(Austin, Texas) Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 1 and took an important step to finalizing a budget that will be balanced and fiscally responsible. The Texas House Republican Caucus has encouraged all of our Members to hold fast to the principles of limited government and budget discipline, and they have met that challenge by passing HB 1.
“The Caucus wishes to thank all of our Members for their hard work and leadership in passing HB 1 today. We salute Chairman John Otto (R-Dayton) for his steady leadership and conservative approach to this budget process.” said Chairman Tan Parker of the THRC.
“HB 1 demonstrates that the Texas House is committed to prioritizing resources into the areas that need it most,” said Chairman Otto. “I am proud of the hard work our members have demonstrated and the budget we have developed.”
“Conservatives expect elected officials to make hard choices, to be both fiscally responsible and to also honor our state’s commitments to those who need help. I am grateful for the leadership of our House Republicans in working toward both of those goals.” said Vice Chairman of THRC, Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale).
HB 1 invests significant resources in public schools, boosts formula funding for higher education, invests additional general revenue in transportation, and promotes public safety and border security. Additionally, HB1 accomplishes this by limiting overall spending growth to less than 2 percent per year.
Following this vote, HB 1 now heads to the Texas Senate. When the Senate passes their version, HB 1 will head to a conference committee for final approval.
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