Local, state and national health officials and politicos responded to the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling Thursday, upholding the Afordable Care Act.
In King vs. Burrell, the suit challenged the legality of subsidies set up in federal government-run health insurance exchanges in the 34 states that did not set up an exchange for low- and middle-income people.
Since the court upheld the law, there will be no changes for those who are insured through the marketplace. Dr. Kirk Calhoun, president of UT Health Northeast, said the ruling involves the purchase of insurance and doesn't affect services offered by the hospital.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling regarding subsidies for individuals under the Affordable Care Act allows those who purchase health insurance through the private market to continue receiving federal assistance,” said Dr. Kirk Calhoun, president of UT Health Northeast. “The ruling relates to the purchase of insurance and not how health care is delivered. UT Health Northeast’s mission to provide access to quality health care for our patients remains unchanged."
If the court had ruled against the ACA, more than 832,000 Texans were at risk of losing tax credits, totaling more than $205 million. The average tax credit Texans received through exchanges is $247. There would have been a 305 percent increase in average insurance premiums if the court ruled against the ACA.
Doctors for America expressed relief in a news release.
"The Affordable Care Act is deeply rooted in our health care system — opening doors of care to millions who would otherwise be uninsured. The ACA is transforming lives and our health care system so it works better for patients. From lowering the nation’s uninsured rate to the lowest level in four decades to expanding coverage to millions, the ACA is working.”
Texas Hospital Association shared the sentiments.
“With more than 1 million Texans purchasing private health insurance coverage through the federal marketplace and 86 percent of those receiving tax credits, Texas hospitals can breathe a sigh of relief now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Burwell,” said Ted Shaw, THA president and CEO. “Texas still leads the nation in the number of uninsured and we have significant work to do to increase access to coverage. But there is little doubt that hospitals’ financial challenges would be even greater if more than 1 million Texans were added to the rolls of uninsured.”
Texas legislators see it differently. They see the law as crippling to the economy that has harmed small business growth and raised average insurance premiums for individuals.
In a statement, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said today’s decision doesn’t change the fact that Obamacare has been a disaster for the millions of hardworking American families who have seen their health care costs skyrocket or lost their insurance entirely.
He vowed to continue the fight.
“Republicans will continue to fight tooth and nail to repeal this oppressive law and replace it with patient-centered reforms that lower costs and increase access for Texans and all Americans,” he said.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said he remains committed to repealing the law despite the ruling, calling it the “biggest job killer in America.” Cruz said millions of Americans have lost their insurance, jobs or faced higher premiums and cut work hours as a result of the law.
Cruz was highly critical of court members who he called “lawless” for siding with the Obama administration rather than the Constitutional merits of the law.
“After today’s ruling, Obamacare will now be responsible for imposing illegal taxes on more than 11 million individuals and for burdening hundreds of thousands of businesses with illegal penalties on their workers, killing jobs and further slowing economic growth,” he said in a statement.
Cruz believes the 2016 elections will be a referendum against the law and that Congress will return in 2017 to repeal it.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, echoed Cruz’s sentiment.
“In this instance, the Supreme Court has completely abandoned any semblance of basing its rulings on the law,” he said in a statement. “This opinion indicates that the majority put far greater weight on what the leftwing media might say if the Supreme Court followed the law itself, even to the point of writing laws that Congress did not write.”
Gohmert called the law a train wreck of broken promises.
Smith County Democratic Party chairwoman Shirley Falzone said the ruling removes worry and doubt for millions of Americans who would not have had insurance had the court ruled the other way.
Ms. Falzone said the two Supreme Court rulings in favor of the Affordable Care Act should remove all doubt it was a good and fair law. She doesn’t expect further challenges in court and that the law’s implementation would be good for the country.
She said the law and subsequent rulings were a major victory for the Obama presidency.
“Others have tried and he was able to, with Congress, carry this forward,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine that it wouldn’t cement his legacy.”
Smith County Republican Party chairman Tim McCormick said the delayed implementation of required aspects of the law, specifically punitive fines, which will happen after the president leaves office would likely reverse many individual opinions about the law. McCormick said Obama postponing the implementation of those requirements until after his final term ends is the “highest form of playing the political game.”
McCormick said the ruling was a win for Democrats but that the court’s interpretation of the law as it applies to the Constitution would erode public confidence in the highest court of the land.
“The ruling is yet another in line of confusing and disappointing rulings. The logic and standard for reading and interpreting the Constitution doesn’t seem to follow any predictable course," he said.Read More
“It is a tragic and ominous day for the United States when a decision by five unelected justices of the U.S. Supreme Court blatantly violates the law in order to destroy the foundational building block for society provided by Nature and Nature’s God – that was stated as divine law by Moses and Jesus. Our nation has been blessed with liberty, opportunity, power, and individual prosperity beyond any other nation in history. Both Moses and Jesus stated that it was God’s law that ‘a man will leave his father and mother and a woman will leave her home and the two will come together as one.’ That defined marriage. Jesus even added that the defined marriage that God brought together should not be divided by anyone. The Supreme Court ruling is heartbreaking for the turmoil it will mean for our nation’s future.
"The U.S. Constitution gives neither Congress nor federal Courts any authority over marriage. Now, the Supreme Court majority flaunts the law, the U.S. Constitution, and makes its mark in history sealing our fate unless America makes a dramatic turn. Though Chief Justice Roberts was part of the minority today, he has previously and again yesterday established for the Court his example that what the law and Constitution says is of no consequence when his Court has an agenda.
"The law governing all federal justices, 28 United States Code section 455, states:
‘Any justice, judge or magistrate judge of the United States shall
disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might
reasonably be questioned.’
"It is clear beyond any doubt that Justices Kagan and Ginsberg have held exceedingly strong opinions that same-sex marriages were constitutional by virtue of their having performed them. When Justices of the highest court in the country believe they do not have to comply with essential laws governing courts themselves, then there is no overriding legitimate law of the land, which action standing alone is enough to substantiate tyranny.
"Founders and leaders including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and most all of the Presidents have noted that it is God who has been the source of this nation’s unfathomable blessings. But if Moses, Jesus, and contributors to the Bible were correct, God’s hand of protection will be withdrawn as future actions from external and internal forces will soon make clear. I will do all I can to prevent such harm, but I am gravely fearful that the stage has now been set.
"Our situation evokes the situation noted by Thomas Jefferson in Virginia. Part of Jefferson’s observation is even inscribed inside his D.C. memorial:
'And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure, when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural interference!'
"Thank God there was a second great awakening or revival in America which fostered and drove an abolitionist movement, and an end to slavery, followed by America’s explosion of individual affluence and world influence.
"A major question now looming is whether a nation has to comply with law that was promulgated by a Supreme Court majority that included two justices who were legally barred from participating in the new court-legislated, civilization-changing decision that destroys our nation’s heritage of Biblical marriage. May God forgive our Supreme Court majority for its arrogance and its self-apotheosis.”Read More
The Supreme Court's 6-3 decision to uphold federal tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act — a ruling that saves Obamacare from doom — is an embarrassing call for the nation's top jurists, Rep. Louie Gohmert tells Newsmax TV.
"The Supreme Court has a lot to be embarrassed about. As a former judge and chief justice, I am extremely embarrassed for them," Gohmert said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."
"And unfortunately, when you've sold your soul, it's kind of tough to even realize you should be embarrassed, but they should."
The court on Thursday ruled that President Barack Obama's signature healthcare plan did not restrict subsidies to only states that established their own online exchanges. If it hadn't made the ruling, millions of Americans would have lost their subsidies and been unable to afford Obamacare, which would have basically dismantled it.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote: "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them."
