Texas governor threatens to cut funding to lawmakers after Democrats block restrictive ballot bill
After Texas Democrats blocked a bill that would restrict voting rights, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (right) tweeted on Monday that he intended to cut funding for the Legislature from the State.
“I will veto article 10 of the budget voted by the legislature”, he wrote. “Section 10 funds the legislature. No pay for those who abandon their responsibilities. Stay tuned.”
On Sunday evening, just before the midnight deadline to vote on Senate Bill 7, Democrats in Texas walked out of State House, having used all other parliamentary tools to try to block the measure. Because there were not enough lawmakers present to vote, the bill has been stopped for the time being. Abbott quickly tweeted Sunday night that he would add the bill to the agenda of a special session, but did not set a date for it.
Texas State Representative Chris Turner is the chairman of the House Democratic caucus, and told CNN on Monday that his colleagues plan to “fight [Abbott] every step of the way, we’re going to fight Republicans every step of the way, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to continue to stop, slow down, and mitigate this legislation. He also called on Congress to pass legislation that will protect the right to vote nationwide.
Senate Bill 7 would make it harder for Texans to vote by mail, limit voting hours, eliminate 24-hour polling stations and drive-thru voting centers, ban Sunday voting before 1 p.m. and would empower poll watchers, NBC News reports.