Texas Democrats’ Washington trip to block voting bills will cost $1.5 million, lawmaker says

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Texas Democrats’ trip to Washington, D.C., attempting to block GOP-backed voting bills from passing in the state Legislature will cost $1.5 million, a state lawmaker said.

State Rep. Armando Walle projected the lawmakers’ chartered flights alone cost upward of $100,000, according to NBC News. Other notable expenses will include food, hotel lodging, and transportation, he said.

Last week, nearly 60 Democrats fled Austin, paralyzing the state’s House of Representatives and drawing ire from their GOP colleagues. The majority of the Democratic lawmakers boarded private jets to Washington to meet with federal officials after Republicans pushed two pieces of legislation that would restrict certain ballot-casting processes and require more identification for voting.

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