GOP lawmaker delays House for second week

GOP lawmaker delays House for second week
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GOP lawmaker Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyHouse GOP stages mask mandate protest House clears .1 billion Capitol security bill, sending to Biden House at war over Jan. 6 inquiry, mask mandate MORE (Texas) for a second week in a row is seeking to draw attention to his calls for the House to provide aid at the border by forcing votes on procedural motions meant to stall work in the chamber. 

Roy on Tuesday forced a vote on a motion for the committee to rise, as he tries to pressure House Democratic leaders into bringing a bill providing $4.5 billion in supplemental border funding to the floor.

The move by the Texas Republican, who previously worked as a staffer for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz228 Republican lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade GOP, Democrats battle over masks in House, Senate Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE (R-Texas), follows him forcing a motion to vacation last week and calling for roll call votes on more than 100 amendments on an appropriations bill in an attempt to draw attention to his call for humanitarian border aid. Despite gripes from a number of members on both sides of the aisle last week, House conservatives have continued to request recorded votes on amendments this week.


Proponents of the move argue it's necessary to ensure there is enough funding to address humanitarian and security needs at the border.

"We reserve the right to make decisions about what I think is going to be the best tactics to ensure that we highlight this issue," Roy said at a press conference earlier in the day.

"But that's the objective, it's to draw the attention of the American people on this important issues, and to make sure that Congress doesn't allow itself to just sit here coasting on autopilot, doing their swamp thing going to dinners and not actually doing the business of legislating the American people asked us to do."