The NAACP announced it plans to pay the bail for Texas Democrats who fled to Washington D.C. to block an election restrictions bill Republicans in the state is attempting to pass.
Texas Democratic lawmakers fled the state in protest of a voting restrictions bill state Republicans are attempting to pass. Republicans cannot pass the bill unless the Democratic lawmakers return. NAACP President Derrick Johnson said the organization will support anyone working to defend democracy.
“War has been declared on democracy, and we will support anyone who stands up to defend it,” Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP, said in a statement shared with The Hill. “We are fully invested in good trouble.”
— NAACP (@NAACP) July 13, 2021
The lawmakers have headed to Washington D.C. to pressure Congress to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act and have called on Republicans in the state to compromise on a bill overhauling the state’s election procedures. Texas Governor Greg Abbot said the lawmakers would be arrested upon their return.
“They’re quitters,” Abbott told Fox News. “That is not the way Texans do things.”
Vice President Kamala Harris welcomed the Texas lawmakers to Washington D.C. complementing them on their “courage and the commitment and the patriotism.”
“I know what you have done comes with great sacrifice, both personal and political. And you are doing this in support and in defense of some of our nation’s highest ideals,” Harris said.
At least 18 states have enacted voting restrictions with more on the way. Many passed the laws due to Republicans losing the 2020 election and former President Trump’s election lies and failed lawsuits. President Joe Biden recently met with civil rights leaders and organizations including Johnson to calm growing concerns that the Biden Administration isn’t doing enough to protect voting rights.
The Justice Department has said it will challenge the voting restrictions other states have passed and has filed a lawsuit against Georgia’s voting restrictions which are now law, but legal experts call it a long shot.
This is the second attempt Texas Democrats have tried to keep their opposition from passing the voting restrictions bill. In May, House Democrats walked out in protest as a midnight deadline on the deal approached.