Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

ALG praises Gohmert, Sessions for cosponsoring Article One supplemental

2016/02/04

Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today praised U.S. Representatives Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Pete Sessions (R-Texas) for being early cosponsors of the Consolidated Appropriations Amendments of 2016 offered by U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.):

“The surest, most effective way to stop Obama's continued usurpation of congressional authority is to defund those overreaching regulations and executive actions using Congress' power of the purse.

“Representative Louie Gohmert has long been a stalwart supporter of protecting Congress’ constitutional role in government from President Obama’s many egregious overreaches. Louie’s decision to throw his significant political clout behind the Buck bill opens the door wide for dozens of others to join him in co-sponsoring.

“The addition of House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions as a co-sponsor demonstrates that the Consolidated Appropriations Amendments of 2016 bill has broad, across-the-conference appeal.  Sessions’ support is a powerful signal that Representative Ken Buck’s smart approach will be a primary vehicle that the House will use to shift the focus of power in D.C. from the White House to Capitol Hill.

“The Article One supplemental includes many provisions that have already been vetted by House appropriations committees and included in underlying appropriations bills, as well as those that have passed the House of Representatives on the floor. These riders were unfortunately left on the table during the omnibus negotiations, but 2016 provides a fresh opportunity to rein in the last 11 months of the Obama administration — before he does any more damage to the nation and the constitutional separation of powers which are fundamental to our freedoms.

“In addition, the bill would prevent President Obama from enacting any 'midnight regulations' as his Administration thankfully winds to an end.

‘Rhetoric about Congress reasserting its Constitutional prerogatives has become a standard talking point for many in the House Conference, Representatives Ken Buck, Louie Gohmert and Pete Sessions are demonstrating that tough talk is not enough, Congress must act.

“It is time for the rest of the Texas delegation to join Gohmert and Sessions in cosponsoring the Consolidated Appropriation Amendments of 2016.”

Attachments: “Stand up for the Constitution and roll back executive power,” By U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), Washington Examiner, Feb. 1, 2016 at http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/stand-up-for-the-constitution-and-roll-back-executive-power/article/2581734

Consolidated Appropriations Amendments of 2016 cosponsors:

Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4]

Rep. Duncan, Jeff [R-SC-3]

Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11]

Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6]

Rep. Loudermilk, Barry [R-GA-11]

Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32]

Rep. Salmon, Matt [R-AZ-5]

Rep. Stutzman, Marlin A. [R-IN-3]

Rep. DesJarlais, Scott [R-TN-4]

Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1]

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

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Congressman looks to courts to stop Iran ‘treaty’

2016/01/30

The Iran nuclear deal is signed, it survived a congressional hurdle and now even the sanctions are being removed, but Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, is now looking to the courts to stop the deal in its tracks.

Gohmert said this is the last chance to derail what he insists is a treaty while President Obama is in the White House.

Despite the fact the deal is already being implemented in multiple ways, Gohmert insists the law is on his side.

“It alters the Non-Proliferation Treaty in a number of respects. You can’t alter a treaty with something that isn’t a treaty. It gets into weapons. It gets into a number of things that can only be done with a treaty,” said Gohmert, a former judge who now sits on the House Judiciary Committee.

He said Obama’s ongoing actions also add to the case.

“There is a decent shot in court because the president has continued to act under this deal as if it were affirmed,” he said. “It is a treaty, and he’s acting like it was ratified, and it simply has not been. Never mind that Iran continues to violate the terms and continues to say, ‘Death to America.'”

But there is also a major problem. Congress never declared the agreement a treaty. Instead, Republicans adopted the Corker-Cardin bill. Concerned in early 2015 that Congress would have no say on any deal, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., authored legislation that would require a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate to reject the deal. It failed in the Senate.

Had the Senate declared it a treaty, a two-thirds majority could have been needed to ratify it.

“The Senate should have had the guts to treat it as a treaty, not bring it up under the Corker bill because the Corker bill did not apply to a treaty. Bring it up for a ratification vote that requires two-thirds. It wouldn’t have gotten anything close. Then it would have been a lot easier to go to court and establish that the administration could not act in accordance with a treaty that had not been ratified,” Gohmert said.

“Since the Senate didn’t have the courage to stand by the Constitution and do what was needed – at least their leaders didn’t – then that is going to make the court challenge a little more difficult,” he said.

While the Senate tactics are a major setback, Gohmert said a court case can still proceed.

"[Congress] can still go to court. They can still get a court to rule and a judge in his right mind should say, 'Yeah, this is a treaty and it didn't get ratified. So no, you can't act under this treaty and give the largest supporters of terrorism in the world $100-150 billion so they can kill more Americans,'" Gohmert said.

He said the case does not need any congressional vote, although a subsequent Senate vote on ratification would be a big help. Nonetheless, he said the House never voted on Corker-Cardin, and that should bolster the case.

"It was clear from our vote, which the appellate court can take judicial note of, that we didn't recognize it as being in compliance with Corker-Cardin. So it would have been perfectly understandable for the Senate to then take it up as a treaty and vote it down," he said. "Unfortunately, they did not."

Gohmert said it is vital to keep up this fight because Obama is already stiff-arming Congress on new issues, including the lifting of U.S. sanctions.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert Explains Why He Chooses to Fight for Life

2016/01/30

“My first daughter was born very prematurely. They rushed her from the Tyler Texas hospital, where she was born, over to a hospital in Shreveport with the highest level of neonatal intensive care. My wife could not leave the hospital in Tyler, but she urged me to go do all I could for our daughter. The neonatologist in Shreveport encouraged me to caress her, talk to her. He said though she cannot see you well, she knows your voice from in the womb and it will comfort her. As I touched her hand, she grabbed my finger and held it for hours. 

“When the doctor returned a couple of hours later, he asked if I had noticed the electronic monitors. I looked up, and her breathing was still shallow but was stable and even. Her heart rate was still fast, but it was no longer erratic. He said she is drawing strength and life from you.  It was so clear as she clung to life – she wanted to live, and I certainly wanted her to live. 

“That premature child who held onto my finger, and I held in my hands, was nurtured by her mother and me, and by the grace of God has grown up to be a beautiful, brilliant woman.  The thought of anyone willingly taking a child – born or unborn – at the same stage and size as that beautiful, cherished child of ours, and scrambling her brain or crushing her precious head is so repugnant — so abhorrent — that it is absolutely nauseating. 

“Life is precious. Each and every child deserves a chance to breathe for the first time and to keep breathing, following his or her natural course, without the child being intentionally ripped from the warmth and safety of the womb then cruelly destroyed. Every life, whether born or unborn, is a gift from God and should be cherished as such.”

-Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

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Congressman Gohmert’s Remarks on the 43rd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

2016/01/22

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

“Every year on January 22nd, thousands of passionate Americans travel to Washington, D.C. to speak for the unborn in a true March for Life. These concerned Americans walk in the cold and brave harsh weather conditions – to stand up for the defenseless. They are advocates for innumerable precious little lives across the country.”

“Tragically there are 1.21 million babies aborted in the United States each year. Abortion not only ends a beating heart, it deeply wounds the mother in the process. It is apparent that pro-life and pro-women interests go hand-in-hand.”

“Each and every life deserves a chance to breathe for the first time – that is simply humane. To scramble a child’s brain or stop a beating heart is repugnant and should be abhorrent to anyone who gets beyond the political realm and contemplates the beautiful life at stake. It is my commitment to the First District of Texas to steadfastly  support, stand and advocate for legislation to defend the voiceless, most innocent and helpless among us. Every priceless life, born or unborn, is a gift from our Creator.”

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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Gohmert Appointed on House Judiciary Task Force on Executive Overreach

2016/01/14

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) was appointed by House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte to serve on a new Task Force on Executive Overreach. This Task Force was created to examine the historic breakdown of the separation of powers and checks and balances that has led to the unprecedented increase in presidential power and executive overreach.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on his appointment to the Task Force: 

“It is quite an honor to be appointed to this new bipartisan Task Force to examine the President’s actions for potential overreach. It is the role of Congress to make all laws, the Judiciary to interpret the laws, and the President to enforce the laws. Recently, this has not appeared to be the case. The lack of transparency within this administration has been appalling which even resulted in the Attorney General being held in Contempt of Congress.” 

“I look forward to studying this troubling trend in the executive branch while searching for solutions to one branch exceeding its constitutional authority. This proactive approach is necessary to safeguarding individual liberty and ensuring that this right is well-preserved for future generations.”

Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) will chair the task force and Republican members of the task force are Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Ted Poe (R-Texas), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), Ken Buck (R-Colo.), and Mike Bishop (R-Mich.). Chairman Goodlatte will serve as an ex officio member of the task force.

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Conservatives Agree Standoff in Oregon Elevates Debate on Federal Land Ownership

2016/01/07

As protesters continue to engage in a standoff against the government at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, conservatives agree the events have elevated the debate over federal land ownership.

But lawmakers stop short of endorsing the actions of the protesters occupying a federal building located south of Burns, Ore.

“It’s brought attention to a problem issue,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told The Daily Signal. “I’m not an advocate of trespassing, taking over federal property, but now that they’ve brought attention to the issue, they don’t need to be violating laws, either—local, state, or federal.”

“We do need to get to the bottom of what happened to the Hammonds. It sounds very abusive,” Gohmert, chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, continued. “We’ve got too much power in the hands of the [Bureau of Land Management], too much power in the hands of Fish and Wildlife [Service], too much power in the Department of the Interior.”

The federal government currently owns more than 630 million acres of land across the United States, and the Texas Republican warned that the federal government is beginning to creep farther east in terms of the land it controls.

“If they’re doing it in the West, then eventually they’re going to come do it in the East, and people all over the country will feel the crush as the federal government takes over the land at a theater near you,” he said.

On Saturday, armed protesters took over an empty federal building located on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. It’s unknown how many people are in the group, called Citizens for Constitutional Freedom and led by Ammon Bundy.

Ammon Bundy’s father, Cliven Bundy, engaged in an 11-day standoff with the Bureau of Land Management in 2014.

The protesters plan to occupy the refuge until the federal government returns the land to private ownership.

Citizens for Constitutional Freedom traveled to Burns to protest the five-year prison sentence of Dwight and Steven Hammond, ranchers who were convicted of arson on federal land.

Dwight and Steven Hammond originally received three-month and one-year sentences, respectively, for setting fires that spread to federal land in 2001 and 2006. However, the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals resentenced the father and son in October and said they have to serve out a five-year sentence mandated under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, the law under which they were sentenced.

The trial judge who sentenced Dwight and Steven Hammond originally said the five-year mandatory minimum for arson on federal land was excessive.

Protesters with Citizens for Constitutional Freedom oppose not only the Hammonds’ sentence, which they say is unjust, but also the government’s control of land.

The latter issue, conservatives from Western states say, has been the cause of frustration for many Americans for years, particularly as they see the federal government take more land from private citizens trying to make a living and feed their families.

“The issue in the West that people here in the East don’t understand is that, in Idaho, it’s over 65 percent of our lands are owned by the federal government. It’s the same thing in most of the states in the West,” Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, told reporters yesterday. “And what we have is frustration where you have the BLM, you have these other federal agencies that keep taking over the lands.”

In Oregon, specifically, the federal government owns 53 percent of the land, with the Bureau of Land Management managing the largest amount—more than 16 million acres—according to a 2014 report from the Congressional Research Service.

Labrador said the government’s attempts to take control of more and more land likely served as the catalyst for the current standoff in Oregon, which has so far been a peaceful takeover by Citizens for Constitutional Freedom.

“You have just a frustration that they feel the federal government is not listening to them, and that’s what leads to what so far has been a peaceful takeover of an abandoned building,” he said. Labrador continued:

I hope my colleagues who are not from the West can understand what’s happening in the West. There’s such a level of frustration with the federal government. … The laws are making it more difficult for us to enjoy the fruits of our labor and enjoy the freedoms out in the West.

Not only do lawmakers contend that the protesters at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are voicing concerns shared by many in the West, but Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., said the federal government was hypocritical in its punishment of the Hammonds for employing the same techniques the government does, and damaging far more land.

According to reports, the 2001 fire set by the Hammonds, which they said they had approval from the Bureau of Land Management to start, damaged 139 acres of federal land. The 2006 backfires set by Steven Hammond destroyed one acre of federal land.

“Now keep in mind we in the West are watching the backfires that were set [by the government] exactly the way [the Hammonds] set, the backfires are burning 300,000 acres when an agency sets them. They’re burning 255 houses in my district in one 30,000-acre fire,” Pearce said. He continued:

You get people put in jail for five years for burning 130 acres that they were given permission, it looks like they were given permission to set the fire, and the agency can burn 300,000 acres, and nobody is accountable.

Such hypocrisy from the government, the New Mexico Republican said, has sparked outrage from Americans living in the West.

“That’s the reason people in the West are furious,” he said. “They’re furious going into this situation. Now, I’m not taking a side on the Bundys. I think that’s a sideshow. I think the Hammonds are the ones who have been badly treated, and that’s what we’re expressing in the West. We’re fed up.”

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Gohmert Reflects on 2015 Battles in the U.S. House of Representatives

2015/12/29

Sen. Bill Ratliff once told me the old adage, ‘It’s amazing what you can get done if you don’t care who gets the credit.’ He was so right. Knowing that I had evoked Speaker Boehner’s wrath, I would tell him I did not care whose name was on a bill that needed to come to the floor for a vote and I have gotten a number of bills passed and others should pass this next year.

  • ZERO BASELINE BUDGET

Since my first term in office, I have been pushing to end the automatic increase in every federal department and agency. That would make it a Zero Baseline Budget. Four years ago, Boehner agreed to bring it to the floor under the name of the stellar young House member who managed it in committee. It passed the House, but the Senate did not take it up. About two years later, it was again passed out of the House as the Woodall-Gohmert bill, though I told Paul Ryan not to put my name on it because it might prevent it coming to the floor for a vote. Paul said, “I’ve already told Boehner everybody knows you are the one who has been pushing this since you’ve been here, so he said ok.” The Senate did not take it up, but I am told in this Congress, we should pass it this year and demand the Senate vote on it. Since Speaker Ryan strongly supports it, it may get a vote in the Senate.

  • THE KARI'S LAW ACT OF 2015

We have worked with various aspects of the lodging industry, phone system providers, and concerned individuals including Hank Hunt, to draft Kari’s Law that will require phone systems be provided with the default allowing anyone dialing 911 to reach emergency help without dialing any prefix. We expect to get it passed this year.

  • OBAMACARE ORIGINATION CLAUSE

Previously, I drafted a bill that would state that it is the ‘sense of the House’ that the ObamaCare bill did not originate in the House as the Constitution requires for bills that raise revenue or have taxes in them. There are attorneys who have filed suit and gotten different judgments in different Circuit Courts, so there is a good chance that the Supreme Court will take it up. If we pass that resolution, it will be evidence of which an appellate court can take judicial notice and could be persuasive. After drafting it, I talked the Chairman of the Constitution subcommittee into being the lead sponsor and he has done a great job.

  • REFORMING CRIMINAL CODE

Continue to lead an effort, as personally requested by former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese, to reform the criminal code so that no one can be thrown in jail or prison for an innocuous violation of a rule or regulation written by unelected bureaucrats that Congress has not specifically approved as a criminal violation. That outrage has repeatedly occurred and needs to be stopped.

  • MILITARY PAY ACT

Have led efforts for almost five years to ensure the military is always paid in the event of a government shutdown; got a temporary bill passed but continue to push for making the payments for our military automatic as Social Security payments are.

  • NEW SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

There should be no doubt that I led the effort beginning three years ago to get a new Speaker which finally paid off in October of this year.

  • INVASIVE SPECIES

Continue to push to get additional legislation in each Congress to deal with Invasive Species such as Giant Salvinia that is destroying some of our East Texas lakes. We have had some success, but need to provide more help to the states on such a critical national issue.

  • IRAN TREATY

Continue to be the leading proponent demanding that the Senate take up the Iran deal as the treaty it actually is. It modifies existing treaties which can only be done by another treaty that is ratified with a two-thirds vote in the Senate. The Corker bill cannot change that Constitutional requirement for a treaty.

  • BORDER ENFORCEMENT

We welcome legal immigrants, but must enforce our border as a matter of national security. In the last Congress, I stopped the House bill that Boehner had secretly drafted the last week of July and had acquired enough Republican pledges to pass it, even without anyone reading it. After it was finally filed Tuesday before the vote on Thursday, I read it through the night on Tuesday to Wednesday morning, realized it was a de facto amnesty bill, so I got copies of all my notes to leading allies in the House and to national talk show hosts. By Thursday morning the Speaker had lost so many of his pledges, he had to pull the bill from consideration. That Thursday night I spent hours with about fifteen other members of Congress changing the bill until we changed it from an amnesty bill to a decent border security bill that we passed late that Friday night with massive Republican support.

  • STANDING UP AGAINST BLANKET AMNESTY

Continue to be a leader in fighting against granting blanket amnesty to those illegally in the United States. President Obama's unlawful executive action on immigration was frankly outrageous and an offense to the U.S. Constitution. Not only did the administration’s unlawful memos trample on the U.S. Constitution, they caused many, who applied to come to the United States legally, to go to the back of the processing line behind those who were breaking the law. This nation was built on the Rule of Law; it is my promise to continue to be a vocal opponent of executive amnesty.There is no doubt that immigration has fortified this country; however, it should be done legally.

  •  AUMF-NDAA

The original Authorization of Use of Military Force passed seven days after 9-11-2001 gave massive powers to the President allowing him to lock up American citizens without right of Habeas Corpus. In the last Congress, I led a fight to get that corrected in the National Defense Authorization Act. As the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee was negotiating acceptable language with the Senate, he had me come to his conference room privately to work on language acceptable to conservatives and most libertarians each time the Senate sent back a new proposal. I would consult with Constitutional Law professors by phone. We finally worked out a satisfactory solution that protected everyone legally in the U.S., though CAIR and the ACLU wanted everyone illegally here with the same protections that the Immigration laws do not afford them.

  • SANCTUARY CITIES

Continue to push legislation that will punish sanctuary cities.

  • TPA & TPP

Was an extremely vocal critic of the TPA and TPP as they gave far too much power to the President to negotiate away our sovereign rights.

  • CBO SCORING

Proposed we end the monopoly on scoring potential bills by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Tax Committee, by making it competitive and scoring the scorers. Dr. Arthur Laffer, Ronald Reagan’s economic advisor called me recently to say he had gotten a private grant to come up with a system like I suggested and would be announcing his proposal very soon. 

  • PROTECTING & ARMING MILITARY

Having been a leader in pushing bills for a number of years that would allow our military members to carry weapons at their U.S. duty station under certain situations, we finally got language included in the NDAA this year that will allow such.

  • PROTECTING STATES NATURAL RESOURCES RIGHTS

Have also led efforts to pass bills that will allow states to govern certain activity including oil and gas production if the state has an agency that governs it.

In addition to this, top conservative and policy groups have ranked my strong voting record in the highest percentiles: Heritage (93%), FreedomWorks (100%), NumbersUSA (96%).

It is my commitment to you, as your humble representative from the First Congressional District of Texas, to stand firmly on the principles that formed this nation and continue to push forward legislation that empower ‘we the people.’ We must keep fighting the good fight for the generations that will follow us. It is my hope and prayer that 2016 will truly be a year of restoration for this country.

Many blessings to you and your family,

Louie

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Gohmert’s Statement on End of the Year Spending Bill

2015/12/18

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding his vote against the year-end spending bill in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“The Omnibus included some good initiatives such as ending the ban on oil exports, which will help relieve political blackmail by OPEC and Russia; however, the President’s war against people with jobs involving coal is funded as are federal programs that allow millions more acres to be put off limits for oil, gas, or other mineral production.”

“Sadly, this bill continues to fund Planned Parenthood, whose videotaped abortion abuses shock most consciences. Tragically, Democrats demanded and got full funding of President Obama’s plan for bringing alleged Syrian refugees into the United States – ‘alleged’ because there is no way to be sure where they are actually from or who they really are. The provision on visa waivers has a hole big enough to drive truckloads of radical jihadists through. Unfortunately, the Omnibus bill that passed today also failed to stop President Obama’s illegal amnesties. 

“I really wanted to vote for this bill because of some of the good things in it; but, when America’s number one concern is not addressed nor were so many current abuses of the Constitution, it is a bridge too far and I could not vote for it.”

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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Conservatives angry at 'no limits' spending bill

2015/12/18

Critics of the massive spending bill currently before Congress aren't hard to find. One of those – a Christian pro-family pundit – is upset the bill completely funds President Obama's resettlement plan for Muslim refugees.

"There's absolutely nothing to block the president from bringing in as many Muslims from war-torn, dangerous areas as he chooses without the proper vetting and signing up for benefits, bringing in their children and relatives," says Sandy Rios, director of governmental affairs at the American Family Association. "There are absolutely no limits in this bill."

On Tuesday night, House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the $1.1 trillion omnibus funding bill, giving Congress and the public just two days to review it before debate begins.

"Paul Ryan thinks it's a great bill," notes Rios, who laments the measure should have no trouble passing and being signed by the president. "[Ryan] made a statement that this was a bill that advanced Republican priorities, when quite the opposite is the case."

Speaking on Fox News, Ryan admitted Republicans didn't get everything they wanted – but neither did the Democrats. "So that's the nature of compromises in divided government," he added.

Rios isn't alone in her criticism of the omnibus bill. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, released a statement warning that the bill would also fund sanctuary cities and quadruple a controversial foreign worker program replacing Americans – all during a time of increasing concerns about threats to U.S. security and finances.

Gohmert 'frustrated' at missed opportunity

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert said during television interviews that while there are good parts of the bill, he has grave concerns over funding included in the thousands of pages of text.

"We didn't get the defunding of the president's efforts to bring in refugees from Syria – or wherever they would be from – because we can't really know where they would be from if they claim they’re from Syria," the Republican lawmaker told Dana Loesch of The Blaze.

"And of course, some of us have been screaming about funding Planned Parenthood and stopping that when we have seen in videos – that they're abusing the money they've been getting and using it for things that are just horrendous for most of us … but, we didn't get that defunded.”

"I'm just so frustrated," Gohmert added on The Fox Business Network. "Here, once again, our leadership has negotiated with Democrats to get votes to pass the funding bill, rather than work with those of us, who make up the majority of the Republican Party."

The omnibus spending bill will fund the federal government through September 30, 2016. In Gohmert's opinion, that's a problem.

"... Do you honestly think that things we didn't put in this spending bill will be different six weeks before the election? You really think we are going to get more out of Obama as he is going out of office and doesn't really care about re-election?" he wonders. "That is not going to happen. We needed to do it now."

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Rep. Gohmert: ‘We’ve Got to Take A Stand Here’

2015/12/15

House Speaker Paul Ryan calls the omnibus spending bill a compromise that gives both sides of the aisle some of what it wants, but Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, says the bill is a non-starter because it doesn’t take the steps necessary to keep terrorists from entering the country.

“We took an oath.  We’re supposed to protect this country, the Constitution.  We’re supposed to provide for the common defense.  We’ve got to take a stand here.  It’s worth taking a stand to save American lives,” said Gohmert, a former judge and a current member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Of greatest concern to Gohmert is what he sees as Congress continuing to fund the refugee program without meaningful changes or taking a pause to re-evaluate how best to keep Islamic radicals away from our shores.

“The negotiators from the Senate intend to allow the risk of dramatic harm,” said Gohmert.  “The Senate is not agreeing to allow a pause in the visa waiver program that would wait until we can be sure that no terrorists are coming in with the refugees since ISIS says they’re sending in terrorists with the refugees,” said Gohmert.

He says keeping the status quo in the face of such a threat is unacceptable.

“We have no way of vetting any of the Syrian refugees.  We can ask them questions but we’ve got no way to check their answers.  Most Americans get that.  It’s only in Washington where we’re having a problem convincing people that are elected how important that is,” said Gohmert.

The legislation does reportedly contain language to significantly tighten the general visa waiver program, which is separate from the evaluation of refugees.  Gohmert says on the surface that’s a step in the right direction.

“That means that countries that are allowed to send people directly from their country into the United States without a visa, without us being able to check whether or not they’re actually a terrorist or a threat to us.  That needed to be suspended, and apparently there is a provision that will suspend that,” said Gohmert.

However, the congressman says that’s not as much of an improvement as it seems.

“The trouble is it’s now been reported that that has a massive hole in it.  Some of the countries like France and Belgium, where we know there are terrorists, they’re not going to be restricted.  So they can send people straight from France to the United States without us getting a chance to check out their application,” said Gohmert.

President Obama and many of his Democratic allies are opposed to any pause in the refugee program, with Obama repeatedly questioning the GOP’s purported toughness.

“Apparently they’re scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America as part of our tradition of compassion,” said Obama last month at the G-20 Summit in Turkey.

The omnibus compromise suggests Obama is not alone in that sentiment.  Gohmert strongly bristles at the implication that pausing the refugee program over national security concerns is somehow un-American.

“When it comes to some moron saying, ‘That’s not who we are as Americans,’ traditionally who we are as Americans are people that are glad to have people come in if we knowingly grant them a visa as long as they’re not a threat to America,” said Gohmert.

He continued, “We’re a country where we’ll send people to die to fight for other people’s freedom.  But we have not traditionally been a country that was so stupid that we welcomed terrorists in our midst to come kill us.”

Gohmert says President Obama is the first president in centuries to miss the threat posed by Islamic radicals.

“Who we really are is a country that before President Obama’s administration, we didn’t want terrorists among us and we recognized radical Islam.  We knew it was a threat to us, going back to Thomas Jefferson.  He knew that.  It’s time for somebody in this administration to understand radical Islam is a threat,” said Gohmert.

As evidence of the administration’s oblivious approach to the threat, Gohmert pointed to recent reports that the Department of Homeland Security refused to allow immigration officials to examine the public social media postings of people applying for entry into the U.S.  It’s drawing fierce criticism after the FBI announced that San Bernardino terrorist Tashfeen Malik pledged her loyalty to ISIS and to jihadism on social media long before coming to America.

“The secretary of DHS (Jeh Johnson) is putting Americans at risk.  He has put us at risk.  He’s continuing to put Americans at risk.  It’s time American leaders were more concerned about the lives and safety of Americans than they are with their political agenda.  Right now their political agenda is trumping the safety of Americans,” said Gohmert.

Gohmert says he plans to learn all he can about the omnibus package before votes are held, but right now the contents leave him only one option.

“If we’re not taking these steps in the omnibus to save American lives, then I would have to be a ‘no.’  That’s correct,” said Gohmert.

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Judiciary

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.


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TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

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