HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' Democrats serving in Congress called on delegates at their state convention to fight for the party's values, including civil right, equal pay and affordable health care.
Four of the nine Democrats representing Texas in Washington talked Saturday about their struggles to uphold the party's values in the face of a Republican majority.
Rep. Al Green from Houston called for equal rights based on sexual orientation, a $10 an hour minimum wage and equal pay for women.
Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee honored two veterans, insisting that Democrats have served in the military as well as Republicans. Jackson also invoked the civil rights movement in calling for equal rights for homosexuals.
Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo praised the Affordable Care Act, the health care law designed to give everyone insurance.