeks.
Hillary Vaughn contributed to this report.