But Gohmert, a Texas Republican, said the legislature had made it crystal clear that states not setting up exchanges would not get subsidies when the Obamacare became law.
"They intended those words. You're not going to get one dime of subsidy unless you set up a state exchange. They meant it if the law is unequivocal and then they realized wow most of these states don't go along with it, they don't agree with this, so wow, we better change the law," Gohmert said.
He said that for now, the healthcare law will continue as it is.
"Hopefully if we either get new leadership or all of a sudden our current leadership grows some leadership ability, then we can start dismantling this thing until it's gone," Gohmert said.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement concerning the decision made today by the United States Supreme Court finding as valid the subsidies that the Affordable Care Act said were illegal:
“In recent years, the U.S. Constitution has taken a severe beating at the hands of this president’s administration. The United States Supreme Court has now added to the Constitutional malfeasance by decreeing from on high that what the Affordable Care Act itself said is not legal is legal.
“In this instance, the Supreme Court has completely abandoned any semblance of basing its rulings on the law. This opinion indicates that the majority put far greater weight on what the leftwing media might say if the Supreme Court followed the law itself, even to the point of writing laws that Congress did not write.
“The truth is that the American people did not want ObamaCare before it passed. After it passed, they did not like losing their insurance or their doctor they wanted to keep or even their hospital that was critical to their lives. They’ve been left with higher premiums, higher out of pocket costs and less coverage than the policies they liked and lost.
“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 panoply of privacy issues that have surfaced, the majority of the American people want to wake from this ObamaCare nightmare.
“Americans should have the right to choose our own healthcare providers. Whether our small handful of elitist Washington leadership, which includes the majority on the Supreme Court, should be allowed to continue to trample on our Constitutional rights at will is the fundamental question of this era.”
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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Lawmakers on Wednesday demanded accountability from the Obama administration after an investigation found the federal government routinely fails to secure proper bonding from wind and solar project developers, potentially leaving taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars.
The Government Accountability Office study found that President Obama’s Bureau of Land Management has failed to secure the proper bonding from wind and solar energy firms constructing projects on federal lands. Developers are required to post bonds in the event they declare bankruptcy or are otherwise unable to fund clean-up of the land after the projects end.
Since Mr. Obama came to office, the administration has approved 55 renewable energy projects on federal lands, including 32 solar projects and 11 wind farms. Of those solar and wind projects, the administration has secured about $100 million in reclamation bonds to pay for land cleanup.
But nearly one-third of those bonds are woefully underfunded, GAO found, and taxpayers could be responsible for up to $15 million in reclamation costs.
Critics say the shoddy management and preferential treatment to “green” fuels proves the administration is willing to skirt the fuels to tilt the playing field toward its favored forms of energy.
“We just give money away trying to get people into those businesses … We’ve got to start holding people accountable that don’t follow the rules,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Natural Resources' subcommittee on oversight and investigations, which held a hearing on the issue Wednesday morning.
In addition to not requiring enough bonding from developers, the GAO also found that the administration keeps poor and inaccurate records of wind and solar projects on federal lands. The administration also is far less stringent with its records for renewable fuels than it is for fossil fuels.
“The [Bureau of Land Management’ does not have a timeliness standard for wind and solar data entry, contrary to the standard for its mining program,” said Anne-Marie Fennell, director of the GAO’s natural resources and environment team, in testimony before the subcommittee Wednesday.
Democrats conceded the administration’s handling of renewable energy projects could present big problems for taxpayers.
“This is a potentially serious issue,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell, Michigan Democrat and ranking member of the subcommittee.
GAO officials said they take the issue seriously and already have started making improvements to record-keeping and other aspects of the bonding process.
“We take very seriously our responsibility to sustain the health and diversity of those lands, to ensure lands are restored,” said Steven Ellis, the Bureau of Land Management’s deputy director for operations.Read More
Awards dinner turns into night of dire warnings
WASHINGTON – Stark sentiments and dire warnings on an occasion that was to be a night of celebration:
Those were just some of the poignant, sobering and insightful observations made by a roster of eminent speakers in a series of powerful speeches at an awards dinner on Thursday evening.
The event was the 9th annual “Rays of Light in the Darkness” awards ceremony and dinner held by the Endowment for Middle East Truth, or EMET.
The organization is a Washington, D.C., based think tank and policy center which informs and advises lawmakers and their staff, develops close working relationships with them, and challenges what it characterizes as “the falsehoods and misrepresentations that abound in U.S. Middle East policy.”
EMET describes its mission as working with lawmakers who “understand the importance of a strong and secure America, and a strong American-Israeli alliance against the forces of radical Islam and terror.”
Other speakers included master of ceremonies, and former assistant secretary of defense, Frank Gaffney and EMET founder Sarah Stern. Talk radio host Mark Levin opened the event by leading the gathering in the pledge of allegiance to America.
Sen. Cotton was the only member of the Senate to vote against a bill that turned the chamber’s treaty powers upside down, when it comes to striking a deal with Iran. The tally 98 to 1, with one senator not voting.
By law, the Senate must approve any treaty with a foreign power by a two-thirds vote. The legislation, approved by the Senate in May, would require a deal with Iran on its nuclear program to be submitted to Congress. But, if Congress rejects the deal, President Obama could veto the rejection. The Senate and the House would then have to come up with a two-thirds majorities to override the veto. So, instead of a two-thirds Senate majority needed to approve the treaty, a two-thirds congressional majority would be needed to disapprove of it.
Cotton is also the senator who wrote an open letter informing Iran’s leaders that Congress has a constitutional role, by law, in ratifying international agreements. 46 Republican senators signed the letter.
The Senator was not able to address the EMET dinner in person because he was called to emergency meetings in Ukraine. The freshman is the youngest member of the Senate and a graduate of Harvard Law School. Emerging from the army with the rank of captain, Cotton served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star.
In recorded remarks played at the EMET dinner, Cotton stressed that the bottom line in any deal struck with Iran must be: Does it dismantle their nuclear program or not? If not, it should be rejected, he emphasized.
Cotton also noted that used to be the position of the Obama administration, but that has changed.
The senator emphasized a recurring theme of the evening: The importance of speaking the truth about the threats facing America’s allies and the rest of the world.
Rep. Gohmert was the driving force behind the speech given to Congress in March by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who received a remarkable 26 standing ovations while delivering a passionate warning against the Iranian nuclear peril.
Gohmert originally had the idea when Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was still House Speaker. He drafted a letter, signed by colleagues, proposing Netanyahu address Congress. That went nowhere, but Gohmert had better luck when Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, because House Speaker.
It was the Texan who told the EMET dinner crowd that Iran’s nuclear weapons would be the new gas chambers for Israel.
“By the grace of God, we can’t allow them to kill millions more Jews or anyone else.”
Gohmert said the Obama administration knows that as long as the U.S. talks with Iran, no matter how “worthless” the talks may be, Israel cannot militarily destroy the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
That’s because, he said, Israel knows the Obama administration would side with Iran in the United Nations, and, “This is an affront to Israel.”
“We’re on the brink of disaster,” warned the congressman. He told the largely Jewish crowd he was a Christian who reads the Bible every day.
And, he said, acquaintances of his had claimed to identify the United States in biblical prophecies. He didn’t know about that, but, he remarked, the only chance America had of being around in end times “is to be the best friend of Israel we can.
Talk show host and author Erick Stakelbeck rhetorically asked why should Americans care about the threat posed by ISIS from the other side of the world?
Because, he said, the FBI director recently announced the bureau is investigating ISIS activity in all 50 states.
“The barbarians are not just at the gate, they are inside the gate,” Stakelbeck announced.
But, he said, in such trying times, there is still great reason for hope.
He noted how Israel’s enemies such as Haman, Nebuchadnezzar and Hitler all wound up on the ash heap of history.
“Take heart”, he comforted, “You are on the winning team.”
Kasim Hafeez, a man of Pakistani descent who lived in England, described his conversion from an anti-Zionist Jew hater who became a Muslim Zionist who married a Jew.
He said the turning point came when he read Alan Dershowitz’s book “The Case for Israel,” then went to Israel and fell in love with it.
And, as a Muslim he now works for Christians United for Israel.
Hafeez said, if not for Israel, “I’d be in a jihadist training camp.”
He believes Israeli soldiers aren’t just defending Israel, but the entire free world. Hafeez said Israel’s enemies are America’s enemies. “They target Israel today, America tomorrow.”
“Speaking out for the truth is not Islamophobic,” he declared.
And, Hafeez concluded, “To be free of hatred is incredible.”
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach expressed amazement at “a dinner where people are given awards for simply telling the truth.”
“I’m not pro-Israel because I’m Jewish. I love Israel because I am Jewish. I am pro-Israel because I am an American,” the rabbi declared.
Boteach called Israel is “the greatest blessing to Muslims in the Middle East” because it is the only place they can be free, and it is the only country in the region where women, gays and other minorities are not persecuted.
“If you don’t love Israel, you have no heart,” he summed up.
“Anti-semitism did not die at Auschwitz,” grimly observed honoree Irwin Cotler.
The Canadian member of Parliament told a hushed crowd how Iran executes one person every two hours.
“Unprecedented persecution,” he called it.
Yet, “The world never hears about it.”
Cotler noted it is said there would not be an Israel but for the holocaust, but, he insisted, “It is the other way around: There would not have been a holocaust if they’re had been an Israel.”
Frank Gaffney, assistant secretary of defense during the Reagan administration and current president of the Center for Security Policy, warned about the impending threat to America’s existence posed by Iran.
He saluted the efforts of former CIA Director Adm. James Woolsey, who was in attendance, to alert lawmakers and citizens to the ease with which Iran could knock out America’s electric grid with an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, attack, by merely exploding a single nuclear bomb over the Midwest.
Gaffeny said it would be a “genocide of unprecedented proportions” eventually resulting in the death of 90 percent of the U.S. population.
“And it could happen at any moment,” especially considering Iran’s partnering with North Korea, which has the technical capability to launch such an attack without detection.
Gaffney noted it would take only $2 billion dollars to secure America’s electric grid and neutralize the threat of such an attack, but neither Congress nor the president seemed in any hurry.
He also reminded the audience of the sentiment expressed by former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that destroying America was “not only desirable but possible.”
Sarah Stern, a tireless advocate for Israel, is the founder and president of EMET.
As for the Obama administration’s pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, she declared, “We are not negotiating, we are groveling.”
Stern said the president had turned Machiavelli’s advice to “keep your enemies close and your friends at a distance” into, “Hold you enemies close and throw your friends under the bus.”
“Unfortunately, our president does not think like many Americans. He seems to base his foreign policy on how the world ought to be, not how the world actually is.”
She noted how Obama said in an interview he could envision Iran becoming “a very successful regional power.”
This is the same Iran, she noted, that is the world’s leading state sponsor of Islamic terrorism and a state that celebrates “Death to America Day” every year on Nov. 4.
Stern also observed it is also a regime that prosecutes women for being raped and men for being gay.
“The moral universe has been turned upon its head,” she concluded.
“This is 1939 all over again.”Read More
United States Congressman Louie Gohmert revealed Thursday that the Obama administration had “outed” an active Israeli spy mission in Iran. Israel, he said, had infiltrated Israeli spies into mainland Iran via cargo boats.
He dropped the bombshell in a speech at EMET’s 9th annual “Rays of Light in the Darkness” gala dinner.
Rep. Gohmert, who is one Israel’s fiercest and truest friends on Capitol Hill, stated: “We are on the brink of disaster.”
He listed a stream of virulently anti-Israel actions taken by President Obama which included the “outing” of the Israeli spy mission, and the Obama Administration’s disclosing of possible use of Azerbaijani airspace by Israel.
Rep. Gohmert did not elaborate on whether Obama’s disclosure of Israeli covert operations had resulted in the capture or death of any of Israel’s Iranian spies.
Gohmert also related that he is often asked about prophecies of “end-of-days” events, and how they might be tied to the current events. He explained, “I tell everybody, the only way America will be around until the end of days is if America is the best friend Israel ever had.”
However, the plain talking congressman made clear, “the new gas chambers are called nuclear weapons. And, we can’t, can’t allow Iran to kill millions of Jews. They must be stopped!”
Rep. Gohmert's accusations are sure to add fuel to the controversy ignited by former Israeli ambassador to the United States, MK Michael Oren (Kulanu), that President Obama has purposefully destroyed the Israeli-United States relationship.
1939 all over again
EMET, Hebrew for “truth,” also stands for the Endowment for Middle East Truth, founded and headed by Sarah Stern, the indefatigable pro-Israel advocate on Capitol Hill.
The dinner, which was attended by close to 500 people this year, presents the “Speaker of the Truth” awards to numerous people from different fields awards for telling the truth about Israel and the Middle East.
Ms. Stern opened the evening with George Orwell’s famous saying, that “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
And, she added, “that makes us ‘revolutionaries!”
She continued by adding that the “moral universe has been turned on its head. And, the people we are recognizing tonight are trying to right the upside-down world with the truth.”
Ms. Stern lamented that “Jewish Americans are asleep at the wheel and it’s 1939 all over again.” As a testament to Ms. Stern’s success, former CIA director James Woolsey, and former US Defense Intelligence Agency director Lt. General Michael T. Flynn, along with many other Washington bigwigs, were in attendance.
The barbarians are inside the gates
The senator's “Speaker of the Truth” award went to freshman Senator Tom Cotton who has spearheaded the drive to expose President Obama’s nuclear deal as a catastrophic mistake.
Sen. Cotton, a Harvard Law School graduate, enlisted to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan after graduation and rose to the rank of captain, earning a Bronze State for “heroic achievement or service.”
He stated that he has a particular issue with Iran in that “All of the most lethal IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) came from Iran. And, America’s armored vehicles couldn’t withstand Iran’s IEDs.”
The media ‘Truth’ award went to Erick Stakelbeck, who is a TV regular and who has written several books including his latest, “ISIS exposed: Beheadings, Slavery, and the Hellish Reality of Radical Islam.”
Stakelbeck explained that James Comey, America’s current FBI director recently stated that “hundreds, maybe thousands” of people across America are actively receiving Islamic recruitment from terrorist organizations to attack the US homeland, and that the FBI is actively investigating “people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states.”
“The barbarians are not at the gates,” Stakelbeck ominously warned. “They are inside the gates.”
A Pakistani for Israel
Perhaps the most exciting speaker of truth was Kasim Hafeez, a Pakistani Muslim who – after reading Alan Dershowitz’s book, “The Case for Israel” – turned from a radical jihadist to an Israel lover. In fact, Hafeez, now works for CUFI, “Christians United for Israel.”
Hafeez has had to endure ostracism by his family and friends. But after visiting Israel for three weeks, he said, he saw that all the propaganda about Israel was a total lie and that Israel is a “true beacon of freedom in the Muslim world.”
The evening continued with the brilliant world-renowned author and TV personality Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who gave a rousing speech, asserting “Israel is the most moral country on the face of the earth. While, Rome, Alexander the Great, and Hannibal were rampaging through the world, the Jews of Israel were teaching the world to 'turn our swords into plowshares.'”
The night's last awardee was Professor Irwin Cotler, who defends Israel’s human rights record throughout the world.
