- Rep. Chip Roy said he wanted to continue to block Democrats’ legislative priorities for the next 18 months.
- The Texas lawmaker made the statements during a Capitol Hill event last week, where he was secretly recorded.
- Roy doubled down on his statements on Wednesday, refusing to apologize.
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Republican Rep. Chip Roy doubled down on Wednesday after a secret recording of a Capitol Hill event last week caught the Texas lawmaker hoping for “18 more months of chaos and the inability to get stuff done” so Republicans could take control of Congress in 2022.
In a video posted by Democratic activist Lauren Windsor on Tuesday, Roy can be heard responding to a question about ongoing infrastructure negotiations between President Joe Biden and Congress.
“I mean honestly right now, for the next 18 months, our job is to do everything that we can to slow all of that down to get to December of 2022, and then get in here and lead,” Roy was filmed saying, without his apparent knowledge.
-Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) July 6, 2021
Roy made the remarks at a June 29 Patriot Voices event.
The 2-minute video sparked controversy among liberals on Twitter who viewed the comments as further proof infrastructure negotiations should move forward without bipartisan input.
Roy, who was elected to Congress in 2018 after previously serving as an aide to Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen John Cornyn, doubled down on his remarks on Wednesday.
In a statement to Insider, Roy said Republicans’ job for the next 18 months is to do “everything that we can to slow down and block the Democrats’ radical agenda, and then win the majority and lead.”
“I am in favor of anything that slow down and halts radical leftist legislation, including chaotic negotiations like Biden’s incoherent infrastructure dialogue that left all parties confused,” Roy added.
Roy’s original comments were in reference to negotiations between Democrats and Biden on a bipartisan infrastructure package, as well as a separate reconciliation package that included Democratic priorities. Some progressives have threatened to oppose any bipartisan infrastructure bill that isn’t accompanied by a simultaneous budget resolution.
Biden was forced to capitulate last month after he said he wouldn’t sign a bipartisan infrastructure bill without a reconciliation plan that included “human infrastructure.”
In his Wednesday acknowledgment of the leaked video, Roy also went after “swamp-dwelling pseudo journalists” and certain Republicans.
“As shocking as this may be to some, I am not, nor have I ever been a leftist,” Roy said. “Therefore, I oppose leftist policies. Nor have I ever been a Republican who runs as a conservative but then sells the watered-down version of the leftist as ‘the best we can do.’ It is not.”
“I do not apologize one bit for pushing back against the leftist mob that seeks to destroy America from within. I am proud of this country, not embarrassed by it and I will obstruct the agenda of those that are with everything I’ve got,” he added.
Roy ended his statement by addressing “those waking from their slumber,” declaring he opposes “almost everything that Congress does” and will continue to do so until the body “does something actually worth supporting.