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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Walkout by House Democrats

Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement on the decision by House Democrats to hide out this week in an effort to stop the Texas Legislature from completing important work on behalf of all Texans.

"The action by these Democrats is cowardly and childish. Their behavior is analogous to the pouting child who doesn't like the way the game is going and stomps off the field.

"This childish prank endangers tens of thousands of Texans who stand to lose access to health care by blocking passage of medical malpractice reform that is crucial to enabling doctors to continue to practice medicine.

"This childish prank endangers funding for our public schools, thus hampering the access of all Texas children to a quality education.

"This childish prank endangers the hard work legislators have invested in ensuring that homeowners insurance rates are lowered, and it jeopardizes dozens of other pieces of important legislation.

"These legislators have been elected and paid to come to work by hardworking Texans. They are asked to work for 140 days every two years - not to hide out because they don't like the way the debate is going.

"In my nearly 20 years of public service, I have never seen such a blatant abdication of responsibility."

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