Throwback Thursday: A Non Exhaustive Recap of Times Texas Republicans Voted Against Texans
AUSTIN, Texas — This week, in yet another landmark move, President Biden unveiled his American Families Plan, which will create groundbreaking progress on education, child care access, and health care. This is a historic step, and an eminently sensible one. It’s our leaders’ duty to act in our interest — like helping us afford care for our kids or pay for our education — and protect our rights — like our right to health care, or, for example, our right to vote.
Which brings us to Texas Republicans. Today, Texas Republicans, led by Rep. Briscoe Cain, are attempting to jam racist voter suppression bill Senate Bill 7 through the House Elections Committee and into law — with no advance notice, no chance for legislators to even read the bill, and no opportunity for Texans to share testimony. That’s not how a democracy works — and trying to cheat Texans of their constitutional right to vote is the polar opposite of leadership.
Unfortunately, acting explicitly against the interests of Texans is a longstanding pattern for Republicans. For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we would like to highlight just a smattering of moments in recent memory when Republicans have voted to actively harm Texans: