Thursday, January 27, 2022

Abbott, Texas’ governor, for funding the legislature to the Democrats after the vote on the right to vote

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday he would veto funding from the state legislature, a day after the House Democrats offered an outing in the House in an effort to pass a comprehensive bill to overhaul to prevent the election.

Democrats in Texas abandoned the House floor before a midnight deadline in an attempt to temporarily kill the bill by breaking the quorum needed to hold a final vote on it. According to state rules, at least 100 members must be present for the chamber to do business.

Their move comes after hours of debate over Senate Bill 7, which was already passed by the state Senate on Sunday morning.

In a statement Monday, Abbott announced his intention to avoid funding the legislative branch, citing the actions of Democratic lawmakers the previous day.

‘I will veto Article 10 of the budget adopted by the legislature. Article 10 finances the legislative branch. No payment for those who neglect their responsibilities. Stay tuned, ”he wrote.

After the outing, Abbott issued a statement in which he denied the move, describing it as “disappointing and worrying”. He promised to convene a special session to revisit the bill.

“At the beginning of the legislative session, I declared election integrity and sponsorship reform a state of emergency. It’s deeply disappointing and worrying for Texans that none of my desks have reached. Ensuring the integrity of our election and reforming a broken bail system remain emergencies in Texas. Therefore, these items, along with other priorities, will be added to the special sessions agenda, ‘Abbott said.

‘I expect lawmakers to work out their differences before they return to the Capitol so that they can pass the ground to pass legislation related to these emergency items and other priority legislation. During the special session, we will continue to promote policies that put the people of Texas first. ”

The bill was approved in the Senate, largely along party lines, after an overnight debate until the morning of May 30th. according to to local media.

The measure would grant more power to elect viewers by giving more access to polling stations, while creating new fines against election officials that restrict the movements of voters. The proposal would also enable a judge to invalidate the result of an election if the number of fraudulent votes could change the result.

Officials who send ballot papers to people who have not requested them can also face criminal penalties should the bill become legal.

Democrats said Sunday night that the march was their “last resort” to kill the bill after attempts to push the bill back. The legislators are concerned that the bill will add voting barriers for minority groups and amount to the oppression of the electorate.

Some Democrats in Texas responded to Abbott’s announcement, and some described the move as “small and tone deaf even to Texas.”

“The punishment of working class staff, maintenance, and other support services for failing to meet each of his requirements is very remarkable to the Republicans of Texas,” the state Rep. Gene Wu said in a statement.

‘I do not give a [expletive] about my $ 600 a month. But there are thousands of workers here with families to support. It’s even for Texas small and deaf deaf. ”

Florida and Georgia have both enacted bills that add measures to protect the sanctity of the ballot box and to add security to other voting methods. The laws also met with considerable opposition from Democrats.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.


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