Jared Woodfill, J.D.
Editor-in-Chief, CRTX News
Joe Straus has an obligation to let the elected State Representatives vote on Senate Bill 6 (SB 6), the Safety Bill for women’s privacy.
This past Wednesday, March 8th, the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee passed SB 6 by a vote of 8-1. The bill will now move to the Senate floor to be debated by the body of state senators that we the people elected. When it passes the senate it will be sent to the Texas House. This is how a Republic works.
Unfortunately, Joe Straus does not believe in this process. Straus has made it clear he opposes SB 6 and is fine with men entering women’s bathrooms. He continues to propagate “fake news” regarding the negative economic impact SB 6 may have on our economy. Instead of a spirited debate like we saw in the Senate State Affairs Committee this week, Straus typically chooses to slow play a bill to ensure its death through a committee of his choosing, or keep it from seeing a vote by the entire house through his hand-picked appointments to the Calendars Committee. Regardless of the path, in either situation any bill that Straus opposes is never voted upon by the House. This is Joe Straus’ MO whenever he wants to kill conservative legislation and keep his and other members’ fingerprints off the corpse of a bill.
With respect to SB 6, the eyes of the nation are on Texas. We the people cannot sit idly by and allow the safety of our wives, daughters, and mothers to be sacrificed on Joe Straus’ altar of political correctness. Remember, Joe Straus owes his position to Democrats. In 2009, he locked arms with a majority of Democrats and a few Republicans to take out former Republican Speaker, Tom Craddick.
I am not sure if Straus has read the Republican Party of Texas Platform. If he had, he would find on page 11 the following: “Gender Identity-We urge the enactment of legislation addressing the individuals’ use of bathrooms, showers and locker rooms that correspond with their biologically determined sex.”
Please contact Joe Straus’ office and tell him “Joe, Let the People’s Representatives Vote on SB 6!” Let we the people through our elected representatives in the state House vote on whether Texans should allow men into women’s bathrooms! Thank you for getting off the sidelines and getting on the frontlines of this battle to protect women’s and girls’ safety and privacy.
You can contact Joe Straus at the Capitol at 512-463-1000. His district number is 210-828-4411.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.
“Through God we shall do valiantly, and it is He who will tread down our adversaries.” (Psalm 108:13)
Let’s press this battle to protect the safety and privacy of women and girls to its successful conclusion!
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