Chip Roy Calls Out Fellow Republicans: Will They ‘Honor Their Campaign Commitments to Secure the Border?’
“Send that over to the senate. Send that over to the senate and make Chuck Schumer and the president of the United States choke on it. “
In a heated speech on the floor, Rep. Chip Roy goes off on Republican colleagues.
"I am tired of words. Things are going to change in this body"
"Will [Rs] honor their campaign commitments to secure the border? …What I am seeing right now for my Republican colleagues does not give me faith that they will stand up in the breach"https://t.co/s0ygKI4riF pic.twitter.com/qmbHONPfER
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) March 1, 2023
He gave a beautiful history lesson about Texas Rangers’ sacrifices for independence and freedom. The tone of his speech then changed, and he started calling out his Republican colleagues for ignoring the promises to the American people.
Roy asked, “but what did they declare independence for… what did Travis and the rest of the Alamo sacrifice for… a federal government that opens our borders to cartels?”
“A group of republicans who campaign on securing the border, who run away in abject surrender, refusing to actually do it?
If you do not secure the border, now, now, you are giving up any argument you have for the American people to put their faith in you. Will republicans honor their campaign commitments to secure the border, yes or no? What I am seeing right now from my republican colleagues does not give me faith that they will stand up in the breach as did those men who stood on the wall at the alamo. I am tired of words. Things are going to change in this body.”
Roy called out Republicans for not holding the executive branch accountable.
“Leadership is something that is observed and followed. It is not an anointed position. We did not come to this chamber to continue to allow the executive branch to run over the American people.
Where sitting today is a young man who served his country and is being denied his commanding officer job, being forced to try to pay back student loans because he dared to say no to a vaccine mandate that was politically driven. And what is this side of the aisle doing about it? Not a damned thing.
What is this side of the aisle doing about open borders? Nothing. Nothing.
What is this side of the aisle doing about an ATF Rule about to make felons out of 10 million Americans or more? Nothing.
We have a debt ceiling approaching, running around like chickens with our heads cut off. We should say something right now.
We should pass a bill off this floor saying that we will raise the debt ceiling, but only, only, if you end the disastrous student loans that are going to cost $400 billion and drive up the cost of higher ed.
Only if you rescind the $91 billion of unobligated covid money.
Only if you go rescind the $80 billion designed to increase the IRS to go after taxpayers. Including, by the way, more often the poorest among us and minorities.
Only if you will return spending to 2022 levels, getting our spending back to pre-COVID levels. And make sure that we cap spending so we stop funding the woke, weaponized bureaucracy that’s going after the American people.
Do that. Send that over to the senate. Send that over to the senate and make Chuck Schumer and the president of the United States choke on it.
Because the American people want us to cut spending right now.”
He finished with a warning, “we are not going to have two more years of the usual crap that this body continually engages in, no more spending money we don’t have.
No more allowing lawlessness. No more open borders. No more mandates killing the American people. No more mandates driving up the price of energy, subsidizing unreliable energy, driving up the cost of that energy.
No more. $32 trillion in debt.”
Watch the entire speech, it’s so good.
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The Republican Party won’t improve until it becomes populated by Republicans. There aren’t many of those.
Most of the problem is because the R party has too many Republicans. Republicans have a long history of avoiding conflict and messy problems.
Trump didn’t secure our borders when the Republicans controlled both houses of Congress. I doubt little when happen now.
It wasn’t because he didn’t try, dear God he tried everything
He had to fight everyone else in the GOP (aka the other Democrat Party)
The overriding campaign commitment is to vote in lockstep with the Republicans, not to do anything individually.
I think that you had a typo. For several generations history shows that the overriding commitment of the Republicans is to vote in lockstep with the Democrats, regardless of campaign promises.
Yeah, McCarthy proves to be a dud. Andy Biggs would have been better.
Roy is right, though, we are fed up!
The problem is the “we” are too few in number.
Few, but more numerous in Congress than prior. Of course the old guard, establishment types resist change. They spent their political lives cozying up to the orgs and entities perceived as ‘right’; chamber of commerce, defense industry. They are running plays from the 1990’s playbook.
Today the voters of the GoP are far more populist in orientation. It started with Perot and grew year by year. This movement then selected DJT as their avatar in 2016 and he rode the existing wave into DC. That’s not to diminish his campaign savvy or the work he put in to defeat HRC. He had to work for it, there’s no gimmies at that level, at least for the GoP.
Perot was a Republican? My memory must be failing. I thought he was a third part cult leader whose sole role was to ensure that Bill Clinton won two presidential elections.
