3 Texas Democrats who fled the state after testing positive for voting legislation

Three fully vaccinated Texas homes Democratic Party After fleeing the state to Washington DC earlier this week, he tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday as part of an effort to prevent key legislatures from voting.

Democrats from the Texas House of Representatives confirmed Saturday afternoon that of the 51 state lawmakers who fled to Washington, at least three had passed rapid tests and obtained positive coronavirus results.status Democratic Party After the first report on Friday night, officials did not disclose the identity of the infected legislator. Austin American PoliticianThe Texas Democrats who fled to Washington have met with a series of U.S. Democratic senators, including Elizabeth Warren And Kirsten Gillibrand, and vice president Kamala Harris.

Earlier Friday, before the test results came out, the Republican Senator of Kentucky LandPaul A photo was posted on Twitter of an escaped lawmaker who did not wear a mask during the flight between Austin and Washington, writing: “I didn’t realize that the Texas Democrats supported me to repeal the rule of wearing masks!”

Kris Turner, chairman of the Texas Democratic Caucus, issued a statement on Saturday that he and other House Democrats abide by the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The three members who tested positive are currently in isolation for 10 days.

Currently CDC The guidelines recommend that people who are fully vaccinated do not need to be isolated even if they have been in contact with someone who has recently tested positive but has not shown any symptoms.

“The House Democratic Caucus is following all CDC guidance and agreements,” Turner continued. “This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us. Although vaccination provides great protection, we still have to take the necessary precautions. We contacted public health experts in Texas to provide more guidance . Our core team will follow all the suggestions of health experts from the public, and we will continue our work.”

Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives asked their legislators and colleagues to “respect the privacy of lawmakers and their personal health.”

Representative of the Republican Party and Governor of Texas Greg Abbott And Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick mocked House Democrats fleeing the state to prevent the legislature from reaching a quorum.Patrick and several conservative members of the Texas Liberty Caucus asked the Democrats to flee Arrested for negligence of duty Whenever they return to the isolated state.

The Republican-majority state legislature will vote on several key legislative items, including bills on election requirements and public high school sports for transgender athletes.

House Republican Speaker Dade Phelan responded on Twitter on Saturday to reports that Democratic congressmen were infected with COVID-19, saying that he and his wife King “are the Texas House Democratic caucus who tested positive. Pray for the safety and health of members during COVID-19 in Washington DC #txlege.”

Mays Middleton (R-TX) of the Texas Liberty Caucus speaks to the media in Austin, Texas on July 13. The Texas House of Representatives voted to arrest Democrats who fled the state to refuse to reach a quorum to protest Republicans’ controversial voting bill.
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