Austin, Texas – Republican government Greg Abbott said Texas is on a comeback from an epidemic that has killed more than 36,000 people here – the third highest in the US – and in America’s largest red state in the fight against voting, policing and immigration Stepped in on Monday night. The political divide is likely to deepen in the coming months.
At his last state address before voting for a third term in 2022, Abbott announced a cut in the police budget and ordered the GOP majority in the Texas Capitol to prioritize “election integrity”, while making no mention. There was no evidence of widespread fraud during the 2020 elections.
He called for more gun protection on the books at a time when the NRA is looking afresh in Texas, and more anti-abortion laws in a state that are already some of the most restrictive measures in the country.
Democrats used their rebuttal to deal with the Abbott epidemic and asked to portray a bleak picture compared to their spirited assessment, a disproportionate response allowing cases to spread and managing outbreaks in cities Became powerless for.
“Our return is already spectacular,” Abbott said. “Texans are returning to work. Students are returning to school. Families are reestablishing routines. With each passing day of more vaccinations and increased immunity, normality is returning to Texas.”
Abbott, who did not impose presidential rule in 2024, first distributed his state of the state on primetime television in Texas – in front of lawmakers in the state capitol, where COVID-19 continues to prohibit ceremonies.
But the one who gave Abbott a larger-than-normal audience to defend his epidemic response – which has come due to an attack by members of his own party – at a moment when Texas, in most of the US, finally Hospitalizations and cases have been seen to fall after reaching record highs in recent weeks.
He praised frontline hospital staff for their flexibility and announced prioritization of broadband access following an epidemic, forcing millions of people to go to school and work from home. There was no mention of direct relief for the work of Texas, but a demand for legislation that would protect businesses from epidemic-related lawsuits.
He called for Biden to come to the presidency to resume border security in Texas, which comes after Texas won a court order that allowed the new administration’s plans to issue 100-day deferments on deportation slap down.
Democrats, who are still distancing themselves from a democratic election cycle in which their heavy hopes in Texas dashed and ballots fell, did not even wait for Abbott’s address before dealing with the epidemic. Along the border, the city of Laredo is still grappling with one of the country’s worst outbreaks.
Texas Democratic Party President Gilberto Hinojosa said, “As governors try to find out the lost lives and the severity of the crisis we face, Texans everywhere know things are not well, and they are deteriorating.” ” “We must demand more from leaders or we will never get to the point where each one of us has a fair shot to move forward.”
The state’s status typically occurs when governors meet their legislative priorities in the coming year. In Texas, lawmakers meet for only five months every two years, with legislators only trying to get Abbott’s priorities on their desks by the end of May.
This legislative session in Texas is the first after a mass shootout that rocked the state before the epidemic, the deadliest of which was a gunman who confessed to targeting Mexicans when he fired at Walmart, killing 23 people. Was killed Abbott formed a task force on domestic terrorism and extremism following the attack but did not mention the shooting during his address on Monday night.
After the death of George Floyd last year, Abbott did not make any significant policing reforms nor did he fight globally against police vandalism and racial bias. Abbott, who attended Floyd’s funeral in Houston, did not mention the race, while lawmakers said “they should provide law enforcement with the tools and training that safety needs to ensure their communities deserve .
You can see a replay of Abbott’s speech and the Democratic response below:
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