Texas House Speaker calls on runaway Dems to give up their per diem

Texas House Speaker calls on runaway Dems to give up their per diem


The Republican Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives said Wednesday that Democratic lawmakers who skipped town to avoid a vote on controversial election reform legislation should give up their daily stipend.

Under the Texas Constitution, state legislators receive a salary of $600 per month. But, they also receive a $221 each day whenever the legislature is in session. A special session called by GOP Gov. Greg Abbott got underway Tuesday, but 51 House Democrats took off for Washington, D.C., the day before to deny the chamber a quorum to consider legislation, including the election bill.

“While these Texas Democrats collect taxpayer money as they ride on private jets to meet with the Washington elite, those who remain in the chamber await their return to begin work on providing our retired teachers a 13th check, protecting our foster kids, and providing taxpayer relief,” Speaker Dade Phelan said in a statement.

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“Those who are intentionally denying quorum should

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