Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Park Service Execs Commit Ethical Misconduct, Get ‘Punished’ With Promotions

2016/05/24

Grand Canyon National Park’s top administrator was offered a promotion to a cushy Washington job soon after an investigation revealed a culture of sexual harassment had plagued the famous Arizona site’s staff for 15 years.

That’s just one of many examples of Department of the Interior (DOI) employee misconduct that was “punished” with promotions and highlighted during a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing Tuesday.

“The appearance of rewarding bad behavior is not the desired outcome, nor a proper deterrent,” Deputy DOI Inspector General (IG) Mary Kendall told the panel. “DOI does not do well in holding accountable those employees who violate laws, rules and regulations.”

David Uberuaga was promoted to Grand Canyon superintendent after heading Mount Rainier National Park where an official investigation revealed he “sold his home at an inflated price to a park concessioner,” Rep. Raul Labrador said during the hearing.

At Grand Canyon, Uberuaga allowed a culture of sexual harassment, DOI’s Inspector General (IG) recently found.

Uberuaga retired in lieu of the promotion to the nation’s capital, which was offered by National Park Service (NPS) Director Jonathan Jarvis, who also approved Uberuaga’s Grand Canyon promotion.

Meanwhile, Jarvis admitted to the IG that he’s “gotten my ass in trouble many, many, many times in the Park Service.”

Jarvis was also a violator of DOI ethics standards after using his official position to obtain a book deal that included use of the NPS logo and was marketed in NPS stores, the IG recently revealed.

“He told our investigations he intentionally chose not to consult the ethics office because he was afraid it would either slow down or thwart his efforts to write the book,” Kendall told the panel.

Jarvis even “lied to the [DOI] secretary about it,” Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Louie Gohmert said, showing a hand written-note from the director to DOI Secretary Sally Jewell. Gohmert is a Texas Republican.

Labrador, an Idaho Republican, described numerous other incidents involving Jarvis.

“Astonishingly, in 2009, Director Jarvis himself circulated a memo detailing his expectation that NPS employees maintain the highest ethical standard,” according to a subcommittee hearing document.

Jarvis was punished for writing his book with a letter of reprimand, monthly consultations with an ethics official and was stripped of responsibility for managing employee ethics in the Park Service.

“Most folks are excited to get rid” of the “thankless job” of ethics management, Gohmert said.

“Blatant ethical violations by the NPS director, made worse by his admission that he intentionally avoided seeking ethics guidance, conveys the message to employees that ethics rules are not important, perhaps even optional,” Kendall said.

The hearing highlighted other cases of misconduct by DOI managers that resulted in minimal punishment, or even promotions, and even more were exposed in IG reports.

“Ethical misconduct … has been treated with a lack of accountability,” Gohmert said. DOI has “fostered a culture in which serious violations” are unpunished.

Kendall noted that no one was fired for misconduct.

Yellowstone National Park Chief Ranger Timothy Reid, for example, hadn’t lived on park property in his NPS apartment as required since he obtained his position, and his wife even used it to support his family’s bed and breakfast, an IG investigation found.

Reid was later promoted to Devils Tower National Monument superintendent.

Additionally, Bureau of Indian Education Director of Education Charles “Monty” Roessel – who oversees schooling for around 47,000 Native American students – used his position to hire his lover and a relative, another IG report found.

“Mr. Roessel’s conduct is certainly not the kind of example we want to set for these kids,” Gohmert said.

But DOI issues don’t stop with misconduct. Kendall highlighted how the agency has deterred employees from reporting internal violations.

“There is a pervasive perception by many employees in some bureaus that contacting the [IG] to report wrongdoing places them in jeopardy of retaliation,” the IG told the panel. “We often learn that management takes more effort to identify the source of a complaint than to explore whether the complaint has merit.”

“In some instances, efforts have been made to restrict the ability of employees to contact us,” Kendall continued.

Additionally, Rep. Jody Hice , a Georgia Republican, pointed to DOI obstruction of Freedom of Information Act requests.

The subcommittee’s lead Democrat, Rep. Lacy Clay, argued that DOI managers’ misconduct overshadows most employees’ good work, citing major ethics violations that occurred under the Bush administration.

The Missouri Democrat said the hearing’s title, “Oversight Hearing on Investigating the Culture of Corruption at the Department of the Interior,” is reminiscent of an episode of a Maury Povich show.

Clay did, however, admit that the cases the subcommittee highlighted “are even more inexcusable since they are high ranking officials. They should set an example for the people working under them and for the American people that they serve.”

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Gohmert Praises The Passage of Kari’s Law

2016/05/23

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the passage of Kari’s Law in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“This common sense reform was made possible through the tireless work of countless individuals, and none more so than Hank Hunt, the father of Kari Hunt. Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai along with the American Hotel and Lodging Association  were great helps in getting the help we needed to make this bill a reality nationwide.  The Chairman of the full committee Fred Upton (R-MI) and sub-committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) could not have been more helpful.”

“This legislation ensures that anyone who dials 9-1-1 will reach emergency personnel, even if the phone typically requires that user to dial ‘9’ to get an outside line.  This fix can be easily implemented with very little if any expense at all.”

“The indications are that the Senate will now take up this legislation and pass it. With the House legislation now having passed out of both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the full House of Representatives today, no child or adult should ever again pick up the phone to call for help and get nothing.”

“This legislation will not reverse the heartbreaking loss of Kari Rene Hunt or her daughter’s horror, as she told her grandfather, when she called 9-1-1 four times and could not get help. However, it will create a legacy for Kari that will safeguard others from this kind of trauma.”

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: Waging war against Washington spending

2016/05/23

When Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert first ran for Congress in 2004, the former Texas judge was hoping to make a difference for those who entered his court. Too many federal laws, he believed, were preventing them from reaching their potential.

Since that time, Gohmert said, he has found that the design of Congress makes it hard for those laws to change, and that even his own party is often unhelpful. "Too often we go along to get along, and we keep doing the same thing," he told the Washington Examiner.

The changes that need to be made, Gohmert believes, involve the way that Congress puts out a budget. He's proposed a balanced budget amendment that would require spending to match revenue at a rate not to exceed 18.5 percent. (Spending for fiscal 2016 is estimated at 21 percent, and is expected to rise to 23 percent in the coming years.)

He added that the Congressional Budget Office, which "scores" congressional appropriations legislation, needs to have more accountability mechanisms in place.

"I don't think any entity whose margin of error on score is plus or minus 400 percent should be scoring bills," Gohmert said. "But if you got different entities to score our bills, and developed a grading process for rating the scorers, you could have more objective and more accurate scoring of bills."

Washington Examiner: What initially motivated you to run for Congress, and how have your impressions of it been shaped since arriving?

Gohmert: What I noticed when I was a judge is that, while I believed in holding people accountable for misconduct, I also noticed there were federal laws that encouraged people not to reach their potential.

Those encouraged young people, for example, not to finish high school. Someone would say drop out, the government will send you checks. Then they would find out you can't live very well on what you get for having a child out of wedlock.

This wasn't true for everyone, but some would have another child to get another check, still not got ahead, and then another, and still not get ahead, and before they knew it, they were in a hole they couldn't get out of. So the ones who came before me for welfare fraud would ultimately decide they need to try to get a job, and then maybe if they have the job and they're getting the welfare benefits, then they can have a shot at getting out of the hole.

Also from the Washington Examiner

I never sent any of those to prison, even though they were felony fraud cases. But I would give them incentives to get a GED or high school diploma.

That's when I first started thinking, "We've got laws that encourage people, entice them away from their potential." And I've just seen more of that, and I've seen more since I've been in Congress. In so many ways, Republicans want to do the right thing, but too often we go along to get along, and we keep doing the same thing.

Examiner: What's an example of that?

Gohmert: I couldn't believe that after Republicans took the majority in the election in 1994, when I was on the bench, that we never did end this practice of having an automatic increase in every federal department's budget every year. That's insane. There's no individual, charity, family, company, that has an automatic increase in their annual budget except the federal government.

It was put into place by a liberal Congress after Watergate. That is still out there, and it's one of those rules that forced us into this mess and deficit spending. And it's hurt Republicans, because every time they say, "Let's slow the rate of growth," they're accused of making draconian cuts. So in each Congress since I have been here, I have filed a zero baseline budget bill to end the automatic increase.

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Examiner: How would you rate Paul Ryan's performance as speaker?

Gohmert: Well, as I figured, he's an honest, honorable guy. He's been more upfront about what he wants to see accomplished. We still have some disagreement on some bills, but he's an honest guy, and I can work with honest people, no matter which side of the aisle or political spectrum they're on.

Examiner: Which is a contrast with his predecessor?

Gohmert: That one was one of my problems with Speaker [John] Boehner. He was more Machiavellian, he was manipulative, he just was not, many times, honest with his own conference. That's a big deal to me.

I can get along with people I disagree with as long as they're honest. A good example was the last week of last July. Congress takes August as a district work period. Since every member meets with their constituents in August, everyone knows that September is an appropriate month for doing things, because they hear a lot from people and come back saying, "We've got to do this."

Boehner was telling our conference that we knew that transportation funding was going to run out in August while we were in recess, so we've got to do something about that. My concern was that the Senate may pass some massive transportation bill, leave town, and jam us.

He put his finger in the air and said, "I will not let the Senate jam us." People stand up, they're cheering, they're yelling. He gets a fabulous response. There were a few of us at the back who were not cheering.

He said, "Here's what we're going to do. We're going to pass a three-month continuing resolution to make sure transportation has money for the next few months and give ourselves a chance to work it out. We're going to put something on there for veterans' healthcare, and then we're going to leave town and we're going to jam the Senate."

One of our guys was talking to [Republican Senate leader] Mitch McConnell earlier in the day asking about transportation. McConnell said, "Boehner and I have a deal all worked out. We've got a three-month deal to cover transportation, and we're going to put something there for veterans' health."

I would rather Boehner have been honest instead of coming and making us think that he really is going to stick it to the Senate. Just be honest about it. And he wasn't. That was an ongoing problem. He was always trying to be manipulative instead of being upfront about what the situation was.

That's a major difference in Paul. He's not coming in and trying to manipulate without being honest about it. He wants to push us to do what he wants to do, but he's more candid about it.

Examiner: You've voiced some criticism of Donald Trump, saying that he should apologize to Ted Cruz for some of the things said during the campaign. Others, like Mitt Romney, have expressed an objection to Trump for other reasons. Do you see a difference between the concerns of some of those on the establishment side and your own?

Gohmert: There are a lot of different reasons that people are supporting Trump and a lot of different reasons that people are not supporting Trump. In the earlier days of the campaign, I appreciated his political incorrectness, and his not being manipulated by the rules of political correctness. I think that's why a lot of people were drawn to him.

But I have numerous concerns, not just about an apology to Ted, but numerous concerns not unlike what I had with Romney. He's a really fine, decent, caring, successful businessman, and a lot of people said we need a successful businessman.

The Left said, "I hope we don't nominate Romney, because he's the one guy we can't beat, he's been successful in everything he's done." And then he gets the nomination and they unload on him.

And there was video of him being on both sides of every important issue. So I wanted to make sure with Romney, that he was going to hold to his newfound positions that conservatives agreed with, whether it was pro-life or marriage between a man and a woman as Moses and Jesus said it was supposed to be.

He was on both sides of most important issues. He also actually did give the model for Obamacare. They used some of Romneycare to create Obamacare.

Examiner: If they're both relatively moderate, why is Romney even more critical of Trump than you are?

Gohmert: Romney was very scrupulous in trying to be gracious to people. Trump has a very different personality. He doesn't always try to be the most gracious, and I think that's what people like about him. Our country is in grave danger, and Trump seems to recognize that.

Examiner: Who would you like to see Trump choose for vice president?

Gohmert: I've got mixed emotions about him picking Ted. It would pull people to Trump who might be devoted to Ted and not interested in Trump. Then it would be a move for the future.

It might be fantastic insurance against impeachment for Trump if he'd pick Ted. A lot of people that hate Trump also hate Ted, because he was constantly standing up in the Senate against the establishment. And the establishment would know that if they participated in the impeachment of a president Trump, they'd have Ted, and that would be even worse.

So it might be good insurance to keep Trump from being kicked out as president. If you hate Trump, you're really going to hate Ted. It's like Obama picking Biden to be vice president.

Some of us need to be sure that Trump's newfound positions on things are positions he's going to hold. There have been indications he may waver even on some of his most strident positions.

Examiner: As a former judge, do you think the FBI is likely to recommend an indictment for Hillary Clinton?

Gohmert: We have all this massive amount of evidence, there's plenty here to indict, but it's up to the Justice Department to make a decision on indictment. [FBI Director James] Comey is a pretty straight up guy, and I don't think he'll pull any punches. But I could also see him avoiding a controversy by just saying, "Here's all the evidence, it's not our job to indict, that's up to the attorney general."

And so we're just laying out the evidence. That's what I can see the FBI doing, especially in light of an election year. And then leave it to [Attorney General] Loretta Lynch and President Obama to decide not to indict.

I think there's plenty of evidence on which to indict her. If you can go after [retired Gen. David] Petraeus ... They looked for everything to try to go after him ... With Hillary, as long as she doesn't criticize Obama, I don't see her being indicted, even though the evidence is quite strong and it's very clear she should be indicted. But if she were to turn around and start criticizing Obama herself, I could see her being indicted very quickly.

Examiner: Should the next president pursue indictment if this administration does not?

Gohmert: Absolutely. I like George W. Bush, personally and as a man. He is so much smarter and wittier than people give him credit for. But because he is such a nice guy, when he became president, he didn't want to hear about the wrongdoing during the Clinton years. He wanted a fresh start, basically saying, "All of the stuff before me, bygones."

We can't have a president that does that again. We have got to have a Republican president come in and say, "This is a cesspool here in the executive branch, and we are going to clean it out, and we are going to prosecute those who need to be prosecuted, who've violated the law, and we are going to fire those who may not have violated the law but who are worthy of being fired. We are going to clean house ..."

We have got to have a president who comes in and continues to investigate those who need to be investigated.

Examiner: Can you describe the balanced budget amendment you proposed this month?

Gohmert: Before I ever got to Congress, I wanted a straight balanced budget amendment. When I got here, I was shocked to find out it was actually easier for most members to raise taxes than to vote to cut funding for something. So it became very obvious very quickly that if you have a balanced budget amendment that just requires the budget to balance, it will be easier to create new fees, new revenue sources, than it will be to make cuts.

A balanced budget amendment without a cap on spending will be a disaster for the country. The budget will continue to go up, which will force taxes, whether they're called fee or revenue or whatever, to spiral upward.

Eventually, America will be destroyed by the taxes and the overspending. So my amendment has what any balanced budget needs to have: a cap on spending. I put it at 18.5 percent of gross domestic product so that we don't spend more than that percentage.

If you look back through history, big idea guys will propose their big ideas and people will naysay and call them names, but over time, people begin to realize that maybe something was a good idea. So you just need to avoid getting discouraged.

Examiner: You've also had some ideas regarding the Congressional Budget Office.

Gohmert: One of my ideas was to get rid of CBO, because their scoring rules have been so rigid. They've created models that don't have any reflection of what's happening in the world. They don't use history as a model of what will happen in the future. So good bills are constantly misscored, which keeps them from being passed.

I would love to see a scoring entity for Congress, not CBO, but independent scorers that score agencies like CBO. An example I've given before is Obamacare. CBO said it may cost $1.2 trillion, which upset Obama, because he had promised it would cost less than $1 trillion.

So Obama called the head of CBO over for a White House woodshedding. After their meeting, he comes out and announces that they found enough cuts that it would actually only cost $800 or $900 billion, and Obama says, "See, we told you."

After it passes, pretty quickly, they say it looks like we were closer to being right before, it may be over a trillion, it may be $1.8 or $1.9 trillion. Others have looked at Obamacare and said it's headed for over $4 trillion in costs.

I don't think any entity whose margin of error on score is plus or minus 400 percent should be scoring bills. But if you got different entities to score our bills, and developed a grading process for rating the scorers, you could have more objective and more accurate scoring of bills.

Another example ... If you created a 200 percent tax rate, obviously no one would work. But our scoring system would come back and say that the federal government will bring in twice what everyone in America makes. It's unrealistic.

Examiner: What's on your recommended reading list?

Gohmert: I think the best primer everyone ought to read is Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny, for anyone to learn where America came from and where it's going.

From a personal standpoint, the No. 1 selling book in the world is one I read every day, the Bible. It's the owner's manual. As C.S. Lewis described it, we're in enemy-occupied territory, and these are messages from home headquarters. And there's also David Limbaugh's book, Jesus on Trial.

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Kari's Law passes in the U.S. House of Representatives, moves on to Senate

2016/05/23

(KLTV) - A bill inspired by an East Texas mother killed in a Marshall hotel room in 2013 was brought up for a potential vote in the House of Representatives Monday afternoon, and it passed. It will now move on to the Senate.

Kari Hunt was killed in a hotel room by her estranged husband in December 2013.

Her nine-year-old daughter tried calling 911 from the hotel room four times but wasn't able to get through because she didn't know to dial another nine to reach an outside line.

Rep. Louie Gohmert from East Texas originally introduced the bill to Congress. In a statement after the bill was passed Monday evening, he released this statement:

“This common sense reform was made possible through the tireless work of countless individuals, and none more so than Hank Hunt, the father of Kari Hunt. Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai along with the American Hotel and Lodging Association were great helps in getting the help we needed to make this bill a reality nationwide.  The Chairman of the full committee Fred Upton (R-MI) and sub-committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) could not have been more helpful.

This legislation ensures that anyone who dials 9-1-1 will reach emergency personnel, even if the phone typically requires that user to dial ‘9’ to get an outside line.  This fix can be easily implemented with very little if any expense at all.

The indications are that the Senate will now take up this legislation and pass it. With the House legislation now having passed out of both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the full House of Representatives today, no child or adult should ever again pick up the phone to call for help and get nothing.

This legislation will not reverse the heartbreaking loss of Kari Rene Hunt or her daughter’s horror, as she told her grandfather, when she called 9-1-1 four times and could not get help. However, it will create a legacy for Kari that will safeguard others from this kind of trauma.”

Read More: Kari's law passes congressional committees, heads to House, Senate

But, there was one thing that prevented the bill from being voted on when it was first brought up Monday afternoon.

“In an emergency, every person in America deserves the peace of mind to know that on any phone 911 actually means 911,” Representative Greg Walden said.

Representative Walden from Oregon addressed the House in support of Kari’s Law. He is the chairman of the subcommittee that has been looking at and amending Kari’s Law in preparation for a House vote.

Kari's Law was adopted in Texas in 2015, but this bill pushes for direct 911 access in all multi-line phone systems across the country. 

“If you're a traveler staying in a hotel, you shouldn't have to wonder in an emergency if you're in one of the states or counties that have adopted Kari's Law when the time comes for emergency help,” Rep. Walden said.  

“Most of the time these changes can be made at no cost, and we've had programmers inform us that they have been doing it at no charge once the issue is brought to their attention,” Rep. Gohmert said.  

Democrats also support Kari’s Law, but they want location information added to make sure first responders know the exact location the call was made from.

“We should act immediately to correct this problem, too, because making sure the call goes through is only helpful if public safety officials can find the caller,” Representative Frank Pallone, from New Jersey, said.

Although Rep. Pallone did say he was planning to draft another bill correcting the location issue, he did object to the vote this afternoon claiming there were not enough people present to vote at that time.

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Lawmaker predicts FBI will stay silent on Clinton indictment

2016/05/17

A House Republican predicted Tuesday that the FBI would likely stop short of recommending an indictment for Hillary Clinton over the email scandal, and guessed that the FBI would instead leave the decision to attorneys in the Justice Department.

"[FBI] Director [James] Comey is a pretty straight up guy, and I don't think he'll pull any punches," Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday. "But I could also see him avoiding a controversy by just saying, here's all the evidence, it's not our job to indict, that's up to the attorney general. And so we're just laying out the evidence."

"That's what I can see the FBI doing, especially in light of an election year, and then leave it to [Attorney General Loretta] Lynch and President Obama to decide not to indict," said Gohmert, who spent four years in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps before serving ten years as a state judge in Texas.

"I think there's plenty of evidence on which to indict her," Gohmert added. "If you can go after [General] Petraeus... they went after everything to try to go after him. "With Hillary, as long as she doesn't criticize Obama, I don't see her being indicted, even though the evidence is quite strong and it's very clear she should be indicted."

"But if she were to turn around and start criticizing Obama herself, I could see her being indicted very quickly," Gohmert said.

Clinton has been under investigation by the FBI for allegedly misusing a private server to handle classified information during her tenure leading State from 2009-13. When the investigation concludes, it has been widely expected that the agency would adhere to its standard procedure of making a recommendation to the Justice Department on whether to indict.

In the event the FBI hands the evidence over at the end of the investigation without making a recommendation, it is unlikely the Justice Department would take any action. If that's the case, Gohmert said he would like to see the next administration take up the issue, provided Clinton doesn't emerge as the victor in November's presidential election.

"We have got to have a Republican president come in and say, this is a cesspool here in the executive branch, and we are going to clean it out, and we are going to prosecute those who need to be prosecuted, who've violated the law, and we are going to fire those who may not have violated the law but who are worthy of being fired," Gohmert said. "We have got to have a president who comes in and continues to investigate those who need to be investigated."

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Gohmert Reacts to Judge’s Ruling in Favor of Republicans in ObamaCare Suit

2016/05/12

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today following the ruling in favor of House Republicans lawsuit against the Obama administration over ObamaCare:

“This ruling today is a step in the right direction for the American people. It reinforces the reality that the Obama Administration has overstepped constitutional authority. This should come as no surprise to most since it has been their hazardous pattern for the last seven years.”

"It is encouraging to see that a federal judge has sided with the U.S. Constitution and the House Republicans on this vital issue. ‎Under Obamacare, this administration does not have the power to provide what could amount to a bribe to insurance companies that the Obama administration calls ‘cost sharing reduction payments,' to try to keep the insurance companies on board. Any payments must be completely authorized and appropriated by Congress.”

 “Since its inception, President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has been a train wreck. From the broken promises and skyrocketing premiums to the malfunctioning website and the array of privacy issues that have surfaced, the majority of the American people want to wake from this ObamaCare nightmare. Hopefully, this ruling will open some eyes across the nation – to the true destruction of this government run healthcare.”

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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Gohmert Introduces Balanced Budget Amendment

2016/05/10

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the introduction of his Balanced Budget Amendment:

“Over the last 15 years our national debt has skyrocketed to unsustainable levels. This spike in spending has put our economy at risk and, worse, saddled the next generation with an undeserved fiscal burden. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the federal budget deficit was $352 billion –a record high for the first seven months of this fiscal year.”

“This amendment will require us to make the fiscal reforms we need before insolvency makes those decisions for us. This resolution takes a commonsense approach and will be a major step forward in regaining the trust of the American people.”  

"It is past time to get our fiscal house in order. It is apparent that America is on a road headed for ruin if we continue to spend more money than the federal government. Washington’s lethargic leaders need to stop this runaway train of spending and pass this Balanced Budget Amendment. It will truly serve as a step forward in getting our nation back on a path toward fiscal responsibility and health.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert’s Balanced Budget Amendment will:

·         Require that total spending for any fiscal year not exceed total revenue for that year, and that total spending never exceed 18.5% of GDP;

·         Mandate that the debt ceiling and taxes can only be raised with three-fourths of both houses of Congress, instead of with simple majorities;

·         Require the President to submit a balanced budget, or else risk impeachment.

Click here to read the text of Rep. Gohmert’s Balanced Budget Amendment

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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Deadline to Register for FEMA Assistance: May 18.

2016/05/09

Daily Fact Sheet

DR-4266-TX

May 6, 2016

The Deadline to Register for Disaster Assistance is May 18

·         Texans who suffered damage or losses from the March 7-29 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding only have until Wednesday, May 18, to register for FEMA assistance.

·         Survivors need to meet this deadline so they can start the next steps in the recovery process.

FEMA Offers Advice for Texans on Lessening Storm Damage

·         Teams of specialists from FEMA will visit home improvement stores in Harrison and Hood counties to offer tips and techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

·         Specialists will be available at the following location:

Harrison County

Lowe’s Home Improvement, 910 E End Blvd N, Marshall, TX 75670

Hours: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday May 6;

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday May 7-8; and

7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday May 9-10

Hood County

The Home Depot, 415 E. Hwy 377, Granbury, TX 76408

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday May 6;

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday May 7-8; and

7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday May 9-10

·         FEMA Mitigation specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home improvement tips to reduce damage in future disasters. Information is geared to both do-it-yourselfers and general contractors on topics such as storm shelters and safe rooms.

Individual Assistance to Date: As of COB May 5

Registrations approved:                      1757

IHP Total:                                           More than $19.3 million

Housing inspections completed          Nearly 100%

U.S. Small Business Administration: 242 business and home loans approved for $16,114,500

Registering with FEMA:

  • Texans who registered with FEMA for disaster aid are encouraged to “stay in touch.” It is the best way to get answers and resolve potential issues that might have resulted in assistance being denied.

SBA Programs:

·         Low-interest disaster loans from the SBA are available for businesses of all sizes (including landlords), private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters. These loans help fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.

·         Economic Injury disaster loans are available to businesses and private nonprofits to assist with working capital needs as a direct result of the disaster.

·         SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center may be reached at 800-659-2955 (Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339). Or, visit SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance:

  • DUA is now available for workers and the self-employed who have been unable to work because of the disaster. DUA applies to those living inside or outside a designated county whose work has been affected.
  • To apply, call 800-939-6631 or go online to http://www.texasworkforce.org/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-services. The deadline to apply is May 9 for Henderson, Limestone, Shelby and Tyler counties.

Other Disaster Assistance Information and Referral Services:

·         Texans seeking information about disaster-related services and unmet needs should call 211, a statewide information and referral service. Anyone using a relay service should call 877-541-7905. 

·         FEMA’s Disaster Fraud Hotline is 866-720-5721. If you are the victim of a home repair scam or price gouging, call the Office of the Texas Attorney General at 800-252-8011.

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs)

·         Representatives from the state, FEMA, SBA and other agencies at the centers can provide guidance regarding disaster recovery and rental resources; explain written correspondence from FEMA; inform survivors of the status of their application; make referrals to other organizations and answer questions.

·         Survivors in any of the designated counties may visit any DRC location.

Harrison County

T J Taylor Community Center

15642 FM 134

Karnack, TX 75661

Newton County

Deweyville Senior Center

43432 State Hwy 87 South

Orange, TX 77632

Hours of Operation at all locations: Mondays through Fridays- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed Sundays.

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

·         If a survivor who owns a property in a FEMA identified floodplain and is non-compliant with obtaining or maintaining their flood insurance and have previously received federal disaster assistance, they will be ineligible for the home repair portion of housing assistance. However, they may still be eligible for rental assistance.

·         FEMA has a National Flood Insurance Program call center to support NFIP policyholders. Call 800-621-3362 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Public Assistance and Process

·         Public Assistance reimburses state and local governments and certain private non-profit organizations, such as school districts, 75 percent of disaster-related expenses to help Texas communities recover. 

Disaster Timeline

·         The incident period began March 7.

·         March 19: Federal major disaster declaration for Texas.       

·         Jasper, Newton and Orange counties are designated for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance Category A (debris removal) and Category B (emergency protective measures), including direct federal assistance.

·         March 25: Amendment #1 adds Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Hood, Marion and Parker counties for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance Category A and Category B, including direct federal assistance.

·         March 30: Amendment #2 closes incident period for the disaster. Incident period ends March 29.

·         April 4: Amendment #3 adds Henderson, Limestone, Shelby and Tyler counties for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance Category A and Category B, including direct federal assistance.

·         April 28: Amendment #4 adds Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Jasper, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby, and Tyler Public Assistance (Categories C – G). And Angelina, Cass, Lamar, Madison, Red River, Sabine, San Augustine and Walker for Public Assistance (Categories A – G).

·         May 18: IA registration deadline.

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Gohmert’s Statement on The 2016 National Day of Prayer

2016/05/05

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today on The National Day of Prayer:

“Today is such a special day – one of national contemplation and prayer to the one, true God.

First established in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming this country, the call to prayer has continued throughout our history. In fact, this day was created for the purpose of humbly coming before God, seeking His guidance for the leaders of this country and His grace upon us as a people.

Troubling times are upon us as a country –times in which we are witnessing religious liberties being stripped away from us as each day passes.

As a Christian, this grieves me to my soul –knowing full well that our nation was established by people who knew there was a master designer, a Creator from whom our blessings flowed. They recognized divine authority, and realized that they needed to call upon Him for assistance and guidance.  

As Benjamin Franklin said before the Constitutional Convention in 1787,

“In the beginning contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine Protection. -- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance.

I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that "except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel …”

This country has been richly blessed due to the prayers and efforts of those foundational men and women – who made sure they used God’s blueprint for a proper support structure on which to build the greatest nation in the history of the world.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan’s first National Day of Prayer Address made note that prayer is our “source of strength.” He writes, 

“Prayer is today as powerful a force in our Nation as it has ever been. We as a Nation should never forget this source of strength. And while recognizing that the freedom to choose a Godly path is the essence of liberty, as a Nation we cannot but hope that more of our citizens would, through prayer, come into a closer relationship with their Maker.”

It is my prayer that we all join together today and truly beseech Almighty God for His direction – and wisdom.  As James 4:8 states, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” And, let us never forget that we have not, because we either ask not, or we fail to ask the true source of our blessings who loves us.

In 1787, after about 5 weeks of yelling and accomplishing nothing, the Constitutional Convention voted to recess and reconvene in a local Philadelphia church where they would all worship together on our nation’s birthday, and then come back and work on a Constitution after that. Well, it worked. They recessed and convened on July 4, 1787 at the Reformed Calvinistic Church where the Rev. William Rogers prayed that God would “favor them, from day to day, with Thy inspiring presence; be their wisdom & strength; enable them to devise such measures as may prove happy instruments in healing all the divisions & prove the good of the great whole.”  

It worked. God heard and He granted that request. The result was the U.S. Constitution.

Isn’t it time our nation asked for that same healing again, and an end to the persecution of Christians in America for their Christian, Biblical based beliefs? 

I know you believe it IS time, or you would not be here at THIS time! So may God bless anew these United States of America with His glory, by His glory, and for His glory. 

Thank you for caring and sharing.”

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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Texas congressman calls Obama's deal with Iran unconstitutional

2016/04/27

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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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3035
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gohmert.house.gov

Committee Assignments

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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Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Jeb Hensarling

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Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

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