Texas House votes to have law enforcement track down Dems who fled state

Moments ago, The Hill reported “The Texas House voted Tuesday to have law enforcement track down Democratic lawmakers who fled the state to deny a quorum needed to pass a controversial elections bill, an escalation in the growing feud between the two parties over the legislation.”

“The chamber voted by a 76-4 margin to authorize law enforcement to return the Democrats to Austin after they flew to Washington, D.C., to prevent the elections bill from passing in a special legislative session,” the report adds.

Republican state House Speaker Dade Phelan said after the vote “Members, the sergeant-at-arms and the officers appointed by him are directed to send for all absentees whose attendance is not excused for the purpose of securing and maintaining their attendance — under warrant of arrest, if necessary.”

Earlier in the day, Texas Governor Greg Abbott threatened to arrest the Democrats who left when they returned to the state.

State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D) said outside the capitol “I’m not going to be a hostage that my constituents’ rights might be stripped from them. We have fought too long and too hard in this country.”