On Monday, in response to reports of House Democrat lawmakers leaving Austin to avoid a quorum and ultimately consideration of the omnibus election integrity legislation, state Republican leadership released several statements condemning the action and promising to employ every available means to compel them to return.
Over the weekend, both the House & Senate versions of the omnibus election integrity bills were passed out of their respective committees on party-line votes.
Gov. Greg Abbott
As Democrat lawmakers were boarding the plane to Washington D.C., Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said:
Texas Democrats’ decision to break a quorum of the Texas Legislature and abandon the Texas State Capitol inflicts harm on the very Texans who elected them to serve. As they fly across the country on cushy private planes, they leave undone issues that can help their districts and our state.
Notably, in the weeks before the beginning of the special session, Abbott followed through on a threat to defund the Legislature in response to two of his emergency legislative items dying in the waning days of the 87th regular legislative session as Democrats, enabled by House Republican leadership, “busted quorum,” precluding any additional consideration of the omnibus election integrity bill.
Abbott added funding for Article X of the budget for the next biennium to his special session agenda, alongside election integrity and bail reform. Many assumed that restoring Article X funding would be used as an incentive to compel Democrat lawmakers to stay and deliberate items like election integrity. Seemingly, that did not work.
House Speaker Dade Phelan
Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan released the following statement:
A number of House Democrats stated their caucus intends to break quorum in an attempt to stall election integrity legislation. These actions put at risk state funding that will deny thousands of
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