Democratic lawmakers in the state of Texas are reportedly leaving the state today in order to break the quorum required to pass new voting laws. The governor had called the special session into order primarily for the purpose of passing the legislation.
From the Texas Tribune:
Upping the ante in both the legislative fight at home and the national debate over voting rights, most House Democrats are expected to board a flight out of Austin headed for the U.S. capital without a set return date.
At least 51 of the 67 Democratic representatives — the number needed to break quorum — were in the process of leaving, most arriving at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Monday to board a chartered flight.
The House is set to reconvene Tuesday morning, but the absent Democrats would mean there will not be enough members present to conduct business under House rules.
Texas Democrats are hoping to find some (any) leverage to force their way to the negotiating table as them say they’ve been shut out of drafting of the voting bill.
My Democratic colleagues and I are leaving the state to break quorum and kill the Texas voter suppression bill.
We’re flying to DC to demand Congress pass the For The People Act and save our democracy.
— James Talarico (@jamestalarico) July 12, 2021
BREAKING: Texas Democrats will leave the state to deprive the Republican-led legislature of the quorum needed to pass their voter suppression bill.
The special legislative session can last 30 days, meaning these Texas Dems will be out of state for weeks.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) July 12, 2021
Ted Cruz fled Texas to avoid the cold.
Texas Democrats are fleeing Texas to continue the fight against voter suppression for Texans.
Don't be like Fled Cruz.
BE like Texas Democrats.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 12, 2021