Texas House Speaker Signs Arrest Warrant For Dem Who Fled

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Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan just delivered bad news to one of the reps who fled to DC.

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan signed a warrant for the arrest of Dem rep Philip Cortez, one of the Dems who fled to Texas.

From Texas Tribune:

Speaker Dade Phelan has signed a civil warrant for the arrest of Democratic Rep. Philip Cortez, saying he violated a promise to GOP House members that he’d stay in Austin and try to resolve a partisan deadlock over a voting bill.

On Monday, Phelan issued a statement saying that Cortez had broken an oral commitment to return to the House chamber Monday. Cortez is a House committee who had returned from Washington to Austin last week voluntarily.

“Rep. Cortez returned to the Texas Capitol of his own volition and represented to me and his fellow members that he wanted to work on policy and find solutions to bring his colleagues back to Texas,” said Phelan, R-Beaumont.

“As a condition of being granted permission to temporarily leave the House floor, Rep. Cortez promised his House colleagues that he would return. Instead, he fled the state and has irrevocably broken my trust and the trust of this chamber.”

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