Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed pay to state legislators on Friday, following through on his threat to “defund” the Democrats who walked out of the Texas House to stop a vote on voter reform in May.
“Texans don’t run from a legislative fight, and they don’t walk away from unfinished business,” Abbott said in a statement Friday, according to the Texas Tribune.
“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.”
Abbott has also called Texas lawmakers back 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, according to the Daily Wire.
“During the special session, we will continue to advance policies that put the people of Texas first.”
Abbott’s bold move has delighted many conservatives, but the Democrats have vowed to fight the unprecedented move. Expect any special session to be highly volatile and big news as the states seeks to address voter reform in 2021.