In the middle of a pandemic and tense transition of presidential power, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made a promise to keep to-go sales of alcohol in the state during his opening remarks to the house on Tuesday, the first day of the 2021 legislative session.

Abbott signed a waiver March 18 allowing restaurants to offer alcoholic beverages with food purchases, including beer, wine and mixed drinks. In an April tweet, Abbott hinted at making the option, which was started as way to keep businesses afloat during early pandemic-era shutdowns, permanent.

Senator Kelly Hancock and Representative Charlie Geren filed a bill on Jan. 7 that could make that waiver permanent. The bill has not passed the necessary stages to become law, but Abbott circled back to the alcohol option in congratulating Dade Phelan for being elected as Speaker of the Texas House.

"Well. @GovAbbott just promised #alcoholtogo is here to stay. #txlege," Mimi Shay, a reporter for ABC 13 tweeted .

Abbott also urged the House and Senate to work together throughout the next 140 days on issues that "matter most" to Texas residents.

"Over the next 140 days, we have the opportunity to not only respond to the challenges we face, but we also have an opportunity to put Texas on a trajectory to a future of even greater hope and opportunity," Abbott said in his opening remarks. "Now more than ever, Texans need the Legislature to succeed this session. But equally important, America needs Texas to lead the way. If we do this, then we will chart a course towards a healthier, safer, freer, and more prosperous future for every Texan."