Absentee Texas Democrats ask public to donate soda, salsa and hairspray

The nearly 60 Texas Democrats who fled the state and flew to Washington, D.C., to block a pair of GOP-backed ballot bills are asking the public to donate Dr. Pepper, candy and of toiletries as they mark the nearly two-week anniversary of their departure.

The Dallas County Democratic Party announced the development Saturday and said it would hold collections all week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Our Dems in DC said they would appreciate the home care packages,” the organization wrote in a tweet. “Before 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, we pick up Dr. Pepper, salsa, hard candy, hair spray, travel toiletries, hand sanitizers, sewing kits, first aid and/or or dollars to pay for shipping. TY!”

Texas Senator Ted Cruz mocked the social media post with the words “No Miller Lite?” in reference to a crate of beer seen as lawmakers posed for photographs en route to Washington.


Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also spoke out and called the collection “embarrassing”.

“Not only did they take a vacation to avoid doing their jobs, but now they want you to help pay for them. It’s so embarrassing,” she added. wrote Monday.

Jenna Ellis, former senior legal adviser to former President Donald Trump, request, “Can’t they have all this at CVS?”

On July 12, dozens of Democratic lawmakers boarded private jets and traveled to meetings with federal politicians in Washington, D.C., in an effort to paralyze the State House after Governor Greg Abbott summoned a special session to deliberate on Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 3. , a pair of laws that would ban drive-thru voting, implement more comprehensive voter ID requirements for mail-in ballots, and ban officials from sending ballot requests to those who don’t have one. makes the request.

SB 1 passed the Senate amid the departure of lawmakers, but HB 3 was stalled because the House lacks the two-thirds quorum needed to vote on the legislation.

Theatricals faced multiple ethics-related questions as State Representative Armando Walle predicted the cost of the excursion will exceed $1.5 million by the end of it. He said private charter flights to Washington alone cost $100,000.

A wire transfer from the House Democratic Caucus paid for the jets, and a House member put a block of hotel rooms on a personal American Express card. It’s unclear whether taxpayers will end up partially or fully paying for the Democrats’ trip.

Democrats insisted no taxpayer funds were used for the excursion, but their Republican counterparts argued that more than $1 million would be paid by residents due to the extension of a session. extraordinary. If Democrats don’t return in a timely manner, the special session could last nearly a month, with lawmakers being paid per diem rates during the process.

Last Wednesday, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan called on Democrats to return their $221-a-day wages if they were outside the Lone Star State.

“Under the Texas Constitution … per diems must be paid to every member for each day of a special session, whether or not the member is actually present,” Phelan wrote in a memorandum. “I request all members who are intentionally absent for the purpose of preventing the House from conducting its business during the special session to return your constitutional per diem to the State Treasury upon receipt.”


The group of left-wing lawmakers also faced controversy when it was revealed that at least six of them had tested positive for COVID-19 since leaving Austin.

Only two have returned to the Lone Star State since, including Representative Philip Cortez, who on Wednesday announced his decision to leave Washington to engage in “good faith dialogue” on election legislation.

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