Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Gohhmert Questions Attorney General Sessions Before House Judiciary Committee (OBAMA DOJ FLOW CHART LINKED)

2017/11/14

Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) questioned U.S. Attorney General Sessions before the House Judiciary Committee. He asked him about his knowledge of a Motion to Seal that Rod Rosenstein, United States Deputy Attorney General, signed dealing with Uranium One. Rep. Gohmert also present a chart that shows the need to appoint a special counsel regarding this matter.

VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DomrQLHbe8A




LINK TO OBAMA DOJ FLOW CHART

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Considering Special Counsel for Uranium One Dealings

2017/11/13

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed senior federal prosecutors to examine whether a special counsel is needed for the Uranium One deal and other issues raised by Republican House Judiciary Committee Republicans.

According to a letter dated November 13 from an assistant attorney general to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA):

These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General, as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel. This will better enable the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General to more effectively evaluate and manage the caseload.

The GOP members had previously raised in two letters and during meetings with Sessions issues including the 2010 Uranium One deal and potential corruption by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, and his leaking of memos to prompt a special counsel in the Russia investigation.

A Tweet posted by NBC News Monday stated, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate concerns raised by Republicans, including alleged unlawful dealings by Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company

The letter did not confirm or deny whether the matters were already under investigation, except for an existing inspector general review into Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.

However, just before the letter leaked to media outlets, Circa reported that the Department is already investigating the Uranium One deal and allegations involving the Clinton Foundation, as well as the improper unmaskings of Americans.

The revelations come just a day ahead of Sessions’ appearance in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Committee member Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told Circa he was not surprised to hear that the Justice Department was investigating the Uranium One deal, whereby the Obama administration allowed a Canadian company to sell a fifth of the U.S.’s uranium assets to Russia in 2010.

During review of the sale, Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow from a Russian bank that was promoting the deal, and the Clinton Foundation received millions of dollars from investors in the Canadian company, Uranium One, that sold the U.S. assets to the Russian firm.

At the same time, the FBI was investigating a Russian nuclear energy bribery and kickback scheme in the U.S., but barred an FBI witness from speaking to lawmakers about what he knew.

“This country has seen the most powerful and intrusive parts of the mammoth federal government misused and abused as a virtual, political racketeer influenced and corrupt organization,” Gohmert told Circa. “If the current Department of Justice does not investigate the abuses, then self-government as it was once known is gone. We’re finally getting glimpses of the investigations they’ve been doing.”

According to Circa, the Justice Department is also looking into the issue of improper “unmaskings” — or whether Obama officials with access to intelligence requested to reveal the identities of Americans swept up in surveillance.

The intelligence collected during surveillance of foreign targets is supposed to have the names of Americans “masked” or hidden – for legal, moral, and privacy reasons. However, administration officials can request the names be revealed if they say they want to do so in order to understand the communication.

Former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn reportedly has his name unmasked during Obama administration surveillance of Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Bloomberg, in April, found that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice had requested the identities of U.S. persons on “dozens of occasions” that connect to the Trump transition and campaign.

After Rice first said she knew nothing about the unmaskings of Trump campaign officials, she later admitted to doing so, telling lawmakers that she wanted to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late last year.

Sessions is also expected to answer questions about whether he knew about former Trump campaign advisers who had contacts with Russian nationals.

A Tweet posted by NBC News Monday stated, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate concerns raised by Republicans, including alleged unlawful dealings by Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company.” It included a copy of a letter written by Attorney General Sessions, dated November 13, 2017, addressed to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte.

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Congressman Gohmert's Statement on Veterans Day 2017

2017/11/10

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding his appreciation and respect for veterans across the country:

“Today we honor those who fought for our rights and our freedom as American citizens. Veterans Day is a special day because without those we honor, there is no freedom, no opportunity, no peace.”

“We appreciate and we honor all who serve and have served in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and the Navy. These men and women, who answer the courageous call of duty, face dangerous and deadly situations head on."

