5 GOP Texans skipped Biden’s freshmen mixer, citing Covid tests and schedule conflicts

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WASHINGTON – The 5 new Texas Republicans in Congress all skipped a reception with President Joe Biden on Tuesday night, some citing schedule conflicts, others boycotting over objections on the White Home requirement for COVID-19 checks.

The 2 freshmen Democrats from Texas did attend, Reps. Greg Casar of Austin and Jasmine Crockett of Dallas.

Casar mentioned the Republicans missed a uncommon alternative to interrupt the ice with the president, dispel misperceptions formed by Fox Information, and rub elbows with cupboard members and senior White Home advisers – relationships that might assist them serve constituents, no matter gaping political variations.

“There have been Republican members from Alabama and New York,” he mentioned, including that Biden’s “complete speech was about placing celebration apart and delivering for working folks, particularly center class and dealing class households. Any Republican member that might come, you understand, may be capable to hear the reality of what we’re making an attempt to work on. As a substitute of simply what’s on the Tucker Carlson present.”

Amongst others, Casar chatted with Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

4 of the 5 GOP freshmen from Texas have co-sponsored articles of impeachment in opposition to Mayorkas associated to frame safety: Reps. Keith Self of McKinney, Nathaniel Moran of Tyler, Morgan Luttrell of Magnolia and Monica De La Cruz of McAllen.

So, that may have been awkward.

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De La Cruz mentioned her time can be higher spent in different methods, together with a scheduled name along with her youngsters.

“As a single mother, they’re my prime precedence,” De La Cruz wrote the White Home, in a letter she supplied to Fox Information. “I’m positive you possibly can perceive. Apart from, I’m extra of a Shiner Bock and Taco Palenque woman.”

Self and Luttrell cited conflicts. Moran initially deliberate to attend however his schedule didn’t find yourself permitting for that, an aide mentioned.

Casar mentioned he acquired to debate instructor pay with Schooling Secretary Miguel Cardona, and the chronically excessive price of uninsured Texans with Well being and Human Companies Secretary Xavier Becerra. He had different “vital conversations” with housing secretary Martha Fudge and, extra briefly, with Biden himself and Vice President Kamala Harris.

He shared his views on abortion rights and immigration, and his GOP colleagues may have finished the identical in the event that they’d come, he mentioned.

Houston Rep. Wesley Hunt of Houston, the opposite Texas Republican freshman, cited a COVID-19 testing requirement for turning down the invitation.

“5 months in the past, President Biden declared on nationwide tv that the pandemic was over. Nonetheless, the White Home is requiring a destructive COVID take a look at to attend tonight’s taxpayer funded soirée. I politely decline,” he tweeted.

Democrats shot again that Republicans stay keen to maintain in place testing necessities for migrants looking for entry into the USA.

Journalists should endure same-day testing every time they’re within the every day pool that could be in the identical room because the president. White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre famous that lawmakers weren’t singled out for Tuesday night’s reception and referred to as it a “commonsense” measure for giant indoor gatherings on the White Home, a crowded office and the seat of the manager department.

“We’ve protections in place to guard employees and the president of the USA. COVID isn’t over,” she mentioned.

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