Texas AFL-CIO Stands With Democrats Resisting SB1

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy issued this statement in response to reports that House Democrats are seeking to deny a quorum for considering voter suppression and other legislation:

The Texas AFL-CIO proudly stands with Texas House Democrats for risking arrest to defend our voting rights and taking the fight to our nation’s capital. We stand squarely with the legislators who are standing with and fighting for working families. 

Gov. Abbott’s agenda for this special session is not about serious governing. Nothing about it speaks to the needs of working Texans. Texas working families want their political leaders to prioritize our healthcare and our jobs, to fund and nurture public schools, and to fix our failing deregulated electric grid. 

That is why we are proud of House Democrats for using every tool available to them to fight this sham session. We call on the Governor and the Legislature to stop the attack on voting rights and work to solve the real problems so many Texans are facing.