Texas Democrats fled the state on Monday to block Republican-backed election reform bills for a second time — setting up a standoff with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and heading to Washington, DC — risking arrest by leaving during a special session.
A majority of the Texas House’s 67 Democrats are planning on flying from Austin on two charter flights to the nation’s Capital, where they will press the Biden administration and congressional lawmakers to pass federal voting rights legislation, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The mass exodus of Democrats would deny the House a quorum when it gathers on Tuesday.
It would be the second time since May that the Democrats used the tactic to scuttle Republican attempts to overhaul the Lone Star State’s election laws.
It would be the second time since May that the Democrats used the tactic to scuttle Republican.Getty Images
They walked out on May 30 just hours before the chamber was expected to vote