AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement on a decision by the Texas Supreme Court to deny the state's mandamus action compelling 11 Democrat senators to return to work.
"I am very disappointed that the Supreme Court did not resolve this pending constitutional crisis. The gravity of the situation is obvious. I believe a court resolution of this issue is critical to the future of our democratic process. Without a legal resolution, this constitutional abuse will be used in the future to again bring our government to a halt.
"The bottom line issue remains the same: These 11 Democrats continue to abdicate their responsibilities. They need to return to Texas and get back to work on important issues facing Texas. I remain committed to addressing redistricting and firmly believe that the vast majority of Texans expected their elected officials to draw congressional district lines, rather than leaving the work to federal judges. Other important work affecting education, health care and transportation also must be addressed."