UPDATED 7:20 PM PT – Monday, August 23, 2021
The House Freedom Caucus held a press briefing regarding Democrats’ wasteful spending plans. Amid the House’s return to the Capitol on Monday, members of the House Freedom Caucus laid out their perspective on both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion budget.
The group of Republicans slammed Democrats over their push for wasteful spending in both bills by saying further discussion needed to take place before they were passed. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) pointed out instead of the House reconvening to address the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, they came back to discuss Socialist Democrat spending bills that would rack up the national debt.
“Thousands of Americans are still on the outside of gates looking to try to get into the airport in Afghanistan, in Kabul,” he stated. “…Instead of having conversations about what we can do to push this administration to do its job, we’re here to spend $3.5 trillion we don’t have and we’re here to have the federal takeover of elections.”
“When thousands of Americans are still on the outside of gates looking to try to get into the airport in Afghanistan … Instead of sitting in here and having hearings … we’re here to spend 3.5 trillion dollars we don’t have.”
Rep Roy opens fire on Pelosi’s priorities: pic.twitter.com/qZUkVU7Qzj
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) August 23, 2021
The House would also take up a so-called voting rights bill, which House Freedom Caucus members argued would strip rights away from states to run their own elections.
“By the way, we’ll be voting on H.R. 4 in the name of the Voting Rights Act, a massive federal takeover of elections. Now that’s purposeful,” Roy stated. “The new word is to say that somehow putting in voter integrities, somehow voter suppression is then somehow undermining the rights of people to vote.”
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) took the opportunity to take shots at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for trying to pass what Greene called the Green New Deal disguised as infrastructure and budget reconciliation bills.
She went on to say, “I find it pretty appalling and pretty shocking that Nancy Pelosi, who has always come across as a pretty tough woman to me, has actually given and been bullied by the Squad, the radical Squad into passing the Green New Deal this week.”
Nancy Pelosi brought us back to pass the Green New Deal disguised as a $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” spending spree & a $3.5 trillion budget.
I’ll be voting NO on this communist plan that will put America on its knees to China.
Every Republican should join me and a STOP it. pic.twitter.com/gDuRJR8ZJO
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) August 23, 2021
Greene urged all Republicans to vote against the bills until they were trimmed of wasteful Democrat wish list items, such as human infrastructure and the expansion of Medicare.
“Shame on all of them. We have to vote no,” she asserted. “The entire GOP conference must hold together, vote as a block, voting no to infrastructure, no to the budget and no to the federalization of our elections.”
Democrats hold a slim majority in the House so there is a possibility the legislation could face an uphill battle amid moderate Democrat and Republican opposition.