GOP congressman caught on video saying he wants '18 more months of chaos' to stall Democrats so Republicans can retake Congress in 2022

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Rep. Chip Roy sitting next to a microphone at a congressional hearing, with part of a US flag visible in the background.
Rep. Chip Roy of Texas. Patrick Semansky, File/Associated Press
  • Rep. Chip Roy said he wanted to block Democrats so Republicans could retake Congress in 2022.

  • "Our job is to do everything we can to slow all of that down," then "get in here and lead," he said.

  • It's likely to fuel Democrats' characterizations of Republicans as uninterested in striking deals.

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A GOP congressman from Texas said in a secretly taped video that he supported blocking Democrats with "18 more months of chaos" so that Republicans would have a shot at reclaiming Congress in the 2022 midterm elections.

"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 here and lead," Rep. Chip Roy said in a video taped by Lauren Windsor, a Democratic activist.

He added: "Nobody knows what anybody's gonna do right now. That's the thing; this is the problem. I actually say, 'Thank you, Lord, 18 more months of chaos and the inability to get stuff done.' That's what we want."

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Roy also said the moderate Republicans who negotiated a $579 billion infrastructure agreement weren't "conservative warriors." Months of talks eventually produced an agreement on a framework last month - President Joe Biden initially tied its passage to the success of a bill supported by only Democrats, but he backed down on his veto threat after criticism from Senate Republicans.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has dug in on not approving the bipartisan agreement unless the Senate clears a multitrillion-dollar reconciliation bill containing social and health initiatives. That pathway allows Democrats to bypass Republicans and approve certain bills with a simple majority in the Senate.

"And so they're cutting a deal, but then Biden, who came out and said, 'We've got a deal,' allowed Pelosi to basically kind of step in and go, 'Whoop, no you don't,'" Roy could be heard saying in the video.

The remarks are likely to fuel Democrats' characterizations of Republicans as uninterested in striking deals on issues such as the economy, immigration, and policing. Many Democrats have pointed to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's comment earlier this year that he was "100%" focused on stopping the Biden administration.

Roy doubled down on his remarks in a statement shared with Insider on Wednesday. "For the next 18 months, Republicans' job is to do everything that we can to slow down and block the Democrats' radical agenda, and then win the majority and lead," he said.

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