Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert


GOHMERT: Congressional Reform Goes Beyond Electing the Right Speaker


Momentarily, let’s talk principles instead of specific people. Throughout Congressional history, there appear to be ongoing periods of greater and greater centralization of power in the Speaker of the House. Eventually, it becomes too destructive and someone or some people step up to decentralize the power.

There is an absolutely amazing array of talent and intelligence in Congress, but somehow, far too many on both sides of the aisle get to DC they hand over their deductive reasoning function to their leader. Further, they get furious if anyone calls attention to that fact.

Right now this very month, this very week, we have one of those historic opportunities to return “power to the people.” Unfortunately, it will continue to take a great deal of encouragement from constituents. But, look how that has been working lately! A Speaker steps down early? Historic.

It is important to note that the post-watergate Congress were the most liberal in our history until Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 15% took the gavel. Yet, it was during the post-Watergate era when so many rules were put in place that control our ability to make the reforms that could save us from financial, physical, geographic, and electronic oblivion. For example, they put in place the automatic increase in every federal budget. So if Republicans succeed in slowing the rate of growth, they are vilified as heartlessly making draconian cuts.

Another brilliant trick was to create so many redundant give-away programs under different departments that when an attempt is made to reign in waste of even one welfare program, the reformer is demagogued as hateful and mean.

So here is a list of things we need to accomplish and do so quickly to help save this little experiment in a democratic republic.

(1) Decentralize the Speaker’s Power by only allowing one vote on the Steering Committee that appoints committees.

(2) Allow each Committee to elect its own Chairman.

(3) Allow each Committee to decide what hearings are held and what bills are brought up for hearings and passage.

(4) Allow a vote of Confidence or No Confidence for a party’s top leaders every 2 years before any leadership elections occur. If a leader fails to win a majority vote of “Confidence,” then he or she is automatically eliminated from seeking that office again. That throws the race wide open without retaliation from the leader.

(5) Use Dan Webster’s template of reform in the Florida House where he eliminated all sub-committees and made all committees very small but created more committees giving each one some exclusive area of jurisdiction. That empowers every single Representative.

(6) Require more oversight hearings of every single agency and department, while passing a law or at least a House Rule that any non-compliance, failure to appear, or failure to produce information by a agency or department will delay that agency or department’s funding until such time as there is compliance.

(7) End forever the automatic increases in every federal department and agencies budget by going to a “Zero-Baseline Budget” demanding the Senate agree or the no one will be funded until they do. Let the nay-sayers try to justify to the American public where no one, no family, no business, and no charity gets an automatic increase in their annual budget.

(8) Eliminate the monopoly of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to do the scoring of our bills. They perpetually under score spending bills, and predict tax revenue losses from tax cuts when just the opposite occurs. Since I first proposed making scoring competitive so we can score the scorers, do away with CBO, Dr. Arthur Laffer has been working the model that can make that work and tells me he is near release of his specific proposal. Failure to take this step means reformers are vilified by the lethargic encouragers of government bloat who cite CBO for support. For heavens sake, it turns out CBO’s margin of error on their score of ObamaCare could end up being anywhere from 100-400%. Get rid of them.

(9) Create a “Public Assistance” Appropriation Committee and put every single appropriation of any type of public assistance in there. Only then will we see the massive duplication and waste so we can cut it.  An example is one that Dan Webster found by studying the annual appropriations for all the different agencies charged with transportation to different individuals. He says he thinks he has found most of them and there are 85 for certain. Most have white 20 seat vans that do very little actual transporting. However, if you tried to eliminate one in a given department, you would be demonized for hating seniors, women, children, or whatever. However, if you have a list of all 85 in the same budget, it is easy to point out that we don’t hate anyone. We just know the American people could use that money rather than have it sitting dormant in big parking lots unused.

(10) Make clear at the beginning of each year that there will be no Continuing Resolutions. We are going to have Appropriations bills and whichever House does not produce them will be guilty of shutting down that department that they fail to specifically appropriate

(11) Eliminate all regulations that Congress does not specifically vote to affirm, or at least require Congressional approval of regulations going forward.

