Republicans Want Wendy Davis to Foot Possible $2.4 Million Bill for Special Session

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In the wake of yesterday's epic fail on transportation funding it looks like state legislators are headed back to Austin for a third month-long special session, and it won't be cheap. As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports this morning, each extra month the legislature's in session costs $800,000, bringing the likely toll on taxpayers to $2.4 million.

Much of this could have been avoided, of course. Lawmakers could have done what they're elected to do and finished their business in the spring. Failing that, they could have set aside inflammatory topics and focused on addressing the state's glaring funding shortfalls in water and transportation. Or, since that seems to have been a nonstarter, Republicans could have steamrolled Democrats and pushed through their desired abortion restrictions as they wound up doing in the second session.

The other option is to blame everything -- the mounting numbers of special sessions, the unnecessary costs, the GOP's embarrassing collapse in round one -- on State Senator Wendy Davis

"I am upset at the cost," Representative Giovanni Capriglione, a Tea Party Republican from Southlake, told the Star-Telegram. "I think we need to remember why we are having this extra special session. One state senator, in an effort to capture national attention, forced this special session.

"I firmly believe that Sen. Wendy Davis should reimburse the taxpayers for the entire cost of the second special session. I am sure that she has raised enough money at her Washington, D.C., fundraiser to cover the cost."

It seems unlikely that Davis raked in quite that much at her recent trip to the nation's capital, but Capriglione made his point. So did Davis, who pointed out that it's Governor Rick Perry, not a Democratic Senator, who keeps calling lawmakers back to Austin.

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fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Golly Eric, in a sense of fair play and bipartisanship, in addition to non-biased reporting, I'm wondering if you simply inadvertently left out certain descriptive language that would have made your article easier to read.  For example:  it is fine to describe Capriglione as a  Tea Party Republican.  However, why didn't you go on to describe Miz Davis as an ultra left wing liberal? 

Also, "choice" is not definitive enough.  What exactly does it mean?  Does choice mean a woman can wait until birth and then stick a shiv into the brain stem of a kicking and screaming newborn?  I mean what if she has a serious health issue like a hangnail or something?   

catsullivan21
catsullivan21

Since my innocuous comment was deleted from Rep. Capriglione's Facebook page, I'll post it again here.  Sen. Davis does not call for special sessions.  The governor of the state does.  If he has an issue with an excess of special sessions, he needs to take it up with Governor Perry.

bsaunders2
bsaunders2

Unclear on the concept. Maybe he should watch that Schoolhouse Rock episode again.

1irishpoet
1irishpoet

" Representative Giovanni Capriglione" sounds like a freakin' illegal furriner to me

nualaan
nualaan

Wendy Davis did NOT filibuster a "law".  She filibustered a "bill".  Filibustering unfair bills which damage her constituents is part of her job description as a responsible Texas Senator.

Also, the second session was called after Senator Davis' filibuster killed the bill.  The responsibility rests firmly on the shoulders of Rick Perry, the Texas GOP, A.L.E.C. and Americans for Prosperity.

nualaan
nualaan

The GOP forced both of those sessions, let the GOP bear the full brunt of the costs...  

Representative Giovanni Capriglione is a joke if he thinks that his opponents debating absurd legislation should foot the bill.

ebailey75057
ebailey75057

The only entiity in Texas state government who can call a "Special Session" is the Governor of the State. Send the bill to Mr. MoFo. 

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

ONE...1....UNO idiot republican is NOT the "republican party" or "republicans" as a whole and considering he sits on the Government Efficiency and Reform committee...maybe he should get back to the basics and make sure we don't need any special sessions and please remember not “ALL” republicans are abortion fighting morons…there are plenty that are socially liberal… but that does not make us Democrats either.

Chelsea Ellis
Chelsea Ellis

Again, Carrie, please respect my privacy and remove these posts. I'm happy to continue this conversation in another forum.

Carrie Knief
Carrie Knief

Really? 'Cause when I checked last night to be sure, I did find a post from March 29, 2013 that depicted a desk and office supplies wrapped in wrapping paper. It's tagged "at Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation". So yes, I've seen it on your page.