If EMET, or the “truth,” was what you were looking for, EMET’s annual dinner was the place to be to hear it pronounced loud and clear.Read More
Today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement thanking the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) for the ‘Speaker of Truth’ award:
“What a privilege it is to speak at the Endowment for Middle East Truth’s 9th Annual ‘Rays of Light in the Darkness’ dinner and to be presented with the ‘Speaker of Truth’ award. Sarah Stern, EMET founder and president, has truly been a fount of wisdom in the nation’s Capitol – educating key policy makers on the importance of the United States’ relationship with Israel and the continuing battle against radical Islam.
“Terrorism is very real and is poised to wreak havoc on our home front. Our leaders lack boldness and vision or even a strategy to combat the most insidious evil embodied in ISIS. It is imperative that the United States take a strong stand against radical Islam, as it fundamentally threatens our ability to live as a free society. The Obama administration’s strategy of merely watching events unfold across the globe is undermining national security interests at home and abroad.
“There is an ominous and urgent need for EMET and its leader, Sarah Stern, to continue to shine a bright light of truth on the dangers coming out of the Middle East. I pray for their continued success as they enable the revelation of truth across the globe and am honored that they would present me with this award.”
Previous EMET “Speakers of Truth” award recipients have included U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman, Daniel Inouye, Jon Kyl, Sam Brownback, and Ted Cruz; Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Bret Stephens; Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, author, and political commentator, Dr. Charles Krauthammer; former U.S. Ambassador; John Bolton; Governor, Mike Huckabee; and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, among many other notables.
Founded in 2005, EMET’s mission is to educate policymakers in Washington and the general public about the importance of Israel to the United States in their common struggle against radical Islam. For more information, please visit, http://www.emetonline.org. Follow EMET on Twitter and Facebook.
Gohmert challenged Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) argument that granting Obama fast-track trade authority – TPA – would actually put “Congress in the driver’s seat.”
Gohmert questioned, “How ironic that President Obama seems to have worked harder on this bill than he has about anything since Obamacare?” The reason for that would be that Obama wants more power, not because he’s eager to hand the steering wheel to Congress.
He added, “The American people have made clear they did not want the TPA passed. They certainly don’t want the TAA passed.” He adds:
How ironic that we’re told the TPA passage will create a massive number of jobs and yet people who’ve really looked at it on the Democratic side say ‘nu-uh – this is going to cost a lot of jobs,” so we got to have more unemployment benefits, more government help for people that are going to lose their job – which is what the TAA basically does– or we can’t vote for the TPA. Well, how ironic…
He also pointed out the irony of Obama’s push for TPA passage.
“It is rather ironic because it’s just hard to believe that he [President Obama] would be working this hard to limit his own powers – he’s never done that before. He has never worked to limit his own powers,” Gohmert argued.
“Some of the same people that pushed so hard to pass TARP – the Wall Street bailout – is also pushing for this,” Gohmert continued, pointing out even more irony in the push to pass TAA to enact TPA.
The House of Representatives is reportedly taking a vote on TAA on Tuesday since it failed to pass Friday, placing TPA on hold for the time being.Read More
“Trade deals should be about creating jobs,”
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), an influential Alabamian who serves in a senior position on the House Appropriations Committee, told Breitbart News. “At this point I am skeptical that any trade deal President Obama – or any president – might bring would actually create jobs in Alabama. This will be an agreement that would be in place for years to come.”
While Aderholt’s quote isn’t an express “no,” against Obamatrade, it’s certainly hard to see him voting for it now. That increases the “no” votes and “leaning no” votes on this to nearly 40 members, and the undecided members on Capitol Hill aren’t budging under pressure from Speaker
Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)or anyone else pushing Obamatrade. It’s so bad that Boehner and his allies have, some sources have suggested, started targeting undecided House members’ staffers in what one aide told Breitbart News was a “sickening” effort to push Obamatrade through.
