As Texas Democrats mull return, GOP voting bill still awaits

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Texas state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, dean of the Texas House of Representatives, is joined by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., left center, and other Texas Democrats, as they continue their protest of restrictive voting laws, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By PAUL J. WEBER and ACACIA CORONADO

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrats who have spent nearly a month in Washington blocking a GOP voting bill back home are not saying whether they will return this weekend. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered a new special session to begin Saturday. It will be the third time Texas Republicans have tried passing new elections laws after Democrats torpedoed the first two attempts by walking out. A group of more than 50 Democratic lawmakers from Texas have spent the past few weeks putting pressure on President Joe Biden and Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation. But a Republican filibuster in the U.S. Senate remains in their way.

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