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Texas Commissioner George P. Bush Admits: 'I Misspoke' on Gov. Abbott

Texas Commissioner George P. Bush Admits: 'I Misspoke' on Gov. Abbott
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 January 2018 11:38 AM

George P. Bush says he erred when he called on Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special legislative session to provide more state money for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Last weekend, the nephew of former President George W. Bush who serves as Texas land commissioner told The Bryan-College Station Eagle that the Lone Star State needed to "take a deep look at the Rainy Day Fund. We need a special session, and the governor needs to call it."

But on Monday, Bush emailed a mea culpa to the news media.

"I clearly misspoke. I agree that calling a special session is not necessary. I will continue to work under Gov. Abbott's leadership as we help Texans throughout the hurricane recovery process," Bush wrote.

According to The Texas Tribune, whether to call state lawmakers back for a special session is a "politically sensitive subject" for Abbott and other officials who are involved in reconstruction after Harvey.

The Rainy Day Fund is a state bankroll of about $10 billion available for budget emergencies.

Bush has called Harvey — the costliest tropical cyclone in recorded history — a "$120 billion storm." Its catastrophic flooding last year affected hundreds of thousands of houses and made more than 30,000 people homeless.

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