Three additional Texas House Democrats, who fled the state last Monday to block legislation from passing in the Texas Legislature, have tested positive for COVID-19.
The news comes after the Texas House Democratic Caucus announced Saturday that three other vaccinated caucus members had tested positive for COVID-19. The Texas House Democratic Caucus announced Sunday that, following three positive tests on Friday and Saturday, the caucus conducted additional testing. As a result, three additional Texas House Democrats tested positive for COVID-19. That brings the total number of known infections among the caucus to six.
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The caucus said in a statement: In light of some positive COVID-19 tests over the weekend, the House Democratic Caucus has decided to go beyond CDC guidance and provide daily rapid tests for all Members and staff in Washington D.C. for this week. As part of this precautionary testing, today two additional Members who were fully vaccinated tested positive. All of the HDC Members who tested positive are feeling good, with no symptoms or only mild symptoms.
As with the first announcement, the caucus did not disclose the identities of the members who tested positive. Nearly 60 Democrats left Texas for the nation’s capital last week to prevent a vote on multiple Republican bills including one reforming election security. Departing the state prevented the legislature from reaching the required two-thirds quorum necessary to hold any vote.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott slammed the move, saying the fleeing lawmakers had abandoned their responsibilities. But the Texas lawmakers were applauded by Capitol Hill Democrats and met with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss voting reform.