February 10, 2015      5:01 PM
Tension grows between the House and Senate over border deployment of National Guard
Speaker Straus says he appreciates Lt. Gov. Patrick’s push for an interrupted deployment of troops, but “Governor Abbott is the Commander in Chief and he will decide whether to extend the National Guard’s deployment.” No comment from Abbott
by Republican State Senators during a quick speech, Lt. Gov. Dan
Patrick on Tuesday said that he intends to do all he can to make sure there
is no interruption in the deployment of the Texas National Guard on the
Mexican border for the next two years. His announcement, though, was met with a
less-than-enthusiastic response from across the Texas Capitol in the House
of Representatives, where the leadership was quick to remind Patrick of who runs the National Guard.
Mexican drug cartels are “ramping up” and potential terrorism is afoot ahead of
the planned drawdown of troops next month, Patrick said The Legislature needs to
act now. “Under no circumstances should we have a complete pullout of the
National Guard next month,” Patrick said.
Gov. Patrick said he and Gov. Greg
Abbott “stand shoulder to shoulder” when it comes to border security. He
also said he would work with House Speaker Joe Straus to quickly approve $12 million to continue the border
surge in its current form – complete with National Guard and Department
of Public Safety troopers – through May. Patrick also wants a supplemental
bill to keep guardsmen on the border through the summer.
By Scott Braddock