On Tuesday, amid the House vote to extend the debt ceiling until December, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said he would not vote for the extension — and offered a long string of culture-war grievances as his explanation why.
"[People] do know that these dollars are being used to fund government tyranny over their lives," said Roy, a former staffer to Sen. Ted Cruz. "That's what those dollars are being used for. For a border that's not secure. For cartels that are ripping into Texas. For critical race theory being taught to our children. To not fund police. To have the FBI going after parents and school boards. Vax mandates, shutting down businesses, forcing people to comply or they lose their jobs. Energy poverty. Preventing people from actually getting the energy to heat their homes, drive their cars and go to work. That is what our colleagues on the other side of the aisle want us to borrow half a trillion dollars to keep funding!"
The debt ceiling is not actually a limit on the amount of money that Congress can spend, but on the amount of debt that can be issued to pay for money already spent — meaning that a breach would trigger federal default, a never-before-seen situation that experts warn could cause global economic catastrophe.