Chelsea Ellis
Chelsea Ellis

Carrie, I'm not going to address this with you here. I'm happy, however, to talk about the "Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation," which hasn't existed since 2011, when I worked at another non-profit. So no, you've never seen it on my page. If you'd like to talk more about this, I'm happy to openly answer any questions you have - including questions about why where I work is not listed on my profile - either in a private message or on my own FB page. The Dallas Observer page is not an appropriate place to have this conversation, and I ask that you respect my wish for privacy and safety and take your comment down. Thank you.

Leroy Wilson
Leroy Wilson

Son, I always enjoy your comments. They provoke serious thinking. Keep 'em coming. Love. Dad

Carrie Knief
Carrie Knief

Which accounts for less than one percent of abortions, and even then is typically only done in cases of danger to the mother or if the fetus is determined to have a non-survivable defect. I doubt the majority of Texans support forcing a mother to continue a pregnancy that has a 100% likelihood of ending in the baby dying as soon as it's born because it hasn't developed a brain. The bill is a transparent effort to cut off access to abortion through excessive regulation. Abortion is a legal right, and therefore the undue burden that is created when so many clinics shut down makes this bill unconstitutional. And the fact that so many of those clinics provide preventative care to low-income women is just an extra slap in the face. My first well woman exam was provided at Planned Parenthood, as was my first birth control. Thanks to PP, I've never been in the situation to consider an abortion. If those clinics close, many women will find themselves unable to afford birth control, cancer screenings, etc. Side note: Chelsea, I recall seeing the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation under your work information last time I checked your page. Now it just says "Large Non-Profit." Is there some reason one might not want to be recognized as an advocate of our would-be billionaire overlords? :)

k_lara
k_lara

Seems like Giovanni Capriglione wants some new best friends. #ATXFEM #FeministArmy #SWTW

GonzoG
GonzoG

Or, you could try to PRETEND this is a Democracy and say legislators have the right to debate or even openly oppose legislation that greatly offends them.  

rrrosco
rrrosco

The bill should go to A.L.E.C. and Americans for Prosperity since they are the ones who wrote these anti-choice laws.  Rick Perry was presented with the legislation on one of his many "retreats" in Aspen wit the Kochs.  That's where all these ridiculous laws on restricting abortion, suppressing the vote, and restricting health care are coming from.  So we can all thank the tea baggers for another pile of terrible laws that do nothing to help the people of this country..       

outnaboutnc
outnaboutnc

Dang...I thought North Carolina had cornered stupid. Be careful down there.

ChynnaBlue
ChynnaBlue

Capriglione deleted my post with a link to the story and blocked me from his Facebook page. 

Cody Thompson
Cody Thompson

Republican side show for their bull shit..... no wonder we all have to wear boots in Texas.... does not deserve any further discussion... piss on'em.....

Kelli Sanders
Kelli Sanders

Filibuster is a legitimate and legal senate procedure that is NOT sabotage. It's to block a bill. It was decided not by Sen. Davis alone. She was asked to be the speaker by the Dem. Caucus & they were all in agreement. No lone wolves - they worked as a team. And the grassroots activists that came in and testified gave them that opportunity by sharing hours and hours about the harm that the bill does to healthcare access to women, especially women of color and those in poverty. Also, speaking about the inhumanity of NO exception for children raped by their parents. Who votes for forced birth of a 10 year old!? Your TXGop.

Trina Taki Hendrix-Hamilton
Trina Taki Hendrix-Hamilton

Wendy announced the day before that she was going to fillibuster. Intentional sabotage, she should be held accountable and thrown out of office if you ask me.

Chelsea Ellis
Chelsea Ellis

That's obviously right, but your silly comment is irrelevant because that's not what SB-5 does by a long shot. The majority of Texas oppose late-term abortion.

Kelly Harkins
Kelly Harkins

I'm pretty sure the majority of Texans don't support eradicating healthcare for women.

Kelly Harkins
Kelly Harkins

Her filibuster was in regular session, not special session.

wzwriter
wzwriter

If anyone should reimburse the state for expenses incurred by the special sessions, it should be Governor Goodhair,

Kelli Sanders
Kelli Sanders

Restricting abortion access to 20 weeks violates current law that has been found constitutional. Anything outlawing abortions or restricting access before 24 weeks is unconstitutional under Roe v Wade which is settled law for over 40 years.

