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Inside Texas Politics: What did trip to US Capitol accomplish for Texas Democrats?

Inside Texas Politics: What did trip to US Capitol accomplish for Texas Democrats?

June 20, 2021
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Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-Dist. 116, was among the group who made the trip to Washington, D.C. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is flanked by Texas Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio, left, and Texas Sen. Carol Alvarado of Houston, as he meets with Texas Democratic lawmakers […]

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Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-Dist. 116, was among the group who made the trip to Washington, D.C.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is flanked by Texas Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio, left, and Texas Sen. Carol Alvarado of Houston, as he meets with Texas Democratic lawmakers to discuss voting rights, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

DALLAS — Texas Democrats spent the week in Washington, D.C., taking a Victory lap of sorts, even welcomed as heroes for walking out of the legislature and killing Republican attempts to change the voting laws in the state.

But besides those photo opportunities and press conferences, what if anything will come from those visits?

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-Dist. 116, made the trip to the U.S. Capitol.

He said the contingent has spent the week meeting with and thanking senators, who have tough decisions to make.

Currently, U.S. lawmakers are considering two pieces of voting legislation, the For The People Act and the John Lewis Act, which has yet to be introduced this session.

The For The People Act expands voter registration and access, among other things.

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