After Democrats and their Republican enablers moved to punish conservatives, the Texas House Freedom Caucus has declared total war on Friday’s calendar.
On Thursday evening, liberal Democrat Senfronia Thompson of Houston moved to suspend the rules and set a Local & Consent Calendar for Friday with more than one hundred items. Conservatives who objected were targeted and punished for the action by Democrats and members of their own party who ripped their bills off the calendar.
Shortly after that action, members of the Texas House Freedom Caucus announced a press conference outside the House chamber and told the media that they would be killing the entire calendar.
When one reporter questioned if conservatives were using the same tactics as those targeting them, Caucus Chairman Matt Schaefer (R–Tyler) sharply disagreed, saying they were merely fighting back with the tools and abilities they had and trying to represent their constituents.
“Here we are, right before the midnight deadline,” said Schaefer. “Has a pro-life bill to save babies lives come to the floor for a vote? No. Has a strong second amendment bill come to the floor for a vote? No. Has a strong property tax reform bill come to the floor for a vote? No.”
It’s worth noting that each of the items mentioned by Schaefer haven’t fared any trouble passing the Texas Senate. In fact, two of the three have passed with strong, bipartisan support.
A full video of their press conference can be viewed here:
Those committed to fighting back include all of the members of the House Freedom Caucus:
Matt Schaefer (Tyler), Bill Zedler (Arlington), Matt Shaheen (Plano), Jeff Leach (Plano), Tony Tinderholt (Arlington), Kyle Biedermann (Fredericksburg), Briscoe Cain (Deer Park), Matt Krause (Fort Worth), Mike Lang (Granbury) Matt Rinaldi (Irving), Jonathan Stickland (Bedford), and Valoree Swanson (Spring) as well as non-member Scott Sanford (McKinney)