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Texas Republicans Seek to Block Amendments on School Funding [Listen]

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The Republican leadership in the Texas House is proposing changing the rules to block Democrats from forcing a vote on funding for public schools.  NEWS 92 FM’s Mike Barajas reports.

Texas lawmakers are scheduled to vote on an emergency spending measure next week to cover a budget deficit for Medicaid, the health program for the poor and disabled.

Now Democrats want to use that same bill to also restore $5.4 billion in cuts to public schools. But Republican Rep. Todd Hunter has proposed a rule that would block any attempt by Democrats to force a vote on public education.

Republican lawmakers don’t want to be forced to vote against increasing spending for public schools.

The rule Hunter proposed is unusual and breaks with the tradition of allowing lawmakers to offer amendments to spending bills, no matter the cost.

House Republicans propose paying other unpaid bills first, then seeing what’s left for schools and handling that in a separate supplemental budget bill.

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