"At times their duties are monotonous; sometimes their duties are exhilarating; sometimes their duties are so dangerous, they lay down their lives for our freedom. Their actions deserve to be celebrated not just today, but every day."

“Whether you are currently serving or have served in any branch of the United States Military, we recognize you and thank you today for your bravery and your valiant service to our great nation.”

“We certainly remember and honor those who have given their last full measure of devotion to defend our homes and our way of life. The ultimate sacrifice was made by these brave patriots. We must never fail to honor them and to care for their wounds and for their families for the courage they’ve displayed under fire.” 

“We live in a great nation, and it is my prayer God continues to bless our nation and its liberties. That is a difficult thing to ask when we have turned so far away from the days when Benjamin Franklin declared that, ‘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 labour 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…'"

"One thing is certain:  God has truly blessed this nation with patriots in uniform that dedicate and give all of themselves daily to protect this land we call home"




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Puerto Rico's oversight board considering privatization of 'failing' power utility

2017/11/07

“The board is considering privatization as one of our options, maybe privatization of the entire system, some select part, or bringing in the private sector to compete,” she added. “We are looking at all of those.”

Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, said he intended Tuesday's hearing to focus on how the oversight board can play a stronger role in restoring power to Puerto Rico and ensuring the long-term viability of the electric grid.

As of Monday, 42 percent of the bankrupt island’s electricity had been restored after Hurricane Maria knocked out the power grid more than six weeks ago.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has resisted the oversight board’s powers. He has vowed to fight in court the board’s decision to appoint Noel Zamot, a retired Air Force colonel, to serve as emergency manager of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the power utility known as PREPA.

“To solve this problem, it needs to be done in coordination, not in an adversarial way,” Bishop said. “The board is not going to go away until your job is finished. The grid is the future of Puerto Rico. That has to be the first thing fixed, as everybody has been saying here.”

Zamot’s position as emergency manager for day-to-day operations of PREPA is subject to approval by a judge. The board filed an “urgent motion” Oct. 26 with the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico to permit Zamot’s appointment. A judge is expected to make a ruling on Zamot’s position at a Nov. 13 hearing.

Zamot, who also testified before the committee Tuesday, said recovering Puerto Rico’s energy infrastructure requires a “wholesale reimagining of the grid” that includes a mix of federal and private funding.

He said the oversight board plans to announce a “transformation plan” for the grid by mid-December, which will include cost estimates. He could not provide to lawmakers Tuesday the financial damage to the grid.

The board has identified $3.3 billion in private capital that seeks to invest in Puerto Rico infrastructure projects, Zamot said.

As an example, he noted a waste-to-energy project sought by a New York company called Energy Answers that would involve an $800 million private investment to create a plant to convert waste into electricity.

Puerto Rico’s energy strategy seeks to achieve 50 percent renewables by 2040, Zamot said.

“We intend to do just that, not only for generation but to attract innovative capital solutions from the private sector for transmission and distribution as well,” Zamot said.

Renewables constitute 4 percent of the island’s electric grid.

Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, urged caution on a potential surge of private investment.

“If [Republicans] look to use the devastation in Puerto Rico to ram through projects faster, that would be a mistake,” Grijalva said at Tuesday's hearing.

PREPA was failing before Hurricane Maria hit. It is responsible for $9 billion of Puerto Rico’s $73 billion debt load.

The power utility, heavily dependent on Venezuelan oil, has aging power plants and has not maintained its energy infrastructure. It has lost two-thirds of its workforce in the past three years, as residents migrate to the mainland U.S. to escape the island's financial woes and a stagnant economy.

Puerto Rico's federal oversight board was created by Congress under the Obama administration to oversee the restructuring process of the island's debt.

It rejected a proposed settlement on PREPA's $9 billion in debt, and the power monopoly filed for bankruptcy in July.

Lawmakers from both parties said Tuesday they hope Zamot’s appointment as emergency manager if confirmed by a judge, would hasten reforms at PREPA.

Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., said Puerto Rico should “set up regions to be bid out and allow [mainland] utilities to be able to bid” to “break up [PREPA’s] failing monopoly.”

“PREPA has been part of the problem and a vehicle of political patronage for decades,” Soto said. “PREPA is failing the Puerto Rican people. Puerto Rico can be an energy model for the 21st century if we do this right.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, compared PREPA’s performance to that of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“When you look at how long it is taking to return power, it’s kind of looking like PREPA is to electricity what the VA is to quick and effective health care for veterans,” Gohmert said. “I can't imagine it being worse if it were privatized.”

Zamot has indicated he's open to privatization and suggested Tuesday it could be part of the solution.

“We are trying to consider all options,” Zamot said. “Privatization may be one of those. Clearly attracting innovative private solutions is part of it, so the federal authorities don’t have the sole responsibility for footing the bill.”

Before moving to long-term planning, Jaresko, the board’s executive director, asked lawmakers to clarify the board’s power to appoint Zamot, review contracts and set a fiscal plan, through new legislation.

She said Congress should make federal aid to the island contingent on reaffirming the board’s authority.

Jaresko says the board has broad authority already, but disagreements with other stakeholders "end up in time-consuming and costly litigation.”

“We would appreciate a legislative affirmative of those, and/or conditioning of appropriations on those powers as you see fit,” Jaresko said Tuesday.

At least one Democrat suggested Jaresko is asking for too much.

“Do you believe you are a kind of supreme dictator over everything?” Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., asked sarcastically.

Jaresko said the U.S. territory needs emergency and restoration funds “on an unprecedented scale.”

Puerto Rican authorities have estimated the island suffered $45 billion to $95 billion in damage from the storm. Congress has approved nearly $5 billion in aid.

“It is very difficult for anyone in Puerto Rico to see the future at this stage,” Jaresko said, noting that her own home outside San Juan remains without power. “So much depends on you the Congress and how much is appropriated to Puerto Rico.”

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GOP TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT

2017/11/07

TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will deliver real tax relief to Americans across the country – especially low- and middle-income Americans who have been struggling for far too long to earn a raise and get ahead. With this bill, a typical middle-income family of four, earning $59,000 (the median household income), will receive a $1,182 tax cut.

Learn why the new tax plan is good for America

LEARNWHAT OUR BILL DOES


Lowers individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans

to Zero, 12%, 25%, and 35% so people can keep more of the money they earn throughout their lives, and continues to maintain 39.6% for Americans who make more than 1 million or more.

Significantly increases the standard deduction

to protect roughly double the amount of what you earn each year from taxes – from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples.

Eliminates special-interest deductions

that increase rates and complicate Americans’ taxes – so an individual or family can file their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard.

Takes action to support American families

by expanding and enhancing important family-focused tax benefits

Establishing a new Family Credit, which includes expanding the Child Tax Credit

from $1,000 to $1,600 to help parents with the cost of raising children, and providing a credit of $300 for each parent and non-child dependent to help all families with their everyday expenses.

Preserving the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

to help families care for their children and older dependents such as a disabled grandparent who may need additional support.

Reduces the tax rate on the hard-earned business income of Main Street job creators

to no more than 25% – the lowest tax rate on small business income since World War II.

Lowers the corporate tax rate to 20%

– down from 35%, which today is the highest in the industrialized world – the largest reduction in the U.S. corporate tax rate in our nation’s history.

Learn more about the plan here: https://waysandmeans.house.gov/taxreform/#the-plan 

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GOP Reps. Gaetz, Gohmert, Biggs push for Mueller resignation in new resolution

2017/11/04

Three GOP congressmen introduced a resolution Friday calling for special counsel Robert Mueller to resign from the Russia collusion probe, citing his ties to the FBI and its role in controversies involving Russia.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, along with co-sponsors, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, introduced the resolution on Friday.

“Evidence has emerged that the FBI withheld information from Congress and from the American people about Russian corruption of American uranium companies,” Gaetz said in a statement Friday. “A confidential U.S. witness, working in the Russian nuclear industry, revealed that Russia had deeply compromised an American uranium trucking firm through bribery and financial kickbacks.”

