Texas Gov Greg Abbott Checkmates Dems, Will Block Pay To Legislature Over Walkout: “No pay for those who abandon their responsibilities”

Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives walked out of the chamber to block a new GOP election security bill by denying the GOP a quorum over the weekend. State Rep. Chris Turner, the Democratic House leader, said “We’re going to fight him every step of the way, we’re going to fight Republicans every step of the way, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to continue to stop, slow down and mitigate this legislation.”

Stacey Abrams said, “Congratulations to the Texas Democrats, activists and advocates for protecting the freedom to vote until the very last hour to defeat the Jim Crow 2.0 bill#SB7. This is what happens when we fight.”

“I am disappointed that some members decided to break quorum,” said Republican state Rep. Briscoe Cain said. “We all know what that meant. I understand why they were doing it, but we all took an oath to Texans that we would be here to do our jobs.”

“We’ve said for so many years that we want more people to participate in our democracy. And it just seems that’s not the case,” Democratic state Rep. Carl Sherman said. 

“We used all the tools in our toolbox to fight this bill, and tonight we pulled out that last one,” said Dem Rep. Nicole Collier. “We are no longer going to stand and let them continue to push measures that disenfranchise our voters.”

“There’s no widespread voter fraud. And so for them to mislead all of Texas into believing that there’s an issue — we’re going to call them out for that,” Collier added before stating the obvious that they will lose when Abbott calls a special session. “We may have won the war tonight, but the battle is not over.”

Enter Texas Governor Gregg Abbott who checkmated the Dems with two power moves. First, he said he will call a special session to pass the bill. “Legislators will be expected to have worked out the details when they arrive at the Capitol for the special session,” Abbott said.

Next, he said he will block pay for the Dems and others in the legislature who ‘abandoned their responsibilities. “I will veto Article 10 of the budget passed by the legislature. Article 10 funds the legislative branch,” Abbott said. “No pay for those who abandon their responsibilities. Stay tuned.”

From Fox News:

Texas Democrats walked out of the state House’s chamber just before midnight on Sunday to deny Republicans the quorum needed to hold a final vote on a controversial bill that would tighten voting laws in the state.

Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican who supports the bill, said he will call for a special session. The bill has the support of Republicans in the state who see it as a common-sense approach to securing election integrity. Democrats see the bill as an attempt to discourage minorities from casting a ballot. 

“Election Integrity & Bail Reform were emergency items for this legislative session,” Abbott tweeted late Sunday. “They STILL must pass. They will be added to the special session agenda. Legislators will be expected to have worked out the details when they arrive at the Capitol for the session.”

The bill known as Senate Bill 7 would have imposed a raft of election changes that eliminate drive-thru voting, empower partisan poll watchers and impose new requirements in order to cast a ballot by mail in Texas, which already has some of the toughest voting laws in the nation.

The bill was passed by the Texas Senate that included a new ID requirement for mail-in ballots, the Texas Tribune reported.

The 67-page measure would also eliminate drive-thru voting and 24-hour polling centers, both of which Harris County, the state’s largest Democratic stronghold, introduced last year.