WASHINGTON — Democratic members of the Texas Legislature are in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with congressional leaders and Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss temporarily blocking Texas Senate Bill 7 and urge the Senate to federal voting rights bills.
On Tuesday, Texas Democrats met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation for a press conference on protecting the right to vote in Texas.
"It is a diabolical attempt to make it harder for American citizens to cast a ballot in an election," said Texas Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie).
According to Speaker Pelosi, the "antidote" to voter suppression in Texas and across the nation is H.R. 1, also known as the For the People Act.
H.R.1 would expand voting rights, change campaign finance laws to reduce the influence of money in politics, limit partisan gerrymandering and create new ethics rules for federal officeholders.
Texas Democrats are pushing for H.R.1 to be passed. They say without federal protection, more states will pass restrictive voting measures.
"This is an all-out assault," said Speaker Pelosi. "It's really hard to understand how they could cook up so many various ways to come at a person's right to vote."
Although Texas Democrats successfully delayed the passing of SB 7, the bill is far from dead. Gov. Greg Abbott vowed to make election reform a topic during a special session later this year.
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