Chip Roy has accused fellow lawmakers of waging a ‘proxy war’ so they can ‘look utterly fancy with our blue and yellow ribbons’
Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas) condemned House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for saying the United States is “in war,” presumably with Russia. Roy hammered Democrats and Republicans for deepening America’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict in order to “feel good about yourself.”
In a video clip released Wednesday by Roy’s press office, the Texas Republican took aim at Hoyer for saying on Friday that the United States was “in war,” and that critics of the Democratic Party should “focus on the enemy” instead of increasing energy costs at home.
“When I hear the majority leader of the other party say ‘a time of war’…I wonder when we voted to go to war?” said Roy.
“If we’re going to have a proxy war, and we’re going to give Ukraine $40 billion, because we want to look absolutely chic in our blue and yellow ribbons and feel good about ourselves, maybe we should actually have a debate in this chamber,” He continued.
“I wonder when we voted to go to war?” “If we’re going to have a proxy war, and we’re going to give Ukraine $40 billion, because we want to look fancy in our blue and yellow ribbons and feel good about ourselves, maybe we should us to have a debate in this House. pic.twitter.com/ShJ8Ltcf5m
— Rep. Chip Roy’s Press Office (@RepChipRoy) May 18, 2022
Roy was one of 57 House Republicans who voted against passing the $40 billion military and economic aid bill to Ukraine earlier this month. However, the bill enjoyed strong bipartisan support and passed with 368 to 57 votes. It is now expected to pass the Senate later this week.
Republican lawmakers opposed to the bill argue either that the money would be better spent on solving national problems or that giving military aid to Ukraine risks dragging the United States into a war with the country. Russia with nuclear weapons, or both.
Roy, who described the bill as “garbage,” reiterated those arguments on Wednesday. “When the border in this country is wide open…and fentanyl is pouring in and we have $30.5 trillion in debt and gas prices are skyrocketing and $1,100 to fill a tank of diesel, and we go ‘oh, blank check for $40 billion.’
“By the way, I’m looking at my colleagues on this side of the aisle on this same point”, he concluded.
In addition to backing the $40 billion package making its way through Congress, the Biden administration has already given Ukraine nearly $4 billion worth of weapons since February, imposed an embargo on Russian imports oil and gas companies and imposed several rounds of economic sanctions on Moscow. .
As the United States arms Ukraine and shares intelligence with kyiv forces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused Washington of conducting a “proxy war” against Russia, while Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said on Tuesday that the West had used Ukraine as a pretext to fight a “undeclared war” against Russia “very statist”.
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