Perot was a center right populist opposed to NAFTA, big govt, endless deficits and the military industrial complex. Billionaire outsider maverick; remind you of anyone else?
For many of us in the populist right camp his campaign themes were important b/c of the contrast between them and the (false) libertarian, (un)free market, (crony) capitalism BS that the DC establishment has been shilling since then.
Bush lost in ’92 b/c he was foolish enough to allow the d/prog to maneuver him to raid taxes which violated his ’88 campaign pledge; ‘read my lips, no new taxes’. Clinton was then able to campaign in ’92 on the idea of a middle-class tax cut which he abandoned once in office as well as the generation gap/age difference.
Perot opened my mind, I was a “liberal lefty before him
Didn’t have enough guts to
Vote for him unfortunately, hadn’t jumped the shark yet, that would come
Trump wanted McCarthy to be Speaker of the House. Trump endorsed him.
I like the tone and passion of his speech and understand. But…
“Because the American people want us to cut spending right now.”
No they don’t. Plenty of people want to cut some spending and if they hear a pol give a speech that says he wants to do it, plenty of heads will nod in agreement. But when you get to DC….don’t you dare do it.
If polled, people will say ‘cut foreign aid, cut waste fraud and etc. The first is so small that it only amounts to a rounding error. The second is how government actually works.
Pols go to DC to spend money because the American voter likes it.
I am sure voters would approve cutting the specific items Roy presented. It would be a great start, a lot of money that could finish building the border wall and plenty more for our own infrastructure. How about seizing the Russian oligarchs’ $100B too?
He sounds like he’s ready to DO something straightforward. That is a novel approach for Rs. Don’t recall if it has ever been tried. Shouldn’t he run it by the Washington Post first, and see what they think?
I watched his speech last night. I take considerable issue with his sanitized version of how Texas became part of the US, but I agree wholeheartedly with his challenge to the weasels on his side of the aisle: pass the bill that he describes, and let Biden and Schumer defeat it if they dare.
I would like to see the part where Shumer and Biden choke on it, literally.
Summarized, to be sure. But it’s more history than most Americans receive in the Government schools.
Blah, blah, blah, Talk, talk, talk. And nothing ever gets done by the Republican party. Tell me when the Honorable Rep. Chip Roy actually takes action and does something about our currently open Southern border. Until then I really don’t want to hear about how some republican is grandstanding in an after hours speech to an empty House that ultimately will change nothing. Thank you very much.
The fact that it is an item and under discussion on LI puts the lie to your comment. The whole Gingrich revolution of the ’90’s started with exactly this sort of floor speech, repeated nightly on CSPAN. It’s the only place where they could stand up and state their message without being gavelled down.
There are 59 bills and resolutions in the House that contain the word “border” in them. Some of them are stupid or irrelevant, like adding a zip code, DC statehood, assistance to Turkey for the earthquakes, sponsored by Democrats, etc. There are a couple of impeachment resolutions for Mayorkas.
Most of the bills of substance have less than 10 co-sponsors each, and the names are all familiar to us. There are maybe 20-25 in the group that is sponsoring/co-sponsoring the good bills.
The ones that would actually do something are things like:
– Reimbursing border states for border control activities. Texas has spent over $2.5B over the last 10 years, for example
– Authorizing the Border states to build a barrier and transfer the construction assets already acquired to those states
– Requiring the completion of the border barrier, acquisition of border patrol equipment, etc
– 37% tax on remittances to the general fund (I would never put anything in the general fund)
– For every illegal detained, deduct $2000 from any foreign aid to the country of citizenship and put the money in a trust fund dedicated to border security
– Requiring the securing of our southern border before any more money is sent to Ukraine
– prohibiting border criminals (human & drug traffickers) from receiving federal benefits
– Declaring war on the cartels at various levels
– Impeaching Mayorkas
There are some good and interesting ideas in these bills. Not ONE has been scheduled for a committee hearing. They should take all the best ideas, put them in one bill, call it “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” and pass it to the Senate now, while the Senate is down some democrats.
To take away from this speech any sense that the R’s are going to do anything about the border is wishful thinking. Remember all of the talk before the 2022 election? What’s become of it? The Hunter Biden “Investigation” has now hit a dead end and Comer says that they are not issuing subpoenas because they want to be reasonable! The border crisis is still a crisis, the Ukraine spending is still runaway, absolutely no investigation on voter fraud, Chinese spy balloons flying over our country unmolested, Fentynal killing over 100,000 a year, gas over $3.25 a gallon and the R’s do/say nothing about any of these things. McCarthy has yet to do any of the things he swore to do. Oh well, business as usual.
