Texas AFL-CIO: Abbott Just Spiked the Ball On the 30-Yard Line

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy today blasted as premature Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift a statewide mask mandate, saying it would put lives of working people in jeopardy and directly lead to more deaths from COVID-19:

“Texas had the ball on the 30-yard line in the pandemic only to see Gov. Abbott spike the ball -- again,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. “Our state’s leader just sent a strong message – not just with his words and his order but by appearing in a closed room where few people wore masks – that Texas can relax and drop key measures to stop a pandemic that has killed more than half-a-million Americans.”

“The statewide mask mandate followed the science. Lifting the mandate does not. Working families in Texas, who have sacrificed so much to get us this far, deserve better than a governor who is about to repeat the same deadly mistake he has made before.”

“Gov. Abbott, this isn’t a political play. It’s a matter of life and death.”