Texas House Dems, who left Texas two weeks ago to stop certain legislation from turning into law, are reportedly angry because President Biden has not met with them.
The Democrats are expected to stay in D.C., through the first week in August, after which the Texas special session happening now in the state Legislature will expire.
Texas House Dems left for Washington to push Congress and President Biden to enact the “For The People Act,” a sweeping voter reform bill that the GOP opposes.
But so far, President Biden has not accepted their requests to meet — even using Zoom.
“He will not meet with us through Zoom, and I’m trying to stay tactful, but I don’t know what else to say. I’m simply pissed off at this point. He does not give us respect the way you have” Texas state Congresswoman Richard Peña Raymond (D) informed U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) this Thursday, according to reports.
State Congresswoman Sheryl Cole (D), meanwhile, showed entitlement to Joe Biden’s time due to media attention they got.
“All we can do is request through other members of congress,” she said. “Throughout the nation, we have gotten so much support that it has gotten to a need for presidential attention.”
The Texas Dems, however, have met with VP Kamala Harris, Democrat House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.), the number three House Democrat, and other top Democrats while in DC. During their Harris meeting, the VP praised the Texas House Dems for coming to D.C., which she said was a “great sacrifice.”
Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who is a failed presidential candidate, is reportedly pushing Texas Democrats to focus their energy on getting access to the president.
“I feel very strongly that you must focus your efforts on the president,” O’Rourke said to the Texas Dems last week, according to reports.
In fact, O’Rourke stated that Biden needs to be kept accountable because he is “not doing what is needed,” a reference to the “For The People Act,” which has been held up in Congress.
O’Rourke is helping to pay for Texas House Dems’ political stunt. His organization Powered by People sent the lawmakers $600,000 recently.
Author: Scott Dowdy