Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert


Texas congressman calls Obama's deal with Iran unconstitutional


U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has a lot to say about the impact of trade deals and other events on the modern Gulf region.

Gohmert spoke on the House floor last week about the Obama administration’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a deal with Iran intended to stave off the country's nuclear ambitions and promote international diplomacy.

Gohmert, who regularly appears on CNN and other networks to talk about the specific issues that Americans face in the Middle East, called the plan unconstitutional, citing “pressure on states to drop sanctions” on Iran.

In general, Gohmert says, working out deals with Iran, rather than imposing or maintaining sanctions, allows for the free flow of money that could fall into the hands of terror groups

“Iran is a theocracy that has clearly stated its resolve to continue to support radical Islamic terrorism.” Gohmert said in an email to the Gulf News Journal this week. “(The treaty) provides a huge stream of funds to those who will aid terror groups while placing no meaningful measures in place to prevent Iran from one day achieving the nuclear power they have explicitly stated they desire.”

In response to questions about the need for economic diversification in Saudi Arabia, Gohmert said Iran's allegiance with radical groups disincentivizes Western investment.

“Iran has continuously lined up on the side of radical terrorism and destabilizing the region for the sake of their own power.” Gohmert said. “The Supreme Leader of Iran has time and again called for destabilizing approaches to those who seek stability in the Middle East. By propping up radical terrorists and spreading divisive rhetoric, Iran has caused many in the West to be reluctant to invest in an area that, without the stigma of terrorism and the fear of instability it creates, would be among the world’s most prosperous. The old adage is basically true: ‘Capital is a coward.’ In other words, investment money normally flows to places that appear safe.”

Speaking about the current proxy war in Yemen between Iran-backed parties and others backed by the Saudis, Gohmert said Iranian leadership is controlled by radical Islamism and inherently out to destabilize large parts of the region.

Citing countries such as Syria and Bahrain as well as Lebanon and Iraq, Gohmert talked about how some of the more stable Middle Eastern countries stand up to one of the central powers in the region.

“The leaders in countries not completely torn apart by their interference, in Bahrain specifically, have condemned Iran explicitly.” Gohmert said. “Yemen is no different. Saudi Arabian leaders, with their own grave challenges to overcome, must decide if they are going to be totally committed to eliminating the threat of terrorism, or if they will continue to attempt playing on both sides, when it comes to the destabilizing influences in the world. Make no mistake; Iran has repeatedly been the most destabilizing influence in the region.”

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Rep. Gohmert: Why WOULDN'T Terrorists Take Advantage of an Unsecured Southern Border?


Last week, Fox News Latino reported that a Minnesota suspect is accused of making plans to establish routes for ISIS terrorists between Syria and the United States via Mexico.

One of the American men accused in Minnesota of trying to join the Islamic State group wanted to open up routes from Syria to the U.S. through Mexico, prosecutors said.

Guled Ali Omar told the ISIS members about the route so that it could be used to send members to America to carry out terrorist attacks, prosecutors alleged in a document filed this week.

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert, long a critic of the Obama administration’s lack of border security and radical Islamic terror preparedness, spoke to Conservative Review about the troubling report.  “This revelation is consistent with other reports we have been hearing but the Obama administration has been denying. If you are a radical Islamist and want to kill Americans and destroy our nation, and you keep reading about the 10s of thousands constantly coming over our southern border unimpeded, wouldn't you start planning to come that way?” asked Gohmert.

Gohmert recently spent time on the border.  He told CR that it is not only Latin American migrants coming over the border. “In the last few weeks during my days and nights on the border, I saw people from around the world including Chinese coming through illegally near McAllen,” said Gohmert.

Gohmert noted that “those who want a strong America should be gravely concerned.” In a jab at President Obama, who went to a church where the pastor routinely damned America, Gohmert continued, “If you have ever felt that God should damn America, then it is not such a big deal. The fact that radical Islamic terrorists are seeking every means to infiltrate our country and wreak havoc upon our liberty is nothing new.”

Gohmert has been raising warnings about the combined threat of terrorists coming over the southern border for years

“Unfortunately, the Obama administration has continuously disregarded these warnings and has handicapped the ability of the Border Patrol to secure our Southern border, putting the lives of thousands of law-abiding Americans at risk,” Gohmert added. “This is unacceptable, and Congress must vigilantly act to both secure our southern border and defeat this threat from radical Islamic terrorism.”

Congress has yet to prioritize an effort to stop terrorists from using human smuggling networks to enter the country.

See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/04/rep-gohmert-wants-obama-to-stop-terrorist-pipeline-on-southern-border#sthash.wg471V3H.dpuf

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Texas groups flock to demonstrations in U.S. vs Texas Supreme Court case on immigration


WASHINGTON — Mary Moreno arrived in Washington at 2 a.m. Monday, hours before she and thousands of others would gather at the Supreme Court as the justices heard arguments over President Barack Obama’s controversial immigration plan.

At issue is the United States vs. Texas case that tests whether Obama overstepped his legal bounds in 2014 by issuing executive orders to shield roughly 5 million people in the country illegally from deportation.

Texas, representing 26 states, successfully sued to halt Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA, leading to a complicated legal battle now before the nation’s highest court.

Moreno, of Houston, came with about 70 members of the Texas Organizing Project in order to represent the Texans who disagree with the Lone Star state’s challenge to Obama’s orders, she said. Her group carried signs bearing Gov. Greg Abbott’s image with the words “Gov. Abbott is wrong” and “Keep families together.” Abbott filed the lawsuit in his previous role as attorney general. 

“We felt responsible because our governor was the one who filed this lawsuit. It’s our governor who is blocking more than 5 million people from getting temporary relief,” said Moreno, 43, holding the state flag of Texas. “So we’ve always felt Texas needed to be well represented to show that he doesn’t (speak for) Texas. We do.”

The Texas Organizing Project was one of several Lone Star groups participating in boisterous, musical yet largely peaceful demonstrations at the Supreme Court Monday. Demonstrators held signs reading “Yo soy un Americano,” (I am an American) and “Families Fight Back.”  They chanted “Si se puede,” a Spanish version of Obama’s “Yes We Can” campaign slogan as mariachi music played in between speakers.

Luis Ortega, 21, and his 15-year-old sister Jacky traveled to Washington from Austin with the Workers Defense Project to share their story. As the spring sun blazed, Luis took the podium and said that unlike their parents, his sister is a citizen and he has legal status through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly known as DACA. The program provides temporary deportation relief and renewable two-year work permits to unauthorized young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Ortega’s father travels often to remodel homes for the handicapped, Ortega said, leading to daily fear that he could be caught and deported. Ortega said his family has always “lived in the shadows,” but that DAPA holds promise that could change.

“When DAPA was announced we had a lot of hope, but that was taken away by the lawsuit that began in Texas,” he said, adding that the “fight for our families” also began in Texas.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, flanked by Solicitor General Scott Keller, addressed reporters following the conclusion of the 90-minute hearings. Paxton said he was “encouraged” by the questions posed by several of the justices.

The men repeated their stance that the case isn’t about immigration, but executive overreach. They say the president usurped the authority of Congress when he created the contentious DAPA program. Several Republican members of the Texas Congressional delegation have agreed.

“This case has always been about the separation of powers. What DAPA does is transform unlawful conduct into lawful conduct,” Keller said. “If the executive, the president has the power to do that, I think that should trouble every American, because it’s Congress’ power.”

Asked if he wished more in the crowd appeared to support Texas’ position, Paxton took the long view.

“We are here defending the Constitution and so whether we have people out here or not is not relevant,” he said.

Julissa Arce, a former Texan whose own story of living in the United States illegally rose to prominence because of her career on Wall Street, roamed the crowd with a camera crew on Monday. Arce, now an immigrant rights advocate, moved to San Antonio at 11 years old from Mexico.

She decried what she says is a changing political culture in Texas that has led to the immigration challenge before the Supreme Court.  

“Texas is the same state that 15 years ago became the first  to allow undocumented children to go to college under Republican Gov. Rick Perry,” she said. “Fifteen years later, we’ve completely done a 180 … I am a true Texan and the fact that this is all starting in my home state is incredibly infuriating.”

Groups in favor of Obama’s actions were the bulk of demonstrators Monday, but a few dozen people with the Tea Party Patriots gathered just in front of the courthouse steps, just feet away from pro-DAPA supporters.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, addressed the Tea Party crowd and said while he values Hispanic culture, the case is about the law.

“My hope and prayer is we will continue to be a nation that enforces the law fairly … no matter who you are; where we embrace immigration more than any other country in the world so immigrants will want to continue to come here,” he said. “But once we give in to this kind of anarchy and the demands to forget the law, don’t enforce the law, then we are done.”

Robert Coffey, who grew up in Longview, Texas, but now lives in North Carolina, took an eight-hour bus ride to join the Tea Party Patriots’ demonstration.

The 78-year-old retired chemical engineer said he was inspired to come because of a separate Supreme Court matter — the Obama nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the court. Still, he couldn’t help but ponder the immigration issue. Some of his Tea Party colleagues engaged in a war of words with pro-DAPA and pro-DACA supporters, but he feels torn.

On one hand, “We’ve got to stop the influx of people (coming to the country) illegally,” he said. But “when you meet them, these are real people with real lives. You have to have a little compassion … it’s a complicated issue.”

The Supreme Court will consider not just the legality of Obama’s executive orders but also whether Texas has standing in the case. The state argues it does because of the costs of issuing permits to those who qualify under the program.

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Kari's Law: Father testifies in D.C.


A federal bill requiring phones in motels and other businesses to reach emergency 911 help directly got a hearing Wednesday in a House subcommittee probing whether a national version of Kari's Law should move forward.

A federal version of the newly minted Texas law was re-filed in Washington by U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Tyler Republican, in December, with a companion filed in the Senate more recently by Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn and other senators.

Gohmert said late last year that groundwork laid by Texas state lawmakers greatly enhanced the bill's chance of going national.

"The possibility of even one more person experiencing the horror of not getting help during an emergency, when the solution is so amazingly simple, is intolerable," Gohmert wrote Wednesday in support of his House Resolution 4167, which provides a two-year implementation. "It is also noteworthy that this bill should remove from hotels the risk of potential liabilities."

The Texas bill was championed by Hank Hunt, father of the bill's namesake, Kari Dunn, who was murdered in 2013 by her estranged husband in a Marshall motel room while her 9-year-old daughter tried unsuccessfully to dial 911. The girl did not know that the motel phone system required dialing an extra 9 to reach an outside line.

In March 2015, Dunn's husband, Brad Dunn, was sentenced to 99 years in prison for the fatal stabbing.

"I've learned in the 864 days since my daughter passed away - people want this law," Hunt told the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. "In order for this to be consistent across the country, we need a federal act."

Kari's Law won passage from the 2015 Texas Legislature after hospitality and communications associations signed onto the idea.

Today's multi-line phone systems, it turned out, can be adjusted to eliminate the extra dialing step with a software change at negligible cost, industry officials testified in Austin last year.

"It's a very simple procedure, very little to no cost," Hunt told the subcommittee Wednesday.

Illinois, Maryland, Tennessee and Suffolk County, New York, have passed their own versions of Kari's Law. Gohmert's support letter said 18 states now have a similar requirement for phone systems, and five more have begun considering versions.

Hunt was one of a panel of citizens testifying on seven communications bills pending in the House.

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Lawmakers call for IRS chief's head after stolen SSN admission


Congressional disgust with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen deepened on Wednesday after his claim that the agency effectively encourages illegal immigrants to file tax returns using fraudulent Social Security numbers, with lawmakers calling for his ouster.

"I think it certainly is appropriate to talk about new leadership," South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican who sits on the Senate Finance Committee, told the Washington Examiner.

Koskinen on Tuesday told Scott's committee that the agency does not take action when tax returns are submitted using fraudulent personal information. "It's not the normal identity theft situation," Koskinen said, adding that it helps the government to collect more revenue.

Members continued to press Koskinen on the issue on Wednesday when he testified before a panel of the House Small Business Committee. "If folks are here illegally, I get that you want to collect tax revenue... but should any agency go along with what it knows to be illegal activity?" asked Virginia Republican Rep. Dave Brat.

Koskinen held firm, saying his agency's main goal is to maximize revenue, not to enforce the law. "The tax code is set up, and our obligation, everybody who is earning money has an obligation to pay taxes, and we do everything we can to make sure they pay those taxes," he said. "To the extent that to get the employment, they've borrowed or somehow gotten a Social Security number, that's not a jurisdiction we have.

"Our job is to make sure people pay the taxes they owe from the earnings they've had," he added. "To the extent that they're here under circumstances that don't meet the immigration laws or don't correspond with the Social Security Administration, it's really [other] agencies' job to pursue that."

Yet whether Koskinen's interest is genuinely in optimizing revenue, experts pointed out, is impossible to judge based on facts, because the IRS does not disclose the data. "In one sense, he was not telling the truth when he said their only interest is in maximizing revenue," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. "It's entirely plausible that the U.S. Treasury loses money when illegal immigrants file tax returns… The IRS has a way of knowing, but we don't."

Though Koskinen was appointed to renew trust in the IRS after it was discovered the agency had improperly targeted conservative groups under his predecessor, Lois Lerner, that has not happened to date. In fact, historic skepticism of the agency largely helped to fuel an October resolution in the House calling for his impeachment over "deception" and "destruction of evidence" related to the agency's improper targeting.

Though the bill has 62 cosponsors, it has largely languished since its introduction. After the newest admission, members were reminded that it was still on their agenda.

"Koskinen's comments were troubling, to say the least," said Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, one of the resolution's cosponsors. "This admission that the agency is complicit in rewarding illegal immigrants' use of stolen Social Security numbers displays the IRS' unaccountable, arbitrary, capricious nature," and further supports Koskinen's impeachment "for high crimes and misdemeanors," he said.

"It's the alternate universe in which too many people in this administration live," Scott said. "It's hard to understand and digest Koskinen's answers to a number of questions. [They] should cause us all to pause and say 'What?' That really is your response to a question on the record?

"It's obvious that if he was brought in to be the 'fix it' man, things have gotten worse, not better," he said.

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Lawmakers want to make dialing 911 from businesses easier after East Texas woman’s death


WASHINGTON — The room was silent as Hank Hunt recounted how his granddaughter frantically tried to reach 911 as her mother lay dying.

The child was just 9 years old when her mother, Kari Hunt Dunn, was stabbed multiple times by her estranged husband in an East Texas hotel bathroom in 2013. The girl dialed 911 as she had been taught to do during emergencies, but couldn’t get through because she didn’t know the hotel telephone system required her to dial “9” first.

“She grabbed the phone and she called 911. It didn’t work. Said she heard static. She tried again. Nothing,” Hunt, of Winona, testified Wednesday in a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. “She tried again and again, four times in total. Nothing.”

His granddaughter would later tell him: “I tried, but it wouldn’t work, Papa.”

Hunt has since pushed lawmakers to pass Kari’s Law, a measure that would enable direct access to 911 from any phone. Specifically, the law would require multi-line telephone systems, like those often found in hotels or offices, to have a default configuration that enables users to dial 911 without a prefix.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed off on Kari’s Law last year.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is now behind a bill to make it law nationwide.

Rep. Louie Gohmert is behind Kari’s Law, which would require all phone systems to allow direct dial to 911 without first dialing a prefix.

Gohmert, who introduced the bill last December, said in a statement submitted to the committee that many hotel chains have begun voluntarily changing their phone systems. He also noted that several states, like Texas, have adopted versions of the law. His legislation aims to bring uniformity.

