Two more Texas Democrats who traveled to Washington, DC last week to halt a vote on a Republican voting bill have tested positive for the coronavirus, a report said.
The new cases, announced late Sunday by the Texas House Democratic Caucus, are in addition to three other Democratic lawmakers in the state on the trip who have already tested positive for COVID-19, Texas Tribune reported.
The report said infected MPs have been fully vaccinated – and one is showing mild symptoms.
Among the two new members who have tested positive is State Representative Trey Martinez Fisher, the lawmaker said.
“Today, I got a positive COVID-19 rapid antigen test result. I have been fully vaccinated, and I tested negative on Friday and Saturday. I am in quarantine until I test negative, and I am grateful to have experienced only extremely mild symptoms,” he told the newspaper in a statement.
Lone Star State Democrats left the state House of Representatives last Monday and took two chartered flights to the nation’s capital to thwart a Republican-backed election reform bill by denying the chamber a quorum.
While in Washington to wait for a special legislative session called by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Democrats met with congressional lawmakers and pressured them to approve the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
State lawmakers have been slammed by Republicans for fleeing their duties to represent their constituents, and Abbott has threatened to arrest them if they return to Texas in August.