Texas House Democrats Say GOP Shifting Budget Deal

AUSTIN (May 16, 2013)—Texas House Democrats say Republicans are threatening to push the Legislature into a special session this summer and to revive contentious abortion bills if they don't agree to new terms on a budget deal.

Democratic state Rep. Sylvester Turner on Thursday accused Republican leaders of taking money set aside for education to pay for transportation and tax cuts.

House Democrats met ahead of an afternoon meeting between House and Senate budget negotiators.

Republican state Rep. Jim Pitts, the House budget chief, said Thursday morning that a deal with the Senate remained elusive despite his earlier confidence that a compromise would be in place by now.

Turner said House Democrats agreed last week to vote on a budget that included an extra $3.9 billion for education, but says Republicans are now going back on the plan.

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