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Gov. Abbott Recognizes COVID Surges, Offers No Solutions

(TEXAS) – Texas is on the tenth consecutive day of record-high COVID-19 hospitalizations, and thousands of new cases were reported across the state over the weekend. Texas House Democratic Caucus (HDC) Chair Chris Turner issued the following statement in response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s June 22 press conference discussing the latest numbers:

“Today, Gov. Abbott did a good job describing the COVID-19 crisis: Texas is seeing skyrocketing cases, rising hospitalizations and a doubling of our positivity rate. He set the stage to finally take much-needed strong and decisive action — and then, predictably, backed away without doing anything.

“A month ago, we warned that Gov. Abbott was advancing with his Open Texas plan too quickly. Even then, the data showed that we needed to slow down the reopening, not accelerate through it. But he moved forward, despite the warning signs.

“Texans elected the governor to lead, especially in a time of crisis.  By refusing to take action and choosing instead to be a passive onlooker as this situation worsens, Governor Abbott is failing Texans.”


The Texas House Democratic Caucus, which is composed of all Democrats in the Texas House, serves as the group’s membership services and logistical arm, and works to support House Democrats with communications, policy, and legal resources. Chaired by Rep. Chris Turner (D – Grand Prairie), the Caucus is focused on fighting for real solutions for all Texans.

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