tv Texas Legislature Holds Special Session on Voting Bills CSPAN July 14, 2021 1:17am-1:29am EDT
his speech on voting rights in philadelphia. we hope what we will here is an even stronger commitment and a clear plan of action, as to how we can break the gridlock in the senate and pass federal legislation immediately this summer. we have a short window here, as was previously mentioned this session ends on august 7, and we cannot hold this tied back forever. we are buying sometime. -- tide back forever. we are buying some time. we should use that time wisely. -- they should use that time wisely. thank you very much. [and distinct conversations]
>> the texas state legislature convinced a special legislative session. during the session, texas house republicans adopted a motion concerning absentee democratic lawmakers who left the state to block the special legislative session. [gavel bangs] >> members, we recess. the rules do not require registration this morning. please raise for the invocation -- please rise for the invocation. >> thank you, mr. speaker. let's pray together. father, and a day like today, we wonder how we should pray. we are reminded about your scripture, "this is the day that the lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."
so today, father, we can rejoice and we can also, as scripture tells us, to pray without ceasing, be in continual prayer for those we serve in those we love. and father, we are also reminded of you, as i am inspired by those in the chamber, and their faithfulness in serving their constituents in this great state. your faithfulness to each and everyone of us even when we are not faithful to you. you relentlessly pursue us, ultimately sending your son jesus christ for the forgiveness of sin and eternal life, in whose name we pray, amen. >> the honorable phil stevenson will lead the pledge of allegiance. >> members, we pledge allegiance both to our flag of texas and to the flag of america.
[reciting the pledge of allegiance] -- one nation under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. i honor the texas flag. i pledge of allegiance, one state under god, one and indivisible. god bless america. [gavel bangs] >> the chair will now hear excuses for absent members. please excuse the following congress members.
[reciting excuses for absent members] the clerk will ring the bell. [bell dings] >> all members have voted. there are 80 ayes. 0 nays. the motion fails for lack of quorum. >> i raise a point of order against transaction of further business. a quorum is not present as reflected from the votes just taken. >> the quorum is not present.
the point of order is sustained. mr. metcalf for a motion. >> mr. speaker, i move a call of the house to consider the following measures. i will submit it for consideration on his july 7 proclamation. >> mr. metcalf moves a call of order submitted for consideration by the governor in his july 7 federal proclamation. are there any seconds. >> 15 seconds. the clerk will ring the bell. mr. metcalf voting eye. -- voting aye. [bell dings] >> all members have voted. [gavel bangs]
the motion is adopted. >> mr. speaker, i move that [inaudible] >> the chair recognizes mr. metcalf for emotion. >> mr. speaker, i move that the sergeant at arms or officers appointed by him sent for all absentees whose inattendance is not excused under force of the word is necessary. >> any second? we will vote. all members have voted. [gavel bangs] the motion is adopted. >> members, the sergeant at arms and any officers appointed by
him are directed percent for absentees whose attendance is not excused, under a warrant of arrest if necessary. members, while the house is under a call, every member who wishes to leave must have written permission of the speaker of the house. [indiscernible] >> 5, section six of the house rules, the motions will be in order, correct? >> that is correct. >> 5 section eight discusses securing a quorum after a call to the house is ordered. is that correct? >> that is correct. >> server, article three, section 10 of the texas constitution states that a smaller number than a quorum may compel the attendance of absent
members in such manner and under such entities as each house may provide. is that also correct? >> that is correct. >> mr. speaker, according to article three, six, and 10 of the texas constitution, in the previously adopted motion for a call of the house, i move that as a means to compel attendance and secure a quorum, any member names not recorded as present today, tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. should be subject to the following penalties without exception, and i want to make sure the people know, not removing them from committees but removal of appointment to the position of speaker pro tem, chairman or chairwoman of any committee. >> you cannot make emotion from the back of the microphone. >> mr. speaker, i will come forward.
>> mr. myers, for what purpose? >> parliamentary inquiry. >> please state your inquiry. >> is there any way for those who have left the capitol in the state to conduct business on the behalf of the people of texas? >> there is not. >> parliamentary inquiry. if a quorum is not present, and those of us who have stayed in the capitol to do the jobs we were elected to take up bills on the floor? >>? >> that is not allowed under the rules. >> mr. speaker, parliamentary inquiry. can we at least hold committee hearings? >> we may not. >> mr. speaker, parliamentary inquiry. when will there be a chance to debate any of the items the governor has submitted for our consideration?
>> mr. meyer, that is a hypothetical inquiry but we may not conduct a business until we have quorum. >> mr. speaker, parliamentary inquiry. can you clarify, are we able to take those issues up while democrats are in d.c.? >> we may not. >> mr. speaker, parliamentary inquiry. is it true that the house rules were adopted by unanimous vote? >> that is correct. >> mr. speaker, parliamentary inquiry. and are those rules, can house committee chairs and vice chairs be removed from their positions? >> they cannot. >> thank you, mr. speaker. >> thank you, mr. meijer. . the house will stand at ease. inquiry. >> coming up wednesday on c-span, federal reserve chairman jerome powell testifies before
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