AUSTIN, Texas — These days is working day a person of the Texas legislature’s very first unique session, seemingly held to offer more prospects for Gov. Greg Abbott to round up main assist from an extremist, proper-wing foundation with ongoing attacks on Texans. Abbott’s agenda — declared scarcely 24 hrs right before the start of the session — is a shameful continuation of Republicans’ springtime attacks on Texans, from abortion rights to voting rights to the health and fitness and safety of trans young children.
Conspicuously missing from Abbott’s agenda is a single of the most important issues in Texas: fixing the grid. After Republican carelessness and Abbott’s refusal to do his work remaining 700 Texans useless in February’s ability outage disaster, Abbott has ongoing to are unsuccessful to do just about anything meaningful to deal with Texas’ disaster-prone and catastrophically unregulated electric power grid — turning rather to scapegoating renewable power for the grid’s cataclysmic failure.
From urging grid reform to defending voting rights, Texas Democrats fought tooth and nail to shield Texans’ legal rights for the duration of the spring legislative session — and are gearing up to do the very same for the upcoming 30 times. At 11:45 nowadays, collectively with voting rights advocates, Texas Democratic legislators and Texas Democratic Bash Coverage and Advocacy Strategist Darcy Caballero will be talking at a push conference on shielding the suitable to vote in the course of this special session. Media are invited to RSVP listed here.
Texas Democratic Bash Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the pursuing statement:
“It’s been pretty much 6 months given that Texas households struggled by means of a 7 days of electric power outages, h2o shortages, and large scale foodstuff insecurity. And with summertime warmth driving up electrical power demand, we’ve currently observed energy outages throughout the point out and ERCOT urging Texans to conserve energy. Still correct now, we’re in some way starting up a special legislative session with repairing the grid nowhere on the agenda.
“Greg Abbott failed to continue to keep Texans risk-free in February, he failed to acquire meaningful motion to repair the grid this spring, and he is failing us once again now.
“For the future 30 times, Texas Democrats will battle in opposition to the hateful Republican attacks that Abbott has set on the distinctive session agenda — from defending voting rights to combating for our young children and family members. Abbott has demonstrated once again and yet again that he does not care about Texans, and the only way to protect our state and our foreseeable future is to kick Abbott out of business office. From now right up until the 2022 elections, we will perform each individual day to do just that.”