The governor also crowed over successful redistricting efforts by GOP leaders and the passage of a bill that could funnel federal COVID-19 relief funds to Texas homeowners—prized goals for conservative policymakers entering the special sessions.
"Property tax relief, appropriating funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, and redrawing legislative districts were at the forefront of the agenda for the third special session, Abbott said in a statement Tuesday. "Texans tasked the legislature with delivering on these priorities, and I am proud to say not only did we deliver on these priorities, but the Legislature when above and beyond to solve other critical issues to ensure an even brighter future for the Lone Star State."
Despite these victories, the GOP failed to pass legislation to increase the penalty for illegal-voting or Abbott's proposal to restrict entities from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations, according to the Texas Tribune. An election audit bill pushed by former President Donald Trump also failed.
Abbott defended these setbacks to his Kingwood audience, saying the election bill he signed into law was "far tougher and far better than the one [Democrats] abandoned in late May," according to Patrick Svitek of the Texas Tribune. When asked about election audits, Abbott downplayed Texas' decision to forgo new legislation. "If you look at the audit bills that were passed out of the Senate and did not pass out of the House what the Texas secretary of the state is charged with doing is far more aggressive," Abbott said.aside">
Some interesting moments from @GregAbbott_TX appearance at @kwteaparty last night — He ripped the anti-critical race theory bill that came out of the regular session as "completely inadequate" and said that's why he put it on the first special session call. #txlege— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) October 19, 2021
The governor also criticized the anti-critical race theory bill introduced in the regular session for not going far enough, calling the policy "completely inadequate" and promising to expand its scope in future sessions.
"There are people in this state that hate America and they despise Texas, and their vision in this next cycle is to win it in a way in which they redesign Texas and redesign the [U.S.A.] into their own socialistic, Marxist agenda," Abbott said. "We cannot let that happen."More Politics
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