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World Texas Speaker's message to Dems who fled state: Forfeit your pay

09:34  18 july  2021
09:34  18 july  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

Greg Abbott Says Fleeing Texas Democrats 'Will Be Arrested' When They Return to State

  Greg Abbott Says Fleeing Texas Democrats 'Will Be Arrested' When They Return to State The Republican said he would call "special session after special session after special session" until the next election.Abbott, a Republican, gave an interview to KVUE on Monday about the Democrats' decision to leave the state and whether the special session of the Texas legislature the governor called can go ahead.

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Texas Speaker calls on state Democrats who fled to Washington to forfeit their pay

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan on Wednesday called on state Democratic lawmakers to give up their daily stipend of $221 as they hunker down in Washington, D.C. to avoid passing a voting reform bill.

At least 51 of the state’s 67 House Democrats boarded a private plane for the nation’s capital Monday in an effort to prevent a quorum and deny Republicans the ability to pass a controversial voting bill.

Another nine Democratic Senators are believed to have joined the House members in D.C.

List of Texas Democrats Who Fled State to Thwart Greg Abbott

  List of Texas Democrats Who Fled State to Thwart Greg Abbott Republican Governor Greg Abbott has said the Democratic lawmakers "will be arrested" when they return.There is uncertainty about the exact number of Democratic members of the state's House of Representatives who have left Texas. There are 67 Democrats in the chamber but some remained behind while the majority flew to Washington, D.C.

"While these Texas Democrats collect taxpayer money as they ride on private jets to meet with the Washington elite, those who remain in the chamber await their return to begin work on providing our retired teachers a 13th check, protecting our foster kids, and providing taxpayer relief," Phelan said in a statement Wednesday. "Those who are intentionally denying quorum should return their per diem to the State Treasury immediately upon receipt."

Texas Democrats flew to D.C. to meet with President Biden and encourage Congress to pass federal legislation barring increased voter regulations under the "For the People Act" and the "John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act."

While Texas House members have been unable to pass a voting reform bill under the special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott, Senate Republicans passed their version titled Senate Bill 1 Tuesday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

Schumer announces $3.5T spending plan to pair with infrastructure package

  Schumer announces $3.5T spending plan to pair with infrastructure package Schumer announces $3.5T spending plan to pair with infrastructure package In a late-night announcement Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Budget Committee had reached an agreement to allot $3.5 trillion for a spending package that would complete President Biden’s infrastructure plan. "The Budget Committee has come to an agreement," Schumer told reporters following a closed-door meeting with Democratic lawmakers. "You add that to that the $600 billion in a bipartisan plan and you get to $4.1 trillion, which is very, very close to what President Biden has asked us for," Schumer said.

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Cuba’s president admits to shortcomings; takes some blame for protests

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who days ago called on revolutionaries to counter anti-government protesters in the streets, acknowledged Wednesday government shortcomings in the lead-up to the unrest in the country.

Díaz-Canel, who has been widely criticized for the country’s violent crackdown and Internet blackouts, gave a televised address Wednesday night and acknowledged that his government failures played a role in the protests over food shortages and other problems.

Texas Dems fled the state in dramatic move to stall GOP election bills, but why to Washington, DC?

  Texas Dems fled the state in dramatic move to stall GOP election bills, but why to Washington, DC? Dozens of Democratic state lawmakers from Texas have skipped out on a special legislative session in order to break a quorum and stall Republican efforts to fast track new election integrity bills, which critics on the left claim amount to voter suppression. Simply crossing state lines into Oklahoma or Louisiana would have cost less in travel and lodgings – compared to what the lawmakers are expected to be spending in the nation’s capital between Monday and Aug. 7. But in Washington, D.C., they have a chance to put pressure on the House and Senate to enact the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

"We have to gain experience from the disturbances," he said, according to the Associated Press. "We also have to carry out a critical analysis of our problems in order to act and overcome, and avoid their repetition."

Historic protests broke out across Cuba on Sunday night. Díaz-Canel, who heads the Communist Party, seemed uninterested in making any concessions. He placed the blame squarely on the U.S. for stoking resentment and called the protesters mercenaries. At one point, he said, "The order to fight has been given—into the street, revolutionaries!"

