House Republican says colleagues' 'job' is to slow Democratic priorities

GOP Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyFreedom Caucus urges opposition to defense bill over 'draft our daughters' provision GOP leader taking proxy voting fight to Supreme Court Reps. Greene, Roy fined for not wearing masks on House floor MORE (Texas) said that he believes it is his and his Republican colleagues’ “job” to “do everything we can” to slow down Democrats’ policy agenda. 

The remarks came in a recently surfaced video from an event hosted by former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum’s (Pa.) group, Patriot Voices, last month.

In the video, which was circulated online by Democratic activist Lauren Windsor, Roy expressed doubt that the House will be able to achieve bipartisanship on a number of issues, including infrastructure and transportation. 

ADVERTISEMENT

“Honestly, right now, for the next 18 months, our job is to do everything we can to slow all of that down to get to December of 2022, and then get in there and lead,” he said. 

Roy then went on to comment on the bipartisan infrastructure deal reached last month between President BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE and a group of Republican and Democratic senators, arguing, “The people who were working to cut the deal, by the way, were not your conservative warriors in the Senate.”

"Nobody knows what anybody’s gonna do right now,” Roy added. “That’s the thing, this is the problem. I actually say, ‘Thank the Lord, 18 more months of chaos and the inability to get stuff done.’ That’s what we want.”

ADVERTISEMENT

In a statement shared with The Hill, Roy doubled down on his remarks, explaining that he is "in favor of anything that slows down and halts radical leftist legislation, including chaotic negotiations like Biden’s incoherent infrastructure dialogue that left all parties confused." 

"I do not apologize one bit for pushing back against the leftist mob that seeks to destroy America from within," he continued. "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."

The remarks come as several Republicans have signaled opposition to Biden’s proposed multitrillion-dollar infrastructure package, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWe don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble House passes standalone bill to provide B for Israel's Iron Dome MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday saying Republicans would wage a "hell of a fight" over Democrats’ attempts to pass the bill. 

The framework as agreed upon by Biden and the coalition of bipartisan senators, which included moderates like Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsLooking to the past to secure America's clean energy future Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike MORE (R-Maine) and Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Poll from liberal group shows more voters in key states back .5T bill Why Democrats opposing Biden's tax plan have it wrong MORE (D-W.Va.), includes $579 billion in new spending over five years for a total of $973 billion over five years and just over $1.2 trillion over eight years.

The plan also allocates $312 billion for transportation programs, with the remaining $266 billion going to areas like water infrastructure, broadband and environmental remediation. 

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats press Schumer on removing Confederate statues from Capitol Democrats' do-or-die moment Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan MORE (D-N.Y.) has said that he wants to hold a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the budget resolution, which would allow Democrats to pass a second, larger infrastructure bill along party lines.

The opposition from Republicans comes as they are looking to take control of the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections. Democrats currently hold slim majorities in both chambers. 

--Updated at 1:13 p.m.