Texas House Nears Quorum as Dems Start Returning to Work

Texas House Democrats are quietly returning to work in Austin.

“I think we're at 91 members here right now. More have told us they're returning. We need to get 100 on the floor so we're getting closer every day,” said state Rep. Jim Murphy, R- Houston, chair of the House Republican Caucus.

But Murphy told reporters Wednesday that time is of the essence to pass an election integrity bill, bail reform and funding for retired teachers and foster children during the special session.

“You can't show up on day 30 and get our work done. You need to be here well in advance so we have time to move Senate bills through the House, House bill through the Senate. We're kind of on the bubble right now time-wise and number-wise.”

The first of 57 members who fled to Washington, D.C. Is now back in Texas. State Rep Philip Cortez said in a statement he wants to establish open communication lines with the GOP, which have been pushing to roll back some of the election expansions made during COVID.

Those still in Washington ripped him for breaking ranks.

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