Guess who’s back?
Several Texas Democrats decided to actually do their duty, and quit delaying the inevitable vote for election reform and integrity in The Lone Star State.
It’s a shame that so few of them chose to return, but as long as election reform moves forward then its all good.
The 38 day standoff between Texas Democrats and Republicans is pointed out by many as the lengthiest quorums in the modern history of the state.
Take a look:
Sorriest bunch of liberal Democrats ever. Some legislation passed even without them being there. Some warrants have been delivered to their homes but I want to see arrests as we were promised. https://t.co/qcN6ovauS3
— THEREMNANT (@KrampLiz) August 20, 2021
“We are disappointed that a few Democrats chose to return to the floor. We feel betrayed and heartbroken, but our resolve is strong and this fight is not over," the lawmakers said. https://t.co/znkV6jhTev
— The Hill (@thehill) August 20, 2021
Ditching work to go day drinking AND they don't wear masks on an airplane?! HELL yeah, I love Texas Democrats!! pic.twitter.com/5AgNeH4Urt
— Stratton Hickcox (@StrattonH) July 12, 2021
The Epoch Times reports:
The return of Democratic state Reps. Garnet Coleman, Ana Hernandez, and Amanda Walle paves the way for Republicans to resume work on voting overhaul bills that they argue are needed to safeguard future elections and would restore the public’s confidence in them.
Last month, 52 state House Democrats broke quorum when they absented themselves from legislative business in order to block the measure and others like it. Democrats have argued that the GOP-backed election reform bill would place unfair restrictions on minority groups when they cast their ballots.
While only three Democrats returned to the Lone Star state, Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan said enough were there to achieve a quorum, which in the House is normally 100 present legislators.
I’m excited that so many Texas Democrats actively oppose the federal airplane mask mandate! pic.twitter.com/8p7KhbnhZu
— Dave McCulloch 🇺🇸 (@dtmcculloch) July 12, 2021
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) August 19, 2021
It abruptly and messily drew to a close one of the few — and lengthiest — quorum breaks in modern Texas history.https://t.co/00R0S3EWbb
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) August 20, 2021
Washington Examiner noted that Democrats were less than thrilled with their colleagues decision to return to Texas:
State Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos accused the present members of aiding the Republicans in passing the “voter suppression bills.”
“We were literally on caucus calls for 2 hours this morning and none of the defecting Democrats mentioned they were planning on helping the Republicans pass voter suppression bills,” Ramos tweeted. “Guess what the other defecting Democrats have accomplished by going back—NOTHING!”
The lawmakers’ participation provides the Republican-led chamber a chance to take up the measure to amend the state’s voting laws, an initiative among Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities in calling the special session. The chamber referred its version of the voting reform proposal to committee on Thursday. The state Senate has already passed its version of the measure.