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STATEMENT: Rep. Donna Howard Responds to Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Order

(TEXAS) – Today, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order prohibiting governmental entities — including cities, counties and schools — from enacting masking or vaccine requirements, among other restrictive provisions. State Representative Donna Howard (D-Austin), a former critical care nurse, issued the following statement in response: “The COVID-19 pandemic is surging once again in Texas …

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STATEMENT: Texas Democrats Meet with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Senior Members of the House Judiciary Committee

(Washington, D.C.) — Today, Texas Legislators returned to Capitol Hill for a conversation with leaders of the House Committee on the Judiciary including Chairman Jerrold Nadler. This critical meeting was underway as news broke that Senate leaders are taking steps to release a new voting rights measure to keep a national bill alive.  “With our democracy …

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STATEMENT: Texas House Democrats to Testify at Congressional Hearing on State’s Anti-Voter Legislation

(WASHINGTON D.C.) – This Thursday, July 29th, Texas State House Democrats will serve as witnesses in the U.S. House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Hearing, “Democracy in Danger: The Assault on Voting Rights in Texas.” Representatives Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio), Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth) and Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) — who will all be testifying …

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STATEMENT: Texas House Democrats Stand in Solidarity with U.S. Congressional Black Caucus’ Fight for Voting Rights

Washington, D.C. – Today, Members of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus were arrested by United States Capitol Police during their “Day of Action on Voting Rights” as they marched to the U.S. Senate calling for the passage of federal voter protection legislation. Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chair Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas), Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair …

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STATEMENT: MALC, HDC and TLBC Chairs Responds to Speaker Phelan’s Chartered Plane Offer

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan announced he has paid for a plane that will be on standby in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to return the Texas House Democrats breaking quorum back to Texas. Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chair Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas), Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner …

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STATEMENT: Texas House Democrats on Retired Teachers’ 13th Check

(TEXAS/WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Texas House Democrats met with the Texas Retired Teachers Association to discuss Democratic lawmakers’ longstanding commitment to fight for Texas educators’ pensions. During the regular session, HB 3507 — which provided the “13th check” and was authored by over 100 members of the House, including 64 members of the Democratic Caucus …

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STATEMENT: Texas House Democrats Break Quorum

(TEXAS) – Today, Texas House Democrats left the state and broke quorum to fight back against state Republicans’ continued attacks on Texans’ freedom to vote. Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner, Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chair Rafael Anchía, Texas Legislative Black Caucus Chair Nicole Collier, Legislative Study Group Caucus Chair Garnet Coleman and Dean …

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HDC Chair Chris Turner Responds to HB 3 Committee Vote

(AUSTIN) – This morning, nearly 24 hours after the House Select Committee on Constitutional Rights and Remedies hearing began, the Republicans’ anti-voter House Bill 3 was passed out along party lines. Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner released the following statement in response: “Early this morning, Republicans voted to advance a bill to ban …

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Abbott Renews Attacks on Texans’ Freedoms with Session Agenda

(AUSTIN) – Today, Gov. Abbott issued the proclamation setting the agenda for the special session beginning tomorrow, July 8th. Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement in response: “The governor’s agenda for the special session shows he is more concerned with pandering to die-hard Trump supporters …

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