Meanwhile, Republicans would have a hard time getting a quorum anyway because they are death cult members and keep infecting each other with COVID-19.
The Texas Senate, meanwhile, is moving forward on voting restrictions. On Monday, the Senate State Affairs Committee advanced SB 1, which would outlaw local governments from advancing initiatives to expand access, restrict vote-by-mail, allow partisan “poll watchers” to potentially harass and intimidate voters while limiting their oversight by election officials, and establish new rules—with possible criminal penalties to prevent people from assisting others cast their ballots. That would include caregivers assisting people with disabilities in voting.
Now that the Senate has gotten the time-suck that has been the bipartisan infrastructure bill out of the way, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer needs to follow through on his feint of bringing voting rights to the floor before the Senate leaves this week for recess, and he needs to get President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to help him.
Time is of the essence—not just for the freedom of Texas Democrats, but because states are going to start the redistricting process next week, drawing up new congressional districts. Every Republican in charge of that process is going to cheat, creating ridiculous gerrymanders to eliminate Democratic House seats. There’s absolutely no question that this is the intent of every elected Republican at this point.
Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are going to have to be made to see that, whatever it takes.