Speaking to a nearly empty House chamber on Thursday, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) delivered an impassioned speech excoriating the legislative body for its failed leadership as U.S. cities burn amid a pandemic and a cratering economy.
After explaining how a recent visit to Independence Hall fixed in his mind the extraordinary nature of American representative government, Roy said, “This people’s House, in my opinion, is failing the people of the United States. I’m going to say that again. The people’s House, the 435 representatives that make up this half of Congress — one-half of one-third of the federal government — is failing the American people.”
“It is failing the American people because we literally never debate,” Roy continued. “We literally never offer amendments and have any debate here on this floor. We are ruled by a handful of folks who make rooms in back chambers, drop bills on the floor of the House, and then demand we come down