Gaetz was referring to Mueller’s supervision of a bribery probe involving a subsidiary of Russia’s Rosatom, which eventually got approval from the U.S. to buy a Canadian mining company, Uranium One, that controlled a swath of American uranium reserves. At the time of the probe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel, was a U.S. attorney and Mueller was FBI director. Republicans want to know how that deal was approved despite the evidence gathered in the bribery probe.

Gaetz also pointed to the FBI informant, whose gag order was lifted by the Justice Department last week, and is now able to provide information to Congress, free of the FBI’s nondisclosure agreement he signed when Mueller served as director.

“Although federal agents possessed this information in 2010, the Department of Justice continued investigating this “matter” for over four years. The FBI, led at the time by Robert Mueller, required the confidential witness to sign a non-disclosure agreement. When the witness attempted to contact Congress and federal courts about the bribery and corruption he saw, he was threatened with legal action,” Gaetz said in a statement. “By silencing him, Obama’s Justice Department and Mueller’s FBI knowingly kept Congress in the dark about Russia’s significant and illegal involvement with American uranium companies.”

Gaetz said that due to these “deeply troubling” events, Mueller’s “impartiality is hopelessly compromised.”

“He must step down immediately,” Gaetz said Friday.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., has also called for Mueller’s resignation.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has called for an independent special counsel to investigate the Obama-era Uranium One deal. 

There are currently two pieces of legislation in the Senate, with bipartisan sponsorship, that would ensure a judicial check on the executive branch’s ability to remove a special counsel. Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., are behind the bills, along with Democratic senators.

The proposed resolution comes just days after Mueller’s team announced the first charges in their investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign officials in the 2016 presidential election.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were indicted on 12 counts by a federal grand jury as part of the probe. Both pleaded not guilty. And Former Trump foreign policy campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos entered a guilty plea on Monday after admittedly making false statements to the FBI.

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GOP Leaders Get 1 Million Guest-Workers for Food Industry, in Trade for E-Verify

2017/10/25

The GOP’s House leadership has won a committee’s approval for the food industry’s huge H-2C outsourcing bill by adding an amendment which requires all employers to verify the legality of possible new hires.

The outsourcing bill would allow the food industry to employ roughly 1 million low-wage temporary guest-workers in place of Americans and legal immigrants.

The House’s judiciary committee passed the H-2C guest-worker bill 17 to 16 late afternoon on Wednesday after the GOP leadership and the committee members approved an amendment which says the H-2C guest-worker program cannot start until all employers are required to verify the legality of new hires.

“A couple of our members were going to vote ‘No’ until they got that reassurance,” Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert told Breitbart News. Nonetheless, seven of 24 GOP legislators on the committee skipped the vote or voted against the guest-worker program.

Committee chairman Rep. Robert Goodlatte won the narrow 17 to 16 vote — which allows House Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule a decisive floor vote for the huge outsourcing bill — also because three Democrats skipped the final vote, said Gohmert. “If all the Democrats had shown up to vote, the bill would have failed,” said Gohmert, who voted against the measure, with GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa.

Throughout the long debate on Tuesday and Wednesday, “Democrats made passionate [economic] arguments against it,” Gohmert said, adding:

The Democrats were arguing that [the guest-worker bill would] bring down wages of the American worker and that they — the Democratic Party! — were standing up for the American worker. It was all of the arguments that Republicans have been making for years and years about what all the illegal immigrants have done, have stagnated wages and how much they’re costing Americans. It was really weird and that’s why my head was swimming.

But the absent Democratic legislators suggest that some Democrats want guest-workers for their business allies, he said.

Democrats also voted against the successful companion bill mandating that companies use the E-Verify system to exclude illegal immigrants from jobs.

