Texas House Republicans Vote to Track Down Absent Democrats, Potentially Arrest ThemEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

Texas House Republicans on Tuesday voted to track down and possibly arrest absent Democratic lawmakers who fled the state to avoid voting on an election bill. House Speaker Dade Phelan, in a statement from the Texas Capitol floor, said that “members, the sergeant-at-arms and the officers appointed by him are directed to send for all absentees whose attendance is not excused for the purpose of securing and maintaining their attendance—under warrant of arrest, if necessary.” “Any member who wishes to leave the hall must have the written permission of the Speaker of the House,” he added. But state Rep. Jim Murphy, a Houston Republican who chairs the House GOP Caucus, said Texas Republicans cannot force the Democrats to return to the state. “We want them to come back—that’s our message,” Murphy told the Texas Tribune. The dramatic change of events drew comments from White House officials and top congressional Democrats. …Read More

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