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Texas Speaker calls on state Democrats who fled to Washington to forfeit their pay.
On Wednesday, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan called on state Democratic lawmakers to give up their daily stipend of $221 as they hunker down in Washington, D.C., to avoid passing a voting reform bill.
At least 51 of tstate’se’s 67 House Democrats boarded a private plane for tnation’sn’s capital Monday to prevent a quorum and deny Republicans the ability to pass a controversial voting bill.
Another nine Democratic Senators are believed to have joined the House members in D.C.
“While the”e Texas Democrats collect taxpayer money as they ride on private jets to meet with the Washington elite, those who remain in the chamber await their return to begin work on providing our retired teachers the 13th check, protecting our foster kids, and providing taxpayer relief,” Phelan,” said in a statement Wednesday. “Those w”o are intentionally denying quorum should return their per diem to the State Treasury immediately upon receipt.”
Texas “democrats flew to D.C. to meet with President Biden and encourage Congress to pass federal legislation barring increased voter regulations under the “For the”People Act” and th” “John Le” is Voting Rights Advancement Act.”
While “exas House members have been unable to pass a voting reform bill under the special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott, Senate Republicans passed their version titled Senate Bill 1 Tuesday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.