Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott followed through on his vow to cut pay to the state’s House Democrats who walked out of session to stop a bill requiring voter ID from being passed into law. Governor Abbott in an epic payback to Democrats vetoed Democrats funding.
“Texans don’t run from a legislative fight, and they don’t walk away from unfinished business,” Abbott said in a statement Friday. “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. I therefore object to and disapprove of these appropriations.”
Further, the governor had called state lawmakers to return to the capital for a special session. “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,” he said in a statement last month.
“During the special session, we will continue to advance policies that put the people of Texas first.”
He added, “This session we passed legislation to: secure our border, support our police, expand 2A rights, defend religious liberty, protect life,” he continued. “It was one of the most conservative sessions our state has ever seen. But, there’s more we must do to ensure a brighter future for Texas. Election integrity & bail reform were must-pass emergency items. I expect legislators to work out their differences before special session.”
For Texas Democrats, those are fighting words.
Texas Democrats have already met with Vice President Kamala Harris. Harris has offered her support to those opposing voter reform in Texas.
But Harris doesn’t ultimately control what happens in a Texas House vote. Abbott’s move has forced lawmakers to get back to work or go without pay. The refreshing move is one many conservatives wish could be used in Washington.
Wouldn’t it be nice to defund Democrats who refuse to work out differences to help the American people?
The Texas way of doing government increasingly appeals to conservatives nationwide. The state also has some of the fastest population growth and top economies in the nation despite the 2020 pandemic.
The left sure hasn’t helped. The immigration crisis alone could have easily ended the Lone Star State’s forward motion. However, even the border is now being addressed in a uniquely Texan way. Abbott recently launched the state’s own plans to build a wall and arrest anyone crossing the border illegally.
Whether the moves will stop the illegal immigration surge is still unknown. Perhaps Abbott’s strong move will push immigrants to cross into New Mexico or California where there is less likelihood of arrest.
What is clear, however, is that conservatives mean business in Texas. Even when Democrats walk out of session, there are consequences. The move is good for the state, and maybe good for the nation. If more states threatened to defund those who refused to work, we might see a lot more done across the nation.