Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) stopped Nancy Pelosi from passing $19 billion in disaster relief spending through unanimous consent rather than holding a debate in House.
“We’re not elected to have things pass through consent without debate. We should have had a vigorous debate and we should have a debate about why we’re not securing the border and why we’re spending money we don’t have,” Rep. Roy said to CNN.
In a brief speech, he said he was concerned not only about the process but also about the decision to leave out the White House’s request for about $4.5 billion for the southwestern border.
Watch Rep. Chip Roy below:
.@SpeakerPelosi tried to spend $19 billion without a vote after sending the entire House home for vacation. Conservative @RepChipRoy stayed in DC and objected to these shenanigans. Chip is a courageous warrior and we need more like him. pic.twitter.com/3PKU1QZnHD
— Jim DeMint (@JimDeMint) May 24, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denounced Roy’s move as “sabotage” and blamed all republicans.
“House Republicans’ last-minute sabotage of an overwhelmingly bipartisan disaster relief bill is an act of staggering political cynicism,” she said in a statement. “Every House Republican needs to answer to the American people why they are standing in the way of urgently needed disaster relief for families struggling to heal and recover.”