Texas GOP Moves on Voting Bill Despite Democrat Walk Out

Texas Republicans this week advanced a controversial voting bill, dwindling Democrats’ chances of sinking it following a staged weeks-long walkout from the Legislature.

The bill passed the Texas House on a 79-37 mostly party-line vote, after the Democrats returned to the chamber last week, giving Republicans the quorum necessary to vote.

The House has held two special sessions since the regular session in May ended with some Democrats walking out to deny their colleagues a quorum so the bill couldn’t advance.

More than 50 Texas Democrats left the state and flew to Washington, D.C., in July to press Congress for voting rights legislation.

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