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Texas Democrats Run Up Eye-Watering Expenses Bill for Fleeing Stunt

Private jets to Washington D.C., housing, food etc run up costs, Dems admit

 on 20th July 2021 @ 1.00am
texas democrats  no expense spared trip to d c  carries an eye watering price tag © press
Texas Democrats' no-expense-spared trip to D.C. carries an eye-watering price tag

Texas Democrats have pulled out all the stops for their runaway stunt to Washington D.C., with one Democratic state lawmaker admitting the cost of the trip is racking up an eye-watering expenses bill.

On Sunday, Texas Democratic state Rep. Armando Walle admitted his party’s fleeing lawmakers' trip could cost as much as $1.5 million.

Walle is one of the Democrats who fled the state to avoid a vote on a Texas election reform bill.

He said the lawmakers are asking for donations to raise the necessary to reimburse the taxpayer for some of the funds to cover the expenses.

“I think just personally, I’ve probably had five or six hundred of very small donations from working-class people who believe in the cause of saving democracy,” he told NBC News.

“That means a hell of a lot to me. That’s a shot in the arm to continue this fight,” he added.

each of the the texas democrats has a suite at the lavish washington plaza hotel in northwest d c   which features an outdoor pool © press
Each of the the Texas Democrats has a suite at the lavish Washington Plaza Hotel in northwest D.C., which features an outdoor pool

According to the report, “Walle said the pair of private charter jets the majority of legislators took to Washington cost more than $100,000, while housing, food, and other transportation costs will make up the bulk of other expenses.”

Citing Walle, The Hill reported, “The total number of funds received remains unknown, but he expects that it is at $250,000 so far.”

Other liberal groups have raised money for the Texas effort as well.

Among the groups raising funds for the fleeing Democrats is former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s Powered by People “voting rights” organization.

The group recently announced a matching gift of $5,000 from Willie and Annie Nelson “to support Texas Democrats in their fight for voting rights!”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People even offered to pay bail for Texas Democrats who have been threatened with arrest by Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

“War has been declared on democracy, and we will support anyone who stands up to defend it,” Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP, said in a statement, according to The Hill.

“We are fully invested in good trouble,” he added.

texas democratic state rep  armando walle admitted the luxury trip could cost as much as  1 5 million © press
Texas Democratic state Rep. Armando Walle admitted the luxury trip could cost as much as $1.5 million

Abbott appeared on Fox News's “The Ingraham Angle” and said lawmakers will be punished for playing games at the taxpayers’ expense.

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“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.

“And so if these people want to be hanging out wherever they’re hanging out on this taxpayer-paid junket, they’re going to have to be prepared to do it for well over a year,” the governor said.

"As soon as they come back in the state of Texas, they will be arrested, they will be cabined inside the Texas Capitol until they get their job done.

"Everybody who has a job must show up to do that job, just like your viewers on watching right now.

"State representatives have that same responsibility.”

[RELATED] Texas AG: Democrats ‘Could Be Arrested as Soon as They Step Back on Texas Soil’

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