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Rep. Chip Roy on Opening Day in Congress: “That Didn’t Take Long”

Within hours of taking gavel, Democrats demonstrate callous disregard for American sovereignty and immigrant safety to advance liberal agenda

Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) released the following statement regarding the Democrat House leadership’s opening day:

Within hours of being sworn-in, Congressman Roy cast three major votes to kick off the 116th Congress, voting “no” on all measures because each would increase deficit spending and increase the power of the federal government while failing to do the basic job of securing our nation.

The three votes include the Democrats’ Rules package changing processes for the functioning of the House, H.R. 21, the consolidated appropriations package that combines six appropriations bills, and H.J.Res.1, the continuing resolution provides funding for the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8 — WITHOUT money for a border wall.

“That didn’t take long. Speaker Pelosi’s opening shot at setting, in her words, a ‘transparent, bipartisan, and unifying’ agenda was really an impressive demonstration of commitment to liberalism. In just a few hours, she tried to increase spending, raise taxes, open borders, ratchet up energy costs, and expand Obamacare.

Democrats want you to believe the rules package improves the process. In truth, it manages to eliminate a vote to raise the debt ceiling, lower the threshold to increase taxes, establish a committee designed to massively raise energy prices, and empower Nancy Pelosi to speak for the entire House to improperly defend the supposed constitutionality of Obamacare.

I thank the Speaker for making my first votes as a Congressman very easy ‘no’s.’

Reinforced by Republicans’ resistance to address the problem for many years, Democrats’ refusal to spend even the bare minimum necessary to secure the border reflects a callous hypocrisy that will endanger both those seeking to come here and the American people it purports to help. Is this the vision and leadership we should continue to expect under Pelosi and House Democrats?

If Democrats truly cared about the human rights abuses at the border and the fiscal future of our nation, they would appropriate (and offset) up to $25 billion toward fencing, border agents, technology, cane-clearing, and all tools necessary to establish operational control of the border. Yet, even as the bipartisan refusal to balance the budget barrels our nation toward $1 trillion in deficit spending, Democrat leadership refuses to agree to even a modest and less-than-necessary investment in border security while spending even more in other areas and raising the debt ceiling.”

The Democrats appropriations bill undermines conservative policy through expanding programs, like the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), undermining the hard work conservatives have put in to reduce government spending and regulations. There are better, more efficient, and less costly ways to address these problems. At the very least, these programs should be run at the state and local level, not out of Washington, D.C.

Worse than the exorbitant spending, the bill renders Mexico City Policy — a long-held Republican pro-life policy of every president since Ronald Reagan — illegal, nullifying the executive order from this administration that implemented and expanded these crucial life protections. Mexico City Policy requires non-governmental organizations that receive certain types of U.S. Government foreign assistance to commit to not providing or promoting abortion as a condition of receiving their funding.

Lastly, Congressman Roy cast a “no” vote Friday on the next element of the rules package which only adds a layer of bureaucracy to the House by creating a new unnecessary committee.

Stand with Chip!