AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst told a key Democratic senator he'll push for a vote on a sweeping abortion restrictions bill despite her absence for her father's funeral.
In a Monday letter to Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, Dewhurst calls it a "difficult decision" but one prompted by the threat of a Democratic filibuster with the special session scheduled to end Tuesday night.
Van de Putte's father died last week and funeral services are scheduled for Monday evening and Tuesday.
Van de Putte could help block attempts by Dewhurst to take up the bill for a Monday vote. But her absence would help Dewhurst push Senate Republicans to consider the bill earlier than normally allowed.
Dewhurst's letter says he "cannot in good conscience delay the people's work."