Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday said he will veto funding for the state legislature, after Democrats staged a walkout the day before to prevent the passage of a sweeping elections bill.
Texas Democrats walked off the state House floor late Sunday night to block the passage of legislation that would add new obstacles for voting in future elections, and limit the availability of certain forms of voting that are largely used by low income and handicapped people.
Democrats slowly left the floor as the night progressed until 10:30 p.m., when the remaining members exited the chamber.
The walkout left the state House without enough members present to reach a quorum, preventing Republicans from passing the legislation before the midnight deadline.
The move came after house of debate and procedural objections to Senate Bill 7, which passed the state Senate early Sunday morning and looked to be sent to Abbott’s desk for signature.
Abbott, in a tweet on Monday, announced his intention to veto funding for the legislature.
“I will veto Article 10 of the budget passed by the legislature. Article 10 funds the legislative branch. No pay for those who abandon their responsibilities. Stay tuned,” he wrote.
In a statement published the same day, Abbott said it was “deeply disappointing and concerning” that the election bill did not reach his desk.
He said he would add the legislation to the state’s special session agenda, and that he expects legislators to have “worked out their differences” before returning to the Capitol.
“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, … (Read more)