The E-Verify system will cause problems for 0.3 percent of job applicants and will disadvantage many illegal immigrants in the agriculture sector, said Democrats. “If the [illegals] go away, with no replacements, we are not going to be eating too many salads,” said California Democrat Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a pro-amnesty, former immigration lawyer.

The E-Verify bill requires federal officials to tell people when their Social Security Number is being used by job applicants, and it allows each person to lock the use of their own number. This is a change from current policy, in which government agencies do not tell Americans when illegals are using their SSNs.

Nationwide, roughly 8 million illegals hold jobs, many of which could otherwise go to sidelined Americans.

The package of two bills is expected to get a floor vote by the full House, Gohmert said.

But the Senate is an obstacle to full implementation of the E-Verify system, Gohmert said, because business-first GOP Senators may try to strip the E-Verify measure from the H-2C guest-worker bill.

The combined bill allows House Speaker Paul Ryan to aid the GOP’s industry backers — including the low-tech dairy business in his own Wisconsin district — even though he has done very little to implement President Donald Trump’s popular pro-American immigration principles, or to deliver on the GOP’s election promises in 2016, said Gohmert.

Those promises include funding for a border wall, repatriating illegals, raising wages and enforcing immigration laws. Business groups oppose these priorities because reductions in the supply of extra immigrant workers and extra immigrant consumers will drive up wages, reduce sales and slide stock values.

Nationwide, roughly 8 million illegals hold jobs, many of which could otherwise go to sidelined Americans.

The package of two bills is expected to get a floor vote by the full House, Gohmert said.

But the Senate is an obstacle to full implementation of the E-Verify system, Gohmert said, because business-first GOP Senators may try to strip the E-Verify measure from the H-2C guest-worker bill.

The combined bill allows House Speaker Paul Ryan to aid the GOP’s industry backers — including the low-tech dairy business in his own Wisconsin district — even though he has done very little to implement President Donald Trump’s popular pro-American immigration principles, or to deliver on the GOP’s election promises in 2016, said Gohmert.

Those promises include funding for a border wall, repatriating illegals, raising wages and enforcing immigration laws. Business groups oppose these priorities because reductions in the supply of extra immigrant workers and extra immigrant consumers will drive up wages, reduce sales and slide stock values.

In fact, Ryan reportedly told GOP legislators that he would soon push to extend the DACA amnesty for many young illegals without even trying to get strategic wins from Democratic legislators. Those wins could include equivalent reductions in the number of legal migrants, for example, by cutting the number of immigrants allowed in via chain-migration.

According to Gohmert:

Look at what [promises] got Republicans the White House and the majority in both Houses. Number one, build a wall and secure the border. That has not happened yet. … We also promised repeal of Obamacare, we promised tax reform. The three biggest promises made by Republicans still haven’t been accomplished, and we’re now going to push through a new visa [program] that will allow people illegally in the country to take advantage of it even though they have to [anunally] touch back their place of origin? E-Verify is very important to some of us, so we can track the people here that are getting jobs [but] I would like us to keep our promises first.

Once the border is secure, I will be in favor of all kinds of solutions for the problems we have with people here [illegally].

In the high-stakes debate over immigration reform and labor economics, the combined guest worker and E-Verify package “is a small-ball deal, but the only way to get things done is small-ball,” said Jessica Vaughan, an immigration expert at the Center for Immigration Studies. “A smaller deal is the better way to go about it because it reduces opportunities for lawmakers to insert sugar-daddy provisions for favored constituents [and] it reduces the opportunity for mischief,” she said.

The package deal also exemplifies the unpleasant compromise needed to get good E-Verify legislation out of Congress, she said, continuing:

I don’t think it is ideal, but it is an improvement over what we have now. It will mean that Americans lose [food industry] jobs, no question. Americans working in these year-round jobs will see their livelihood taken away because employers will gravitate to the guest-worker program because the guest-workers will be paid less … I hope the federal government will practice some containment on this.

