Two more members of the Texas House Democrats have tested positive, bringing the total number of legislators to five. They traveled to Washington, DC trip last week, ultimately denying the chamber a quorum to pass the Rebublican-sponsored voting laws.
The group of more than 50 Texas lawmakers, derogatory known as “fleebagger,” were celebrated by the establishment media of D.C. and VP Harris, traveled on a private charter jet, posing for photos minus masks with a case of beer.
As of Saturday, three delegation members tested positive for coronavirus; they had all been “fully vaccinated.” The Texas Tribune reported two more had tested positive:
Five Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives who traveled to Washington D.C. last week have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Texas House Democratic Caucus.
The five lawmakers are among House Democrats who fled to Washington, D.C., to stave off GOP priority voting bills during the special legislative session. The members who tested positive all have been fully vaccinated, which helps protect against severe illness. All of the lawmakers are showing no symptoms or only mild symptoms.
A small percentage of vaccine breakthrough cases, in which a fully vaccinated person tests positive for the coronavirus, have been expected, according to the CDC, but they are rare and do not discount the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.
In a statement on Saturday, [Republican] House Speaker Dade Phelan wrote on Twitter that he extended his “prayers for safety and health” to Democratic caucus members.
Democrats accused President Trump of hosting a “superspreading event” at the White House during the 2020 campaign, where he announced Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s the nomination to the Supreme Court. A “spreadingevent” is an unusually large number of infections.
On Sunday, Vice President Harris visited Walter Reed hospital for a supposedly routine checkup, and she has met with the Texas Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.
The guidelines for both large and small group events have been published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.