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House Dems Resist Moves to Rearrange Funding

Texas Democrats voting "present not voting" on amendments

By April Castro and Jay Root
|  Friday, Apr 1, 2011  |  Updated 5:38 PM CDT
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Dems Resist Moves to Rearrange Funding

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Some House Democrats are voting "present not voting" on efforts by the Republican majority to reshuffle money between various programs.

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Democrats are taking a new tack in the budget debate.

Some are voting "present not voting" on efforts by the Republican majority to reshuffle money between various programs.

Rep. Sylvester Turner railed against an effort to take money from family planning services for the poor to give to mental health services for children.

"I will not be put in the position of choosing from one need to another when we are underfunding them both," Turner said. "If we were not willing to pull from the Rainy Day [Fund] to meet the needs of these children and elderly folks, I will not be caught trying to decide if I should fund child one or child two."

Dozens of Democrats, and some Republicans, voted "present not voting" on the following amendments.

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