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Black members of Congress from Texas pledge to continue state redistribution plan

Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green will challenge the Texas reshuffle of congressional districts if it is passed by the state legislature in the coming days, a spokeswoman for Ms. Lee said.

Under the proposed new boundaries created by the Texas Republican-led legislature, Ms. Lee’s home would be reassigned to the Congressional District represented by Mr. Green, which would pit the two black lawmakers against each other and cost one of them. their work.

Ms Jackson and Mr Green said last month in a letter to legislative leaders that the change is “drastic” and “clearly an act of racial discrimination,” citing researchers who said the proposed reshuffle of Ms Jackson’s current district would be less likely. to elect a black.

Republican state leaders said racial discrimination was not a factor in creating the new political boundaries.

The redistribution plan was approved by the Texas Senate and passed a State House committee on Wednesday. He is expected to move to the House this weekend and has reached Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature.

Texas’s redesigned districts are likely to give a boost to Democrats’ efforts to pass an election bill that would allow the federal government to strike down redistricting cards they see as too partisan.

According to researchers at Princeton University, the changes proposed by Texas provide two more Republican representatives in Congress, as the GOP tries to win five seats in next year’s midterm election to take control of bedroom.

Princeton’s Gerrymandering project last month gave Texas congressional cards an F rating for partisan character, claiming the 25-13 advantage it would give Republicans in Congress does not reflect the state’s political views. .

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, a Republican, was not immediately available for comment.

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer wrote to fellow senators on Thursday to tell them he planned to bring the Democrats’ election bill forward for a procedural vote on Monday.

Mr Schumer urged at least 10 Republican senators to vote to allow debate on the measure.

But Republicans, opposed to the federal government overriding decisions made by states, should block the measure with obstruction.

A compromise voting bill developed with West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin III would also overturn voting laws passed by Republican-led states that critics say make it harder for minorities to vote. .

The bill would establish federal policies to create automatic voter registration, expand access to advance and postal voting.

The measure would also limit the ability of states to remove people from electoral rolls and increase federal funds for election security.

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