Texas House Speaker Offers Democrats Free Plane Ride Home To Return To State

The plane will be on standby at Dulles International Airport, and Dade Phelan’s team said his political campaign, not taxpayers, will pay for the flight.

Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune
House Speaker Dade Phelan can't force Democrats to return to Texas.

The tension between the two parties is increasing the longer the Democrats stay away. On Thursday morning, Phelan stripped El Paso Democrat Joe Moody, one of his closest Democratic allies, of his title as House speaker pro tem.

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