Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Holder’s ‘childish and lame’ performance at hearing undermines his credibility on the IRS scandal

2014/04/15

Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert said that his recent heated exchange with Attorney General Eric Holder exposed Holder as a “partisan and extremely petty” individual and undermined Holder’s ability to  defend the Obama administration on the IRS scandal in coming weeks.

“I know what it’s like to be in the heat of a very nasty conversation. I perhaps have been in those kinds of conversations more than our attorney general. And that’s why his comments were so childish and lame,” Gohmert told The Daily Caller in a conference call Tuesday night.

“You don’t want to go there, buddy! You don’t want to go there okay,” Holder snapped at Gohmert at a Judiciary Committee oversight hearing last week after Gohmert mentioned Holder’s 2012 contempt of Congress charge over the Fast and Furious scandal. Holder then spoke last week at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference, telling a black audience, “it had nothing to do with me. Forget that. What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

“John Mitchell got treated much much worse than Eric Holder and he deserved it. He was even sent to prison and he still didn’t whine as much as this attorney general did and he didn’t go around calling people ‘buddy,’” said Gohmert.

“They need Eric Holder as attorney general to look completely above the fray, completely objective, for when they need him to go out and say there’s not a smidgeon of corruption in the IRS. [In last week's hearing] he exposed who he is and tried to come after who I am. He is not looking objective. He has shown himself to be quite partisan and extremely petty. They need him to appear credible when he isn’t.”

Gohmert acknowledged Holder’s claim that he wasn’t talking about race in his speech at Sharpton’s conference, but offered a general critique of one of modern liberalism’s favorite tactics.

“What I’ve seen in recent years is, many times, if someone uses the word racism then it is the word of last resort. We no longer have a proper defensible position, we no longer have a moral basis on which to stand so all we can do is yell racism or bigotry or gender-hatred…When you hear those kinds of things your ears better perk up and you should look for facts…[it often means] they have no basis, all they have left is to scream racism and bigotry,” Gohmert said.

Gohmert also dinged Holder’s “Good luck with your asparagus” put-down, which Holder made to Gohmert at last week’s hearing. Holder was referring to Gohmert’s “he’s casting aspersions on my asparagus” line to Holder at a contentious 2012 hearing, which the congressman used to settle tensions in the room but which, nevertheless, earned the lawmaker vicious mockery in the liberal media.

 

“That’s the best he had after a year? That was the best shot he had? ‘He’s casting aspersions on my asparagus’ was something attributed a number of times to Percy Foreman. Some people said he was one of the greatest trial lawyers of all time…So I used that line when Holder was being so snippy and nasty to me when all I was doing was trying to get documents. I’ve endured for a year the nasty attacks from the left about how incompetent I must be for using the term asparagus.”

Gohmert has been a strong advocate for getting answers on the IRS targeting scandal. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee recently voted to hold ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt, while the Ways and Means committee sent a referral for criminal charges against Lerner to Holder’s Justice Department.

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Rush Limbaugh: Louie Gohmert: A Fearless Fighter

2014/04/09

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RUSH: Louie Gohmert, one of our all-time favorite members of the House of Representatives.  He's from Texas, and Louie... I have to say this. Louie is a judge.  He's a former judge.  One of the reasons that he wanted to get elected to Congress is he was driving around one day between cases, and he heard me explain baseline budgeting, and it infuriated him.  It literally infuriated him.  Of course I explained it in such a way to make it simple.

It was easy to understand, and he didn't have to call me and say, "What do you mean? What is it?" He understood it, and so he's been in Congress for awhile.  There were hearings yesterday on the budget and number of other things, and this was also hearing where Eric Holder, the AG, came up, and Louie went after him on Fast and Furious. 

The attorney general, Eric Holder, said, "I'd be very careful.  You don't want to go there, buddy.  You don't want to go there, buddy."   In Holder's mind, he's untouchable.  You can't get anywhere near him. He's the attorney general, and you're just human debris.  "You're just a gnat.  I'm the attorney general!  You're asking me Fast and Furious?  You don't want to go there, buddy!" But you can't scare Louie Gohmert. 

So let's go to the first of the floor of the House yesterday afternoon where Louie Gohmert from Texas is speaking about the federal budget...

GOHMERT:  In the 1990s, I heard what apparently was a "lovable little fuzzball" that turned out to be Rush Limbaugh, talking about the absurd of the United States government doing something that no person, no family, no business, no charity in all of America could do.  Show me a business, show me a family, show me an individual, show me a charity that has an automatic increase in every year's budget!  'Cause America can't do that, and I was shocked that this was going on.

RUSH:  So was everybody else. (chuckling) The baseline budgeting technique goes back to the Watergate era or thereabouts. It's not tied to Watergate, it was something else that happened, but that's how fairly recently it is.  Baseline budgeting is the baseline every year is what the government spends that year.  Every department gets an automatic, depending on the department, eight to 10% increase, no matter what. 

Anything that expands that baseline therefore expands government spending.  It's a dream come true.  This is why the agriculture department advertises at the end of the year for more food stamp.  They want the money spent because that way eight to 10% of that baseline, what was spent, bam! It just keeps growing and growing. Whether it's needed or not, whether the previous year's budget was spent, whether it was too much or not enough, it doesn't matter. 

Baseline budgeting is just an automatic increase, without any other factor.  The budget is never put together in such a way to say, "Let's take agriculture.  Okay, what did we spend last year?  Did we need all that?  No?  Okay, well, we can cut it by X." Unh-uh.  And baseline budgeting is actually how a "cut" is actually an "increase."  Here's how that works. 

If your department is scheduled for an 8% increase in spending from one year to the next and then when the new budget comes out you're only given 4%, you run around like a chicken with your head cut off and you start complaining that your budget's been cut 4%.  But it hasn't.  Your budget is going up 4%, in the example I've given you.  But since it was supposed to go up 8%, it's a cut. 

That's how everything in Washington is a "cut," when it isn't.  There are no cuts.  But yet Democrats run around every day talking about Draconian budget cuts that the Republicans want.  There aren't any.  Have you ever seen the budget get smaller? Is the national debt going down?  Is the deficit going down?  Are we spending less?  No.  So how could there be any cuts?  There aren't any. 

There are only reductions in the rate of growth, which the Democrats now are permitted to call "cuts." Now, the Democrats for the longest time didn't have a response to this.  Their strategy was, "Leave it alone. It's too complicated. Nobody's gonna understand it. As long as it's people like Limbaugh, we can deal with it."  But now they've had to come up with an answer to it. 

Chris Van Hollen responded to Louie yesterday on the floor of the House.  If I have this right, the Democrats' response and defense of baseline budget is that baseline budgeting -- these automatic increases -- protect the government from inflation so that the value of government benefit dollars remains constant or increases to the recipient.  "So if we guarantee an eight to 10% increase every year, Mr. Limbaugh, we are protecting the people from inflation." 

That's how they've structured their response or their defense to baseline budgeting.  Now, Louie then said that when he got to Congress, he found out it was hard to change. 'Cause he thought listening to this, "It's gonna be easy.  This is so stupid.  This is simple common sense.  We can't budget this way!"  He thought it would be not easy, but he thought he would have an easy time explain this to people and changing it. 

He found out the opposite. 

He found out how hard it was.

GOHMERT:  In '05 and '06 the Republican chair of the Budget Committee said, "We have to do the automatic increases," and I said, "Why?"  He said, "'Cause it's the law."  I was shocked.  We make the law; we can change the law.  And then of course our friends across the aisle took the majority, and for four years there was no chance of eliminating the automatic increase in every federal department's budgets. But then we got the majority back.  Speaker Boehner agreed that if Paul Ryan passed a zero-baseline budget ending the automatic increases out of committee, then he would bring it to the floor.

RUSH:  They're trying to get this done.  Now, they know Obama would veto it, they know current Senate would never pass it, but they're making a statement.  The House Republicans are actually doing it. Louie's leading the effort here to actually do something about this, which is more than anybody else has ever done on this besides talk about it.  Now, I mentioned Louie had his run-in with his buddy Eric Holder yesterday.

Now, this is during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Department of Justice.  Holder testified, and here it is with Louie Gohmert...

GOHMERT:  I've read you what your department promised, and it is inadequate. And I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight.

HOLDER:  You don't want to go there, buddy.  You don't want to go there, okay?

GOHMERT:  I don't want to go there?

HOLDER:  No.

GOHMERT:  About the contempt?

HOLDER:  You should not assume that, uh, that is not a big deal to me.  I think that it was inappropriate and it was unjust.  But never think that that was not a big deal to me.  Don't ever think that!

GOHMERT:  There have been no indications that it was a big deal, because your department has still not been forthcoming in producing the documents that were the subject of the contempt.

RUSH:  Ooh!  Folks, you don't talk that way to people in this Regime!  You just don't do that.  Hip, hip, hurray for Louie Gohmert!  This isn't done.  They kind of cross-talk, and you really can't hear it, but Holder said, "You don't want to go there, buddy." But it comes... This is a 40-second bite, and this is the first 10 seconds. So play this again.  It's worth hearing again, but listen very closely here to the open.

GOHMERT:  I've read you what your department promised, and it is inadequate. And I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight.

HOLDER:  You don't want to go there, buddy.  You don't want to go there, okay?

GOHMERT:  I don't want to go there?

HOLDER:  No.

GOHMERT:  About the contempt?

HOLDER:  You should not assume that, uh, that is not a big deal to me.  I think that it was inappropriate and it was unjust.  But never think that that was not a big deal to me.  Don't ever think that!

GOHMERT:  There have been no indications that it was a big deal, because your department has still not been forthcoming in producing the documents that were the subject of the contempt.

RUSH:  That's it.  That's it.  That's just fearless. (summarized) "Well, there's no indication it's a big deal.  You can sit there and say it's a big deal, but there's no indication in it 'cause you still haven't given us what we asked for!"

GOHMERT:  We've been trying to get to the bottom of Fast and Furious where people died, where at least a couple hundred Mexicans died, and we can't get the information to get to the bottom of that. So I don't need lectures from you about contempt --

HOLDER:  And I don't need lectures from you, either.

GOHMERT:  -- because it is very difficult to deal with asking questions. As a former judge, I never have asked questions of someone who's been held in contempt.

RUSH:  And we'll be back. 

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Woodall-Gohmert Bill Ends Automatic Increase in Federal Budget

2014/04/08

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the passage of The Baseline Reform Act, which he spearheaded in the House of Representatives:

“Since my first term in 2005, I have been pushing to end the automatic increases in every federal department’s budget. Having filed the Zero Baseline Budget bill in each term of Congress since I’ve been here, I am gratified to have it passed out of the Budget Committee and brought to the floor for its bi-partisan passage today. Responsible friends who are Democrats understand that we cannot continue to overburden future generations with our own debt as we have been automatically increasing every federal budget for decades. 

I do not know any person, family, business or charity that has an automatic increase in their annual budget and the government certainly should not either. This bill requires that a cut will be a cut and not simply a slowing of the rate of growth. 

It is a bit humbling to have House friends like Chairman Paul Ryan and Congressman Rob Woodall credit me with authorship and the relentless pursuit of getting this passed. They have both been outstanding in shepherding this bill to passage, and I am very grateful.

Now, we must make sure the Senate feels the heat to stop the automatic government bloating as well. The idea for this common sense measure came when I was a judge in Tyler and heard Rush Limbaugh during a lunch recess mention the federal government had annual automatic increases. I didn't know at the time I would be in a position to help make it happen.

It is inexcusable for the federal government to say ‘we simply cannot tighten our belts’ when government overreach has caused so much pain to so many others. The Baseline Reform Act will put the government in the same position as all Americans. This is also an important step toward a balanced budget.”

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

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EXCLUSIVE: Gohmert: 'Ridiculous' Not to Allow Soldiers to Carry on Base

2014/04/03

On Thursday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) blasted current military policy prohibiting military members from carrying weapons on base, and suggesting that it was time to change that policy. “Given yesterday’s tragedy at Fort Hood, it is abundantly clear something needs to be done to protect our men and women in the United States military,” Gohmert told TruthRevolt exclusively. “Just as we have seen repeatedly in mass shootings in civilian or military areas, shooters normally go to areas where concealed weapons are not allowed.”

Gohmert continued:

It should be remembered that even before the Hassan murders at Ft. Hood, a gunman murdered innocent people at a cafeteria in Killeen, spurring a woman whose parents were killed there to get elected to the Texas legislature and push through Texas’ concealed carry law. 

Soldiers should have a concealed carry permit process as well as the ability to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon on a military installation. It seems ridiculous to forbid people from getting a concealed carry permit who are qualified to use weapons on that installation.

Concealed carry acts as a deterrent to those who always choose gun free zones as the target of their heinous acts. We owe it to our heroic soldiers to ensure their safety on base. We must create this permit process to do just that. At the same time, we must also do more to assist those who have served our country in hostile theaters on our behalf who develop post traumatic stress disorder. They need quick evaluations and quality treatment and care rather than neglect until they harm themselves or others. They deserve better.”

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) has similarly called for soldiers to be armed on base. So has former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

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GOP Slams Obamacare Figures: 'Ultimate April Fools' Day Joke'

2014/04/02

President Barack Obama exulted in announcing on Tuesday that 7.1 million Americans had enrolled in Obamacare — but Republican Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn slammed the Affordable Care Act as a "botched law that has caused millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

"It has forced individuals to sign up for more expensive health insurance or face a penalty," Cornyn, the Texas Republican told Newsmax. "It has resulted in cancer patients losing access to their doctors — and it is slashing full-time jobs across the country.

"At 1600 Pennsylvania, that’s cause for a celebration," he added. "On Main Street, it’s a tragedy."

Cornyn joined many Republicans in statements to Newsmax or on social media that blasted the Obama announcement, which came a day after the first open-enrollment period ended. Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert trashed it as "the ultimate April Fools' Day joke."

Signed into law in 2010, the Affordable Care Act is considered President Obama's major domestic achievement. The enrollment period began on Oct. 1 and has since been plagued by numerous glitches to the HealthCare.gov website.

Target estimates have been lowered by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the president himself has extended nearly 40 delays to mandates of the healthcare law.

Americans who could not sign up via the national website by March 31 will have until the middle of the month to do so as a result of one of the many extensions which have been opposed tooth-and-nail by Republicans.

Millions of Americans have lost their health insurance since the individual mandate took effect — despite promises from Obama that they could keep their plans and doctors if they desired — or have faced skyrocketing premiums or lower-quality coverage.

The botched rollout was a clear factor in Obama's plunging approval ratings — and Republicans see the beleaguered healthcare law as critical to their re-taking the Senate in this November's congressional elections.

Already Republican David Jolly has won a special election in Florida to fill a vacant seat in the House by campaigning against the healthcare law — and the GOP-controlled lower chamber has voted more than 50 times to repeal, defund, or scale back Obamacare.

Despite the announcement, administration officials cautioned that they were still compiling the data needed to determine the ultimate success of the six-month enrollment period: how many enrollees were previously uninsured and whether enough younger, healthy people signed up to offset the costs of covering older, sicker consumers.

Still, Obama glowed during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House — and his pronouncements were heartily cheered by administration staff and other supporters.

"The bottom line is this: Under this law, the share of Americans with insurance is up, and the growth of healthcare costs is down. And that's good for our middle class, and that's good for our fiscal future," the president said as Vice President Joe Biden beamed beside him.

"As messy as it's been sometimes, as contentious as it's been sometimes, it's progress."

Obama then attacked Republicans for their efforts to stop the healthcare law.

"I don't get it," he said. "Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance? Why are they so mad about the idea of folks having health insurance?

"Many of the tall tales that have been told about this law have been debunked. There are still no death panels. Armageddon has not arrived.

"Instead, this law is helping millions of Americans, and in the coming years it will help millions more.

"The debate over repealing this law is over," President Obama declared. "The Affordable Care Act is here to stay."

But Republicans quickly vowed to re-double their efforts to get rid of it.

"Despite the White House 'victory lap,' this law continues to harm the American people," Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, said in a statement. "Every promise the president made has been broken: healthcare costs are rising, not falling.

"Americans are losing the doctors and plans that they like — especially seniors suffering under President Obama’s Medicare cuts.

"Small businesses are afraid to hire new workers, hobbling our economic growth," Steel added. "That’s why we must replace this fundamentally flawed law with patient-centered solutions that will actually lower healthcare costs and help create jobs."

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who heads the House Republican Conference, noted that the continuous Obamacare delays were "an admission of the law’s fundamental failure.

"The success of the president’s healthcare law cannot be measured by his words and unconfirmed numbers, but by the real-life stories of Americans from coast to coast," she told Newsmax.

Cornyn said that Republicans were "operating in reality" by keeping up the pressure to end Obamacare.

"We’re committed to getting rid of this failed law and replacing it with common-sense reforms that will truly bring down healthcare costs and boost access for all Americans," Cornyn said.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, the upper chamber's longest-serving Republican, said that Obama "failed to tell Americans the full story" with Tuesday's announcement.

Referencing other CBO reports, the Utah senator told Newsmax that "the same number of people could actually lose access to their employer-based coverage.

"And, he failed to mention how many Americans signing up for Obamacare used to have insurance they liked and doctors they trusted before they lost them due to this law," Hatch added. "The president can continue to ignore the harsh side-effects of his health law, but the American people have to live with these realities."

Some senators took to Twitter to attack the new figures, including Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Meanwhile, Rep. Tom Price, a Georgia physician, raised several questions about President Obama's figures.

"How many of those who have 'enrolled' in the Obamacare exchanges have paid their premiums, the actual step necessary to attain coverage?" he asked. "How many of these folks were previously insured but had their plans cancelled because of Obamacare?

"By failing to answer these questions, the Obama administration is simply trying to seek political cover by hiding behind the headlines," he said.

Gohmert said if the Affordable Care Act is not halted, it will continue to do even more damage to this country.

"Healthcare should not be about pushing a government agenda or spending millions of healthcare dollars on registering people to vote as Democrats," he said. "It should be about preserving precious lives and providing Americans with the best options available."

And Mac Zimmerman, policy director for Americans for Prosperity, charged Obama with "choosing politics over people. He doesn't want to admit it, but millions of Americans are being hurt by Obamacare."

The conservative political action committee is co-founded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

"Individuals and families across the country have lost the healthcare plans and doctors that they've come to depend on. Their premiums are rising, and it's only going to get worse," Zimmerman said.

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Rep. Gohmert: Don't Believe White House Numbers on Obamacare

2014/04/01

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert says the White House claim that 7 million Americans have signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act is hogwash — and it may be a year or more before the true numbers come out.

Gohmert also says President Barack Obama's signature healthcare plan is really about only one thing: exercising more government control over people's lives.

"From the beginning . . . this has been about the GRE: the government running everything," Gohmert, who represents the Texas' First Congressional District, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"They want to control the people's lives, they want to control more of the economy, and this is a huge step for them, seizing control, saying you're going to provide more insurance when in fact you're providing worse insurance.

"We've heard 75 percent are paying more for their insurance than they had paid before, so there isn't really anything good. Anything that the White House comes out [with] today and tries to say is good about this is going to have to be spinned — because it ain't good," he said Tuesday.

Gohmert said the only people who truly know how many Americans have signed up — and also paid their premiums, which are two separate things — are the executives of the insurance companies themselves.

"The truth is those insurance companies know exactly how many people have paid for their insurance, that's how they can stay in business," Gohmert said.

"I guarantee you this administration doesn't want to know exactly how many people have paid because it doesn't fit in with their agenda."

Gohmert said the ACA was sold on skewed mathematics.

"We were told that there were 30 to 40 million [Americans] who didn't have insurance and that's why we were going to have to scrap everybody's insurance," Gohmert told Malzberg.

"Of course, they were saying if you like your insurance, you'll get to keep it, if you like your doctor, you'll get to keep him, and obviously those were lies.

"And now there are more lies coming out today, 7 million, which they clearly haven't hit because, you know we're hearing that maybe 25 percent, if that, have actually paid for their policies."

Gohmert said that because 6 million "or so" Americans had their old health insurance policies cancelled — because they did not conform to the Affordable Care Act's rules and regulations — the actual gain is more like 1 million.

"Lie to the American people to win [the] election and now they're going to come out and put a rosy red garnish on something that should have had them red-faced," he said.

"It is a disaster when you turn healthcare upside down to give 30 million people insurance and maybe a million of those, maybe 2 million from what we're hearing, didn't have insurance before they had signed up."

Gohmert said it could be a long time before Americans know exactly how many people have signed onto Obamacare.

"It won't end up being 7 million . . . when we get the truth. And it may be like Benghazi, maybe another year and a half before we actually get the truth," he said.

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Gohmert’s Response To Obamacare’s Certainty of Uncertain Enrollment Numbers

2014/04/01

 

Today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s claim that 7 million Americans have signed up for The Affordable Care Act:

“Today, President Obama spoke on the grand achievement of Obamacare. Praising his plan and calling it a ‘big step forward,’ he claimed that 7 million Americans have enrolled since its launch; however, it appears there are some massive problems with this administration’s numbers.

To put it in perspective, 7 million is about the size of the population of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. And of these millions, only an estimated one-third of exchange sign-ups were from the previously reported 30 million people who were uninsured accruing to the reports. The administration is also choosing to leave Americans in the dark on the actual number of people who have paid their premiums. It is also estimated that Obamacare caused 6 million or so to LOSE their insurance. So a net 1 million out of 300 million does not seem particularly helpful.

Healthcare should not be about pushing a government agenda or spending millions of healthcare dollars on registering people to vote as Democrats. It should be about preserving precious lives and providing Americans with the best options available. Obamcare is truly the ultimate April Fool’s Day joke, and if not halted, it will continue to do even more damage to this country.”

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

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Jefferson, Madison went to church inside Capitol

2014/03/31

"People came in here and prayed, they sang hymns, they worshiped God — it was part of our history.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, was talking about prayer services inside the U.S. Capitol.

In the very hall where the House of Representatives first met in Washington, D.C.

Most Americans probably would be stunned to learn that, in fact, the Capitol was actually turned into a church, once a week, for decades.

A flagrant violation of the First Amendment’s establishment clause and the concept of the separation of church and state?

Not according to the man who coined the phrase.

Or the man who wrote most of the Constitution.

Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison both attended non-denominational Christian worship services inside the very chamber where Congress met from 1807 to 1857, now called Statuary Hall.

Gohmert told WND, it is a long-forgotten fact of history that shows just how far the modern interpretation of the separation of church and state has strayed from the original intent of the founders.

Not only were church services held within the House on Sundays, but, for generations, the Capitol was transformed weekly into the largest church on the East Coast.

Jefferson and Madison were not the only Founding Fathers who felt God had a place in the halls of government.

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson kneeling to pray over the Declaration of Independence

President George Washington believed the fate of the new country rested in its citizens’ fidelity to God. That is why he dedicated America to God.

“Washington: A Man of Prayer, 2014″ commemorates the events of April 30, 1789, when, after being sworn in at Federal Hall, President Washington, accompanied by Congress, proceeded to St. Paul’s Chapel where, as one of his first official acts, the president offered a prayer of dedication to God on America’s behalf.

Now in its third year, the event is the brainchild of Dan Cummins, pastor of Bridlewood Church in Bullard, Texas.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., will host, Mike Huckabee will emcee, and some of America’s most principled public servants will commemorate the 225th inaugural anniversary of President George Washington, with members of Congress and national Christian leaders honoring the first U.S. president as a man of Christian faith.

Several lawmakers will offer prayers on behalf of the nation, our president and his Cabinet, the Supreme Court and its justices and members of Congress.

Gohmert helped bring some of America’s forgotten sacred history to light when he asked the Congressional Research Service to do an objective, non-partisan review to learn if the things he had read and learned about prayer in the Capitol were, in its opinion, true.

The congressman told WND that as he read the report he learned how Jefferson, the man who originated the term separation of church and state had a much different idea in mind than the modern interpretation of that expression.

“[I]t was to be a one-way wall, where the state would not dictate to the church. But the church would certainly play a role in the state,” said the former chief justice of the Texas 12th Court of Appeals.

“So, that’s a little different idea than a lot of people have about separation of church and state, including some our esteemed Supreme Court (justices) who are not quite as familiar with our history as they probably should be,” added Gohmert.

He pointed out, no one in the country was forced to come to church when religious services were held in a government building.

“As long as it was voluntary, they saw nothing coercive or inappropriate about having church here.”

And, under the original understanding of the First Amendment, the government of the United States was not allowed to dictate what a church could or could not do.

Gohmert recalled how the nation’s religious traditions trace back to its origin.

“When George Washington took the oath of office he put his hand on the Bible and finished the oath by adding the words ‘So help me God,’ as every president since him has done.”

After that, he addressed Congress in New York, then headed to St. Paul’s Chapel. The congressman noted that chapel is still standing and was the only site at ground zero that was not destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001.

“And they prayed for God to bless the United States of America. Prayers that have been answered for 225 years.”

Gohmert said, in his estimation, God has blessed America more than any nation in the history of the world, even more than King Solomon’s Israel.

If America has been so blessed, why does the congressman believe “Washington: A Man of Prayer, 2014″ is so important?

“God has answered our prayers. This is no time to stop praying. This is a time to continue to beseech God to bless this nation. And if we seek Him, we will find Him. If we ask, it will be answered.”

Click here to read more details on “Washington: A Man of Prayer” and its significance.

Cummins calls this year’s celebration of “Washington: A Man of Prayer, 2014″ on May 7, now in its third consecutive year, “a historic first” because, even though the event is exclusively for members of Congress, churches around the world will be able to watch on a global webcast and join in offering prayers for our nations and its leaders.

The event will be broadcast globally by the Daystar Television Network, with WorldNetDaily Films and CBN News providing the satellite feed from Statuary Hall.

Churches can register online to host the webcast during their Wednesday midweek services at “Washington: A Man of Prayer.”

In addition to Bachmann and Huckabee, those attending “Washington: A Man of Prayer, 2014″ will include Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Ron Johnson, R-Wisc.; and Reps. Louie Gohmert,R-Texas; Steve King, R-Iowa; Steve Stockman, R-Texas; Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.; Kristi Noem, R-S.D.; Corrine Brown, D-Fla.; Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan.; Jeff Miller, R-Fla.; Diane Black, R-Tenn.; Steve Womack, R-Ark.; and Chris Stewart, R-Utah; Jim Bridenstine R-Okla.; John Mica R-Fla.

As a bipartisan event, invitations have been sent to all 535 members of the 113th Congress.

Chaplains of the House and Senate, Fr. Patrick Conroy and the Rev. Barry Black will also participate. The United States Marine Band will also perform.

Christian leaders participating include the program director for the event, Dr. Jim Garlow, as well as Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., Dr. Robert Jeffress, Phyllis Schlafly, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Star Parker, Penny Nance, Dr. Peter Lillback, Bill Federer, Bishop Angel Nunez, Rosemary Schindler Garlow, Charmaine Yoest, Sergio De La Mora, Tony Perkins, Samuel Rodriguez and Rafael Cruz (father of Sen. Ted Cruz.)

Downloadable promotional materials are available “Washington: A Man of Prayer” website. Also, free school curriculum (K-12) on the historical events surrounding the inauguration of President George Washington has been provided by the Brook Hill School of Bullard, Texas.

WND will run a preview piece on “Washington: A Man of Prayer, 2014″ every week during the 10 weeks leading up to the event on May 7.

Read these WND articles on “Washington: A Man of Prayer, 2014″:

Religion and politics, together again: ‘Any nation that rejects God will be rejected by God’

God comes back to the Capitol: ‘Washington: A Man of Prayer 2014′ returns nation to its religious roots

Bachmann explains why God blessed America: Founders discovered key to success in the Bible


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Gohmert’s Remarks on Obamacare’s Denial of Right to Religious Beliefs

2014/03/26

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement after oral arguments before Supreme Court regarding Obamacare’s denial of the right to practice the religious beliefs held by family business owners:

“Today is truly a crucial day for religious liberty and whether those rights will remain viable under our Constitution. It is for this reason that I felt compelled to listen to the oral arguments at the Supreme Court building. Clearly, every American should be free to live and work in accordance to their peaceable religious beliefs without having to beg the government to allow them to do so. 

Yet, today I was shocked and grieved to hear a Supreme Court Justice, in essence, ask why not just pay the penalty and then you don’t have to violate your religious beliefs. Unbelievable! The power to tax is the power to destroy. If the federal government has the power to force anyone to pay a tax or penalty to observe religious beliefs, then they have the power to make the penalty so high the government can ‘prohibit the free exercise’ of those firmly held religious beliefs –precisely what the Constitution guarantees it cannot do.

I also heard the official representative of the U.S. government, that has indicted and convicted corporations of intentionally committing criminal conduct, basically say that a corporation could not have religious beliefs. If a corporation can form the intent to commit a crime, it can certainly have the intent to observe the religious beliefs of its owners, officers, and directors.

Hobby Lobby has provided its employees fantastic heath insurance including most contraceptives –just not the four that can cause the death of a growing unborn child, though the four were put on a required list by unelected bureaucrats. Sadly, under this administration, religious freedom has been under attack and our rights continue to be removed or penalized day by day. 

Though paying a subjugating monetary fee to practice Christianity or Jewish faith is required under Sharia law, it is supposed to be unconstitutional to do so under our Constitution. Yet, now we must wait to see if the Supreme Court will allow a business to observe the religious beliefs of its owners. It is my prayer that religious liberty will be upheld in the Supreme Court.

 

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Lawmaker: Supreme Court questions imply government can tax freedom

2014/03/25

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Tuesday that he was "staggered" to hear a Supreme Court Justice imply today that companies disagreeing with the ObamaCare mandate to provide contraception to their workers should simply not provide it, and then pay the penalty.

Speaking on the House floor, Gohmert said that line of questioning implies that companies and people can only enjoy their freedoms after paying a tax or fine to the government.

"What is being implied by the question is, if you want to avoid paying to kill a child in the womb, then just pay the tax and we'll allow you to observe your conscience, your firmly held religious beliefs," he said.

"It is staggering that anybody, any Justice on the United States Supreme Court, would have rationalized to the point that could ever even dream of saying, just pay the fine, penalty, tax, and then you don't have to pay for killing children."

Gohmert did not name the Justice who asked the question, but several Justices today asked similar questions.

"Can you imagine if King George had set a decree that said pay a $2,000 penalty or tax, and then you can observe your religious beliefs?" Gohmert asked on the floor.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who joined Gohmert on the floor, agreed that this line of questioning indicates that the government can charge people for exercising their freedoms.

"The premise that the Justice is embracing is you don't have a guaranteed right to religious expression and to religious thought," she said.

"You don't have that right," she said, speaking for the government. "That is our right. We'll sell it."

Gohmert spoke after attending today's session at the Supreme Court. In the morning, the Court heard oral arguments in two cases brought by companies that oppose the ObamaCare requirement that for-profit companies must provide birth control services in their employee healthcare plans.

Gohmert, a former judge, added that because the Court did not provide an area for members of Congress to observe the court's proceedings, he now supports putting cameras in the Court to observe proceedings.

He said that because Congress is charged with funding the Supreme Court, the Court should therefore provide space for members to observe its proceedings. Read More

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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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