Cuba is going through its worst economic crisis in decades, along with a resurgence of coronavirus cases, as it suffers the consequences of U.S. sanctions imposed by the Trump administration. Some protesters have demanded a change in government, so although Díaz-Canel seemed to tone down the rhetoric, it remains to be seen if there will be any concessions by the government. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

McConnell condemns Biden fury over GOP voting reform as 'utter nonsense'

  McConnell condemns Biden fury over GOP voting reform as 'utter nonsense' Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday condemned a fiery speech by President Biden as “utter nonsense” for alleging GOP voting reform laws were comparable to the Civil War. "This is our new president who promised to lower the temperature, bring America back together and rebuild a civil society where we can dialogue as fellow citizens," McConnell said from the Senate floor. "We’ve won two World Wars, faced down the Soviets, unwound brutal segregation, defeated actual Jim Crow laws, and endured the 9/11 attacks," he said.

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Texas Democrats are 'lying' about voting rights bill, positive COVID tests a 'gimmick,' state rep says

  Texas Democrats are 'lying' about voting rights bill, positive COVID tests a 'gimmick,' state rep says Texas State. Rep. Briscoe Cain slammed the dozens of Democrats who fled the state capital earlier this week and argued they left purely for political reasons. "It’s disingenuous, they’re lying and they are playing games with the people of Texas," Cain, a Republican and chair of the House Elections Committee, told Fox News. THREE TEXAS DEMOCRATS WHO FLED TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS "Anyone that reads it," Cain said about the controversial voting rights bill that prompted the lawmakers to flee to Washington, D.C.

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McConnell condemns Biden fury over GOP voting reform as 'utter nonsense'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday condemned a fiery speech by President Biden as "utter nonsense" for alleging GOP voting reform laws were comparable to the Civil War.

"This is our new president who promised to lower the temperature, bring America back together and rebuild a civil society where we can dialogue as fellow citizens," McConnell said from the Senate floor.

"We’ve won two World Wars, faced down the Soviets, unwound brutal segregation, defeated actual Jim Crow laws, and endured the 9/11 attacks," he said. "But now the sky is falling?"

McConnell’s exasperation was over an address given by the president Tuesday, where he called on congressional Republicans to help stop the "concerted" effort by GOP-led states to "undermine" the electoral process.

"We’re facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War," Biden said in a rebuttal to GOP calls for voter reform. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

Beto O’Rourke group raises $600,000 for Texas Democrats in DC: report

  Beto O’Rourke group raises $600,000 for Texas Democrats in DC: report A group of Texas Democrats staying in Washington, D.C., after leaving the Lone Star State earlier this month will receive about $600,000 to help finance the trip, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke said Thursday. The money will go toward a $1.5 million fundraising goal that the Democrats have set for their trip, the Texas Tribune reported. O’Rourke, who founded the political group Powered by People, disclosed the $600,000 amount Thursday during a virtual news conference, the Tribune reported. The figure represented an update of a previous tally of more than $500,000 raised for the state lawmakers, the report said.

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- John James slams Biden on 'Outnumbered': Go to Detroit to see '21st century Jim Crow'

Texas Democrats to remain in Washington throughout special session

  Texas Democrats to remain in Washington throughout special session The group of Texas House Democrats who fled their state for Washington, D.C. held a press conference marking the halfway point of the special session they are blocking and said they will stay away for the last two weeks of the session, criticized the election integrity law they are blocking, and accused Gov. Greg Abbott of politically motivated blackmail. The Democrats initially boycotted a session of GOP-backed voting legislation during a regular session, denying a quorum, and then were called back by Abbott for a special session to pass the bill.

- Ted Cruz mocks VP Harris' 'ridiculous' comparison of fleeing Texas Dems to civil rights leaders

- Ingraham slams Biden's Philadelphia voter rights speech: 'As usual, liberals are at war with the facts'

- Biden calls on GOP to protect voting rights 'for God's sake' in fiery address

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SOME PARTING WORDS

Sean Hannity mocked Joe Biden's claims America is "facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War," on "Hannity" Wednesday, saying the president believes "millions of Americans are worse than Jim Crow, all because they support simple election integrity measures."

"This bill bans paid ballot harvesting. Do you have a problem with that?" he asked. "It requires voter ID for mail-in ballots. Alternatively, voters can provide the last four digits of their Social Security number if they prefer. The bill sets uniform times for early voting, all while expanding early voting hours on the weekend. It ensures that poll watchers are able, according to law, observe vote counting, start to finish. All sides get to observe. It strengthens the ban on unmanned mail-in drop boxes so nothing nefarious can happen."

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Texas Democrats to remain in Washington throughout special session .
The group of Texas House Democrats who fled their state for Washington, D.C. held a press conference marking the halfway point of the special session they are blocking and said they will stay away for the last two weeks of the session, criticized the election integrity law they are blocking, and accused Gov. Greg Abbott of politically motivated blackmail. The Democrats initially boycotted a session of GOP-backed voting legislation during a regular session, denying a quorum, and then were called back by Abbott for a special session to pass the bill.

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