Texas House Democrats who fled to D.C. finally have their day before Congress.
Three members who broke quorum in Austin testified before a U.S. House subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties, arguing Texas and other red states are suppressing minority voters, therefore Congress needs to step in with a nationalized election law.
Kentucky Republican James Comer was not impressed.
“If these Democrats actually cared about voting rights, they would care about the right of Texans to have their voice heard through their duly elected representatives,” he said.
“Their childish theatrics prevented the entire state legislature from debating and voting on important matters during the special session. They're actions have disenfranchised all voters throughout the state of Texas.”
Houston state Rep. Senfronia Thompson fired back.
“You're damn right I left Texas. And I'm glad I did,” she said. “I left Texas to give my people a right to be able to vote without being infringed upon.”
Thompson focused her anger on a provision in the Texas bill allowing partisan poll workers more access.
“In 2010 and 2012 when poll watchers came to the precinct where I vote personally, let me tell you the effect of that,” she said. “They had people that looked like they was from the Proud Boys, looking at you like you were in the wrong place.”
Texas Republicans argue their bill expands voting. Hours would go from six in the morning to ten at night. That's an increase of four hours a day. And employers are forced to allow their workers time to cast a ballot.