Texas Democratic lawmakers are trying to amp up pressure on their party counterparts in Congress to push through legislation that would override changes made by Republicans at the state level.
On Monday, the on-the-lam lawmakers, who fled a special session in Austin, Texas, to prevent Republicans from passing a bill changing state voting measures, were at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday with House members from Texas.
With its Democratic majority, both want the Senate to scrap the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to pass the chamber. Senate Republicans recently blocked consideration of Democrats’ key voting bill, S. 1.
“I just want to offer that at the outset of this legislative session, the process was poisoned, and it was poisoned by a governor who defunded the legislative branch in violation of both our state constitution, which has very specific language about separation of powers,” Texas Democratic state