tv U.S. Senate Sen. Cornyn on Voting Rights CSPAN July 13, 2021 1:57pm-2:09pm EDT
-- tide back forever. we are buying some time. we should use that time wisely. -- they should use that time wisely. thank you very much. [and distinct conversations] -- [in distinct conversations] announcer: john cornyn said texas state democratic lawmakers are asylum-seekers, after they left the state to stub a vote on voting changes in their state, calling it a political stunt -- stop a vote on voting changes in their states, calling it a political stunt. >> just when you think you've seen it all, mr. president, something new happens here in washington, d.c. all eyes are now on d.c.'s
newest asylum-seekers, the members of the texas house of representatives, the democratic were present -- the democratic representatives. they are facing the expectation that they would actually do their jobs in the texas legislature, the job they campaigned for and were elected to do. following unsuccessful attempts to pass on election integrity bill during the regular legislate of session, earlier this year, governor abbott's now called a special session for the texas legislature to consider that and other matters. that special session kicked off last tuesday -- excuse me, last thursday. but the chamber's already being held hostage by a minority of house members, who are unwilling to do their job. now, democrats raised concerns about the current draft of the bill, and make no mistake, that is why the legislative process actually exists.
that is why it is important to be there and debate the issues, and actually vote on a bill. the purpose of course is for all sides to be able to debate, potentially amend, and to vote on legislation. but rather than do their jobs in texas, yesterday, house democrats abandoned both our state and the millions of texans that they represent, and they decamped to washington, d.c. when faced with the prospect of defeat, for for better or for worse, the ledges later process is about arithmetic, you are not always going to win every debate you are involved in, but that doesn't mean you leave the state and refuse to do your job. but that is exact we what they did. -- exactly what they did. they got on two chartered jets,
maskless, with at least one case of white to beer, -- white beer, the problem is, what is so sad, i don't think these legislators realize the irony of the situation. there using their collective power to stop a bill they oppose from becoming law. while doing so, they came to washington to try and convince the president and senate democrats to nuke the very same rule that protects the rights of the minority. in other words, you might say a filibuster for me but not for thee. as a reminder, this is the second time they have denied the legislature a quorum this year.
i think it is pretty obvious this is nothing more than a political stunt. and these lawmakers skipped town with no plan for when they will return to their jobs in texas. frankly, the president under the texas constitution -- i mean the governor under the texas constitution, can continue to call as many special sessions as he wishes. so, we all know how this will end. they will eventually go home after the cameras leave and after the press loses interest in this book will stop. they will go home and participate in the process. but, it is telling that these democrats in this house of representatives chose to race towards tv cameras in washington rather than protect their legislature.
this is not without risk to them. i'm advised that they were on federal property and deferred to a website, which is actually a fundraising site, further efforts. we all know there are limits, in fact strict limits on any fundraisers on federal property. so, they may have crossed the line unwittingly or not. but, this is ask -- but, this is simply an embarrassing dereliction of their political duty. they can't win, so they are doing the equivalent of i will take my ball and go home. or, in this case, simply running away. as texans, standing up to a fight is part of what we are. even if you know that in the end you may not prevail. instead, they turned their backs, hopped on a private jet, and ran from the fight.
like our democratic colleagues in congress, steck's -- in congress, texas state lawmakers have tried to make a choice between voter access and security. i think it boils down to this -- we should be making it easier to vote, plain and simple. it is disingenuous and downright false to claim that any effort to prevent fraud is a failed attempt at voter suppression. we know that minority voters, voters of color, voted at unprecedented levels in the 2020 election. in my state, we had 66% of registered voters vote. the highest levels in history of african-american and hispanic voters. so, this idea that somehow people who want to be able to vote can't vote, even though we ordinarily have two weeks of early voting before the general
election, we have mail-in ballots for people who are disabled or over 65. or who otherwise would be an town on election day. of course, we have election day voting as well. in 2020, we have 11.3 million texans casting ballots. 66% of registered voters. in 2014, we had 4.8 million voters. 4.8 million to 11.3 million in six years. believe me, there is robust voter participation. nothing the texas legislature is considering will deny people with the ability to cast their vote. there are other additional items on the governor's call of the special section -- of the special session, including bell
reform, family violence participation. and, the democratic house members, by fleeing down and coming to washington in this political stunt, are advocating their responsibilities to deal with this other issue -- these other issues as well. it is not just about election law or form, it is about these other issues. i believe firmly and i am confident on the majority of my constituents, my 29 million constituents, that they actually expect us when we run for office and get elected, they expect us to show up for our jobs. and, not take part in a highly orchestrated and ethically dubious act of political theater. mr. president, i yield the floor. >> today, a senate subcommittee will examine the prescription
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