Absent Texas Democrats ask public to donate soda, salsa, and hair spray

The nearly 60 Texas Democrats who fled the state and fled to Washington, DC to block two GOP-backed voting laws are asking the public to contact Dr. Pepper to donate candy and toiletries as it marks the nearly two week anniversary of her departure.
The Dallas County Democratic Party announced the development on Saturday, saying it would hold collections from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all week.
"Our Dems in DC said they would be happy to receive care packages from home," the organization wrote in a tweet. "Before 5:00 p.m. we'll pick up Dr. Pepper, salsa, candy, hairspray, travel items, hand sanitizer, sewing kits, first aid and / or $ for shipping. TY!"
Texas Senator Ted Cruz mocked the social media post by saying "No Miller Lite?" regarding a case of beer seen while lawmakers posed for photos en route to Washington.
The former US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, also interfered and called the collection "embarrassing".
"Not only did you go on vacation to avoid your job, but now you also want you to help. It's so embarrassing," she wrote on Monday.
Former senior legal advisor to former President Donald Trump, Jenna Ellis, asked, "Can't you get it all at CVS?"
On July 12, dozens of Democratic lawmakers boarded private jets and rendezvoused with federal officials in Washington, DC to cripple the State House after Governor Greg Abbott convened a special session to discuss Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 3, a pair of laws banning drive-through voting, introducing broader voter identification requirements for postal ballot papers, and banning officials from sending nominations to those who have not requested them.
S. B. 1 was passed by the Senate during the legislature's departure, but H.B. 3 has stalled as the House of Representatives lacks the two-thirds quorum required to vote on the bill.
Theatrics faced several ethical issues as State Representative Armando Walle predicted that the cost of the excursion would rise to $ 1.5 million by the end. He stated that the chartered private flights to Washington alone cost $ 100,000.
A transfer from the Democratic House of Representatives paid for the jets, and a member of the House wrote a pad of hotel room on a personal American Express card. It's unclear whether taxpayers will pay for all or part of the Democrats' trip.
Democrats have insisted that no taxpayers' money be used on the excursion, but their Republican counterparts have posited that over $ 1 million will be paid by residents due to the extension of a special session. If Democrats don't return in time, the special session could last nearly a month, with lawmakers being paid daily rates throughout the process.
Last Wednesday, House spokesman Dade Phelan called on Democrats to repay their $ 221 daily wage if they are outside the Lone Star State.
"According to the Texas Constitution ... every member must be paid a daily allowance for each day of a special session, regardless of whether the member is actually present," Phelan wrote in a memorandum. "I request all members who are intentionally absent to prevent the House of Representatives from doing business during the special session to return their constitutional daily allowance to the treasury immediately upon receipt."
Left-wing lawmakers were also the subject of controversy when it was revealed that at least six of them had tested positive for COVID-19 since leaving Austin.
Only two have since returned to the Lone Star State, including MP Philip Cortez, who on Wednesday announced his decision to leave Washington to lead a "good faith" vote on the voting legislation.
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