The Texas Senate passed a new election integrity bill on Thursday that now heads to the state’s House of Representatives while many Democrats remain missing.
The bill passed despite a 15-hour delay from Democrat Sen. Carol Avarado who sought to delay the passage of the vote.
“As we draw this discussion to an end, it is my sincere hope that civil acts by everyday Texans, from the Senate floor to the ballot box, can help to shed the light on all important issues,” she said as she ended, according to the Texas Tribune. “What do we want our democracy to look like?”
According to Breitbart News, “On Wednesday, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan signed arrest warrants for 52 Democrat fugitives who neglected their duty and escaped maskless on a private plan to Washington, DC, to prevent the passage of election integrity legislation.”
However, the Texas Democrats continue to remain at large and have filed a lawsuit with the state.
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
The Never Ending Session?
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said he will continue to call special sessions until the missing Democrats return. In addition, on Thursday a Harris County judge halted the order that prevented Democrats from arrest.
BREAKING: The Texas Supreme Court just halted the Harris County judge’s order that was protecting Democrats from arrest warrants.
The Dems have filed some of the most embarrassing lawsuits ever seen.
Time for them to get to the Capitol and do the job they were elected to do. pic.twitter.com/v17PN4CfIC
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 12, 2021
Abbott has also denied pay to Democrats who have fled the state and abandoned their jobs.
“The Texas Supreme Court denied Democrats’ request to overturn my veto of the Legislature’s funding because the Democrats walked out on doing their job,” Abbott tweeted.
The Texas Supreme Court denied Democrats’ request to overturn my veto of the Legislature’s funding because the Democrats walked out on doing their job.
Contrary to Democrats & pundits, my veto was legal.
Now it’s time for Democrats to return to work.https://t.co/5WrR7DLztY
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 10, 2021
The drama continues to unfold as Democrats seek a way to escape the election reform bill while Republicans continue to push for ways to force them to return for a vote.