Published On: Fri, Jun 18th, 2021

Texas Governor Vetoes Legislature’s Funding Over Democrat Walkout

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Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott on June 18 vetoed part of a bill funding the state’s legislature in response to a walkout staged by Democrats last month to block the passage of an election reform bill. Texas Tribune reported on the veto. The portion of the state budget bill vetoed by Abbott funds the salaries of lawmakers, staffers, and legislative agencies. “Funding should not be provided for those who quit their job early, leaving their state with unfinished business and exposing taxpayers to higher costs for an additional legislative session,” Abbott said in a statement, according to the Tribune. Abbott issued the veto in response to the walkout by Democrats last month which broke quorum and blocked the passage of an election overhaul bill and bail legislation, both of which he flagged as priorities. Texas Democrats abandoned the floor of the state’s House on the night of May 30 in a move …

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