Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott told Fox News on Tuesday that he plans to convene another special session of the Texas state legislature once the absentee lawmakers return from their trip to Washington, where they fled to prevent the GOP majority from getting a quorum to vote up or down on an electoral integrity bill.
Abbott told “America Reports” that Texans acknowledge the dozens of fleeing members of the State House are withdrawing their taxpayer-funded work in their name and that the trip has been a “disaster.”
“Their voters are very upset that their house member is not in the… [Capitol], to do the work they were chosen to do,” he said.
“Because they have relinquished their responsibilities, when they return to Texas, I will convene another special session and put this back on the agenda, as well as so many other issues that are so important to their constituents.”
In previous comments, Abbott said he has the power to arrest the rogue states and “house” them in the Capitol.
On Tuesday, however, Abbott said some Texas Democrats have, in fact, had a constructive influence on the electoral integrity law.
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Democrats in the Texas Senate who did not accompany their House colleagues on their private jet ride to Dulles International have worked with Republicans in the Capitol, providing input on legislation that the governor said absent members would otherwise appreciate.
“The Democrats who stayed in the Senate in Texas — they were able to make changes to the bill that would be more to their liking. That’s exactly what the Texas House Democrats could have done, if they’d been in Austin, Texas. had stayed, as opposed to wasting their time in Washington, DC,” he said.
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Abbott tore up the absent Democrats, saying they accomplished “absolutely nothing.”
Hostess Sandra Smith noted that a sixth member has now tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, and little substance has emerged from meetings with Senator Charles Schumer, DN.Y. and Vice President Harris.
During the Texans’ meeting with Harris, she called the group “brave” and compared them to the prominent 19th-century Republican scholar Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became one of the most important American figures in the latter half of the 19th century.
Speaking in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, Texas Democratic Representative Senfronia Thompson, one of the leaders of the delegation to Washington, said her caucus “refuses to be hostages” and compared Abbott’s warning of possible arrest to holding escaped slaves and return them to southern plantations:
“I’m ready to be arrested,” she said. “What do you do with a slave if you do nothing but arrest them when they flee.”