2 More Texas House Democrats Test Positive for COVID-19 After Fleeing to DC
Two more members of a Texas Democratic Party delegation of lawmakers who fled their state delaying passage of what they say are restrictive voting laws have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Sunday.
A further two members of a Texas Democratic Party delegation of lawmakers who flew to Washington in response to a GOP overhaul of election laws have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Sunday.
Of the more than 50 lawmakers who fled Texas, five have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. All five members are fully vaccinated against the virus, the Texas House Democrat Caucus said in a statement.
However, Texas state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer on Sunday evening confirmed that he tested positive earlier that day.
COVID-19 cases in the United States have surged over the past week with new cases up 70% and deaths rising 26%.
The Texas Democrats last Monday left a special legislative session called by Republican Governor Greg Abbott to pass a new voting law and other measures.
Democratic lawmakers staged a similar walkout on May 30 to boycott a vote on an earlier version of the voting legislation just before the legislature's regular session ended, prompting Abbott to call the special session.