Rep. Chip Roy On Objecting To Disaster Supplemental

May 24, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON--Rep. Chip Roy released the following statement regarding his objection to a UC vote the disaster supplemental: 

“Today I stood to object to the Unanimous Consent of a $19.1 billion dollar emergency supplemental bill that has been languishing for over 8 months because Speaker Pelosi would rather play politics on impeachment than do the work of the people.


“I objected primarily because had I not, Congress would have passed into law a bill that spends a significant amount of taxpayer money without members of Congress even being present in our nation's capitol to vote on it.  Speaker Pelosi knew full well that a disaster bill may be coming from the Senate and yet chose to recess the House and then brought this forward for consent.  I stayed in D.C. to object because this kind of swampy practice is what Texans elected me to stand against.


“Secondly, the bill includes nothing to address the clear national emergency and humanitarian crisis we face at our southern border.  While Speaker Pelosi has consistently denied the crisis at our border, and thus has denied the humanity of the victims of cartels and other traffickers, she has been insisting that there is no money to satisfy the good faith compromise emergency funding requests from the White House.  There is no reason this disaster supplemental should not include the quite modest $4.4 billion request from OMB Director Russ Vought to ensure DHS and HHS do not run out of money while managing the over 100,000 illegal aliens being apprehended and the Unaccompanied Alien Minor Children being unable to be housed appropriately. 


“The Speaker  however, continues not to care about these children while empowering cartels and lawlessness at the expense of our national sovereignty and the migrants who seek to come here.  Democrats should step up and provide the White House the funds it needs to make sure that the migrants coming north can be properly housed, cared for, and processed, and that the cartels who are abusing migrants are no longer allowed to profit so extravagantly off of them.


“Thirdly, on the substance of the bill, I am troubled by the fact it spends over $19 billion  that is not paid for when we are racking up approximately $100 million an hour in national debt.  This is a bipartisan problem that we should solve in Congress rather than ignore.  That is why I am calling for Congress to hold to the spending caps under current law this year.


“Our nation is strong enough and compassionate enough to have a responsive and fiscally responsible approach to help people who are hurting in the wake of natural disasters.  We have had months to figure this out and also to do our job to secure our border, but now we are expected to let the swamp continue to mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren – making it less likely they will inherent a stronger and better country with a government capable of defending the nation and responding to disasters such as these.


“I object.”