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Statement of Gov. Rick Perry on Special Session

Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement:

"Today a minority of members in the state Senate prevented the Senate from finishing important work and killed legislation that would have generated an additional $800 million to help meet the priorities of our citizens.

"I am saddened by the fact that we will not be able to put hundreds of millions of dollars into a number of priorities. We could have spent that money to boost Medicaid payments for home care services, to help pregnant women receive Medicaid services, to expand health insurance for children of working families, to provide HIV medications for afflicted Texans, to train new doctors, or to address a number of other health and human service needs.

"Today's developments are disappointing - not just to me - but to the many Texans who would benefit from the services $800 million would provide.

"That's why today I am calling another special session. These priorities need to be addressed, and Texans deserve a vote on these issues and more."

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