Humanvoice
Humanvoice

Vacationers should avoid Texas. How much the GOP should be charged for 38 attempts to repeal Obamacare so everyone else but them can die.

veruszetec
veruszetec

@fishingblues Capriglione is a *Self-described* Tea Party Republican. Davis doesn't call herself an "Ultra Left Wing Liberal". And, for that matter, neither are her politics. As far as Liberals go, she's pretty moderate; She's even big-business friendly, ask any Ft Worth businesses.

But, your second paragraph illustrates you're opposed to reason and logic, so I'm not sure why I bothered to post.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@fishingblues 

No, that's not what choice means.  If you think it does, you should go find your elementary school English teacher and punch him or her right in the nose for failing you so miserably.

healerofhecate
healerofhecate

@outnaboutnc sadly, I had planned to bug out to N. Carolina in about 5 years. Now I'm scouring the states for somewhere cooler, both climate and politically. Any ideas?

catsullivan21
catsullivan21

@Trina Taki Hendrix-Hamilton Wendy's fillibuster prevented them from passing transportation legislation during the regular session?  How does that work?  A filibuster isn't "sabotage" anyway, it's a tactic completely admissible by the rules that the Texas State Senate adopted at the beginning of the year.  You want to throw her out of office for following the rules?

aanna1123
aanna1123

@Trina Taki Hendrix-Hamilton Really?  You just don't seem to care that these fat, white, good old boys now tell you what you can and cannot do!  Most real women would.  Wendy did EXACTLY what her constituents wanted, what she is paid for and what is LEGAL!!  Not too bright there dear!

lyricallana
lyricallana

@Trina Taki Hendrix-Hamilton Oh so, I guess we should throw the entire Congress of the US in jail too?? and hold them accountable too?  They announce weeks in advance of their intention to filibuster.  Sounds good to me, lets throw them ALL in jail for this !! 

jnwrthy
jnwrthy

@Chelsea Ellis Oh my gawd!!  I guess I'm going to have to put this on my tombstone and maybe in a hundred years people will finally understand..  THIS FIGHT WAS/IS NOT ABOUT ABORTION.  IT WAS/IS ABOUT A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE HER OWN PATH REGARDING HER BODY.  Plain and simple.  I have never met a single person that thinks abortions are yummy.  But, sometimes, they are necessary.  And nobody has the right to make that gut-wrenching decision except the woman.  Except for now.  So please stop saying its "Pro-Abortion".  IT'S NOT!  It's PRO-CHOICE....Repeat after me, PRO-CHOICE....PRO-CHOICE...


sparkystitskin
sparkystitskin

@Chelsea Ellis Darn... I forgot that that how rights work- we all just vote on them. 

Oh wait, rights are rights no matter how many people disagree. 

ebailey75057
ebailey75057

@Kelly Harkins 

The Texas Taliban just put that into law

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Kelly Harkins No.  It wasn't.  It was in the first special session, causing our Good Gov'ner to have to call a second special session.  Basically a silver spoon temper tantrum because Perry didn't get his way.

russp
russp

@Kelli Sanders 

There is no such thing as "settled law" in this country; the president, congress and the supreme court can all affect change to both existing and new laws. Look at the current attacks on the 1st, 2nd and 4th amendments. The "right" to abortion is based on a very loose interpretation of the 14th amendment; try to find anything in there that sounds like it was intended to cover a medical procedure. A change in the party in power and it could also be under attack.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@bvckvs @fishingblues     So, YOU define it big shot.  I have never found a liberal loon that could or would.  I'll wager that my definition is much more measured and centered than a whack-job, dickweed, loud- mouthed, self-righteous loser like yourself.   

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@lyricallana I really have no problem with throwing the entire US Congress in jail.

sparkystitskin
sparkystitskin

@russp 

Its considered an unenumerated right and stems from the concept of substantive due process and is implicit in the concept of ordered liberty; if a woman is not allowed to decide what happens to HER body, then what can't the government control? 

Btw the right to wear polkadot underwear is not mentioned in the Constitution- does that give the GVT the right to ban it? 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@RTGolden1 @lyricallana 

I don't think you've thought this through. . . how will we protect them from those soulless criminals? (The inmates, that is.)

jnwrthy
jnwrthy

@sparkystitskin @russp (Only if you're wearing white shorts and you're in a water park.  Then, if you get wet, the polka dots show through, people point and laugh.  It's embarrassing.  So of course, the govt MUST protect us from that, instead of say, factories that blow up and kill half the town.)

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