Texas AG: Democrats ‘Could Be Arrested as Soon as They Step Back on Texas Soil’
'It’s clearly a violation of the law'
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warned Democrats, who left the state in an apparent effort to block an election bill, could face arrest if they return to the state.
“If you care about the Constitution, there are constitutional duties to show up when there is a session and represent the people they are elected to represent,” Paxton told Newsmax.
“We have a minority of Democrats who decided that they are not going to let any other legislator vote, so they’re not even going let other legislators do their duty,” he added.
“It’s clearly a violation of the law.”
Earlier this month, Texas House Democrats boarded flights to Washington after walking out of a special legislative session and have remained there since.
As a result, Republicans were left unable to conduct legislative business.
The move was aimed at sabotaging the passage of Republican-led election reform legislation.
They are pushing for the passage of the Democrats’ federal level election reform bill, which would increase federal control of elections ushering in vote-by-mail nationwide.
The Democrats trip was funded by an election advocacy group called Powered By People, run by former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).
As of last week, the group had raised over $500,000.
The Democrats vowed to remain in Washington for the special session's duration.
It now costs $10,000 a day to be there.
“The message is very clear: America, we need to wake up, we need to preserve our democracy, we need a federal voting rights solution, and we need it now,” Rep. Martinez Fischer (D-Texas) told CNN on July 10.
“This is a now or never moment. We’re holding the line in Texas, and we’re going to fight with all our might. But even if we were to fix this problem in Texas, it doesn’t solve the problem for the rest of the nation.”
Paxton said Democrats could be arrested if they return from Washington to Texas as long as the special session is ongoing.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will be able to call another special session when the current one expires.
“Ultimately, I believe we’ll vote on this issue, so all they’re doing is wreaking havoc on the lives of other legislators,” Abbott said.