Two Texas Democrat lawmakers were arrested on Tuesday outside the US Capitol and Supreme Court buildings in Washington while resisting efforts to pass more restrictive voter laws.
Al Green (D-Texas) and Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds were taken into custody by US Capitol police officers, according to videos and statements posted on social media by two lawmakers.
Green posted a video Myself and Reynolds stood next to each other on the cross walk, joining the crowd while singing the gospel anthem, “We Shall Overcome.”
The video shows two Capitol police officers approaching Green and Reynolds, with one of the officers putting a wristband around Greene’s hands and the other leading him away from the scene.
“Proud to fight for the voting rights of the people I serve in any way,” Green said in a follow-up Twitter post, which included a photo of him that “came out of crowd, obstruction, or commodification.” Looks like a police quote. Violation of DC Code 22-1307, which carries a $50 fine.
Proud to fight for the voting rights of those I serve in any way I can. pic.twitter.com/LJ9Kp5EQl2
— Congressman Al Green (@RepAlGreen) 3 August 2021
Green told the Texas Tribune That during the protest, he and others took to the street to pray and the police said that they would be arrested if they did not move after three warnings.
In statement on twitter Reynolds said she and Greene were arrested “while peacefully protesting against voter suppression, protecting access to the ballot and preserving our precious right to vote.”
Rap Reynolds was arrested today @RepAlGreenTX Protesting voter suppression peacefully in Washington DC, protecting access to the ballot and preserving our precious right to vote. #Team Reynolds #good trouble #John Lewis Voting Rights Act pic.twitter.com/PmSoDoMMQZ
— State Representative Ron Reynolds (@ronereynolds) 3 August 2021
Reynolds is one of dozens of Texas state lawmakers who broke a quorum in the legislature by fleeing the state earlier in July to block a GOP-backed election overhaul bill.
Texas Republicans argue that the bill is necessary to protect future elections and restore public confidence. Democrats say they will impose unfair restrictions on minority groups when they vote.
Green told CNN That he was resisting efforts to pass more restrictive voting laws at the state level, including in Texas.
Democrats are fighting against what they characterize as voter suppression measures, while demanding the passage of sweeping election overhaul legislation called the “For the People Act,” which was approved by the House but blocked by Senate Republicans.
Critics argue that if the bill becomes law in its current form, it would give the federal government too much power over elections by imposing mandates on the states. He said it would eliminate the basic security protocols that states have in place, and interfere with states’ ability to determine the eligibility and eligibility of voters, while failing to ensure the accuracy of voter registration lists.
News Originally From – The Epoch Times