Rep. David Spiller Says Every Rural Hospital in Texas at Risk of Closing
You can listen to the full interview with Texas State Representative David Spiller below.
Texas lawmakers have gone through three special sessions, but for some lawmakers, that isn't enough because there are still serious issues that must be addressed.
State Representative David Spiller is the latest Republican lawmaker to call on Governor Greg Abbott to call lawmakers back to Austin for a fourth special session. For Spiller, border security and vaccine mandates are two issues that must be addressed.
Representative Spiller joined The Chad Hasty Show on Monday evening to discuss his reasoning behind calling for a fourth special session. Spiller applauded both Governor Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton for their work against the vaccine mandates. Rep. Spiller said that Paxton has been right to sue, but that Texas needed to do more to ensure vaccines aren't mandated.
One of the biggest concerns voiced by Rep. Spiller was over the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate. Spiller told the audience that he's been working with the Attorney General's office on the impact the mandate could have on rural healthcare including hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Spiller also wants the governor to add border security to a fourth special session. In a press release on Monday, Spiller laid out a bill addressing border security:
Second, it is crucial that we pass my border security bill relating to the prosecution and punishment of certain criminal offenses committed in the course of, or for the purpose of, avoiding a U.S. point of entry or law enforcement checkpoint, and increasing the penalties for such offenses. Over the last few months, I have been working closely with the offices of the Governor, the Attorney General, and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), as well as elected officials, prosecutors, law enforcement, and judicial personnel in border specific counties. This legislation is a vitally needed tool for law enforcement to combat the invasion of our state and nation on our Texas border.
You can listen to the full interview with State Representative David Spiller above.