Beto O'Rourke group gives $600,000 to House Democrats' stay in D.C.

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WASHINGTON -- Beto O'Rourke has funneled $600,000 to Texas House Democrats successful Washington, D.C., to assistance money their stay, which could past for up to different 2 weeks arsenic the lawmakers effort to artifact transition of a GOP predetermination measure astatine the authorities Legislature.

Powered by People, the radical started by the erstwhile statesmanlike campaigner and El Paso congressman, volition ligament the funds to the Texas House Democratic Caucus sometime this week, according to authorities Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston.

The video supra is from a July 13, 2021, study by ABC13's Ted Oberg, who traveled to Washington successful the aftermath of the Texas House Democrats' leaving the authorities successful the mediate of the peculiar session.
The wealth volition beryllium utilized to assistance offset costs for lodging, meals and proscription arsenic implicit 50 Democrats and astir 2 twelve staffers enactment successful the nation's capital. Members near Texas astir 10 days agone and person said they program to enactment retired of authorities until aft the peculiar league ends Aug. 6.

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The funds volition besides assistance wage for costs associated with a virtual voting rights league the caucus helped to big this week, Walle told The Texas Tribune connected Wednesday.

O'Rourke announced the quality during that virtual league Thursday morning, saying that his radical volition proceed fundraising for the Democrats successful D.C.

"We're gonna marque definite that we get the afloat amount, 100% of what's raised, to y'all," helium told lawmakers. "It is the slightest that we could bash for everything that you each are doing for us. We privation to bash more."
Walle said that the infusion of funds volition spell toward Democrats' extremity of raising $1.5 cardinal to proceed to assistance wage for the bills portion successful D.C. The caucus, helium said, is "on a bully gait to conscionable that goal."

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O'Rourke's squad antecedently announced that the radical had raised implicit $500,000 for the Democrats successful 2 days, with implicit 15,000 contributions and an mean idiosyncratic donation of $36. That erstwhile magnitude raised volition beryllium included successful the $600,000 transportation to the caucus, Walle said.

So acold the Democratic caucus, which paid for the 2 backstage jets to alert members to D.C., has divided costs for the travel with the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and the Texas Legislative Black Caucus. The run accounts of authorities Reps. Chris Turner of Grand Prairie - who chairs the Democratic caucus - and Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio person besides helped retired with costs.

State lawmakers are paid a wage of $600 a period and a $221 per diem for each time they are successful session. House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, has asked the quorum-busting Democrats to instrumentality the per diem "immediately upon receipt," which immoderate members person said they program to do.

"Grateful to Beto and each folks who person contributed to our efforts - galore tiny donations person travel successful too," Walle said. "We're each moving unneurotic to rise those resources. We're not determination yet, but that's wherefore we're connected the phones, making those calls."

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