Texas GOP Rep. Lamar Smith, the chief advocate for the E-Verify bill, said the system gets 80 percent approval in polls and is needed because “we should do all we can to protect the jobs and wages of Americans and legal immigrants” from employers who hire illegal immigrants. He continued:

The labor participation rate is at a 40-year low — 20 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed — and meanwhile, millions of [illegal immigrant] people continued to be hired … These jobs should go to Americans or to legal immigrants … illegal immigrants take jobs from Americans and reduce their wages.

Goodlatte is working on a select immigration task-force picked by Ryan, which is slated to develop legislation for passage late this year.

On October 8, Trump released his poll-proved principles for any immigration trade.

The H-2C legislation would allow companies to import hundreds of thousands of H-2C guest-workers each year, each for 18 months or 36 months. The program would start at 450,000 workers per year, and could rise 10 percent whenever food-industry recruiters reach the annual H-2C cap. Illegal immigrants now in the country could enroll in the program to gain legal status.

This H-2C outsourcing program would be far larger than other guest-worker programs. The other programs include the H-2B program which employs 115,000 migrants for blue-collar seasonal jobs, and the H-1B program which keeps at least 550,000 foreign graduates in white-collar jobs at the nation’s universities, hospitals, banks, accounting firms and Indian-owned technology-contracting companies.

Other outsourcing programs include the L-1 and J-1 visas, the Optional Practical Trainingprogram for foreign college-graduates, and the TN free-trade visas for mostly white-collar workers. The proposed H-2C program would largely replace the existing H-2A program for seasonal agricultural workers.

The programs work alongside work-permit programs, legal immigration, and illegal immigration to increase the supply of labor to employers

The imported H-2C workers would be paid a minimum wage of $8.34 an hour  — regardless of prevailing local wages  — and the farm companies could deduct normal business costs from their wages. Those costs would include the costs of uniforms, lawyers’ fees, tools, safety equipment, health insurance and the cost of transporting the foreign workers into the United States. Employers would also not have to pay the guest-workers when weather or other circumstances prevent work.

The bill also changes the legal definition of farm work to include many people in the food processing industry — such as slaughterhouses — as well as people in the logging industry, where Americans can earn $20 to $32 an hour.

The bill assigns 40,000 H-2C workers to the meat-processing industry, who will be paid at 150 percent of the minimum wage. The industry needs a steady supply of replacement workers to take positions on the dangerous, high-speed production lines.

The industry also wants the H-2C workers to help offset President Trump’s recent decision to reduce the supply of new refugees. Many refugees are shunted into the slaughterhouse industry by the taxpayer-funded refugee-processing agencies.

In his opening statement, committee chairman Goodlatte defended the H-2C bill by saying that farm-industry employers are suffering from foreign competition. The Virginia representative said that international market forces set prices in the industry and American employers “find themselves at a competitive disadvantage.”

The existing H-2A guest-worker program forces agriculture companies to pay an “unrealistic and uncompetitive wage rate,” Goodlatte said.

The U.S. agriculture companies are at an economic disadvantage, in part, because the federal government has allowed them to use cheap illegal-immigrant labor instead of developing European-style labor-saving machinery — such as cow-milking robots — to offset the low-cost wages paid by companies in South America and Asia. The stock values of agriculture companies have declined during the last several years, according to several indexes of stocks. The H-2C bill will help the companies by allowing them to pay South American-level wages to the guest-workers in the United States.

“I understand that some in the agricultural industry have concerns about the impact of mandatory E-Verify on the agricultural workforce. That is why the Legal Workforce Act and the Agricultural Guest Worker Act will both be marked up today,” Goodlatte said Wednesday.

Democrats who routinely back the nation’s mass-immigration economic strategy, and cheap-labor amnesties, took the opportunity to slam the GOP.

“This bill is simply a bill to allow a slave labor system to undercut American workers,” said New York Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler. If Americans don’t want to take farm jobs at the low wages  offered by farm companies, “maybe they should be paid $25 an hour,” said amnesty-advocate Nadler, adding “Let the free market work!”

