Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) successfully stopped Nancy Pelosi from passing $19 billion in disaster relief spending through unanimous consent rather than holding a debate and vote on the Senate bill that passed on Thursday:
.@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
Speaker Pelosi had already sent her members home on vacation so a roll call vote was out of the question. Oops:
Thank you to @chiproytx for requiring a roll call vote on $19 billion in new spending. Washington needs more transparency, not less, especially when it comes to critical issues such as this. https://t.co/CbA8Eqf8Tf
— Heritage Action (@Heritage_Action) May 24, 2019
Speaker Pelosi called Rep. Roy’s move “sabotage”:
House Republicans’ sabotage of the bipartisan disaster relief bill is a disappointment to the American families trying to heal and recover from floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters. Read my full statement here. https://t.co/dlsHZkGf5Y
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 24, 2019
If it’s so important, then just call back members:
Significant spending bills should never be passed with only three members in the House chamber. The Speaker should call the House back into session immediately to vote on the bill.
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) May 24, 2019
The Border Patrol Union cheered on Rep. Roy for standing up for funds for border security, which was not in the Senate bill:
Thank you @chiproytx for standing strong on #BorderSecurity. Providing relief for all crises is of the utmost importance. @TheDemocrats & @GOP alike, recognize the #BorderCrisis. We cannot have any more deaths in #BorderPatrol custody, which requires proper Congressional funding.
— Border Patrol Union – NBPC (@BPUnion) May 24, 2019
It is a good question:
— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) May 24, 2019
The Senate bill didn’t pass unanimously so there’s no reason to believe that this would have been a slam-dunk for Dems:
Correct. Why don’t we debate? Amend? Could it be that if we did, the outcomes may not be favorable to those controlling the floor (this is not a partisan comment, btw). cc: @jiwallner https://t.co/gxZZoFp6Mv
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) May 24, 2019
Your move, Nancy.