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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrats who hurriedly took off to Washington to block sweeping new election laws urged Congress on Tuesday to quickly pass legislation protecting voting rights, while Republican Gov. Greg Abbott threatened them with arrest the moment they return.

As politicians and wealthy special interests attempt to silence our voices and restrict the right to vote, Congress is considering a bill that could fundamentally change who has power in our country and protect everyone’s freedom to vote. The For the People Act is the boldest pro-voter, anti-corruption piece of legislation Congress has considered in decades.

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