Hopefully, you get the idea. Real reform does not just mean changing a personality in a position. Reform means changing the post-Watergate, pro-bloated government rules that have cost Americans trillions and trillions of dollars. I apparently will never be elected to a Congressional leadership position, because of the anger I engendered by announcing for Speaker in January to remove their excuse for voting for Boehner because “no one else has announced for the job so he is the only one to legitimately vote for.” But, Arthur Laffer told me I was a “Big Idea guy,” and I do have some big ideas. Hope you like them and will encourage your Congressman to support them.

View on RedState here: http://www.redstate.com/diary/rep_louie_gohmert/2015/10/05/congressional-reform-goes-beyond-electing-right-speaker/

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Rep. Louie Gohmert Awarded Heritage Sentinel Award in East Texas


Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) will be awarded with the Heritage Sentinel Award Saturday, October 3rd in Tyler, Texas.

 "Congressman Gohmert has been relentless in fighting for conservative values for Texans.  He has faithfully voted to rein in federal overspending, has rigorously pushed to advance federalism, and consistently opposed the faulty policies of the executive administration,” said Joseph Miller, Southwest Regional Coordinator for Heritage Action.

“Gohmert has been leading on issue after issue and continues to be a steadfast conservative bulwark against progressivism.  For maintaining a score above 90% on our conservative Scorecard, Rep. Gohmert is one of the few who qualified as a ‘Sentinel’ Representative last Congress.  Heritage Action enthusiastically supports Rep. Gohmert's principled voting record."

“Congressman Gohmert is a proven constitutional conservative leader who has kept his promises.  He does what is right – even when he must stand alone. Congressman Gohmert is a light shining in the darkness of Washington, D.C.,” said Executive Director of Grassroots of America, JoAnn Fleming. 

Sentinel Awards are presented to Members of Congress with a higher than 90% rating on the Heritage Action Scorecard. Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) has a 95% rating.
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GOHMERT: Republicans Need Bold Leadership More Than Ever


The United States of America is at an incredibly perilous time in our history. We have seen our rights endowed by our Creator and protected by the Constitution being eroded and taken away. It is clear that we need bold leadership more than ever. Speaker John Boehner, by stepping down, is graciously giving us that opportunity.

An opportunity of this magnitude should not be squandered on an ‘heir apparent,’ or continuing to “go along to get along.” The biggest problem with Congressional elections to our top position is that they do not go to the most able, or to the most popular, or to the most qualified. It goes to the person who convinces one more than half that he or she is going to win. The reason? A majority in either party does not want to be on the wrong side of the leader of the party because of committee and chair assignments.

It is really the King Saul complex – not nearly as good at leading as at identifying and marginalizing potential threats to the leading position. The mass of voters rose up in 2010 and changed the majority in the House in 2010. Had Republicans had a strong enough candidate for president in 2012 to even get the same number of votes that a weak candidate like John McCain got in 2008, the Republicans would have won. Then in 2014, voters gave Republicans the Senate majority to go along with the House majority. Now they demand we do something with it.

We continue to be told by current Republican leaders, including our outgoing Speaker, that there is simply nothing we can do to fix Americas problems without having control of both Houses of Congress and the White House. The trouble with that is that too many Americans remember that in the 1990’s with a Democrat in the White House and fighting Republicans in the House and Senate, they sent bills to balance the budget and reform welfare repeatedly until the president could no longer veto them because of the massive and growing wave of support in America.

We have suffered from a president seizing power he admitted the Constitution did not give him, along with five unelected justices on the Supreme Court deciding neither God nor the Constitution could prevent their opinions from becoming judicially-created legislation. This massive power shift in away from the most accountable representatives of the people required real leadership with vision for the future to protect our democratic republic. As John Adams said, more need to become “well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.”

So often, after being elected to Congress, members have the goal drilled into their heads that there is nothing nobler than being a ‘team player.’ Though football and our military are deep passions of mine, their metaphorical uses in Congress are often inappropriate.

Here are two more appropriate sports metaphors: (1) Too often, being a ‘team player’ has disguised the fact that the called play has us running toward the wrong goal line; (2) When the coach’s goal is to simply slow down our massive losses of liberty and opportunity, it is time for a new coach.

