Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, President Dade Phelan, Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson and House of Appropriation Speaker Dr Greg Bonnen today announced an additional month of funding for the Texas Legislature before the next special session which begins August 7. The current budget funds the Legislative Assembly until August 31, 2021.
“Texans shouldn’t have to pay for lawmakers who quit their jobs and leave business unfinished,” Gov. Abbott said. “Today, funding is temporarily restored for legislative staff who will be needed to pass critical legislation on the appeal, including COVID-19 funding for health care, public school education strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing property tax relief, funding our retired teachers, protecting our adopted children and securing the border. ”
“As Lieutenant Governor of Texas and Co-Chair of the Legislative Budget Council, I was never going to let the irresponsible Democrats on the run take away the paychecks and benefits of our Capital staff who work hard every day for the people. of Texas, ”said Lieutenant Governor Patrick.
“As a former legislative staff I know firsthand the dedication of those who work for elected officials and our legislative bodies,” said President Phelan. “President Greg Bonnen and I have worked with Lt. Gov. Patrick, President Nelson and the Texas House and Senate to expand funding for salaries and benefits for those who devote a great deal of time and energy to service. of our great state. Every voter in Texas deserves leaders who will fight for them in Austin and Texas House will deliver real results for the people of Texas in the Second Special Session. ”
“We care deeply about our staff, and this action will prevent any disruption to their salaries or benefits during our deliberations,” said Senator Nelson, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. “This is a temporary extension – which can be made permanent if lawmakers show up for work in the special session.”
“The Texas House of Representatives, President Phelan and I care deeply about our legislative staff who serve the State of Texas,” said Dr. Bonnen, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. “With the help of Lieutenant Governor Patrick, President Nelson and our Senate colleagues, we identified a solution to meet the needs of our staff who support us and our constituents throughout the year. However, common-sense Texans know that long-term solutions require our absent colleagues to get back to work so that we can pass section X of the budget to fully fund our staff and other legislative agencies. “