The political drama in Texas is just getting started!
You may have read our previous article reporting that Governor Abbott has stated that 58 House Democrats who fled the state “WILL” be arrested.
That’s pretty dramatic, right?
Surely the news cycle couldn’t get even MORE crazy, right?
We have even crazier breaking news from Texas!
The Texas House has voted 76-4 to authorize the Sergeant at Arms to ARREST the 58 House Democrats who fled the state!
In other words, it’s no longer just Governor Abbott.
The majority of the House is now approving this action.
More details on this breaking news story below:
By 76-4, Texas state representatives approve a call of the House. By same margin, members ask sergeant at arms to go get missing members, ‘by warrant of arrest, if necessary,’ @DadePhelan says. #txlege pic.twitter.com/GNAJ5QQZH2
— Bob Garrett (@RobertTGarrett) July 13, 2021
JUST IN – Texas House votes to send law enforcement to find the dozens of absent Democrats, "under warrant of arrest if necessary," for blocking voter integrity legislation.
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) July 13, 2021
Texas House just voted 76-4 to send the Sergeant-at-Arms to detain and/or arrest fleeing Democrats.
This is great 😂
— John D • (@RedWingGrips) July 13, 2021
Could this be hyperbole?
Is it a far off pipe dream?
This could actually be reality.
Imagine how AWESOME it would be to see Democrats who are against election integrity being arrested!
Ted Cruz confirms that the Speaker of the House in Texas does have the authority to authorize this.
Texas law 'explicitly' gives House speaker authority to arrest fleeing Dems: Ted Cruz https://t.co/J7siKTNZjD
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 13, 2021
According to Fox News:
A number of Texas Democrats may face arrest after fleeing the state in an attempt to block a vote on the proposed election legislation. Senator Ted Cruz, in an interview on “America’s Newsroom,” explained that state law provides the House speaker authority to arrest fleeing House members. Cruz is confident the Democratic lawmakers will return and the voting bill will be passed.
SENATOR TED CRUZ: I think it’s going to end with the Texas legislature taking up and passing election integrity legislation. What you’re seeing the Democrats do here is a political stunt. And I will say it’s ironic as they were getting on their private jet to fly to Washington, D.C., they almost surely had to show identification to get on that jet. And yet they’re doing this in a fit because they don’t want mail-in ballots to be verified. They don’t want the signatures to be verified. They don’t want basic integrity steps to be strengthened in the state of Texas. This is at the end of the day, politics. And they need to get back to doing their jobs. And one way or the other, they will.
Under the Texas Constitution, there’s a provision that explicitly gives the speaker the authority to arrest fleeing House members. That provision is copied word for word from the U.S. Constitution. And so this stunt is going to fail. They’re going to come back. There’s going to be a quorum. And I believe the legislature is going to do its job and protect the integrity of elections. Ensure people can vote, but also ensure that we don’t have fraud, that we don’t have people casting illegal votes.
What makes this story so shocking is that 76 House members voted to have their peers arrested!
Think about that?!
Would you vote to have your coworker arrested?
That would be an extremely awkward next day at work!
Texas Democrats. If they’re not cheating, they’re fleeing the scene.
— First Words (@unscriptedmike) July 13, 2021
Texas Democrats start singing “We Shall Overcome” during their press conference in DC after leaving the state to prevent quorum on an election integrity bill
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 13, 2021
The Wall Street Journal confirms that the House voted 76-4 to arrest the 58 House Democrats that fled:
Texas state House members voted 76-4 to send law enforcement to find and return absent Democrats “under warrant of arrest, if necessary,” a day after dozens of Democratic House members fled the state in an effort to kill election legislation.
The body cannot approve legislation without a two-thirds quorum of its 150 members.
Tuesday’s state House vote came as the state Senate was preparing to consider its own version of the elections bill. Some Democratic senators were also absent Tuesday, but the body had enough members to conduct business.
Both chambers of the Republican-controlled Texas legislature, in a special legislative session that began last week, filed similar versions of the bill, which would broadly tighten voting rules across the state. Gov. Greg Abbott called the special session after Democratic House members walked out before a voting deadline at the end of the regular legislative session in May, denying the body a quorum needed to vote on the proposed legislation.
House Democrats staged another walkout Monday, and dozens boarded chartered planes bound for Washington, D.C., where they hope to draw national support for their fight against the bills. The legislators will have to remain out of the state for weeks to successfully run out the clock on the 30-day special session. State Rep. Chris Turner, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said in a news conference on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Tuesday that at least 57 of 67 Democrats in the chamber had formally asked for their voting machines to be locked.
So what’s your prediction?
Is this all just empty threats?
Or will the Democrats actually be arrested?
Let us know in the comments below!