Governor Greg Abbott on Monday, July 12, 2021 issued a statement after the Texas House Democrats abandoned their responsibilities as legislators by breaking quorum and leaving the state:

“Texas Democrats’ decision to break a quorum of the Texas Legislature and abandon the Texas State Capitol inflicts harm on the very Texans who elected them to serve.

As they fly across the country on cushy private planes, they leave undone issues that can help their districts and our state.
Issues like: property tax relief, funding to support Sheriffs and law enforcement in high crime areas, funding for children in foster care, and, funding for retired teachers.

The Democrats must put aside partisan political games and get back to the job they were elected to do. Their constituents must not be denied these important resources simply because their elected representative refused to show up to work.”

This statement comes as democratic members of the Texas house have fled to Washington, D.C. in an effort to avoid arrest. When the democratic law makers made the threat to not return to Austin for the session that was slated to begin on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, the house enacted “call of the House” which could lead to the lawmakers that fled being arrested or otherwise detained.

The Texas House of Representatives rules state that lawmakers who are absent without taking the proper steps to obtain an excuse may be arrested and brought to the chamber by the sergeant at arms.

Although these Democratic lawmakers are attempting to avoid arrest by fleeing to Washington, D.C. Governor Abbott has indicated that he intends to detain the members upon their return to the state.

It is reported that 51 of the 67 Democratic members of the Texas house have left for Washington, D.C.

The absent lawmakers made it impossible for the House to establish the required quorum to continue to address the business on the agenda with only 80 present of the 150 members.