Just how committed are they to staying away from the vote they are afraid to face — are they willing to forgo their office funding?
The drama in the game of chicken between the Truant Texan Democrats and the Lone Star State’s Governor continues to unfold. The Dems just lost an important battle in the courts… one that hits them in the wallets.
Since the Democrats fled the state rather than do their job, and denied quorum for the special session, Governor Abbott vetoed legislative funding for the upcoming 2-year budget. It’s not like they’re even showing an intention of coming back to Texas anyway, right?
Of course, if they want to do anything about that veto, that would require showing up … in the one place they do NOT want to go.
They had lawyers fight Abbott’s veto in court under the pretext of it being improper interference with a coequal branch of government. Unfortunately for them, that is NOT how the judge saw things.
Abbott vetoed the funding in June after House Democrats walked out during the final days of the regular legislative session in May, killing two of his priority bills on elections and changing the state’s bail system. Abbott then brought the Legislature back for a special session to get the bills passed, but more than 50 House Democrats again broke quorum — denying the lower chamber of the number of present members needed to move bills — by decamping to Washington, D.C., until the 30-day session ended Friday.
Democrats challenged Abbott’s veto in court, saying it stripped their power as a “co-equal branch of government.” But the Texas Supreme Court on Monday sided with Abbott on his veto that will effectively defund the Texas Legislature, its staffers and legislative agencies later this year.
…In an unsigned opinion, the all-Republican court said the lack of funding for the legislative branch “continues to exist not because of a dispute between the Governor and the Legislature, nor even because of one between the Governor and a minority of House members. Rather, the principal dispute is among the members of the Legislature.”
“This political dispute within the legislative branch is not an issue of separation of powers that we can decide,” the court said in its opinion. — TexasTribune
Their legislative funding was extended out to the end of September.
The truant Texas Dems are out of excuses, and the clock is ticking.
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