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Texas Breaking News: Texas Lawmakers are Back, and so is Abortion Fight

Wochit 1:05 mins

Round two of Texas' fierce ideological battle over abortion limits was set to begin Monday, less than a week after a Democratic filibuster and hundreds of raucous protesters threw the end of the first special session into chaos. The Legislature's Republican majority has vowed to pass wide-ranging abortion restrictions quickly and easily this time, even as opponents mobilize for more protests. Texas lawmakers resume debate on proposed abortion legislation as the state legislature opens a special session. Republicans say they will quickly pass new abortion restrictions despite opponents' efforts. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office projected that a House bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks would increase Medicaid costs by as much as $400 million. The White House is recruiting local officials to promote and carry out President Obama's health care law in states like Texas and Florida where governors are hostile to it.

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