The Texas House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to send state troopers to arrest the more than 50 Democrats lawmakers who fled to Washington, D.C. to avoid a vote on election integrity, dragging President Joe Biden into the controversy.
“Members, I want to thank the 22 of you who are here for a quorum today as the Senate will do our business this week,” Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick stated before the Texas House.
Texas senate convened this morning, with @DanPatrick greeting the body: “Members, I want to thank the 22 of you who are here for a quorum today as the Senate will do our business this week.”
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) July 13, 2021
The lawmakers voted 76-4 to collect the missing members.
The Texas House votes to arrest House Democrats returning to the chamber in order to regain a quorum: pic.twitter.com/3WEEjcu3K2
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Since Texas state troopers do not have jurisdiction outside of Texas, they will only be able to make the arrest once the lawmakers return.
“As soon as they come back in the state of Texas, they will be arrested, they will be cabined inside the Texas Capitol until they get their job done,” Abbott said on Monday, according to KVUE.
Law enforcement are then to bring the lawmakers to the House for a vote on the legislation they fled.