VACATION OVER: TX House Speaker Orders 52 Arrest Warrants for State Democrats

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan has officially signed 52 arrest warrants for the quorum-breaking Democrats who fled to Washington D.C., spread COVID, then asked supporters to send snacks.

“The 52 warrants represent all but 15 Democrats in the lower chamber,” the Texas Tribune reported. “There were at least 11 present Tuesday. There were no additional new Democrats on the floor Tuesday after four returned a day earlier — and drew the wrath of some Democratic colleagues still in Washington, and prompted a renewed push inside the party to hold the line.”

The Speaker signed the warrants after the Texas Supreme Court overturned a previous ruling that blocked the order. Arrested Democrats will not face criminal charges, but state officials will bring them – one way or another – to the House chambers.

“The Supreme Court of Texas swiftly rejected this dangerous attempt by Texas Democrats to undermine our Constitution and avoid doing the job they were elected to do,” said Renae Eze, a spokeswoman for Governor Greg Abbott. “We look forward to the Supreme Court upholding the rule of law and stopping another stall tactic by the Texas Democrats.”