Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed funding for the state’s Legislature Friday after Democrats walked out at the last minute to oppose the GOP’s new voting reform law.
Abbott was referencing Democrats’ decision to walkout in late May to prevent the Republican-controlled legislature from passing a series of voting reform bills.
Critics claim Senate Bill 7 aims to target people of color and marginalized communities and restrict their voting access, making it harder to mail-in ballots and limiting Sunday voting. Proponents say its goal is to prevent potential voter fraud with new ID verification requirements. (RELATED: Democrats Are Sounding The Alarm Over Texas’ Election Bill. Here’s What It Actually Does)
Democrats did not hide their outrage at Abbot’s decision. Texas Democratic House Leader Chris Turner said in a statement, “The tyrannical veto of the legislative branch is the latest indication that Governor Greg Abbott is simply out of control.”
“Our caucus is exploring every option, including immediate legal options, to fight back against Greg Abbott’s abuse of power,” Turner added.
Former 2020 presidential contender and Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, also expressed his opposition tweeting, “In the middle of a state power crisis, Greg Abbott has decided to use his office to defund the legislative branch of Texas. Instead of addressing the crisis, he’s using his office to play politics.”