The all-Republican Texas Legislature is not exactly known for being bipartisan these days, though some unions still exist. Now, a growing number of Republicans in the House of Representatives are being called for to abandon one of the few remaining bipartisan traditions.
“The Texas House has a long history of bipartisan work outside of party affiliations,” says political reporter James Barragan, noting that traditionally Republican House Speakers still elect House Democrats as committee chairs.
“It was a big issue for discussion, an issue for Republicans,” Barragan says, “especially for the more conservative, far-right Republicans who say the ruling party should hold all cards—that they should not distribute the olive branch to the Democrats.”
While Barragan says House Speaker Dade Phelan “has given no indication that he plans to change a long tradition in the House of Representatives,” he notes that “he’s under a lot of pressure, so we’re watching.”
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