House Rebellion Continues, Craddick Unwavering

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Opposition to House Speaker Tom Craddick exploded again early this morning as dozens of Democrats and Republicans who want him to leave office walked out of the chamber in protest.

The walkout brought work to a halt just hours before the session was scheduled to end. It could kill several major bills involving state parks, water issues and other matters.

The House did manage to pass the 153 billion dollar two-year state budget, the only legislation they're legally required to approve.

Spokeswoman Alexis DeLee says Craddick's critics are jeopardizing important bills by diverting attention to the speaker's race during the session.

The 150-member House elected Craddick to be their leader when the session started in January. But many have grown increasingly disenchanted with his approach to leading the chamber.