As Special Session Starts, Texas Democrats Have One Message For Abbott: Fix the Grid

AUSTIN, Texas — Today is day one of the Texas legislature’s first special session, seemingly held to provide more opportunities for Gov. Greg Abbott to round up primary support from an extremist, right-wing base with continued attacks on Texans. Abbott’s agenda — announced barely 24 hours before the start of the session — is a shameful continuation of Republicans’ springtime attacks on Texans, from abortion rights to voting rights to the health and safety of trans kids.

Conspicuously missing from Abbott’s agenda is one of the biggest issues in Texas: fixing the grid. After Republican negligence and Abbott’s refusal to do his job left 700 Texans dead in February’s power outage crisis, Abbott has continued to fail to do anything meaningful to fix Texas’ disaster-prone and catastrophically unregulated power grid — turning instead to scapegoating renewable energy for the grid’s cataclysmic failure.

From urging grid reform to defending voting rights, Texas Democrats fought tooth and nail to protect Texans’ rights during the spring legislative session — and are gearing up to do the same for the next 30 days. At 11:45 today, together with voting rights advocates, Texas Democratic legislators and Texas Democratic Party Policy and Advocacy Strategist Darcy Caballero will be speaking at a press conference on protecting the right to vote during this special session. Media are invited to RSVP here.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“It’s been almost six months since Texas families struggled through a week of power outages, water shortages, and massive scale food insecurity. And with summer heat driving up electricity demand, we’ve already seen power outages across the state and ERCOT urging Texans to conserve energy. Yet right now, we’re somehow starting a special legislative session with fixing the grid nowhere on the agenda.

“Greg Abbott failed to keep Texans safe in February, he failed to take meaningful action to fix the grid this spring, and he is failing us again now.

“For the next 30 days, Texas Democrats will fight against the hateful Republican attacks that Abbott has put on the special session agenda — from defending voting rights to fighting for our kids and families. Abbott has shown again and again that he does not care about Texans, and the only way to protect our state and our future is to kick Abbott out of office. From now until the 2022 elections, we will work every day to do just that.”