Members considered more than 50 amendments to the proposed map during debate that began Tuesday and ended early Wednesday. Some of the biggest changes focused on Dallas and Harris counties.
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The procedural move carries little apparent weight since the Democrats who fled the state to break quorum are beyond the jurisdiction of Texas law enforcement.
Fourteen U.S. congressmen opposed making Juneteenth a national holiday in Wednesday’s vote. Many of them represent states that continue to observe Confederate holidays.
The fight for increased election laws has made its way to Texas. State lawmakers advanced a bill out of committee on Thursday that would make it a state jail felony for local election officials to distribute an application to vote by mail to a voter who didn’t request one.
Budgetary earmarks, a maligned spending practice banished a decade ago, appear poised to return under Democratic control of Washington D.C. Some Texas lawmakers welcome their revival, while others are pledging to abstain from their use.
The Senate approved a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan on Saturday, as Democrats muscled through a marathon debate — and overcame dissent from moderates within their own ranks — to move one step closer to delivering President Biden his first legislative victory.