April 21st, 2020
Representative Biedermann Comments on Speaker Bonnen Giving Democrats More Influence Over the Texas Budget
FREDERICKSBURG, TX — On Monday it was announced that Speaker Bonnen removed Drew Darby, a Republican critic of the Speaker, from his position on the Legislative Budget Board. Much to the surprise of some Republicans, Bonnen appointed a liberal Democrat, Mary Gonzalez, to replace Darby.
On Tuesday, Representative Biedermann commented on Speaker Bonnen’s decision to demote one of his Republican critics by removing him from the Legislative Budget Board, and replacing him with a liberal Democrat.
Biedermann commented saying, “At a time when Texas is facing an economic crisis we should be empowering fiscal conservatives who have been fighting to curb spending and protect our savings account. Speaker Bonnen’s actions put more influence in Democrat hands over our budget, the absolute wrong move at this time.”
“I’m more than willing to work with Democrats on issues we agree upon. I’ve worked with Representative Gonzalez on issues when we agree. One disagreement we had last session was on the matter of whether to ban a state income tax. I voted for the measure, she voted against it. I think Texans should be concerned that a Texas House member who supported a state income tax just last session was just elevated to a position of influence on our budget with no explanation from our Speaker,” Biedermann concluded.