“We should protect [American] workers,” said amnesty advocate Rep. Luis Gutierrez. “That is not putting Americans first –we should always do that,” said the Chicago Democrat, who backed the 2013 “Gang of Eight” amnesty-and-cheap-labor legislation.

Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.

But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting 1 million new legal immigrants, by providing almost 2 million work-permits to foreigners, by providing work-visas to roughly 500,000 temporary workers and doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.

The Washington-imposed economic policy of mass-immigration floods the market with foreign labor, spikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate prices, widens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.

The cheap-labor policy has also reduced investment and job creation in many interior states because the coastal cities have a surplus of imported labor. For example, almost 27 percent of zip codes in Missouri had fewer jobs or businesses in 2015 than in 2000, according to a new report by the Economic Innovation Group. In Kansas, almost 29 percent of zip codes had fewer jobs and businesses in 2015 compared to 2000, which was a two-decade period of massive cheap-labor immigration.

Americans tell pollsters that they strongly oppose amnesties and cheap-labor immigration, even as most Americans also want to favor legal immigrants, and many sympathize with illegals. Because of the successful cheap-labor strategy, wages for men have remained flat since 1973, and a growing percentage of the nation’s annual income is shifting to investors and away from employees.

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No immigration reform without wall, Gohmert says

2017/09/20

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, (R-TX), told the Herald-Press on Monday that Congress should forget about immigration reform, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, (DACA), until a wall is built on the southern border.

“There's no time like the present to secure our border,” Gohmert said in an interview. The massive project can be accomplished, he said, despite the costs, estimated at up to $20 billion, and the country's recent natural disasters, which will cost the federal government billions of dollars.

“Whenever there's talk in D.C. about legalization programs, like now, there is a surge of illegal immigration,” said the representative of Texas' First District, which includes Tyler. “If the border is not secure, I hope we don't take up immigration reform.”

 
 

Gohmert visited Palestine Monday to speak to Anderson County Republicans, appearing at the “Make America Great Again” event, a phrase coined by President Trump during his 2016 campaign.

Of the nearly 800,000 DACA applicants awaiting reform that would allow them a path to citizenship, Texas is second only to California in the number of DACA recipients at nearly 125,000.

Trump has made no official statement regarding the priority of a border wall over the status of DACA recipients or immigration reform. Even so, Gohmert, vice chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security said he, unlike other republicans, speaks for the President's agenda on a proposed border wall.

“Neither the Speaker of the House [Paul Ryan, (R-WI)] or Mitch McConnel, (R-KY), want a wall,” Gohmert said. “They didn't run on the things that Trump stands for.

“Trump said he wants to drain the swamp [of bureaucracy] in Washington. He also needs to drain the swamp in his administration.”

Gohmert said a southern border wall would benefit Mexico as well as the United States.

“We have 70,000 people crossing illegally into Mexico from the U.S. every year, looking for illegal drugs,” he said. “The best thing we could do is be a good neighbor to Mexico by cutting off these customers.”

Doing so, Gohmert said, would not only save U.S. law enforcement an enormous amount of money, but also “allow Mexico to take its place as one of the top-10 economies in the world.”

A Tea-Party advocate, Gohmert said believes the President is doing the best he can, considering the people around him who do not advance his agenda.

Gohmert is also passionate about U.S. health care.

“Just two weeks ago, I was pushing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to do something to repeal Obamacare,” Gohmert said. “He told me that he is working hard behind the scenes, but I told him his efforts had to be out front.”

One of the biggest criticisms about the Affordable Care Act, (Obamacare), is that citizens are mandated to carry health insurance, or face a penalty of $695 to $2,085, or 2.5% of their income.

“We plan on eliminating the mandate,” Gohmert told the Herald-Press. “Of course, if it passes the House, the Senate has to approve it, or it goes to conference.”

 
 

Conference committees, consisting of U.S. senators and representatives, resolve differences on major bills. Gohmert said he hopes that won't be necessary, and that Congress will pass a bill by the Sept. 30 deadline.

