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Texas State Rep. Philip Cortez was one of roughly 60 Democratic lawmakers who abandoned a special session of the legislature to prevent the passage of a voting reform bill, but more than a week after he and his colleagues flew off to Washington, D.C., he has decided to go back home and address the issue.
Cortez posted a statement online explaining that he was asked by fellow Democrats in his home state to come back and help them work on improving the bill.
The article goes on to state the following:
“I proudly stood with my Democratic colleagues and left Texas to ensure House Bill 3 would not be approved as introduced. A small working group of Democrats decided to begin active discussions here in Austin on improving HB 3 and asked that I return to establish open communication lines,” Cortez said. “I returned to Texas to try to engage in good faith dialogue about the aspects of the bill that I, and others, think are harmful.”
I respect and stood with my Democratic colleagues in Washington DC. I stand by my convictions about full and open access to voting for all Texans. I’m here to work on that immediately. #TXLege pic.twitter.com/DsNsFS2GC7
— Rep. Philip Cortez, Ph.D. (@CortezPhilip) July 21, 2021
BACK IN AUSTIN: Rep. @CortezPhilip says he was asked by a small working group of Democrats to come back to TX from DC to start active discussions and negotiations over voting bills. Says whether any other Democrats come back to TX is a “personal decision.” @KHOU pic.twitter.com/qBMKGzYyXN
— Janelle Bludau (@JanelleKHOU) July 21, 2021
Reporter Christian Flores explained, “Confirmed Rep. Philip Cortez has returned to Texas from Washington, D.C. Rep. Harold Dutton also returned today, but I’m told he wasn’t part of original plans to stay in D.C. Cortez was, leaving 56 of the original 57 still in D.C. Now, the House is 9 members away from a quorum.”
Confirmed Rep. Philip Cortez has returned to Texas from Washington, D.C. Rep. Harold Dutton also returned today, but I’m told he wasn’t part of original plans to stay in D.C. Cortez was, leaving 56 of the original 57 still in D.C. Now, the House is 9 members away from a quorum.
— Christian Flores (@CFloresNews) July 20, 2021
And just now from Rep. Philip Cortez: “A small working group of Democrats decided to begin active discussions here in Austin on improving HB 3 and asked that I return to establish open communication lines.” #txlege pic.twitter.com/p0rDAPRBSh
— Alexa Ura (@alexazura) July 21, 2021
Today’s Texas Legislature stalemate news: San Antonio Democrat Philip Cortez’s return to Austin was played up by Republicans — though dismissed by Democrats as no biggie. W/the great @MorrisReports#txlege #elections #standoff https://t.co/UZoyaTVIir
— Bob Garrett (@RobertTGarrett) July 22, 2021
San Antonio rep Philip Cortez returns to Austin from D.C. https://t.co/4ocrygFeVp
— mySA (@mySA) July 21, 2021
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