Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) put his own party on blast during a fiery speech on the House floor on Wednesday that included a blunt challenge for his Republican colleagues.
“One thing! I want my Republican colleagues to give me one thing ― one! ― that I can go campaign on and say we did,” he said. “One! Anybody sitting in the complex, if you want to come down to the floor and come explain to me, one material, meaningful, significant thing the Republican majority has done besides, ‘Well, I guess it’s not as bad as the Democrats.’”
Republicans took control of the House at the start of the year and have since gone through two protracted contests for speaker ― including the first-ever to be toppled in a floor vote ― and weeks without a leader.
The resulting chaos has led to the least productive Congress in nearly a century, with just 21 bills becoming law.
Given that track record, Roy got plenty of replies, but most were from his Democratic rivals.
Two U.S. senators, Tina Smith (Minn.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), each responded by sharing the same meme from Clickhole:
Multiple observers said Roy was delivering a gift to Democratic campaigns and those who make ads for them:
And others ― including numerous Democratic lawmakers ― chimed in with their own replies to Roy:
Couldn’t have said it better myself @chiproytx.
As a reminder, in the 117th Congress the Democratic Majority:
✅Passed historic investments in critical infrastructure
✅Ushered in a domestic manufacturing boom
✅Created nearly 11 MILLION new jobs #DemsGetItDonehttps://t.co/1nFQNVGYY9
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) November 15, 2023
This is the biggest Do Nothing Republican Congress in the history of Do Nothing Congresses!
The only meaningful legislation that passed in this GOP House were a debt ceiling increase and two CRs to avoid Government shutdowns and guess what… they all passed because Democrats… https://t.co/SDeyswpbbL
— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) November 15, 2023
Wow a top House republican just said from the floor he can’t name one meaningful thing the republican party has done in power. I can’t either! https://t.co/8jAtcVfb8a
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@BillPascrell) November 15, 2023
Dear Chip Roy: Here’s one thing that former Speaker Kevin McCarthy bragged about doing as one of his first actions:
—House Republicans took turns reading the Constitution out loud on the House Floor. https://t.co/bKwmIJ6IeY
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 15, 2023
Rep. Chip Roy has an epiphany about the House Republican Conference.
— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) November 15, 2023
I keep telling you the Republican Party is not a governing party. It’s a grievance party. They don’t even try to pass laws to help their own constituents anymore. All they do is get their voters to be mad at the other guys. https://t.co/BjT6Ccabke
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 15, 2023