Republicans have broken their promise to our seniors and the disabled by making it harder to vote, and also making it harder for Latino and African Americans. — Sen. Carol Alvarado
Republicans have broken their promise to our seniors and the disabled by making it harder to vote, and also making it harder for Latino and African Americans. — Sen. Carol Alvarado
Texas Senate passes GOP elections bill after Democrats left the state to protest
  • The Texas Senate passed a Republican-led election bill Tuesday night after dozens of House Democrats fled the state to avoid voting on the measure.
  • In a party-line vote of 18-4, Senate Republicans approved the controversial bill that Democrats and voters rights advocates say will suppress the votes of people of color and those with disabilities.
  • The legislation will languish unless the Texas Democrats return to the state before the end of the 30-day special session called by GOP Gov. Greg Abbott.
The Texas Senate passed a Republican-led elections bill Tuesday evening after dozens of House Democrats fled the state to avoid voting on the measure.

In a party-line vote of 18-4, Senate Republicans approved the controversial bill that Democrats and voters rights advocates say will suppress the votes of people of color and those with disabilities.

“This bill was just the last and latest of Trump Republicans attacks on democracy across Texas and our nation,” said Rep. Ron Reynolds, one of the Democrats who fled, at a news conference Wednesday.

As many as 58 Texas Democrats decamped to Washington, D.C., on Monday and Tuesday, in a bid to deny Republicans the quorum required to conduct business in the chamber. However, the Senate on Tuesday still maintained a quorum with 22 of its 31 members present, allowing that chamber to vote and pass Senate Bill 1.


... “Republicans have broken their promise to our seniors and the disabled by making it harder to vote, and also making it harder for Latino and African Americans,” Sen. Carol Alvarado, one of the Democrats who fled, said at the news conference Wednesday.

... The Texas Democrats said they fled to the nation’s capital to pressure Congress to pass voting rights legislation, such as the For The People Act, amid efforts by Republican-led state legislatures around the nation to change voting rules.

“We are here to implore Congress to pass sweeping voting rights legislation. We heard from over 400 constituents back in Texas who came to testify about the elections bill,” said Rep. Vikki Goodwin, another Democrat who left the state, at the news conference Wednesday. “Their stories fell on deaf ears among the Republicans. Please don’t let our pleas fall on deaf ears here in Congress.”
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