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When Texas legislature Democrats staged a walkout to block election bills, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) got serious. He vetoed funding for the state legislature on Friday, carrying out his previous threat of withholding funding.   

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Democrats Walk Out Of Texas Legislature

Last month, Texas Legislature Democrats walked off the floor of the House chamber last month. They broke the quorum and prevented Republicans from passing election reforms.

The Democrats also disrupted the legislative process for a bail reform legislation that Abbott wanted.  In retaliation, Abbott vowed to defund the legislative branch for “abandon[ing] their responsibilities.”

The governor issued a statement last Friday. “Texans don’t run from a legislative fight, and they don’t walk away from unfinished business.

Funding should not be provided for those who quit their job early, leaving their state with unfinished business and exposing taxpayers to higher costs for an additional legislative session. I, therefore, object to and disapprove of these appropriations,” he said. 

Abbott Vetoed The Texas Legislature Budget

True to his word, Abbott vetoed Article 10 of the state budget approved by the legislature Friday. The Article funds the salaries of lawmakers, staff, and maintenance workers. It also funds the budgets of Texas legislative agencies. According to the Legislative Reference Library, the veto is the first of its kind done in Texas. Similarly, the Democrats’ walkout is a rare event in Texas politics. 

Democrat Texas State Representative Chris Turner chairs the Democratic caucus in the House. He said that Abbott’s action may be unconstitutional. As a result, he said he plans to take the governor’s decision to court to contest it. “Texas has a governor, not a dictator or emperor. The tyrannical veto of the legislative branch is the latest indication that Governor Greg Abbott is simply out of control,” Turner said in a statement.

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Vetoing Can Harm Texans

“Let’s be clear – vetoing the legislative branch will cause direct harm to Texans,” Turner said. “Our constituent services are the lifeblood of our public service, something Abbott should try learning about.

By placing a termination date on the employment of all legislative staff, the governor is cutting off services to millions of Texans. Our caucus is exploring every option, including immediate legal options, to fight back against Greg Abbott’s abuse of power,” he added. 

Meanwhile, Abbott called for legislators to join a special session. He wants the state legislature to work on passing Abbott’s legislative priorities.“I expect legislators to have worked out their differences prior to arriving back at the Capitol so that they can hit the ground running to pass legislation related to these emergency items and other priority legislation.

During the special session, we will continue to advance policies that put the people of Texas first,” he said. 

Lots of Work To Do

“This session we passed legislation to: secure our border, support our police, expand 2A rights, defend religious liberty, protect life. It was one of the most conservative sessions our state has ever seen. But, there’s more we must do to ensure a brighter future for Texas. Election integrity & bail reform were must-pass emergency items. I expect legislators to work out their differences before the special session.” Abbott added.

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  • BBA says:

    We should be doing this to the fat lazy ass corrupt politicians in DC!! They should all stop being paid since they are worthless!

  • Debra Wallesch says:

    I totally agree with Gov Abbott. No work, no pay! DemocRats are nothing but spoiled brats throwing a temper tantrum. They are all ruining this country in local, state and federal government. They can take their Marxist ideology and shove it up where the sun don’t shine.

  • Juan says:

    Maybe they should try to use Texas unemployment system, like everybody else who doesn’t get paid when they don’t do their job. Most legislators have real jobs, so it won’t really HURT them, other than maybe their staff positions.

  • Johnny says:

    they should have taken away their pay checks in DC a long time ago ,starting with pelosi and going all the way to the white house and destroy the swamp & remove the gay’s & lesbians ,need to clean house in our gov , it is dirty all the way . people need to take back our country before it is to late .

  • Huapakechi says:

    The legislators might not miss their paychecks, but those career staff certainly will.
    Let the screams of pain begin!

  • Gary Dodson says:

    It might seem that Gov. Abbott is a dictator to some, but he’s taking his elected job as Governor seriously and I agree with him about not getting paid anything for not being on the job and doing the work you normally get paid to do. Cudos to Gov. Abbott for his common sense and balls of steel towards those who walk out on Texans and want only to make laws when it suits themselves and their party of haters. Keep up the good work Governor Abbott and may God continue to bless Texas!

  • David says:

    If only my state had this Governor instead of the tyrannical, lying coward Newsom. This country was founded on protecting, preserving life, liberty, religious freedoms and the 1st and 2A, and people think he’s out of control. Just goes to show you how “out of control” democrats are, not wanting these things for Americans. Defund all of the politicians until everyone who lost their jobs during the “pandemic” have been made right. After all, it’s our money.

  • Gary says:

    The Governor has the right to veto the bill. The Democrats did not think the Governor would bite the bullet and exercise his veto powers. The thought wrong. The Governor is in the right and the courts should say it is between the Governor and the legislative branch to work this out.

  • john french says:

    god bless governor abbot its about time the dems get a taste of their own medicine dc needs the same thing with pelosi being the first and a o c the second and then your choice for 3rd on down

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