World Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Democrat, arrested during DC protest
Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson arrested by Capitol Police during protest
Georgia Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson was arrested by Capitol police Thursday while protesting Senate “inaction” on voting rights legislation."In the spirit of my dear friend and mentor – the late Congressman John Lewis – I was getting in #goodtrouble," Johnson said in a tweet with a video of himself in handcuffs.
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, aDemocrat who has served in Congress since 1995, was Thursday during a voting-rights protest in .
The 71-year-old congresswoman, a native of New York City who served as a city council member in Houston before being elected to her U.S. House seat, posted a photo on Twitter that showed her with zip ties around her wrists and being escorted by a police officer following her arrest.
"I will NEVER stop fighting for Voting Rights!" Lee wrote in the post. "The time is NOW to move the voting rights bills in the US Senate forward!! Enough is enough."
Lee included the hashtag #GoodTrouble, a reference to a term for political activism that was favored by the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., for whom a voting rights proposal is named.
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.
Democrats have been opposing election-related laws being passed or considered in states around the country, arguing that Republican-backed changes have been thinly veiled attempts to discourage minorities from voting. Republicans have countered that their proposals have been aimed at ensuring the integrity of elections by creating obstacles against.
After Lee was released, she posted a video in which she spoke about her arrest and urged the passage of the voting rights bills in Congress. The specific charges she faced, and the conditions of her release, were not immediately clear.
Lee became at least the third House Democrat to be arrested in recent weeks during a voting-rights protest. Other Democrats arrested recently included U.S. Reps.and .
Beto O'Rourke Says More Than 17,000 People Have Donated to Keep Texas Dems In Washington
Beto O'Rourke's PAC has raised more than $600,000 to keep Democratic lawmakers in Washington D.C. and to deny Texas Republicans the quorum needed to pass a sweeping elections bill.Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke's political action committee, Powered By People, has raised more than $600,000 to keep Democratic lawmakers in Washington D.C. while they continue to deny the state legislature quorum during the current special session.
The Harris County Democratic Party in Texas released a statement after Lee’s arrest.
"Once again we see a Black woman at the forefront of defending our civil rights and leading the fight to save our fragile democracy," Odus Evbagharu, chair of the Harris County Democratic Party, said in the release. "Congresswoman Lee understands we are at a pivotal moment in the history of our nation, where our sacred right to vote is under grave threat. She recognizes that we all must take action to protect this right."
Texas Dems who fled state sue Gov. Abbott for trying to bring them back: 'Discomfort and embarrassment' .
Nearly two dozen Texas House Democrats who fled the state last month have sued Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republican officials.The 22 plaintiffs have been "deprived of liberty for substantial periods of time, suffered much anxiety and distress over separation from their families, and much discomfort and embarrassment," the complaint filed late Friday alleges.