The NAACP, a civil rights organization, offered to pay pail for Texas Democrat lawmakers who fled the state to block legislation.
“War has been declared on democracy, and we will support anyone who stands up to defend it,” NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement, first reported by CNN. “We are fully invested in good trouble.” The lawmakers left Texas, without masks, on a charter flight to Washington, DC, vowing to remain out of the state until the special legislative session is over.
In an interview, Republican Governor Greg Abbott said, “I’ll tell you what the House of Representatives can do. What the speaker can do is issue a call to have these members arrested. In addition to that, however, I can and I will continue to call a special session after special session after special session all the way up until election next year.”
Abbott continued, “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.” Lawmakers will not be able to pass controversial voting legislation without those members present, as they do not meet the quorum.
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