Texas Democrats who blocked restrictive voting bill to meet with Vice President Harris
Texas Democrats who dramatically blocked a restrictive voting bill last month will meet with Vice President Kamala Harris in the White House next week, Senior Advisor Symone Sanders said in a statement on Thursday.
The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday as Democrats face significant hurdles in pushing through federal election reforms in the widely divided Senate.
Texas lawmakers will discuss voting rights and the For the People Act, a source familiar with the plans told NBC News.. Legislation passed by the House that would create a federal floor on voting rights would overturn restrictive election bills like the one proposed by Republicans in Texas.
The meeting underscores how critical federal action is to state Democrats across the country, many of whom have struggled to fight restrictive vote bills put forward by Republican majorities in state legislatures. President Joe Biden recently appointed Harris to lead the administration’s efforts to protect voting rights.
“Breaking the quorum and leaving the State House is like getting on our knees and asking the federal government to intervene,” said State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer, a Democrat who will be attending the meeting. “What we can contribute to the national story is to tell our story.”
Texas Senators and State Representatives, including Democratic Representatives Gina Hinojosa and Jessica González, will attend the White House meeting.
Texas lawmakers also plan to meet with senators, according to Martinez Fischer.
Republicans have introduced and advanced hundreds of restrictive election bills this year in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s stolen election lie. At least 22 bills with restrictive voting provisions had been enacted by mid-May, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, and at least 61 more were still making progress in the legislatures of the United States. States.
At the end of the legislative session, Democrats in Texas used every parliamentary tool at their disposal to defeat a bill that would add restrictions on elections in the state. They eventually staged a walkout to prevent a vote just before the midnight deadline.
Texas Republicans have pledged to reintroduce and pass the bill this summer.