Gohmert’s measure has bipartisan support, including from many Texas Democrats, but it’s unclear whether it has a shot at becoming national law this year. Gohmert, however, expressed confidence in its success.

A few lawmakers expressed concern during the hearing that the legislation wouldn’t also make location data available when a person dials 911. Hunt and Gohmert said they are worried that would hinder the bill’s passage because of privacy concerns. 

“There are pros and cons on the (location data) issue,” Gohmert acknowledged following the hearing. “But for heaven’s sake, let somebody get the emergency person when they dial 911. Bottom line.”

Wednesday’s event was a legislative hearing only. The committee has not set a vote.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, has also introduced a version of Kari’s Law. Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Ted Cruz, both Republicans, are among the cosponsors of the bill. That measure is now under consideration by the Commerce, Science and Transportation committee.

Nearly 550,000 people have signed Hunt’s online petition at change.org calling for its passage.

Brad Dunn was found guilty last year in the murder of his estranged wife and sentenced to 99 years in prison, according to The Associated Press.

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Salvation Army celebrates 75th year of serving Angelina County area


During the Salvation Army of Lufkin’s 75th anniversary celebration Wednesday night at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, right, presents Capt. Jason Moore, center, and Major Mario Maldonado with a U.S. flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol for one day in honor of the organization’s years of service.

The Salvation Army celebrated its 75th year of serving the Angelina County area Wednesday night at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center with guest speaker Lt. Col. Allen West.

The celebration kicked off with Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches leading the room in the Pledges of Allegiance for the United States and the Texas flags, followed by the national anthem performed by Dianne Finch.

State Rep. Trent Ashby then gave heartfelt statements about the Salvation Army as tears came to his eyes.

“There are a lot of people that are struggling in our community, and it’s just great that we have the Salvation Army to help those that need it most,” Ashby said. “As you know, in our country and with the economic times we are experiencing, there is never a greater need than there is right now for the services provided by the Salvation Army. So it has been personally gratifying to be affiliated with such a wonderful organization that really changes lives every day.”

Ashby also read a proclamation from Gov. Greg Abbott congratulating the Salvation Army of Lufkin on its 75th anniversary.

“Since 1941, your organization has provided indispensable services to your community and has played an important role in the lives of Angelina County,” Ashby read. “I wish you continued success in the future.”  

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert also gave statements during the event.

“It is just such a treat to be here — first off, just to be at something that is not political,” Gohmert said as the crowd laughed, “but then for something that is so worthy as the Salvation Army that has its foundation where the foundation ought to be for helping people. … The Salvation Army has done it right; they make sure they have people who have hearts after the Lord’s own.”

Gohmert then presented Capt. Jason Moore and Major Mario Maldonado of the Lufkin Salvation Army with a U.S. flag, which had been flown on the flagpole over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., for one day in honor of the Lufkin organization. 

West currently serves as president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis. He is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family, and during his 22-year career in the U.S. Army, he served in several combat zones and has received numerous honors. West was named the U.S. Army ROTC Instructor of the Year in 1993, and in 2010, he was elected to Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District. 

Additionally, West is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, legacy life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, life member of the Association of the United States Army, life member of the National Rifle Association, Fox News contributor, author of “Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom” and recently appointed member of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission.

During his speech, West spoke of the history of the Salvation Army, listed every general who has headed the organization and discussed the importance of God in people’s lives.

“When I think about all the harm, the loss and the ruin that is out there, and when I think about how our children are destroying their lives with drugs, that is because there is a God-shaped hole in their hearts,” West said. “They are looking for something to try to fill that God-shaped hole, and we need an organization like this to come and talk about what true salvation is so they don’t turn to something else to try to fill that hole. That is what we are challenged to do as we go forward from this 75th anniversary to make sure there is a 150th anniversary for the Salvation Army here in Lufkin.” 

Moore said he was grateful for those who attended and overwhelmed by the support the local community has given the Salvation Army.

“Thank you so much, and I know God is going to bless you so much for what you have done for others, all you have done in the past, all that you are doing right now and all that you are going to do,” Moore said. “I know God is up to something, and I am just glad to be partaking in his blessings for our lives.”

In its 75 years, the Salvation Army of Lufkin has provided the area with over 1,400,000 pieces of clothing, more than 888,000 bags of food and 345,000 toys; assisted 55,400 people with rent or utilities; and provided more than 3.6 million people with emergency assistance. To learn more about becoming involved with the Salvation Army of Lufkin, call the organization at 634-5132.

Casey Sizemore’s email address is csizemore@lufkindailynews.com.

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Gohmert Objects to President Obama’s Eastern District of Texas Judge Nominee


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding his opposition to the nomination of  Karen Gren Scholer to fill a vacancy on the federal district court for the Eastern District of Texas:

“It is my firm belief that an individual who lives and works within the Eastern District of Texas should be selected to fill such an important vacancy within this area. Otherwise, the message is that out of the thousands of attorneys living within this one fourth of the State, no one is properly qualified. Having served on both a district bench and appellate bench in east Texas, I am convinced that there are a great many lawyers and judges in east Texas who can go toe to toe with any lawyers or judges in the country."

"The suggested nominee appears to be eminently qualified, and no disrespect is intended to her recommendation as an attorney and judge. It appears she may well be an appropriate nominee in the district in which she lives. However, there are a number of eminently qualified people who live in this district as well, who could fill such a rare opening."

"Most Presidents favor nominating individuals with their same party affiliation, but there are extremely capable attorneys and judges in east Texas who are Democrats and additional time should be given to persuade them to apply now that we see the President does not consider current applicants acceptable. Some have practiced law in front of me, or been colleagues on the State bench at the same time. There are some judges elected or appointed as Republicans who should also be acceptable. Though I would not accept a nomination to the bench at this point in my life no matter who was President, I know plenty in east Texans who are qualified and would make us quite proud as federal judges here in our fourth of this great State.” 

Read the letter Rep. Louie Gohmert sent to President Obama, here.

Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as State District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals of Texas.
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Interior Dept Spent $15 Million On A Crime Database That Doesn’t Work


House lawmakers had some harsh words for a top Department of the Interior (DOI) official over the agency’s failure to create a functioning law enforcement database for federal lands after wasting $15 million over more than a decade.

“This is government incompetence rivaled only by the roll-out of the Obamacare website,” Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert said in opening comments during a House Committee on Natural Resources hearing Thursday.

“This is government waste, fraud and abuse to the extreme,” Gohmert said.

Gohmert is referring to Interior’s project to create a department-wide law enforcement database called the Incident Management, Analysis, and Reporting System, or IMARS. DOI started working on the database shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, and it’s supposed to help officials track “use of force reporting, weapons qualification tracking, offline incident reporting, various mapping options, and more,” according to a House hearing memo.

DOI hasn’t fully implemented IMARS. It’s only been partially rolled out and suffers from numerous issues, according to Gohmert. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have also refused to use IMARS and won’t fund the program.

Lawmakers are clearly not happy there’s been slow progress on IMARS despite spending $15 million over more than a decade to implement the program. DOI even admitted in its 2017 budget request only 14 percent of verified, reportable incidents were put into IMARS in 2015. That’s not good enough for Congress.

“While IMARs initially held major promise to help officers report and track important data, the department’s implementation of the system has been slow and expensive,” Michigan Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell said. “We need to know why. We need to understand.”

From the beginning, IMARs was beset by problems. DOI paid Lockheed Martin $4.4 million in 2006 for “for a pilot project to develop an integrated information technology system to improve Interior’s law enforcement, emergency management, and security operations.”

That contractor apparently “botched the job,” according to Dingell. In fact, a 2009 DOI inspector general report found “there were delays in the IMARS contract solicitation process.” The IG noted “repeated delays and excessive cost have caused some bureaus to lose confidence in the IMARS program and question whether it will ever be operational.”

