87th LegislatureFederalState HouseWhite House Signals Support for End to Texas Democrat Quorum Break

In the same day, Texas Democrats indicated their intention to remain in D.C. while the White House suggested support for their returning to Austin for the next special session.
August 6, 2021
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki indicated Thursday that the Oval Office supports Texas Democrats returning to Austin for the legislative session.

“[T]he President believes that, one, they’ve been outspoken advocates and champions of voting rights,” Psaki told the press. “I can’t say I’m exactly following too closely the legislative calendar there, but certainly if it required them to be there, we would support that.”

At a Capitol Hill press conference, House Democrats spiked the football on what they called a “successful” effort to run out the special session clock and prevent the passage of GOP-backed election reform.

“Who would have thought that this effort would be so successful over three or four weeks?” House Democratic Caucus chairman, Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), said.

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) indicated that Democratic members intend to stay in D.C. “Make no mistake, we do not telegraph what our plans are but do not be fooled — if Congress is in session, we’re in session. Our job is here, and we will have a significant number of members staying here and gauging day-by-day,” he stated.

The Texan Tumbler

Friday is the final day of the first called special session of the 87th Legislature and the second begins tomorrow at noon. Governor Greg Abbott issued the call on Thursday and included each item from the July special, such as election reform, along with six new topics for the legislature to take up.

Press secretary for the governor’s office, Renae Eze, told The Texan in a statement, “The Texas Democrats’ road trip to Washington has been a complete disaster. First, they couldn’t get a meeting with President Biden, and now even he’s telling them to get back to work. Miller Time is over for Texas Democrats.”


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