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Texas Senators Stake Ground in Congressional Map Battle

On Tuesday, Texas Republicans urged 11 Democratic Senators to return to Austin from Albuquerque, New Mexico to work on a fair redistricting plan. The Texas House also approved a G-O-P sponsored congressional redistricting bill. That plan now goes to the Senate, which lacks a quorum during this second special legislative session.

Democrats blocked a Senate vote on redistricting in the first special session because of rule requiring two-thirds of the 31-member chamber to agree to bring a bill up for debate. Eleven Democrats and one Republican opposed consideration. This time around, Republican Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is arranging the order of bills so that the two-thirds rule isn't needed for debate.

Meanwhile, Democratic Congressman Martin Frost of Arlington said Republicans have chosen to totally ignore the public on the redistricting issue.

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