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Republicans blame each other for bill failure

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By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — When the Texas Legislature's special session began, Republican majorities in the House and Senate warned Democrats they wouldn't be able to stop an immigration enforcement bill that had sparked one of the toughest partisan fights of the year.

The bill would have allowed police to ask anyone they detain about their citizenship status.

But when the measure died again without a vote in the House, Gov. Rick Perry and GOP lawmakers angrily blamed each other for its demise.

Senators blamed the House. The House blamed the Senate. Perry chimed in, picking on one lawmaker from Lubbock, Sen. Robert Duncan, prompting Duncan's Senate colleagues to rally around him.

Ultimately, the Republican majorities in both chambers left one of Perry's priority issues for dead and turned on each other like rivals.