Governor Greg Abbott was apparently still furious Memorial Day afternoon following the death of Texas Republicans’ “election integrity” bill at the hands of Texas House Democrats late Sunday.
Abbott was so enraged that House Dems were able to block the passage of Senate Bill 7 — the controversial election reform Republicans tried to follow up on former President Donald Trump’s claims of baseless voter fraud — that he dropped his line on Monday afternoon. -Item vowed to use veto power. On the recently passed state budget to cut all funding for the Texas Legislature.
“No pay for those who give up on their responsibilities,” Abbott tweeted.
I will veto Article 10 of the budget passed by the legislature.
Article 10 funds the legislative branch.
No pay for those who give up their responsibilities.
– Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) 31 May 2021
In his tweet, Abbott referred to Article 10 of the new state budget, which not only pays salaries for all state lawmakers on both sides, but also the salaries of thousands of support staff – many of them from non-partisan offices. Work for. Legislative Budget Board and Legislative Reference Library – for two years from September 1, 2021.
After Abbott’s promise to cut funding for an entire branch of state government, Texas House Democrats held a walkout late Sunday night in protest against SB7. The Democrats’ walkout blocked the House from passing both SB 7 and the Bail Reform Bill. has made it difficult for Texans accused of violent crimes to get out of prison before going to trial, both of which Abbott named emergency items leading up to the legislative session.
Democrats barred those items from passing the House before the end of the session, with Abbott promising Sunday night that he would call legislators back to work for a special session to revive both measures. Abbott has not announced a timeline for a special season, although lawmakers are already set to return to Austin later in the year, at least once delayed for a special season in American to handle redeployment. After the census results are out.
Houston’s Democratic State Rep. Jean Wu tweeted Monday to remind people that since Texas part-time lawmakers don’t make much money initially, the real brunt of Abbott’s retaliatory veto will fall on the families of all workers behind the scenes. who keep the legislature running.
“It’s too petty and tone-deaf for Texas,” Wu wrote.
I don’t give a crap about my $600 a month.
But thousands of laborers are here to support the family.
It’s too petty and tone-deaf for Texas.
— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) 31 May 2021
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