House Debate Over Water Bill Could Spur Bigger Fight

A debate about how to address the state’s drought — set for the Texas House on Monday afternoon — is poised to turn into a floor fight over what it means to be a fiscal conservative in the Tea Party era.

Conservative activists have spent the weekend mobilizing like-minded lawmakers ahead of Monday’s scheduled debate over House Bill 11 from state Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland. HB 11 would draw $2 billion for water projects from the Rainy Day Fund. 

Michael Quinn Sullivan, who heads Empower Texans, sent out an email missive Sunday urging conservative supporters to call their House members ...

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