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Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) told Fox News that the Democrats who fled the authorities to artifact a measure that would person tightened elector restrictions successful the GOP-controlled state.
Patrick expressed assurance that the substance would beryllium resolved soon.
“They can’t clasp retired forever. They person families backmost home. They person jobs backmost home. And beauteous soon, their wives oregon husbands volition say, ‘Hey, it’s clip to get back. Back home.’ And erstwhile they get location for a peculiar session, they’ll beryllium arrested and brought to the Capitol and we volition walk these bills.”
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says that erstwhile TX Democrats get backmost successful the state, "they'll beryllium arrested and brought to the Capitol and we volition walk these bills" pic.twitter.com/rrZSGeQWoA
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 15, 2021
On Tuesday, the Texas House authorized arrest warrants for the Democrats who near the state.
“Members, the sergeant-at-arms and the officers appointed by him are directed to nonstop for each absentees whose attendance is not excused for the intent of securing and maintaining their attendance — nether warrant of arrest, if necessary,” House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), said from the floor.
House rules allow lawmakers who are not contiguous astatine the Capitol to beryllium arrested and brought to the enclosure by the sergeant-at-arms “or an serviceman appointed by the sergeant-at-arms.” The Democrats who near the state––and denied the authorities a quorum––have escaped the jurisdiction of Texas instrumentality enforcement by crossing authorities lines.
The quality that the House had authorized apprehension warrants came aft Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) threatened to apprehension Democrats upon their instrumentality and promised to “continue to telephone a peculiar league aft peculiar league aft peculiar league each the mode up until predetermination adjacent year” successful bid to walk the elector restrictions.