Texas Democrats Meet With Senators on Voting Rights

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Senator Elizabeth Warren addressed Democratic lawmakers from Texas connected  Capitol Hill connected  Wednesday.
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  • July 14, 2021, 4:50 p.m. ET

Day 2 of the Texas Democrats’ run successful Washington to unit Congress to enact national voting rights protections was overmuch similar the first: packed with meetings with supportive senators, cablegram tv appearances and a quality conference.

This time, it was Democratic authorities senators who stood earlier cameras connected Wednesday wrong a league country astatine a Washington edifice — the lawsuit was moved indoors from extracurricular the Capitol to debar the midday vigor — to reiterate their pledge to stay extracurricular Texas until the state’s peculiar legislative league expires adjacent month.

The contingent of reporters who gathered for the lawsuit was acold smaller than the property corps that congregated extracurricular the Capitol a time earlier to spot Texas authorities representatives astatine their archetypal quality successful Washington.

The Democratic authorities senators echoed their State House colleagues, who person blocked Republicans from doing concern by denying a quorum to operate, successful arguing that they were successful Washington connected a moving trip, not a vacation, arsenic Republicans person portrayed the trip. The State House Democrats came to Washington successful an effort to halt Republicans from enacting caller restrictions to voting laws successful Texas; the party’s authorities senators failed to contradict a quorum successful that enclosure due to the fact that 4 of their colleagues stayed successful Austin.

“We’re not fleeing,” said State Senator Royce West, 1 of the lawmakers who spoke successful Washington. “We’re moving present today.”

State Senator Carol Alvarado, the chairwoman of the Texas State Senate Democratic Caucus, said that the radical had a “very intimate” gathering connected Tuesday day with Vice President Kamala Harris. Other members of the radical mentioned that they had met with sympathetic Democratic senators similar Chuck Schumer of New York, the bulk leader, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

A delegation of Texas Democrats has a gathering scheduled for Thursday with Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, the archetypal league they volition person with a legislator who has not already committed to passing Democrats’ large national voting rights bills with a elemental bulk alternatively than requiring a 60-vote threshold. One of the bills, the For the People Act, would make sweeping caller national protections for voting, portion a narrower bill, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, would reconstruct cardinal parts of the Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the Supreme Court successful 2013.

State Representative Chris Turner, the president of the Texas House Democratic caucus, said helium was trying to signifier meetings with Republican senators and different Democratic senators who person not committed to bypassing the 60-vote threshold to enact national voting rights legislation.

There is nary denotation immoderate Senate Republicans are sympathetic to the Texans’ arguments. And connected Wednesday morning, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the number leader, excoriated the authorities Democrats who fled.

“They’ve conscionable travel present to Washington to drawback selfies, bask successful the limelight and beg Senate Democrats to instrumentality implicit Texas elections,” Mr. McConnell said. “This outrage is wholly phony.”

In Texas, Dade Phelan, the talker of the State House, asked Democrats who near Austin to instrumentality their $221 per diem, and the State Senate, which remains successful session, passed a bid of bills connected bail enslaved reform, spot taxation cuts and societal media regulations.

“The Senate is going to support passing bills,” said State Senator Bryan Hughes, the main designer of the Senate elections bill. “All those elements the politician enactment connected the peculiar league are important to folks backmost home, truthful we’re going to get them passed.”

Jen Psaki, the White House property secretary, said Wednesday that she did not person immoderate details connected a legislative strategy for passing the Democrats’ national voting rights bills.

David Montgomery contributed reporting from Austin, Texas.

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