First on Fox: Texas State. Rep. Brisco Cain criticized dozens of Democrats who fled the state capital earlier this week, arguing they left for purely political reasons.
“It’s fraudulent, they’re lying and they’re playing a game with the people of Texas,” Cain, a Republican and chairman of the House Elections Committee, told LBL.
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“Anyone who reads this,” Cain said of the controversial voting rights bill that inspired MPs to flee to Washington, DC Citing a claim earlier this week that the bill would suppress voting rights, “it realizes that it doesn’t criminalize wrongdoing, it expands voting access, it extends hours, And protects our elections. That’s it.”
Cain said eventually Democrats would have no choice but to return to Texas and that their “bad faith” actions had “no reason to negotiate with them” and hoped that the legislature would be stronger when they return. Bill can be passed.
Cain claimed that at least 3 of the fleeing lawmakers privately acknowledged that there was no voter suppression in the bill, but left the capital anyway and publicly stated that there was.
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When the Democrats flew a private plane to Washington, D.C., they were Criticism on social media for taking a group photo on a plane without a mask, which many felt was hypocritical given their public statements about the importance and seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic, especially given that federal regulations still stipulate Commercial air travelers are required to wear masks on planes.
Cain agreed with those criticisms and suggested that he had violated the law several times on the trip.
“My reading of federal transportation law and the mask mandate is that the mask rule applies to private charters, even if you’re vaccinated. Humorously, a local ordinance in Washington, D.C. also allows a person to be in the District of Columbia. Prohibits importation of alcoholic beverages without a permit.”
The lawmakers were photographed with alcoholic beverages during a visit to Washington, DC, which drew criticism on social media.
Cain responded with skepticism on Saturday to news that three members of the group of Democrats had tested positive for the coronavirus, suggesting it may have been a political “gimmick” to stay in Washington longer. .
“I say prove it,” said Cain. “I think it’s an excuse to avoid coming back. They want a reason to do the 14-day quarantine; they don’t want to come back and do their job. If they really have, prove it.”
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It is unclear when the group of Democrats plans to return to Texas amid growing frustration from Republicans. Earlier this week, Dade Phelan, the Speaker of the Republican House of Texas, announced that he was renting a plane to Washington to hail the return of Democrats.
“I’m calling on all my colleagues in DC to contact their employees immediately so they can secure their seats on the plane and return to Austin to do state work,” Speaker Dade Phelan said. said in a statement. “The State of Texas is Waiting.”