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 ...

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