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Republicans Again Block Efforts to Provide Health Care Coverage to Uninsured Texans at No Cost

(Austin, TEXAS) – Today, the Texas House of Representatives voted on the amendment by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) to seek a federal waiver to reduce the uninsured population in the state of Texas. All 67 Members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus voted for this amendment, but it fell short of passing. Rep. Coleman, who …

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House Dems Fight Back Against Dangerous Permitless Carry Bill

On April 15, the Texas House debated House Bill 1927 — the Republican’s permitless carry legislation that would render licensing and training requirements for firearm ownership obsolete.  Democratic Representatives, led by Members of the El Paso delegation, fought hard against the bill and to add common-sense amendments to the legislation that would keep Texans safe. …

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Rep. Garnet Coleman Responds to CMS’ Cancellation of State’s 1115 Waiver

(Austin, TEXAS) – Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rescinded the extension of Texas’ 1115 Waiver granted earlier in the year. The waiver was originally intended to serve as a bridge until the state expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Instead, Texas Republicans have relied on these dollars for 10 years …

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Democratic Representatives Fight Down Hateful Anti-Trans Amendment on House Floor

On April 14, Republican Rep. Bryan Slaton proposed yet another amendment targeting transgender children and their families by attempting to prevent the state from including puberty delaying prescriptions in drug cost-effectiveness programs. Democratic Representatives, led by Members of the Texas LGBTQ Caucus, successfully encouraged the House to vote down the amendment by a series of …

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House Democrats Fight Back as Republicans Push Anti-Voter Bill Out of Committee

(TEXAS) – This morning, Texas Republicans pushed the anti-voter House Bill 6 out of the House Committee on Elections with a narrow 5-4 vote along party lines. Elections Vice Chair Jessica González (D-Dallas) and Representatives Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton), John Bucy (D-Austin) and Art Fierro (D-El Paso) were the only Members to take a stand against …

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Democratic Legislation Prioritized at Bipartisan Health Care Press Conference

(AUSTIN) — Today, Speaker Dade Phelan held a press conference with a coalition of Democratic and Republican Representatives to lay out the Texas House’s health care priorities for this session. Several pieces of Democratic legislation made up the foundation for the Speaker’s plan, dubbed “Healthy Families, Healthy Texas.” From increasing coverage for children and mothers, …

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