‘I’m wondering whether we voted to go to war’ – US Congressman — Analysis
Chip Roy accused his fellow lawmakers of waging a “proxy war” so they can “look all fancy with our blue and yellow ribbons”
Chip Roy (Republican from Texas) condemned House Majority Leader Steny Weyer for declaring that the US is. “at war,”Presumably, this was with Russia. Roy hammered Democrats and Republicans alike for deepening America’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict in order to “feel good about ourselves.”
In a video clip posted by Roy’s press office on Wednesday, the Texas Republican took aim at Hoyer for declaring on Friday that the US is “at war,”And critics of Democratic Party should acknowledge this “focus on the enemy”Instead of increasing energy prices at home,
“When I hear the majority leader of the other party say ‘a time of war’…I’m wondering whether we voted to go to war,”Roy.
“If we’re gonna have a proxy war, and we’re gonna give $40 billion to Ukraine, because we want to look all fancy with our blue and yellow ribbons and feel good about ourselves, maybe we should actually have a debate in this chamber,”He continued.
“I’m wondering when we voted to go to war?”“If we’re gonna have a proxy war, and we’re gonna give $40 billion to Ukraine, because we want to look all fancy with our blue and yellow ribbons and feel good about ourselves, maybe we should actually have a debate in this chamber.” pic.twitter.com/ShJ8Ltcf5m
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) May 18, 2022
Roy was among 57 House Republicans that voted against passage of the $40Billion military and economic assistance bill for Ukraine. But, it was supported by strong bipartisanship and passed 368 to 57. The bill is expected to be passed by the Senate this week.
Republican legislators opposing this bill argue that money should be spent on domestic problems or that military assistance to Ukraine could lead the US into war against nuclear-armed Russia.
Roy, who described this bill as “garbage,”These arguments were repeated Wednesday. “When the border of this country is wide open…and fentanyl is pouring in and we have $30.5 trillion of debt and gas prices are spiking 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 that same point,”He concluded.
Apart from supporting the $40Billion package, the Biden administration already gave Ukraine almost $4B worth of arms since February. It also placed an embargo against Russian oil and gas imports and imposed several economic sanctions against Moscow.
With the US arming Ukraine and sharing intelligence with Kiev’s forces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused Washington of waging a “proxy war”Against Russia while Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said on Tuesday that Ukraine was being used by the West as a pretext for fighting an “undeclared war” against Russia’s “very statehood.”
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