Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision this week to remove the statewide mask mandate he imposed last year concludes one of the most intense intra-party disputes among Texas Republicans since Abbott took office in 2015.
“Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities. Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%,” the governor said at a press conference Tuesday. “I am ending the statewide mask mandate. Texans have mastered the habits to keep from getting COVID.”