“The President is getting slow-walked through this,” Gohmert said. “It's not the job of politicians to get in front of the President's agenda.”

Gohmert, who is serving his seventh consecutive term, also favors term-limits for both houses of Congress.

“I'm a big fan of term-limits; I took one as a county judge,” Gohmert said. “But, one thing is clear to me: There must also be term-limits on the bureaucrats who have been in Washington for 20 to 25 years.”

Gohmert said he has already talked to his staff about introducing a term-limits bill. He will be up for re-election next year. Mid-term elections take place on Nov. 6, 2018.

Gohmert said he enjoys visiting Palestine. “I spent a lot of time here as a lawyer in the 1980's,” he said. “I'm quite familiar with some of your judges and attorneys. There really are a lot of good folks.”

Gohmert told the Herald-Press that he always appreciates hearing from fellow Texans and from residents of his district. His email can be found at https://gohmert.house.gov

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Gohmert’s Statement on Hurricane Relief Funding Vote

2017/09/07

Gohmert’s Statement on Hurricane Relief Funding Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the vote in Congress to provide federal funding in the Disaster Relief Fund:

 

“Sadly, the dangerous path of Hurricane Harvey has displaced more than 43,500 people – most of which are currently living in shelters around the Texas area. It is apparent that those who experienced such physical losses such as the loss of clothing, housing, transportation, and worldly possessions should receive some assistance to get back on their feet.

 

“In the past, these ‘essential’ emergency spending bills have turned into pork laden spending and not actually true capital for the Disaster Relief Fund. I'm pleased this time unlike the Hurricane Sandy vote, which had about half the spending in the bill going for non-Sandy or non-emergency spending, this bill is just intended to keep FEMA solvent and address the emergency harm. That is an easy vote to take.”

 

“My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those in the Houston area as well as the entire Texas coast who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and my prayers will also be extended to those who are now in the path of Hurricane Irma.” 

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Gohmert’s Statement President Trump’s Full Restoration of Program Sending Surplus Military Weapons, Equipment to Police

2017/08/28

Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) praised President Trump’s order restoring a program that provides local law enforcement agencies with certain, limited, surplus military gear. The Executive Order revokes an order previously issued by the Obama Administration that severely limited access to excess equipment, which included not just military gear, but items such as vehicles, protective clothing, and computers.

He released the following statement praising the action taken by the Trump Administration:

“I too do not want local law enforcement militarized. However, when I saw different times when local authorities were protected by using surplus military equipment like Sheriff JB Smith’s “Bubba I”  armored personnel carrier, I realized there are times when it can absolutely be a life-saving help. When law enforcement is dealing with multi-billion-dollar drug cartels with the latest, most powerful weapons, they need more than their Glock pistols. Under federal law, the U.S. military itself may not be used against American citizens except in extraordinary martial law type situations. However, local law enforcement is helped to avoid deadly massacre at the hands of sinister, well-armed criminals if they are at least equally armed. In hostage situations, for example, it can be an incentive for violent, armed criminals to surrender peacefully if they are clearly out-gunned.” 

“Actually, I am more concerned with federal departments, like the Department of Education and other federal departments and agencies who deal with non-violent issues, yet demand and get their own SWAT-styled teams. That’s how we can have a federal military-style assault on Gibson workers armed with guitars. That is where I would really like to see the militarization scaled back. When a shooters manifest themselves in another gun-free school zone, it is not the federal Department of Education that responds, it is local law enforcement.”

“Our local law enforcement officials are faced with the challenge of keeping our communities safe with ever-shrinking budgets. Access to the federal surplus vehicles and equipment can also be invaluable for local authorities as we have just seen in dealing with natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey. Smaller counties often don’t have money to buy the life-saving equipment they desperately need.  The only way many local government’s can afford it is through the 1033 program. Now, President Trump’s restoration of the program will help ensure that local authorities have the equipment they need to keep not only themselves but also our own families safe from malevolent criminals.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee 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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Contact Information

2243 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3035
Fax 202-226-1230
gohmert.house.gov

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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