Secede? TEXIT supporters push for proposal to be presented in extraordinary session after failing to be heard
AUSTIN – Texas Nationalist Movement President Daniel Miller on Tuesday called on Governor Greg Abbott to include in a special session a proposal to let Texans vote on whether the state should leave the United States and become an independent republic.
The supporters’ press conference included Republican Republican Representatives Kyle Biedermann of Fredericksburg, who tabled the bill for what is known as TEXIT, Jeff Cason of Bedford and Bryan Slaton of Royse City. Cason and Slaton are co-authors.
The bill did not receive a hearing in the House State Affairs Committee and appears dead unless it is linked to another proposal. In response, the Texas Nationalist Movement, a group that has pushed for more than a decade for a vote on Texas becoming an independent nation, and its supporters have held on to the push to initiate more than 15 hours of virtual witnessing, according to Miller.
“President [Rep. Chris] Paddie, R-Marshall, ignored calls from the Texans who did it all, but begged for this bill to be heard, ”Miller said. “He didn’t schedule it for a hearing, which effectively killed him that session. The only reason not to give this legislation a public hearing is to perpetuate the lie that the supporters of TEXIT are old, white and uneducated.
Miller added, “In short, the political establishment doesn’t want the world to see the true face of TEXIT.”
Asked why Paddie did not hear his bill, Biedermann highlighted the many burning issues raised this session and blamed the media and other lawmakers for calling it a ‘secession bill’ .
Biedermann said it was not a secession bill, but rather a goal of dialogue. Cason called the proposal a “starting point” and echoed Biedermann’s sentiment, saying: “Being allowed to have a dialogue on this referendum does not mean we are leaving the union.”
Cason added, “We shouldn’t be afraid to start this dialogue.”
When asked directly if he was personally in favor of secession, Biedermann said he was in favor of discussion and the people’s vote to give the state “leverage so that we can bring our country back. to what it should be through our Constitution ”.
Biedermann introduced the bill in January, weeks after he was seen with the pro-Trump mob during the Jan.6 uprising on Capitol Hill.
In a statement, Biedermann said, “On January 6, along with thousands of Americans, I peacefully walked our nation’s Capitol to make our voices heard. It is unfortunate that some took advantage of this gathering to sow discord and promote violence. “
Biedermann told Dallas-Fort Worth radio host Chris Salcedo on January 7, a day after the insurgency, that “a few radicals … caused problems.”
“We came because we wanted to be heard and we’re fed up with what’s going on in the elite media and the elite politicians continually ignoring us,” Biedermann told Salcedo.
As KSAT-TV San Antonio First reported, a January 6 video that surfaced in March showed an unmasked Biedermann watching the crowd clash with officers on the steps of the Capitol. Several photos captured Biedermann near the Capitol steps, although there is no photo or video evidence of his entering the Capitol.
The insurgency left five dead and 140 injured. More than 440 people face charges, a number that is expected to rise.
Bill was pushed back on both sides of the aisle. In January, Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, called him “anti-American” and a waste of time.
“It’s a joke and should be treated as such,” Leach said on Twitter. “Yes, I have concerns for our nation. But I still believe in America’s promise – and the vast majority of Texans too! “
Last month, however, Senator Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, said the voices of the people must be heard and that it would not be a discussion if the rights of states were not “taken away”.
“My God, we need to have this discussion, and that’s what should scare us, that we really need to have this discussion,” Kolkhorst said.
Her spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on whether she would support the bill or vote to secede from Texas.