Arrest warrants have been issued for 52 Democrat lawmakers in Texas following their “flee the state” stunt. In an effort to stop a vote on a series of election integrity bills, Democrats decided that democracy itself was the problem with these likely-to-pass pieces of legislation and left the state in an effort to stop a vote altogether.
Boarding a couple of private jets, Democrat members of the Texas House of Representatives ignored mask protocols and spread COVID to each other, to White House and congressional staffers, and to anyone else unfortunate enough to be in their presence — something that the media would have cared about quite a bit if they were Republicans. They took refuge in Washington, D.C. to deny Republicans a quorum and prevent the vote from happening. But back home, their fellow House members voted to arrest them. Though Democrats convinced a Democrat judge to halt their arrests, the Texas Supreme Court overturned the activist judge’s decision. And once the arrests were confirmed to be back on, the House Speaker sealed the runaway lawmakers’ fate.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that the 52 Democrats who have not returned to Texas will indeed be arrested when they return. The Speaker of the House has even officially signed their arrest warrants:
House Speaker Dade Phelan late Tuesday signed 52 arrest warrants for Democrats who left the state for Washington D.C. in July and have yet to return to the House chamber for the second special legislative session of the year.
The warrants came after Texas House Republicans voted to direct state law enforcement to track down and compel the attendance of absent Democrats by a vote of 80-12, the second time such a vote has been taken during this quorum-bust.
The warrants, first reported by the Dallas Morning News, will be delivered to the House Sergeant-at-arms Wednesday morning, according to Phelan spokesperson Enrique Marquez.
Once arrested, Democrats will be held until they do their jobs. Those who have not returned to the state say they plan to fight for federal voting legislation so that they can impose their will on Texas regardless of what state law is.