Texas voting Call of the House

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Texas lawmakers flee the state: Can they be arrested for traveling to DC?

By Gwen Baumgardner

Democratic lawmakers from Texas fled the state for Washington, D.C. to block the passage a new voting rights bill. By skipping town, the House Democrats are preventing a quorum, which in-turn prevents a vote. On Tuesday, Texas Republicans invoked a Call of the House. What does this mean for the lawmakers who fled the state? Let’s Get This Straight.

DEMOCRAT LAWMAKERS FROM TEXAS FLED THE STATE FOR WASHINGTON DC
IN ORDER TO BLOCK THE PASSAGE A NEW VOTING BILL.

ARE THESE LAWMAKERS BREAKING THE LAW? CAN THEY BE FORCED BACK
TO TEXAS?

LET’S GET THIS STRAIGHT.

BY SKIPPING TOWN, THE DEMOCRATS ARE PREVENTING A QUORUM, WHICH
IN-TURN PREVENTS A VOTE.

REPUBLICANS SAY THEY WILL INVOKE, A CALL OF THE HOUSE…IT’S A
PROCEDURE MEANT TO PREVENT THIS TYPE OF THING FROM HAPPENING.

CALL OF THE HOUSE ALLOWS THE SPEAKER TO LOCK THE CHAMBER DOORS
SO NO ONE CAN LEAVE.

BUT RIGHT NOW – THAT’S TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE.

CALL OF THE HOUSE ALSO ALLOWS LAW ENFORCEMENT TO TRACK DOWN
MISSING LAWMAKERS.

(ABBOT SOT)
[[“I’LL TELL YOU WHAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CAN DO. THE
SPEAKER CAN DO IS ISSUE A CALL TO HAVE THESE MEMBERS ARRESTED.”]]

BUT THERE’S ONE BIG HITCH. DEMOCRATS ARE IN WASHINGTON DC.
THAT’S A LONG WAY FROM TEXAS, AND OUT OF THE JURISDICTION OF TEXAS
LAW ENFORCEMENT.

THE LAST TIME DEMOCRATS BROKE QUORUM AND LEFT TEXAS WAS IN 2003.
REPUBLICANS ASKED IF FEDERAL AUTHORITIES COULD CHASE THEM
DOWN…BUT THE FBI AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REFUSED.

SO WHAT NOW?

THESE TEXAS DEMOCRATS CAN’T STAY IN DC FOREVER.
AND GOVERNOR ABBOTT MADE THIS VOW.

((SOT))

THE GOVERNOR ALSO SAYS, HE CAN MAKE DEMS SWEAT IT OUT IN DC.WILL THESE LAWMAKERS *ACTUALLY BE ARRESTED WHEN THEY GET BACK TO
TEXAS?

WILL THIS VOTING BILL SURVIVE?

NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE.

BUT IT SEEMS “CALL OF THE HOUSE” PROVIDES REPUBLICANS MUCH NEEDED
RECOURSE.

DID WE GET THAT STRAIGHT?

LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW AND BY USING OUT BIAS METER.

Straight Arrow Bias Meter™ rating: v-conservative
Joe BloughJuly 29, 2021, 10:40am CT

Inaccurate: The last time Dems walked out of a vote and broke quorum was in late May. They've actually done something similar several times now recently. The context here is essential and you missed it. "Provides much needed recourse"? DEMOCRATS DO NOT SAY IT'S "MUCH NEEDED," that's obviously biased and not a 'straight fact." Democrats haven't fled to "prevent passage," they fled to prevent a vote. No one ever knows whether something will pass before a vote. Obviously biased. "Prevent LIKELY passage' would've been unbiased. How about examining why they left, or at least mention what the legislation would do? Looks like Gwen needs to "get it straight." Where do you find these inexperienced people who write this stuff?!

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Straight Arrow Bias Meter™ rating: v-conservative
Joe BloughJuly 29, 2021, 10:40am CT

Inaccurate: The last time Dems walked out of a vote and broke quorum was in late May. They've actually done something similar several times now recently. The context here is essential and you missed it. "Provides much needed recourse"? DEMOCRATS DO NOT SAY IT'S "MUCH NEEDED," that's obviously biased and not a 'straight fact." Democrats haven't fled to "prevent passage," they fled to prevent a vote. No one ever knows whether something will pass before a vote. Obviously biased. "Prevent LIKELY passage' would've been unbiased. How about examining why they left, or at least mention what the legislation would do? Looks like Gwen needs to "get it straight." Where do you find these inexperienced people who write this stuff?!

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Democratic lawmakers from Texas fled the state for Washington, D.C. to block the passage a new voting rights bill. By skipping town, the House Democrats are preventing a quorum, which in-turn prevents a vote. On Tuesday, Texas Republicans invoked a Call of the House. What does this mean for the lawmakers who fled the state? Let’s Get This Straight.

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Straight Arrow Bias Meter™ rating: v-conservative
Joe BloughJuly 29, 2021, 10:40am CT

Inaccurate: The last time Dems walked out of a vote and broke quorum was in late May. They've actually done something similar several times now recently. The context here is essential and you missed it. "Provides much needed recourse"? DEMOCRATS DO NOT SAY IT'S "MUCH NEEDED," that's obviously biased and not a 'straight fact." Democrats haven't fled to "prevent passage," they fled to prevent a vote. No one ever knows whether something will pass before a vote. Obviously biased. "Prevent LIKELY passage' would've been unbiased. How about examining why they left, or at least mention what the legislation would do? Looks like Gwen needs to "get it straight." Where do you find these inexperienced people who write this stuff?!