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Texas Freedom Caucus Urges Abbott to Include Conservative Priorities in Special Session

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A group of conservative Republicans in the Texas House have asked Gov. Greg Abbott to add eight conservative items to legislators’ to-do list in a special session. They also repeated messaging blaming Democrats for the failure to pass a number of conservative reforms, not mentioning, of course, how Republicans didn’t use tools available to counter the opposing party.

On Tuesday, the Texas Freedom Caucus—comprised of eight conservative state House lawmakers—sent a letter to Abbott requesting that he include eight additional items to a special session.

Included on their list is the ban on child genital mutilation and gender hormone therapy, a ban on taxpayer-funded lobbying, improved border security, educational freedom, fair play in women’s sports, monument protection, disaster response reform, and property tax relief.

“Governor, America is at a crossroads. As Texas goes, so goes the nation. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide leadership to the rest of this nation and to fight back against the left’s radical agenda,” wrote State Rep. Mayes Middleton (R–Galveston), chairman of the Texas Freedom Caucus. “We are confident that if we work together to pass these, and other conservative solutions to the issues our communities are facing, we will ensure the beacon of freedom that is our great State of Texas will shine even brighter for all of the world to see and all our neighboring states to emulate.”

Notably, some of these items are also legislative priorities of the Republican Party of Texas.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made a similar request in the waning days of the 87th Legislative Session when three of his own priorities died in the House of Representatives. These included his version of a ban on taxpayer-funded lobbying focused on local jurisdictions, a bill seeking to stop social media censorship, and protections for women’s sports. At that time,

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