Yup, over a month in office, and they haven’t cured all of the sins of Biden Administration yet. Guess we should just give up, lie down and die.
You can lie down and die if you wish but that is not going to change the culture in DC. McCarthy was a known wimp and several Rs tried to bring this out before his election to Speaker. He has done a few things that cost him very little but the big things have not gone anywhere. Has anyone heard him mention any of the J6 prisoners? Border crisis? Ukraine bottomless pit? Hunter’s laptop? Inflation? WWIII? Palistine, OH? Voter fraud? He holds the same position that Pelosi held and she was on the nightly news every day spouting her evil proposals. He is never on the news and we have no idea if he is still alive. In your mind, how do you see us getting better as a party if our leader is absent?
What became of it is we don’t have the power. Elections such as senate elections and presidential elections have consequences.
We have plenty of power if we are willing to use it. The saying in the DC bubble is “Republicans hold office. Democrats wield power.” The House has control of the purse strings and should be using it mercilessly. The debt ceiling will be the first opportunity to do something real – the first real test.
In other words you want a government shut down and think that will result in the border being closed instead of it being opened wider with a major political setback for our side making the dream of closing the border farther away.
Delusional pretenses to having power are delusion not reality and are key to Democrat victories.
“We don’t have enough power to actually do the things we wish to do; the way to fix that is reduce power by demoralizing the base by baselessly claiming people of breaking campaign promises they have no power/ability to fill due to lack of power”.
Yes the border is not closed, no the Republican congress with barely a Republican majority has no ability to close it.
It is easy to undermine the 2024 campaign by pre-emptively starting a civil war over nothing.
Acknowledging the REAL level of power we have right now, and working to change that by working to make sure we don’t blow the next election….that is challenging.
The main takeaway of this speech is “PAY ATTENTION TO MY RIGHT WING VIRTUE SIGNALLING”.
The GOPe will really do the things Roy discussed if we just give them power again. Right, Danny?
Kick that football, Charlie Brown.
“I want my virtue signaling not solutions. I have no interest in winning 2024 I have interest in a civil war over nothing whatever in order to feel better. A reality where elections have consequences makes me feel bad. Imaginary traitors makes me feel great”.
Leftists do it all the time, and it is what you and Chip Roy are doing now.
You both know there is nothing that we could do to fix the border with barely having a majority in congress, not having the presidency, and not having the senate. You are attacking nameless Republicans for breaking promises (a baseless accusation) for virtue signaling reasons.
By the way any definition of a political establishment for the GOP that does not include Trump is about as useful a definition as a definition of flight that includes Mount Everest as a flying object.
Which is more demoralizing, Danny? Roy’s speech, posts on LI or the GOPe joining with Democrats 3 times last year to pass terrible legislation?
Ignore that elephant in the room. Again.
At no point last year did the GOP help keep the border open.
The elephant in the room is right wing virtue signaling in the name of a civil war without a cause.
Don’t for a second delude yourself into thinking you are doing better for your side than leftists doing exactly the same thing.
Danny ignored that elephant again. Shocker
I’d like to sit down for lunch with Chip Roy. I like the cut of his jib.
Too bad what he says falls on deaf ears.
Same. It’s going to be a slow process to get more people like him in Congress, but it’s moving in the right direction.
He also is one of the few who speaks like a man, carries himself like a man, looks like a man. No perfumed prince, he.
Few in congress
We have our own “Trump squad” who captured McCarthy when they forced him to put his policies in writing before being elected Speaker. MTG is the go-between but she too is “one of us”. This dynamic is already working wonders. It takes time but for once, we have leverage and these are people who are not afraid to use it. There is now a narrative in place that exposes the “bipartisan” kabuki theater. And I believe McCarthy is on board.
There is big House cleaning heading their way and it’s not just the card-carrying Democrats but the Dems populating the GOP as well.
One can hope.
The only thing they achieved was they delayed investigations and made sure if we capture the house, senate, and presidency we can not emulate Nancy Pelosi’s ability to keep the house caucus in check by abolishing the power Nancy Pelosi granted to herself (not to worry if you are a Democrat because if Democrats get back the house they will restore the speaker’s power).
Myth making is not welcome we can’t afford them.
What can we afford, Danny? Any time a republican gets out of line, you gals clutch your pearls and preen for a pat on the head from your lefty palz.