(AUSTIN) – Today, Gov. Abbott issued the proclamation setting the agenda for the special session beginning tomorrow, July 8th.
Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement in response:
“The governor’s agenda for the special session shows he is more concerned with pandering to die-hard Trump supporters and right-wing extremists than he is with serving everyday Texans. Abbott’s agenda proves one thing: he is clearly panicked about his upcoming primary election.
“We have real crises in this state — hundreds of Texans died because the governor couldn’t keep the heat on last February, millions of Texans are still unable to access basic medical care and our COVID-19 vaccination rates have plateaued. That’s what a real leader would focus on.
“Instead, Abbott wants to pick on children, tell teachers they can’t talk about slavery, prevent women from accessing reproductive health care and infringe on Texans’ freedom to vote. Once again, it will be up to Democrats to fight for real solutions for all Texans, while Republicans play political games.”