Too Soon? Fox News Host Can't Help But Giggle As Chip Roy Drops Ukraine Joke

By Greg Moriarty | Wednesday, 14 February 2024 01:50 PM
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In a recent jestful exchange on Fox News, Republican Texas Representative Chip Roy proposed a tongue-in-cheek solution to secure additional federal funding for his state - renaming it "Ukraine."

This humorous suggestion came in response to the Senate's approval of a $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, which saw 22 Republicans voting in favor alongside their Democratic counterparts. However, House Republicans have signaled their reluctance to pass the legislation, citing insufficient border restrictions.

Roy humorously remarked, “Well first of all, I think I might submit a bill pretty soon that will rename Texas to Ukraine, then maybe this administration and even senators will focus on securing the border in the United States.” Fox News' Harris Faulkner responded with laughter, jesting, “Oh my goodness. It might take that.”

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The Texas representative then turned serious, expressing his concerns about the state of the southern border. “Anybody that is sane and sees what’s happening at our southern border would know that you cannot fund foreign wars while our border is wide open and exposed to criminals, lawlessness and terrorists that are coming across the border,” he stated. He further highlighted the ongoing issue of illegal border crossings, citing a recent instance where 7,000 individuals crossed in a single day, including 139 Chinese foreign nationals.

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Roy also voiced his support for Speaker Mike Johnson's stance on the Senate-approved aid package. “He was pretty clear yesterday that this abomination of a bill that came out of the Senate, that those 22 Republicans should not have voted for, that that bill will be dead when it comes to the House,” he said.

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Speaker Johnson has expressed his disapproval of the bill, arguing that it fails to address the crisis at the southern border. Earlier this month, Senate Republicans blocked a border bill that would have allocated $48 billion to Ukraine, nearly $16 billion to Israel, and increased funds for hiring more immigration judges and expediting asylum processing and deportation proceedings.

The bill also included a controversial provision that would not require the Department of Homeland Security to declare an emergency and close the border until the seven-day average of border encounters reached 5,000 daily.

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