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tv   Texas Legislature Holds Special Session on Voting Bills  CSPAN  July 14, 2021 6:19am-6:31am EDT

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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 convened a special legislative session to consider gop
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sponsored voting bills. during this session texas house republicans adopted a motion concerning absentee democratic lawmakers who left the state to block the session. speaker phelan: members, please rise for and vacation -- for invocation. >> thank you, mr. speaker. let's pray together. on a day like today, we wonder how we should pray. we are reminded about your scripture that this is the day the lord has made. let us rejoice and be glad in it. so today, father, we can rejoice
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, and we can also -- we can be in continual prayer for those we serve and those we love. and father, we are also reminded, as i am inspired by those in the chamber today, and your relentless pursuit of us, even when we are not faithful to you, as you relentlessly pursue us, ultimately by sending your son, jesus christ, as the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, in whose name we pray, amen. >> [indiscernible] to lead us in the pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. and to the republic for which it stands.
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one nation under god. indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. honor the texas flag. i pledge allegiance to these texans. one state under god. god bless america. >> [indiscernible]
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please excuse [indiscernible] on the motion of [indiscernible] the clerk will ring the bell. [bell rings] all members voted. 80 ayes, 0 nays, the motion fails due to lack of quorum. >> a quorum is not present reflected on the votes just taken. >> a quorum is apparently not
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taken. that is some stained -- that is sustained. >> mr. speaker, i move a call of the house to consider the following measures, items submitted for consideration by the governor in this july 7 proclamation. >> i call the house to consider the items. all in favor vote aye. although supposed to vote no. the clerk will ring the bell. -- all opposed vote no. the clerk will ring the bell. [bell rings] 76 ayes and four nays, the
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motion is adopted. >> mr. speaker, i move that -- >> the chair recognizes mr. metcalf for a motion. >> i move the sergeant at arms or officer's of pointed by him send for all absentees -- officers appointed by him send for all absentees for the purpose of securing and maintaining their absence under warrant of arrest if necessary. >> cast your votes. the clerk will ring the bell. all members are voting. 76 ayes and four nays. the motion is adopted. members, a sergeant-at-arms and any officer appointed by him are directed to send for all absentees, whose attendance is not excused for the purpose of securing and maintaining their attendance under warrant of
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arrest, if necessary. while the house is under a call, under the rules, any member who wishes to leave the hall must get written permission from the speaker. please state your inquiry. >> the motion to adjourn or a motion for a call of the house and the motion incidental thereto should be in order. >> that is correct. please state your inquiry. >> securing a quorum after a call of the house is ordered. is that also correct? >> that is correct. >> parliamentary inquiry. >> what is your inquiry? >> article three section 10 of the texas constitution states that a smaller number of a quorum can tell the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as each house may provide. is that also correct, sir?
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>> that is correct. >> according to article three section 10 of the texas constitution and rule five section 16, and the previously adopted motion, i move that as a means to secure a quorum, any member name not recorded as present in the journal by wednesday, tomorrow, july 13, at 12:00 p.m., should be subject to the following penalties without exception, and i want to make sure people know not removing them from committees, but removal of appointment to the positions of speaker pro tem, chairman -- [indiscernible] >> you cannot make a motion from the microphone. >> mr. speaker. i healed back -- i yield back. >> for what purpose? >> parliamentary inquiry.
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>> please state your inquiry. >> is her anyway for those numbers who have left the capital and the state -- there any way for the numbers who have left the capital and the state, if a quorum is not present, if those of us who have stayed in the capital to do the jobs we were elected to do, take up bills on the floor? >> that is not allowed under the rules. >> to at least hold committee hearings? >> we may not, mr. meyer. >> when will the house have the chance to debate hb 3 or any of the other items a -- the governor has considered for our consideration? >> mr. meyer, that is a hypothetical inquiry. we may not conduct business until we have a quorum. >> parliamentary inquiry.
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can you clarify come are we able to take those issues of while democrats are in washington, d.c.? >> we may not, mr. meyer. >> parliamentary inquiry. is it true the house rules were adopted by unanimous vote? >> i believe that is correct. >> parliamentary inquiry. under those rules, can house committee chairs and vice chairs be removed from their positions? >> they cannot. >> thank you, speaker. >> thank you, mr. meyer. >> the house will stand at ease. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] >> "washington journal" every day we take your calls on the air and discuss policy issues
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that impact you. coming up, we will talk with charlie cook about his recent column in the national journal on the new era of social and political volatility in american politics and then the chief officer for parler on the debate over -- parlor on the debate on free speech. and be sure to join the discussion with your phone calls, text, and tweets. >> coming up today on c-span, federal reserve chair jerome powell testifies before the house financial services committee live at noon eastern. on c-span2, the senate is back at 10:00 a.m. to consider negative -- executive nominations for the equal opportunity and the solicitor. on c-span3 the foreign committee holds a talk with samantha how
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-- power followed by a subcommittee talk on voting rights at 2:30 p.m. eastern. >> next, president biden delivers remarks on voting rights. he said the united states is facing "the most significant test of our democracy since the civil war." and accused of republicans of " election subversion." from the national constitution building a philadelphia, this is a little less than half an hour.


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