Meanwhile, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)—who’s already publicly opposed to Obamatrade—told Breitbart News on Tuesday that the Republican leadership has adopted Democrat talking points on this. In an email, Gohmert said:
Many trusted Republicans parrot the talking points Democrat leaders fashioned that passing TPA will force the administration to finally provide us information before trade agreements are finalized which will then force the President to include Congress in something so important.
That is such a great idea, except – wait, wasn’t it the law that the President had to give us 30 days’ notice before he released anyone from Guantanamo? Isn’t it the current law that the President and his administration must comply with lawful subpoenas from Congress like requesting Fast and Furious documents that have still not been provided?
Gohmert continued by hammering the administration for its various scandals, and questioning why any Republican would trust Obama.
And isn’t it the law that administration officials must come testify before Congress when subpoenaed, not tell them they have no business in asking? – much like the White House principal health policy advisor and top IRS official did to the House Oversight Committee and the U.S. Treasury Department continues to do to the Senate. The list of blatant disregard for the law could continue on; however, I’m afraid it would take up too much room to name all the offenses.
The fact is that this lawless administration is the least transparent ever. Adding one more requirement will mean one more law this administration can ignore. But I really do have to admire the optimism of members of the Congress, who say, ‘But this time, he really, really and truly will comply with giving us notice; this one law will change everything about the lack of transparency.’ I admire the optimism, but cannot close my eyes long enough to be quite that blind.”
Aderholt’s decision to come out against Obamatrade is likely to break a logjam and encourage others to come out against it. Others, such as Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) from the Alabama delegation have remained silent for now.
“She hasn’t staked out a position,” Roby spokesman Todd Stacy told Breitbart News last Thursday. “She and staff continue to study the issue and seek input from stakeholders. In general I can tell you that she supports free trade, but it has to be fair trade too. She strongly believes Congress must retain its authority to approve or reject any trade deal.”
Also pressuring Aderholt and other southern representatives is the fact that both of Alabama’s U.S. Senators, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)voted against it in the Senate.
Right now, spokespeople for Reps. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)8and more have confirmed either on record or anonymously their bosses are undecided. Other members’ offices, like that of Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS)5—who’s likely to face a primary challenge from either state Sen. Chris McDaniel, state Sen. Michael Watson or both—has consistently refused to answer where he stands, but this will make it tougher for him to keep hiding.
Since none of them are budging under leadership pressure, though, one House GOP aide told Breitbart News that Boehner’s allies have been resorting to lobbying members’ staffs to try to get them to support Obamatrade.
“Someone has been going to staffs because ‘undecided members’ aren’t budging,” the aide said in an email. “I’m kinda sickened by it actually!”
It’s quite incredible that Boehner’s team is unable to get their message through to members themselves—and means that essentially the establishment is not even getting their phone calls returned from House Republicans.
“Unfortunately the troops have mobilized to have staff lobby their bosses for TPA even though the member isn’t willing,” the House GOP aide said.
What’s more, in seeming response to losing two more Republicans who now publicly oppose Obamatrade earlier on Tuesday—Reps.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)and Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA)50—Boehner’s office compiled a list of in some cases weeks old quotes from various other Republicans who support Obamatrade to put out a post on Boehner’s website arguing that support for Obamatrade “grows.”
It pulls together a weeks-old quote from Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ)from back in May, a months-old op-ed from House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)from back in April, a several-days-old quote from Condoleezza Rice, and old quotes from Sens. Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)t also cites early May quotes from Republican Study Committee chairman Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX)6and from Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)92%—neither of whom have been loudly pushing Obamatrade. Since it came out, McClintock supported it without going to the secret room inside the Capitol to read the TPP text. The Boehner post notes that Charles Krauthammer, the National Review editors, Cato Institute officials, and some others support Obamatrade too.
All of those people have supported Obamatrade for quite some time—none of their support is new, or surprising, actually—and Speaker Boehner’s press secretary Matt Wolking hasn’t responded to a Breitbart News press request when asked for at least one fresh conservative voice in support of this measure.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.