Texas House votes to restore funds for the Texas Medicaid Program

Texas House votes to restore funds for the Texas Medicaid Program

Texas House votes to restore funds for the Texas Medicaid Program

Republican state Rep. Briscoe Cain of Harris County wants to increase spending on the border security by $2 million. But, after factoring in population growth and inflation, the plans amount to a roughly 7 percent cut from current spending levels, according to the Legislative Budget Board.

The Texas House has voted to oppose taxpayer dollars going to private and religious schools - expressly forbidding state funding for vouchers.

On another hot-button issue, prohibiting transgender Texans from using the bathrooms of their choice, there was never a debate. Then there are amendments, some of which are meant to show where the House as a body stands on certain issues. And on Thursday the House came up big, throwing millions of dollars into the Department of Family Protective Services - at the expense of the state's top GOP leaders.

In a statement, Taylor said it was unfortunate that House members didn't hear the details of SB 3 before Thursday's vote.

A similar proposal failed in the House on Wednesday. "It's politics by way of policy, and people on both sides of the the aisle saw through it".

Rep. J.R. Hoell, R-Dunbarton, a leader of the newly formed Freedom Caucus, said there were opportunities to compromise had the leadership been willing to support additional cuts in spending.

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Stickland wasn't pleased with the tenor of the conversation. Jasper is making no effort to play nice. "It's amusing until it happens to you".

Following the failure of the committee's budget, a conservative faction in the House proposed an alternative that would have reduced expenditures by $200 million, which was convincingly scuttled by a margin of 282 to 75. Patrick has said the rainy day fund is there in case of an emergency, not to cover "ongoing expenses".

The budget developed by Gov. Chris Sununu will now go directly for consideration by the Senate, with none of the House changes on the table when the House and Senate meet in conference in June.

"At the federal level, the money hasn't been turned loose to apply the new resources that are needed to do what President Trump has said needs to be done, and what I agree needs to be done", said Republican Rep. Matt Schaefer, a U.S. Navy reserve lieutenant from East Texas who is among the most far-right lawmakers in the Texas House.

On the spending side, the House budget added $1.5 billion in public school funding, while the Senate budget left school funding formulas untouched - a strategy that allows the Senate to spend $1.4 billion less on education while increasing the share paid by local school districts due to rising property tax valuations. They also tried to pass an amendment that would kick out of Medicaid those low-income adults who don't have children, as well as two amendments that sought to require low-income Coloradans on Medicaid to cover co-payments for medical services in order to fund $1.4 million in transportation projects. $145.6 million would fund a program that pays university tuition costs for veterans and their children.

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