With Friday’s House calendar defeated, ‘Mother’s Day Massacre’ complete


In what’s been dubbed the “Mother’s Day Massacre,” a small group of tea party-aligned Republicans in the Texas House this week used parliamentary maneuvers to defeat more than 100 bills in retaliation for what they consider a pattern of unfair treatment by the House leadership.

The victims of their obstruction, however, were not the top allies of Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, who had none of his priorities defeated, but rank-and-file members who saw scores of their proposals effectively killed as the self-styled Freedom Caucus gummed up the legislative process while key legislative deadlines approached.

The final blow came Friday, when the group successfully petitioned to remove all 121 bills from Friday’s Local and Consent Calendar, the agenda for bills considered non-controversial that are approved without significant debate.

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