El Paso Democrat Joe Moody stripped of leadership position after leaving state with colleagues

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El Paso Democrat Joe Moody was stripped of his presumption arsenic talker pro tem of the Texas House connected Thursday successful the archetypal large backlash for a Democrat who near the enclosure to forestall a ballot connected a GOP precedence elections bill.

The video supra is from erstwhile reporting connected the Texas peculiar legislative session.

House Speaker Dade Phelan, a Beaumont Republican, announced the removal of Moody arsenic talker pro tem successful a memo Thursday greeting earlier the House was acceptable to instrumentality connected Thursday. He gave nary connection but said the removal was effectual immediately.

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"The astir important titles successful my beingness volition ne'er change: Dad, Husband, El Pasoan," Moody said successful a statement. "Nothing governmental has ever adjacent cracked the apical three, truthful thing has changed astir who I americium oregon what my values are."

Moody has served arsenic talker pro tem for 2 sessions nether 2 antithetic speakers. He is 1 Phelan's apical allies successful the Democratic enactment and the 2 person worked unneurotic to propulsion bills aimed astatine making fixes to the state's transgression justness system.

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The talker pro tem performs the duties of the talker successful his absence. Moody's assignment to the presumption was seen arsenic an olive subdivision by Republicans and raised the El Paso Democrat's illustration and stature successful the chamber.

At slightest 51 House Democrats near the authorities connected Monday to interruption quorum and bring to a halt deliberations connected an elections measure they accidental would restrict voting rights. House Republicans person railed against Democrats, accusing them of walking retired connected their responsibilities to propulsion their governmental agenda.

Earlier this week, House Republicans sought to coerce Democrats backmost to the enclosure with immoderate asking whether lawmakers could beryllium stripped of committee enactment positions for breaking quorum.

Statewide leaders similar Gov. Greg Abbott and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller had endorsed specified actions, but Phelan said the lawmakers could not beryllium stripped of committee enactment positions nether House rules. The talker pro tem is simply a antithetic presumption from committee enactment roles and Phelan cited the House rules successful his determination to region Moody.

House Republicans continued filing bills aimed astatine stripping lawmakers of their wage for breaking quorum. Such bills are not connected the peculiar league docket and could lone beryllium taken up by the chambers if Abbott added them to the docket and a quorum returned.

Separately, Phelan continued to unit Democrats who broke quorum to instrumentality their $221 per diem and blamed them for his chamber's inability to o.k. an further cheque for retired Texas teachers.

"While stalling a 13th cheque for retired teachers, an overwhelming bulk of Texas House Democrats stay soundless connected whether they volition instrumentality their legislative per diem to the State Treasury," helium said successful a statement. "Texas taxpayers request better, and I request that Democrats instrumentality their legislative per diem and get backmost to Texas to walk authorities that would supply a 13th cheque for retired teachers, support our foster kids, and supply alleviation from precocious spot taxes."

Cassandra Pollock contributed to this report.

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