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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Defunds Texas Legislature After Dem Lawmakers Blocked Election Integrity Bill

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott followed through on a promise to defund the Texas Legislature after Democratic lawmakers staged a walkout to protest legislation meant to strengthen election integrity. The bill was championed by Republicans, including Abbott.

During the final moments of a legislative session in late May, Texas House Democrats staged a walkout to protest SB7, a sweeping election reform bill. The move, which broke decorum, was meant to block the bill’s passage.

In response, Abbott threatened to veto funding for the Texas Legislature, which prompted questions about the separation of powers.

“I will veto Article 10 of the budget passed by the legislature. Article 10 funds the legislative branch. No pay for those who abandon their responsibilities. Stay tuned,” Abbott said.

Abbott made good on his promise, vetoing a por… (Read more)

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