Texas Gov. Abbott: Democrats Who Fled to Block Voting Bill ‘Will Be Arrested’ ‘Once They Step Back Into the State’
So said Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott about state House Democrats who fled the state rather than allow the Republican majority to pass an election bill Democrats have denounced as a danger to their constituencies.
In May, Democrats walked out of a state House session rather than allow Republicans to pass the bill. With no Democrats, the House does not have a quorum and cannot pass any bills.
“Once they step back into the state they will be arrested and brought back to the Capitol and we will be conducting business,” he said.
The governor said that he will keep calling special sessions until Democrats stop taking their toys and running away.
“We have special sessions that last 30 days,” Abbott said. “And the governor calls them, and I will continue calling special session after special session because over time it is going to continue until they step up to vote.”
In an interview with KVUE-TV, Abbott doubled down on his statement that Democrats will pay a price.
“If they do not return to work, they are risking losing their jobs as state representatives for not showing up,” he said, adding, “What the House of Representatives can do, the speaker can do, is issue a call to have these members arrested.”
Abbott said he will keep calling special sessions until next year’s elections.