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Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) dressed down the House of Representatives on Tuesday for voting on a massive aid package to Ukraine without giving lawmakers ample time to read the bill.
What did Roy say?
Speaking on the House floor, Roy rebuked lawmakers for rushing to pass the aid package despite only having hours to review it before voting.
“We got a $40 billion bill at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. I haven’t had a chance to review the bill. My staff was poring over the pages trying to see what’s in it,” Roy began.
“You want to talk about the institution? You want to talk about standing up alongside Ukraine? Why don’t we actually have a debate on the floor of the people’s house instead of the garbage of getting a $40 billion bill at 3 o’clock in the afternoon — not paid for, without any idea of what’s really in it, with a massive slush fund that goes to the State Department: $13 billion dollars, $8 billion to the economic support fund, $110 million for embassy security,” he continued.
Instead of passing yet another aid package for Ukraine, Roy said lawmakers’ time would be better spent addressing issues hurting Americans.
“We’ve got $40 billion that is unpaid for and you want to sit here and lecture this body about what we’re going to do or not do about standing alongside Ukraine? Why don’t we talk about the American people who are hurting?” he said. “The wide-open borders, the inflation that’s killing people, the jobs that people can’t get because the cost of goods and services in this country.”
Roy concluded his speech by moving for an adjournment, which did not happen. Democrats, instead, charged that approving the aid package was necessary to demonstrate American solidarity with Ukraine. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even appeared to quote the Bible when she argued for the necessity of the aid package.
Ultimately, the House passed the aid package by a vote of 368 to 57. Only Republican lawmakers voted against the package.
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill later this week. If it passes, that means Congress will have approved more than $50 billion in aid for Ukraine since Russia’s invasion nearly three months ago. In March, Congress approved a $13.6 billion aid package.