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Texas GOP leaders said Friday they've extended "an additional month of funding" for the state legislature after Gov. Greg Abbott (R) vetoed at least $12.6 million that would have gone to 2,100 state workers, the Texas Tribune reports.

Why it matters: Following Texas Democrats' departure from the state, which broke quorum in the regular session, Abbott vetoed a section of the state budget that funds the legislature, its staff and legislative agencies. Texas Democrats have sued Abbott over the action.

Details: Legislative employees and agencies will remain funded through Sept. 30 instead of Sept. 1, when the next two-year state budget takes effect.

  • The funding will be transferred from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to the Senate and House.

State of play: The Legislative Budget Board cited an emergency in its request for the transfer of funds, according to the Tribune.

  • "[F[unding should not be provided for those who quit their jobs early and leave the state with unfinished business, exposing taxpayers to higher costs for additional legislative sessions," Abbott wrote in an Aug. 6 memo responding to the board's proposal.
  • "However, in order to ensure the Legislature is fully resourced to do the work of the next special session, I recognize that the partial restoration the Legislative Budget Board had proposed is necessary," added Abbott, who had placed restoration of legislature funding on the first and second special session agendas.

The move does not "change the fact that [Abbott’s veto] ... is a violation of the separation of powers and a disgraceful effort to hold the public employees of our state as hostages," state Rep. Chris Turner, who chairs the House Democratic Caucus, said in a statement to the Tribune.

Worth noting: It's so far unclear whether enough members will show up to the second special session to conduct official House businesses.

  • If enough do, lawmakers could pass a supplemental budget that would restore funding. Abbott would still need to sign off though.

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Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

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The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.

Report: Climate change is an "emerging threat" to U.S. economic stability

A firefighter watches an airplane drop fire retardant ahead of the Alisal fire near Goleta on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Photo: Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A top U.S. financial coordinating organization took several steps on Thursday to manage the growing risks that climate change poses to the U.S. financial system.

Why it matters: While the Biden administration has been taking an all-of-government approach to climate change, like factoring climate risk into planning at the Treasury Department, today's moves by the politically independent Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) carry significant weight.

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"I assume full responsibility," Duterte says of drug war

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that he assumes full responsibility for a violent war on drugs that has killed thousands of people, Reuters reported.

Why it matters: Last month the International Criminal Court (ICC) formally authorized an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity during Duterte's war on drugs.