Texas Governor Veto State Legislature Funding in Response to Election Bill Walkout
The governor of Texas has reportedly vetoed funding for the state legislature in response to Democratic lawmakers who previously staged a walkout preventing passage of his priority bills in the last session.
The Texas Tribune and the Dallas Morning News report that Governor Greg Abbott has vetoed a section of the state budget that funds the legislature, its employees and legislative agencies. The governor had threatened to do so at the end of May.
In a statement obtained by the two newspapers, Abbott said Texans do not “walk away from unfinished business” and that “funds should not be provided to those who quit their jobs prematurely.”
The legislature will not be immediately affected by Abbott’s actions. Funding would cease at the start of the state’s fiscal year, starting September 1. The budget decision could be overturned if lawmakers are recalled to state house for a special session.
The chairman of the state’s House Democratic Caucus, Representative Chris Turner, was quick to react to Abbott’s decision, accusing the Republican of abusing his power. He said the governor’s actions are “an inexcusable and dangerous attack on the separation of powers”.
The legislation that Abbott is trying to push forward and Democrats are adamantly opposed to the electoral practices involved in Texas. It would revise voting rights in the state, as other GOP-led legislatures have done.
Republicans also hoped to pass legislation to change bail procedures in the state.