Texas Senate Passes Voting Bill After 15-Hour Filibuster

Texas Senate Passes Voting Bill After 15-Hour Filibuster

(RepublicanPress.org) – Americans remain bitterly divided in the wake of the highly disputed 2020 presidential election. As a result, many state legislatures have been working on passing new elections laws as part of a nationwide effort to prevent future issues. Texas lawmakers have struggled for weeks to pass a set of elections laws and finally, appear to be making progress.

15-Hour Filibuster

On Thursday, August 12, a wide-ranging new election law passed along party lines in the Texas Senate. However, the 18 to 11 vote was temporarily blocked by Democratic Senator Carol Alvarado, who filibustered the bill for 15 hours.

The Senate started debating the bill late Wednesday, and Alvarado didn’t give up until nearly 9 a.m. the following day. Armed with sneakers and a back brace, she spoke about negative feedback about the bill from her constituents and discussed voter discrimination at large. She pulled out a photograph of her father and waved it around for the chamber to see at one point.

She told fellow senators that she would look down at the image and remember his influence on her life whenever she wanted to give up and end her filibuster. “Thank you, dad,” she exclaimed.

Alvarado reportedly knew her filibuster wouldn’t halt the passage of SB-1. However, as she explained, she wanted to raise public awareness regarding alleged voter suppression.

Shortly after the Senate vote, Alvarado posted a statement on her Twitter account. She stated that she was proud of her effort to “shine a light” on the plight of ordinary working-class Texans and “the promise of democracy” for future generations. She also claimed that voter suppression anywhere was “a threat to democracy everywhere.”

What Is Next for Senate Bill 1?

The Republican-led House of Representatives will debate the proposed elections bill now that it has passed in the Senate. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill if it passes in the lower chamber.

However, as simple as it sounds, the fate of the bill remains questionable. The House must have a quorum, or a minimum number of members, present to advance the measure. So far, House Democrats have broken quorum three times to prevent the bill’s passage.

They even went as far as traveling to Washington, DC, as part of an effort to draw attention to their cause. That effort backfired to a certain degree when several of them tested positive for COVID-19 after their journey to the nation’s capital.

Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan hopes to resolve the quorum issue forcefully. He issued civil arrest warrants for Democratic lawmakers earlier this week, and on Thursday, he deputized state law enforcement officials to execute the warrants and bring the missing legislators to the House Chamber in hopes of forcing a vote on SB-1.

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