Jackson said Texas and other states should be focusing on job creation, but blamed Perry for "fooling around with the idea, with his appointees, of a Confederate flag license plate."

The Sons of Confederate Veterans has asked the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to allow for plates that have the Confederate flag on them. Earlier this year, a board was unable to decide this question in a 4-4 vote with one member absent, and Perry recently appointed a new ninth board member. The question is expected to come before the board again in early November.

Jackson Lee suggested that any state considering allowing a Confederate flag license plate should be seen as "not worthy of receiving federal funds" if they are spending time on "something as dastardly" as these plates.