Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) said he would not attend Wednesday’s House Republican border trip and instead called on Congress to focus on new legislation and, if necessary, implementation. He vowed to fight Republican lawmakers.
With the 2024 election cycle in full swing and the House zeroing in on its legislative focus on the southern border, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) led a group of about 60 Republican lawmakers on Wednesday to vote on Texas. He plans to head to Eagle Pass, state.
He praised the trip, but added that the House should instead work on passing legislation.
“The people of our country, including law enforcement, ranchers, and local leaders, are tired of meetings, speeches, and press conferences,” Roy said in a letter obtained by The Hill.
He also pointed to the “historic failure” of Republicans to adequately address border security in the past and said “the time has come to act quickly.”
He has vowed to vote against any government funding package that does not include border security reforms that he sees as appropriate, raising the possibility of another government shutdown. Most of the government’s funding is expected to run out on January 19th.
The promise follows House Republicans’ threat to deny foreign aid funding to Ukraine until Senate Democrats and the Biden administration agree on a border security bill. The two countries have been negotiating on the issue for several weeks.
“Now, we as Republicans need to use the “power of the purse,” as James Madison described it in Federalist 58, to end President Biden’s abuse of power and demand an immediate end to illegal immigration and permanent improvements to our borders. There is a duty to enforce the Security Act,” Roy wrote.
He also derided bipartisan efforts to avert previous government shutdowns by passing a federal budget continuation resolution, which he said “only served to continue the outrageous Nancy Pelosi policies.” There wasn’t,” he said. [fiscal] The “2023” level of funding for government programs “does not include any border security provisions.”
“All members of Congress should be careful: If you give them money, it’s theirs,” Roy said, referring to what he described as a failure at the southern border. “We must finally use our Article 1 powers to force the president to stop the abuses of power that endanger Americans with our open borders.”
The Biden administration has in recent weeks put renewed pressure on the Mexican government to stop illegal immigrants from entering the country. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas met with Mexico’s president last week to discuss immigration policy.
Republicans have focused their disdain on Mayorkas, threatening to impeach him over border security failures. The administration has denounced these efforts as political theater.
“The House majority is wasting valuable time and taxpayers’ time by pursuing a baseless political campaign that has been rejected by members of both parties and has already failed on a bipartisan vote,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement last month. “We’re wasting people’s money,” he said. “There is no legitimate basis to impeach Secretary Mayorkas…and this extreme impeachment push is a harmful distraction from our nation’s important national security priorities.”
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