Rep. Chip Roy On The Passage Of The Disaster Supplemental

June 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Chip Roy released the following statement Monday regarding the passage of the $19.1 billion-dollar disaster supplemental:  

“I was pleased to see Speaker Pelosi bring the $19.1 billion-dollar disaster supplemental to the floor for a vote. 

My Democratic colleagues tried three separate times to pass this $19.1 billion-dollar disaster supplemental, which is unpaid for and most members haven’t read, without members present for a vote through simple consent.

I objected, along with my colleagues Mr. Massie and Mr. Rose, to that process because, as I said throughout the past week, members should cast an up or down vote on major legislation that spends significant amount of taxpayer money. The American people send their representatives to Washington to represent them. They deserve to see how their representatives vote.

While I am happy the speaker chose to go back to regular procedure, I am still troubled that we are poised to pass $19.1 billion that is not paid for when we are racking up approximately $100 million an hour in national debt. At some point--before it is too late--Congress must get serious about restraining out-of-control spending.

I am also troubled that, after over a month, congressional leadership has yet to move forward with the quite modest $4.4 billion request from OMB Director Russ Vought to ensure DHS and HHS do not run out of money. This request which includes billions for the care and placement of unaccompanied alien children, otherwise known as the UAC program. Just as we should respond in a responsible manner to the natural disasters, we should respond to the humanitarian crisis occurring at our southern border.”