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Michael Quinn Sullivan of Empower Texans Says Texas Legislators Made Serious Blunders With Medicaid Expansion and School Vouchers [AUDIO]


On the Monday edition of The Chad Hasty, Michael Quinn Sullivan from Empower Texans talked with Chad Hasty about the latest coming out of the Texas legislature.

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Texas Republicans got into some hot water last week when they almost passed an amendment to the budget to allow for the expansion of Medicaid. After almost immediate backlash, the Republicans who voted for the amendment claimed they didn’t know what they were voting on and called for a re-vote, in which the amendment was struck down. Sullivan says this snafu serves as an example of poor leadership and what can go wrong when everyone follows a poor leader.

“The reason they did that was they were kind of just following whatever leadership wanted to do. Here was Joe Straus’s guy amending the amendment. Here was Joe Straus’s guy telling everyone this was the right thing to do, and they just followed him along. So one, shame on them for following someone like that. Two, shame on them for not having paid closer attention…it certainly set a very bad precedent for what happens when lawmakers get lazy.”

Another surprising event in the session last week was the effective killing of school vouchers. The legislature voted in favor of killing off funding for the vouchers. Sullivan said he was very surprised that this occurred, but not necessarily because of the amendment itself. He claimed what was more troublesome was the fact that almost 56% of Republicans voted to kill the funding.

For more information on Empower Texas: Texas For Fiscal Responsibility, visit their website at You also follow Michael Quinn Sullivan on Twitter: @MQSullivan.

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