U.S. Rep. Chip Roy of Texas has doubled down on his effort to withhold funding from President Biden’s Department of Homeland Security because it failed to act on the open U.S.-Mexico border crisis.
Last month, Roy led more than a dozen Texas Republican delegates of the U.S. House in requesting Congress defund DHS until action is taken to solve the border crisis.
When the agency’s funding expires this fall, Roy wants the U.S. House to invoke its “power of the purse” to withhold all funding until the border crisis is addressed.
“The House of Representatives cannot only refuse, but they alone can propose, the supplies requisite for the support of government,” said Roy, referencing Federalist No. 58.
The lawmaker wrote on social media that now is the time to act.
“’We can’t do anything until next election cycle’ is not good enough, period. Time for action,” he said.
Roy posted on X his full support for the federal government’s shutdown until they deal with the impending issues.
Let's go boys. We'll see what you're made of. Final act.
— Cbtheawg (@cbtheawg) September 4, 2023
Another user pointed out their “struggle with any affiliation to the Republican Party.”
The Texan lawmaker agreed, stating, “Me too. Game time.”
Roy acknowledged Congress’ failure when they opted to go on vacation instead of focusing on the serious issues at hand first. However, he mentioned that several of his colleagues are “getting an earful from constituents,” and he plans to utilize this time to “win.”
“What is your plan Congressman?” wrote a constituent on X. “The Democrats control the Senate and there is a Democrat in the White House. Tell us the plan when the government shuts down.”
“Win,” Roy responded.
When his statement was challenged and he was accused of having “no plan,” Roy responded with, “When he says have a ‘plan,’ he means ‘what deal can you cut in light of not having 60 votes in the Senate & not having the White House.’”
“I say – maybe Joe should call us, given that power of the purse thing,” Roy concluded.
The lawmaker plans to convince his colleagues to side with him, withhold funding from the federal government, and completely refuse to pass a funding bill until the border crisis is addressed.
Currently, the House and the Senate are at odds regarding how lawmakers should fund federal agencies in both the short and long term. On September 30—with 16 legislative days in the Senate, and even less in the House—the federal government will shut down if a funding bill isn’t passed.