Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan just signed arrest warrants for the 52 Democrats who left Texas on a private jet to avoid voting on an election reform bill that Republicans in the Texas state House had proposed.
The Democrats have made the claim that the Republican election reform bill would keep minorities from voting. Governor Abbott has refuted the claims by Democrats and has threatened to arrest them.
Governor Abbott announced his intentions on Fox News:
The warrants were signed late Tuesday after a vote of 80-12 to force the Democrats to return to the Texas statehouse.
Earlier, the Texas Supreme Court authorized the use of warrants to get the Democrats back to Texas to vote on the bill:
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled against a prior activist Obama-appointed judge who ruled the runaway Democrats can’t be arrested when they return to Texas.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted out the decision by the Texas Supreme Court calling out the “activist judge”:
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) August 10, 2021
Houston’s KHOU reports:
The AWOL Democrats ran away from their duties in the Texas legislature in mid-July, and Governor Abbott threatened to arrest them:
Texas Democrats decided to take a little vacation to DC boarding private jets and staying at a $200 a night DC hotel. Not so fast! Texas Governor Greg Abbott just threatened (video below) to arrest the 58 Democrats when they get home to Texas. The problem is they are willing to stay in DC for 30 days:
During an interview with CNN, Texas State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer said the group of 58 are willing to stay in D.C. for the full 30-day legislative session and risk arrest to break the quorum: “This is the risk that we take to stand up for democracy.”
"We are elected by the constituents to be their voice … We have to have the courage, we have to have conviction, and sometimes a little bit of defiance," Texas House Democrat Trey Martinez Fischer says on leaving the state to block Republicans from passing voting restrictions. pic.twitter.com/AJykfcjbdS
— New Day (@NewDay) July 13, 2021
A photo of the group exiting the $200 a night hotel:
The group hopped on private planes to DC, taking the photo below, complete with a case of Miller Lite beer: