Abbott said those who “quit their job early” should not be paid.
Texas Democrats walked off the floor just before midnight on May 31 to deny quorum needed to vote on Senate Bill 7, which would impose a slew of election changes, in regular session. The dramatic move landed them an invitation to the White House from Vice President Kamala Harris.
Abbott has called lawmakers back for a special session set to begin July 8 to try again at passing the bill.
“Texans don’t run from a legislative fight, and they don’t walk away from unfinished business,” Abbott said in a statement when he vetoed the portion of the state budget that funds the legislative branch last week. “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.”
Democrats took their case straight to the Texas Supreme Court and called the veto an unconstitutional power grab. It’s not yet clear when the court will take up the lawsuit.
The veto of $400 million in funding also denied pay to Republican legislators, as well as support staff around the Capitol.
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