In 2010, DOI paid Niche Technology $9.9 million to finish the project, but even so IMARS has not been fully implemented across Interior’s seven law enforcement agencies.

Harry Humbert, the head of resource protection and emergency services at DOI, had a much rosier picture of the state of IMARS, saying the database was operational and was already improving law enforcement on federal lands.

“The IMARS is now operational and allows the bureaus to readily share law enforcement information across the Department,” Hubert told lawmakers, according to his prepared testimony.

“To date, five of the seven Department law enforcement programs,” he said. “In total, close to 4,000 of the Department’s 4,900 law enforcement officers and operations personnel currently use IMARS.”

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Gohmert on President Obama’s Supreme Court Justice Selection


Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today concerning President Obama’s selection of Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy: 

“The current election cycle, highly contested and contentious, has revealed one thing – that this nation is deeply divided on countless issues. Though I have not agreed with political positions of now Vice-President Joe Biden and Senator Chuck Schumer, their previously adamant position that a sitting President should not be selecting a Supreme Court Justice late in the President’s term has some potential merit in a situation such as we now have. I think the previous positions that even in the third year of a President’s term he or she should not get to select a Justice goes much too far. However, when the Presidential election process is well underway and primary elections taking place, it is appropriate to wait. 

I also remember friends such as Andrew Hanen and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen were made to wait for about four years, into the next term before they were finally given a hearing. Even Tyler’s own Leonard Davis was unfairly blocked from having a hearing for so long that his nomination as a federal judge lapsed, which delayed his becoming a federal judge from his nomination by Pres. George H.W. Bush until about a decade later when George W. Bush was sworn in as a President and he re-nominated him. 

Simply stated, the American people should have the opportunity to choose a new President before a Supreme Court Justice is seated. Their voices should guide such an important process of this nature; particularly, when an appointment at this time will bring an end to the freedoms, such as religious freedoms, and rights, such as Second Amendment rights, protected under our Constitution.

“We cannot allow President Obama to take this important decision away from the people and further fundamentally transform America in ways he promised he would not before he got elected. The tone shifting throughout the nation is clear: the American people need to decide if they want to continue the onslaught on the plain language of the Constitution with so many freedoms under attack, or if they truly want to continue down this path to moral and financial bankruptcy as a nation.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.


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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3035
Fax 202-226-1230

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Natural Resources

Serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Louie Gohmert was first sworn in January 4, 2005. He proudly represents the First District of Texas which encompasses over 12 counties stretching nearly 120 miles down the state’s eastern border.

During these trying economic times, Rep. Gohmert is developing innovative solutions to jumpstart our economy and offering practical alternatives to the government’s bailout frenzy. His “Federal Income Tax Holiday” gained widespread national support from the grassroots level to national leaders, allowing taxpayers to decide how best to spend their hard-earned money. Louie has repeatedly called for an end to the socialization of our economy and decried the notion that Washington Bureaucrats know better than American taxpayers.

Louie serves on numerous House committees and subcommittees. He was recently named Vice Chair of the Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security due to his extensive knowledge stemming from years in the court room.

Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. During his tenure on the bench, he gained national and international attention for some of his innovative rulings. He was later appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

Louie received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and later graduated from Baylor School of Law. He is also a veteran having served his country as Captain in the U.S. Army.

Today, he and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of three daughters. Their family attends Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, where Louie has served as a deacon and still teaches Sunday school.

Serving With

Ted Poe


Sam Johnson


John Ratcliffe


Jeb Hensarling


Joe Barton


John Culberson


Kevin Brady


Michael McCaul


Michael Conaway


Kay Granger


Mac Thornberry


Randy Weber


Bill Flores


Randy Neugebauer


Lamar Smith


Pete Olson


Will Hurd


Kenny Marchant


Roger Williams


Michael Burgess


Blake Farenthold


John Carter


Pete Sessions


Brian Babin


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