Fox Business host Stuart Varney confronted Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) after the congressman suggested he would vote to shut down the federal government.
“Well, reading between the lines, it sounds like you are a holdout again, and that you are quite prepared to shut the government down,” Varney told Roy during a Monday interview. “You are, aren’t you? Yes, you are.”
“Well, let me just say, Stuart, the question here is, do you believe that we should continue to fund a United Nations that literally just stood with Hamas?” Roy asked. “Should we continue to fund a wide open border that is endangering my constituents, where people are dying from fentanyl?”
“No, I’m not going to blindly saddle up and say, sure, let me write another blank check for all of America to wonder what their leaders in Washington are doing,” he continued.
Varney pushed back.
“But I do remember, was it three, four weeks ago?” the Fox Business host said. “House Republicans rejected a deal that Speaker McCarthy had worked out because they said it wasn’t good enough, and we had three weeks where we didn’t have a speaker, and the Republican Party was embarrassed up and down the wazoo throughout the entire country.”
“Well, remember, Stuart, that I was a part of putting forward a proposal that would have reduced spending, secured our border, and kept the government going,” Roy replied.
“Yeah, and you didn’t have the votes for it,” Varney shot back. “So what’s the point? Now we have a speaker. What is the point? If you know you don’t have the votes, so you shut down the government, we’re embarrassed all over again.”
Roy seemed irritated by the line of questioning.
All right, Stuart, what do you want to do?” he wondered. “Sign up for the endless spending plan for our Democratic colleagues that’s destroying our country.”
“If that’s what you want, then just bring Democrats on your show to continue to vomit out all of the ridiculous spending programs and my Republican colleagues who absolutely refuse to do their job and do what they said they would do,” he added.