The political stunt on which Texas House Democrats embarked last week will ultimately cost more than $1 million.
What is the background?
More than 50 Democrats elected to represent Texans in their state House fled the Lone Star State last Monday to deny the state House the required quorum of two-thirds of lawmakers present to conduct business
The move blocked legislation that Democrats opposed, including one bill that Texas Republicans say was meant to bolster election security, but Democrats claimed would restrict voting rights.
Texas House Democrats fled to Washington, D.C., on private airplanes and plan to stay in the nation's capital until Aug. 7, the date when a legislative special session is meant to conclude.