House Speaker Joe Straus has killed Gov. Greg Abbott’s special session agenda.

It’s hard to believe this just happened… In a stunning attack on Texas taxpayers, House Speaker Joe Straus has killed Gov. Greg Abbott’s special session agenda.
In an unprecedented abuse of power, House Speaker Joe Straus this evening unilaterally adjourned the Texas House without warning a day before the special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott was scheduled to end. In doing so, he ignored loud objections from the floor and denied members their right to vote on the move.
The adjournment killed the key issues in Gov. Abbott’s agenda, such as property tax reform, spending limits, privacy protections, paycheck protection, and more.
It is Straus’s most insolent rebuke yet of Gov. Abbott’s authority to call a special session, and the basic foundations of our constitutional order.
Straus’ radical move could – should – be a last hurrah for the liberal Republican.
The House Republican Caucus is scheduled to meet at 8:30am tomorrow (Wednesday) in the Capitol’s John H. Reagan Building to discuss adopting procedures for a caucus nominee for speaker.
No matter what Gov. Abbott decides about a second special session, Texans should use the primary election season to hold Straus and his cronies accountable for their obstruction and abuse of power.
It’s time to take back the House from the corrupt cronies and restore it to the citizens.
For Texas,
Michael Quinn Sullivan

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