After bolting to the nation’s capital and failing to do their jobs, Texas Democrats are now being served arrest warrants.
The publicity stunt landed them in hot water for blocking a quorum during the special legislative session on an election integrity bill.
In addition to not performing their congressional duties, the Texas Democrats flaunted mask rules during their private flight to Washington D.C.
Instead Of Showing Up To Work, Texas Democrats Grab Some Miller Lites And Go On Maskless Flight To Save Democracy From Big Bad Republicanshttps://t.co/wxPTmqQ2wH
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 13, 2021
Several of them later tested positive for COVID-19 and created a scare for White House officials they met in D.C.
Vice President Kamala Harris tested negative for Covid-19 following a meeting with Texas state House Democrats, several of whom later tested positive, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. https://t.co/xPD4vGgZav
— CNN (@CNN) July 19, 2021
While many of the Democrats remain in D.C,. they’ll be in hot water upon their return to Texas.
In a vote of 80-12, the Texas House ordered the arrest of the absent Democrats.
The warrants came after Texas House Republicans voted to direct state law enforcement to track down and compel the attendance of absent Democrats by a vote of 80-12, the second time such a vote has been taken during this quorum-bust. https://t.co/zlArBySQNm
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 11, 2021
— Lauren McGaughy 🌟 (@lmcgaughy) August 10, 2021
No roll call today, but House approves motion to send law enforcement to arrest absent members by a vote of 80-12. This was not part of yesterday’s call of the House like in the first special session, but today the Supreme Court of Texas blocked the restraining order against this
— Christian Flores (@CFloresNews) August 10, 2021
And the arrest warrants are now being dished out to their offices.
Check it out:
Texas House Sergeant-at-Arms delivers a civil arrest warrant to Rep. Ina Minjarez. Warrants will be handed out to all 52 Democrats who fled the state in protest over an election integrity bill. pic.twitter.com/LjT9n6PlMo
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) August 12, 2021
On Wednesday, the Texas House Sergeant-at-Arms walked the state Capitol to serve the offices of the 52 absent House Democrats who are still preventing a quorum, after Speaker Dade Phelan officially signed the warrants Tuesday night.https://t.co/HPydQK6tK0
— Texoma's Homepage (@TexomasHomepage) August 12, 2021
👁️👃👁️👉🚨🔴🔴Texas House Speaker signed 52 civil arrest warrants for absent Democrats, commands the House Sergeant-at-Arms take the absent Democrats into custody and deliver them to the House. pic.twitter.com/RuK6IPw1Nm
— Carlos Alb. Pichardo (@SOloTOUr) August 12, 2021
Breaking: House Speaker @DadePhelan signed civil arrest warrants for 52 absent Democrats late Tuesday, setting in motion their potential round-up.
— Allie Morris 🌟 (@MorrisReports) August 11, 2021
Speaker Dade Phelan signed 52 civil arrest warrants Tuesday evening, which will be delivered to the House Sergeant-at-Arms Wednesday morning for service. https://t.co/a8nwjoLW6Y
— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) August 11, 2021
After the Texas House voted to send the sergeant-at-arms for absent Democrats who have spent nearly a month breaking quorum, Speaker @DadePhelan signed 52 civil arrest warrants for truant members that did not appear in the House chamber. #txlegehttps://t.co/PEdMGY1K7l
— The Texan (@TheTexanNews) August 11, 2021
The Texas House sergeant-at-arms spent his day delivering 52 civil arrest warrants to Democrats who fled rather than enact the Republican voting agenda. https://t.co/gGsCrWW6Xi
— NYT National News (@NYTNational) August 12, 2021
CBS DFW reported:
The face-off between state republican leaders and Democratic legislators who are evading a second special session has reached a critical stage.
The Texas House voted Tuesday, August 10, to approve arresting the AWOL Democrats, some of whom have fled to Washington, D.C.
The vote in the House was 80-12 to issue warrants for absent Democrats.
It came only hours after the Texas Supreme Court cleared the way for the state to arrest and return legislators who are preventing a special session from securing a quorum.
Speaker Dade Phelan signed 52 civil arrest warrants Tuesday evening, which will be delivered to the House Sergeant-at-Arms Wednesday morning for service.
The move and other setbacks for Democrats put the protest over a GOP elections overhaul on unsteady ground a month after more than 50 of them bolted to Washington, D.C., in a dramatic show of unity to make Texas the front lines of a new national battle over voting rights.
Eric Cedillo is an SMU law professor who says it’s unlikely any of the Democrats who fled to Washington, D.C. could be apprehended unless they return to Texas.
“A few others have not actually returned to the chamber, but I believe are in Austin or around Austin so it’s those folks that probably have, if in fact Phelan decides to have a call to order which would allow for the arrest of those individuals who could be found in the state of Texas,” said Cedillo.
Only five Democrats are needed in the chamber to reach a quorum.
The Democrats have until Thursday, August 12, to file a response to the Texas Supreme Court decision.
Red Voice Media weighed in:
Well, things are really heating up in Texas with those 52 beer-swillin’ Dems who hopped on a private jet and flew the DC swamp and then infected a bunch of people with COVID.
Last night the Texas House Speaker signed the 52 warrants – for the 52 traitors – and delivered them to the House Sergeant at Arms.
The Texas Tribune reported that the 52 warrants represent all but 15 Democrats in the lower chamber. There were at least 11 present Tuesday. There were no additional new Democrats on the floor Tuesday after four returned a day earlier — and drew the wrath of some Democratic colleagues still in Washington, and prompted a renewed push inside the party to hold the line.
Earlier Tuesday, the House voted overwhelmingly to authorize law enforcement to track down lawmakers absent from the chamber.
That 80-12 vote came hours after the Texas Supreme Court ordered that those missing Democrats could soon be detained by state authorities. The order by the all-GOP court came at the request of Gov. Greg Abbott and Phelan, both of whom had asked the court Monday to overturn a ruling from a state district judge that blocked those leaders from ordering the arrest of the quorum-breaking Democrats.
In a statement after the warrants were signed Tuesday evening, state Rep. Chris Turner of Grand Prairie, who chairs the House Democratic Caucus, said it is “fully within our rights as legislators to break quorum to protect our constituents” and reiterated Democrats’ commitment “to fighting with everything we have against Republicans’ attacks on our freedom to vote.”The Sergeant at Arms is now going door-to-door with his warrants, in hopes of arresting the traitor Dems and forcing them to return to the House where they will face what they did.