‘Corrosive to our democracy’: Texas Democrats work on federal election reform, but lack votes
“What is happening in Texas, and what has happened in Georgia, and what is happening in other states in the country is corrosive to our democracy,” said Representative Chris Turner.
DALLAS – Even though Texas Democrats spent more than a week in Washington, DC, the election bill they fled the state for has passed the Texas Senate and is simply awaiting action at the Texas House , where Republicans will adopt it.
So, Texas Democrats are still hoping to get Congressional Democrats action on federal election reform. But those Congressional Democrats just recently said they don’t yet have the votes to pass anything nationally, and they don’t expect those votes anytime soon.
“We are not going to take this as an acceptable response,” said Representative Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, said on Inside Texas Politics. “What’s going on in Texas, and what’s going on in Georgia, and what’s going on in other states across the country is corrosive to our democracy, it’s harder for people to vote, and it’s all based about the big lie that Donald Trump won the last election.
Turner is Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus for Texas. It is therefore he who is leading the effort to get out. And when a plan involves charter planes, charter buses, and hotel rooms for 58 Democrats, that’s a lot of planning. But Rep. Turner says that because they had known it was a real possibility for some time now, the plan was able to come to fruition quickly.
“Planning really picked up on the weekend during these rushed committee hearings in the House and Senate,” he said. “And it all fell into place very, very quickly, in a matter of days.”
And he knows that keeping a coalition of more than 50 people together over the last three weeks of the session will be a challenge. But they also work on this dynamic on a daily basis.
“We do this through constant and open communication,” he said. “That’s why we meet in caucus every morning for breakfast and every evening for dinner, in addition to all the meetings and activities that we organize throughout the day as a group. . “
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