On Thursday, every member of the House voted in favor of partially reversing cuts to disabled children’s therapy services, which had threatened the ability of many vulnerable Texans to access much-needed services.
Good. Cutting the funds in the first place was one unforced error of the 2015 session, and restoring the funds was long overdue.
It was nice to see bipartisan consensus on the matter.
It was also nice to see Fort Worth Rep. Matt Krause encourage Gov. Greg Abbott to add the issue to his special session agenda. That would improve its chances of success.
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There’s no guarantee, however, that members of the Senate will share the House’s sense of responsibility and cooperation.
House Bill 25 originally tapped the state’s rainy day fund for some of the money. Krause successfully persuaded his colleagues to use the disaster relief funds instead, arguing that it is more likely to get approval by the Senate.
We hope he’s right.
Abbott should add the issue to his agenda, and the Senate shouldn’t delay in restoring these funds.