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Texas governor defunds the legislature after Dems walked out to block voter suppression bill: report
Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday followed through on a threat to veto a section of the state budget that funds the Texas Legislature, its staffers and legislative agencies.
The governor's move targeting lawmaker pay comes after House Democrats walked out in the final days of the regular legislative session, breaking quorum, to block passage of Senate Bill 7, Abbott's priority elections bill that would have overhauled voting rights in the state. The move also killed bail legislation that Abbott had earmarked as a priority.
In a statement, Abbott said that "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," the governor said.
House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner of Grand Prairie called the move by Abbott an "abuse of power" and said the caucus "is exploring every option, including immediate legal options, to fight back."
"Texas has a governor, not a dictator," Turner said in a statement. "The tyrannical veto of the legislative branch is the latest indication that [Abbott] is simply out of control."
Since Abbott issued his threat earlier this month, other lawmakers and political leaders have raised concerns over how the move could impact staffers and legislative agencies that are funded by Article X, which is the section of the budget he vetoed, such as the Legislative Reference Library and the Legislative Budget Board.
"I'm just concerned how it impacts them because they weren't the ones who decided that we were going to break quorum, it wasn't their decision, right?," said House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, in an interview earlier this month.
Questions have also been raised about the constitutionality of the move, which according to the Legislative Reference Library is unprecedented.
The biennial budget at hand covers the fiscal year beginning Sept. 1. If lawmakers are back in Austin for a special session before then, they could pass a supplemental budget to restore that funding.
Lawmakers are paid $600 a month in addition to a per diem of $221 every day the Legislature is in session, during both regular and special sessions.
The Legislature is expected to convene for at least two special sessions, Abbott has said in interviews. One, set for September or October, will focus on the redrawing of the state's political maps and the doling out of $16 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds. Before that, the governor has said he will call lawmakers back to work on the elections and bail bills as well as a number of other issues he has not yet announced.
Giuliani endorses for NYC mayor — but his favorite Democrat says Rudy's support is 'sabotage': report
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has become so toxic since his days as "America's Mayor" that his endorsement was rejected on Friday.
CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer asked Giuliani, who is backing Republican Curtis Sliwa, which Democratic he preferred.
"New York being a heavily Democratic town, who do you think is the best candidate in the Democratic field?" Kramer asked.
"I have to say, with tremendous reluctance because there are so many negatives there, that at least [Eric] Adams talks about reducing crime," Giuliani said. "I'm going to vote for Curtis. I'm a Republican, and if I had to, there's no question that Adams gives us some hope that he can be practical once elected."
But Adams rejected the endorsement.
"I don't — don't with capital D, O, N, apostrophe, T — need Giuliani's endorsement and don't want it, his endorsement," Adams said. "One of the ways you sabotage a campaign is that you come out and endorse the opponent that you don't want to win."
Adams is facing Maya Wiley, Kathryn Garcia, Andrew Yang and Scott Stringer among others in Tuesday's Democratic Party primary.
On CNN Friday, correspondent Jim Acosta tore into Republicans who have embraced the groundless conspiracy theory that FBI agents embedded themselves among Trump supporters to incite the Capitol riot on January 6.
"The partner of Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after being attacked at that insurrection, says that former President Trump was the, quote, 'mastermind of that day,'" said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "How incredible is it to see some of these Republicans actually going along with all these conspiracies?"
"They're living in a different world. They're in the Q-niverse, I guess you could call it," said Acosta. "Some of these same Republicans were blaming it on Antifa — now they're blaming it on members of the FBI. You have to wonder who's next."
"Donald Trump is going to get back out on the campaign trail, stoking these same kind of passions we saw on January 6th," continued Acosta. "You have to wonder whether or not it's going to lead to scenes like this. January 6th, he gave this speech, he riled up this crowd and sent them off to the Capitol. These folks who are wondering who stormed the Capitol on January 6th can just look in the mirror. It is these folks in these videos who have been identified by law enforcement. It's clear as day."
Jim Acosta says Republicans are living in the "Q-niverse" www.youtube.com
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