Vice President Kamala Harris said Democratic lawmakers who fled Texas in an effort to block the state’s new election legislation from passing are “in line” with the legacy of civil rights and voting rights leaders and activists, while praising them for their “bold, courageous action.”
Harris was commenting on the Texas House Democratic Caucus, which left the state Monday to withhold a quorum from a special legislative session dedicated to passing a new election security bill.
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“They took bold, courageous action in line with the legacy of Frederick Douglass, to the legacy that involves women who marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, and all those folks who shed blood on the bridge in 1965 to pass the Voting Rights Act,” Harris said Wednesday.
“And now, we have in 2021, the Texas Legislature,” she continued. “Many of them traveled to Washington, D.C., at great sacrifice to stand up for the American right to vote, unencumbered.”
Eight Texas state Senate Democrats joined Texas House lawmakers in fleeing the state for Washington.
Despite their efforts to block the legislation, Texas state senators passed the Republican-led voting reform bill Tuesday evening in a party-line vote.
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a roundtable with disabilities advocates on voting rights in the Vice President’s Cere
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