H. Res. 540

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the motivations of the members of the Texas Legislature who have fled to the Nation’s capital from Texas and urging the Sergeant at Arms of the House, the United States Capitol Police, and Department of Justice to cooperate with the Texas Department of Public Safety in their efforts to return these members to Texas.

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117 HRES 540 IH: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the motivations of the members of the Texas Legislature who have fled to the Nation’s capital from Texas and urging the Sergeant at Arms of the House, the United States Capitol Police, and Department of Justice to cooperate with the Texas Department of Public Safety in their efforts to return these members to Texas.

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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 540

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 20, 2021

Ms. Van Duyne

(for herself,

Mr. Gohmert

,

Mr. Carter of Texas

,

Mr. Babin

,

Mr. Taylor

,

Mr. Weber of Texas

,

Mr. Gooden of Texas

,

Mr. Sessions

,

Mr. Williams of Texas

,

Mr. Pfluger

,

Mr. Fallon

,

Mr. Crenshaw

,

Mr. Jackson

,

Mr. Cloud

,

Mr. Burgess

, and

Mr. McCaul

) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the

Committee on the Judiciary

, and in addition to the Committee on

House Administration

, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the motivations of the members of the Texas Legislature who have fled to the Nation’s capital from Texas and urging the Sergeant at Arms of the House, the United States Capitol Police, and Department of Justice to cooperate with the Texas Department of Public Safety in their efforts to return these members to Texas.

Whereas members of the Texas Legislature have taken an oath to

faithfully execute the duties of the office

;

Whereas, on June 25, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, acting within his powers, ordered a special session to address important issues affecting the State of Texas, including election integrity;

Whereas instead of fulfilling their oath of office and representing their constituents as the Texas Legislature reconvened on July 12, over 50 Democratic members and paid staff of the legislature chartered private planes to flee the State for Washington, DC;

Whereas the Democratic members of the legislature refuse to be fully transparent about their meetings in Washington and how they relate to their official responsibilities or the costs of their travel;

Whereas the Democrat members are advocating circumventing State law and federalizing Texas elections through passage of H.R. 1;

Whereas our Founders set up a federalist election system which allowed States to write and organize their own elections;

Whereas this bill, also known as

For the Politicians Act

, would use taxpayer dollars to fund political campaigns, weaken our election security, and take the ability to manage elections away from Texas and give it to Washington bureaucrats;

Whereas there are reports of Democratic members of the legislature soliciting donations to pay for their expenses in Washington;

Whereas the Texas Legislature is considering legislation to address unique challenges to the State’s election process;

Whereas the United States Capitol Complex remains restricted to public access;

Whereas some Democratic members of the legislature have tested positive for COVID-19, presenting health risks for individuals with whom they come in contact;

Whereas, on July 13, 2021, the Texas House of Representatives passed a resolution to allow the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to arrest and return to the Texas State Capitol any lawmaker who fled the State; and

Whereas the Texas DPS is working to coordinate its efforts with other law enforcement jurisdictions: Now, therefore, be it

That—

(1)

it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the claims made by the members of the Texas Legislature who have fled to the Nation’s capital from Texas are unfounded at best and deceiving at worst, that their actions have further resulted in their abandonment of their responsibilities and duty to fulfill their oath of office; and

(2)

the House of Representatives urges the Sergeant at Arms of the House, the United States Capitol Police, and Department of Justice to cooperate with the Texas Department of Public Safety in their efforts to return these members to Texas.