Twelve of the 13 Texas House Democrats on Wednesday asked Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to issue a statewide stay-at-home order as U.S. coronavirus cases surged past 200,000.
The Texas Democrats, led by Rep. Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaMembers of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Lobbying world Democrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout MORE, asked Abbott to follow the examples of nearby Kansas, New Mexico and Louisiana — all states with Democratic governors — in issuing the order.
"While we recognize and appreciate your efforts to keep Texans informed and safe in this rapidly evolving crisis, we believe more active countermeasures should be taken to protect Texans," they wrote.
Scott Gottlieb, President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE's former FDA commissioner, on Sunday, issued warnings to Texas and Florida, citing increasing infection counts in cities like Dallas.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida first lady Casey DeSantis completes chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer Trump by the numbers: 2024 isn't simple Bill to ban lessons making white students feel 'discomfort' advances in Florida Senate MORE (R), a close Trump ally, issued a statewide stay-at-home order Wednesday.
Abbott on Tuesday asked Texans to stay at home from Thursday until April 30, except for essential trips but declined to call his request a "stay-at-home" or "shelter-in-place" order.
"States that have adopted 'stay-at-home' policies or even some that use 'shelter-in-place' are very close to ours, which is, if you had to put a label on it, it would be 'essential services and activities only,' " said Abbott, according to the Texas Tribune.
The heads of the Texas Hospital Association and Texas Nurses Association called on Abbott on Wednesday to formalize his stay-at-home order, reported Austin station KXAN.
And the Texas Democrats warned that the state has a narrow time window in which to prepare for a surge in infections.
"In order for us to stop the further spread of the virus in Texas, rapid and more severe restrictions are needed," they wrote.
"We, therefore, call on you to adopt a stay-at-home order for the entire state of Texas," they added.
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