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Vice President Kamala Harris is hosting a meeting next week at the White House with Democratic state lawmakers who killed the Texas Republicans’ Election Priority Bill in the regular session.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, according to a statement from Harris spokesperson Symone Sanders. The White House did not immediately indicate which lawmakers would attend, but the House Democratic Caucus tweeted a list of 10 lawmakers who she said would be there.
Texas House Democrats staged a walkout late last month that condemned legislation, Senate Bill 7, that would have made sweeping changes to the voting process in Texas. Governor Greg Abbott has vowed to bring him back in a special session that has yet to be called.
SB 7 drew the attention of President Joe Biden, who issued a statement the day before the walkout denouncing the legislation as “part of an attack on democracy.” The bill included provisions to limit early voting hours, restrict local voting options and further tighten postal voting rules.
According to the House Democratic Caucus, lawmakers attending the meeting include Representatives Chris Turner of Grand Prairie, Nicole Collier of Fort Worth, Rafael Anchia of Dallas, Jessica González of Dallas, Senfronia Thompson of Houston, Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio and Austin’s Gina Hinojosa, as well as Sens. Carol Alvarado of Houston, Royce West of Dallas and Beverly Powell of Burleson.
Since the walkout, Democrats have used the national spotlight to push for federal voting rights legislation. Martinez Fischer reiterated this in a statement on the news of the meeting with Harris.
“We are deeply grateful that Vice President Harris understands what is at stake and leads the way in protecting our democracy,” said Martinez Fischer. “We are honored to be with her, the Congressional Democrats and the entire Biden administration.”