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Texas Senators debate the voting bill on July 10. Photo: Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images

The Texas Senate voted 18-4 Tuesday to approve a Republican-backed voting bill, sending it to the House, which is at a standstill after 51 Texas Democrats fled the state to stop the legislation, the Texas Tribune reports.

Catch up quick: Texas Democrats flew to Washington, D.C., Monday night in a bid to prevent quorum and block Republicans from passing the voting restrictions.

  • Texas House Republicans voted Tuesday to track down and force the Democrats to return to the legislature "under warrant of arrest if necessary."

The big picture: Although the Texas Senate approved the bill, it will languish in the House unless Democrats return before the special session ends in August and the chamber reaches quorum.

  • Of note: Eight Senate Democrats also fled to D.C. on Tuesday in an unsuccessful effort to prevent quorum in the chamber, per the Texas Tribune.

Go deeper: Texas Democrats who fled state urge Congress to pass voting rights legislation

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Oct 17, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Congress begins yearend sprint

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The House and Senate face an onslaught of deadlines key to fulfilling members' campaign promises and keeping the government afloat as they return from recess this week.

Why it matters: The next few weeks will be pivotal to enacting President Biden's agenda — and determining how the Democratic Party fares in the midterm elections.

RNC woos Texas Latinos

A pro-Trump protester in Austin, Texas, after Joe Biden's victory. Photo: Sergio Flores/AFP via Getty Images

The Republican National Committee is working to court more conservative Hispanic voters in south Texas, even as the state's GOP majority uses redistricting to blunt demographic changes that should be empowering Hispanic representation and helping Democrats.

Driving the news: The RNC is opening a Hispanic community center in San Antonio on Monday. It's the third such outreach center the party has opened in south Texas this year.

Breaking Biden's diplomatic logjam

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Data: Center for Presidential Transition via Congress.gov; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The logjam for reviewing and confirming President Biden's ambassadorial picks is finally starting to break.

Why it matters: Biden is far behind his predecessors in the rate at which his ambassadorial picks have been confirmed. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a series of high-profile hearings and votes this week to finally begin chipping away at the backlog.