Today’s news of Speaker Boehner stepping down at the end of October is an opportunity that Congress has needed for quite some time now. I am grateful to the Speaker that he is providing that opportunity.  As Speaker Boehner moves on to a new chapter in his life, I truly wish both him and his family well.

Now, more than any other time in my life, we need to be praying for this country. It is a defining moment. It’s past time that we, as a body, stand firmly for those who are being oppressed by government and take up the torch of liberty to ensure this flame of freedom is not extinguished for the generations that follow us.

Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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Gohmert’s Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Resignation


Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today after Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation from the position of Speaker of the House and his plans to step down from the United States Congress at the end of October:

“America is at an incredibly perilous time in our history; we need bold leadership more than ever, and the Speaker now has graciously given us that opportunity.”

“Due in part to the massive shift in power away from the most accountable representatives of the people to a President and five judges, we have needed leadership with vision for the future that did not continue the downhill slide. A goal to simply slow the losses of liberty and opportunity is not what is needed.”

“So often, after being elected to Congress, members have the goal drilled into their head that there is nothing nobler than being a 'team player.' Football and our military are deep passions of mine, but their metaphorical uses in Congress are often inappropriate. For an appropriate use of the sports metaphor, too often 'being a team player' has disguised the fact that a play has been called that has us running toward the wrong goal line.”

“As members of Congress, we should be accountable to our constituents and nation more than any earthly responsibility. For the vast majority, we understand that ultimately we will all kneel accountably before God.”

“As Speaker Boehner moves on to a new chapter in his life, I truly wish both him and his family well. I have nothing but best wishes for him, wherever he will be.”

“My fervent prayers are with the country at this defining moment. It’s past time that we, as a body, stand firmly for those who are being oppressed by government and take up the torch of liberty to ensure this flame of freedom is not extinguished for the generations that follow us.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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Gohmert Votes to Insure When Women’s Health Care is Funded, Planned Parenthood is Not


Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the vote passed in the U.S. House of Representatives which will ultimately make sure that when women’s health care is funded, Planned Parenthood is not, while at the same time reinforcing safeguards on the lives of born-alive abortion survivors:  

“After watching some of the horrific undercover videos of Planned Parenthood employees laughing and haggling over the prices of precious parts of priceless babies, I was both infuriated and nauseated. It is a tragedy to think federal taxpayer dollars were subsidizing these atrocious crimes. It is unacceptable and morally reprehensible.”

“As a father whose first daughter was born very prematurely, it grieves me to see little lives not given the opportunity to take their first breath, much less be dismembered and parts sold. They are voiceless as they are being killed, destroyed, and parts sold.  Defunding Planned Parenthood, which has never performed a single mammogram, so that facilities that actually do mammograms and address women’s real issues can receive more funding is the right thing to do.

Review of the long, unedited videos reveals that the largest provider of abortions in the United States is violating the law.  To pay even the lease and utilities of a facility where illegal practices are occurring is to be an accessory, so we must move the funding to facilities that help women without participating in illegality.” 

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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Obama Admin Will Not Reveal to Congress Number of Americans Killed By Iran


The Obama administration is declining to inform Congress about the number of American citizens and troops killed by Iran and its terror proxies, according to a document provided to Congress and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The administration was repeatedly asked by Congress to release figures describing how many Americans and Israelis have been killed by Iran’s military and terror activities since the country’s 1979 revolution.

In a series of on-the-record responses obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon, and provided in written form to Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), Kerry sidestepped the questions on all of the three separate occasions he was asked to provide the figures.

The questions come as the United States prepares to unfreeze more than $100 billion in Iranian assets under the terms of the recently inked nuclear deal. Experts fear the Islamic Republic will funnel the cash windfall into its rogue terror operations and proxy groups.

Lawmakers and experts also have expressed concern about portions of the deal that will lift international sanctions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as well as Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s financial empire.

In the list of questions submitted to Kerry, Rubio asks: “How many U.S. citizens have been killed by Iran, including by Iran’s terrorist proxies, since 1979?”

The secretary of state declined to provide an answer, instead saying that the administration takes the murder of American citizens “very seriously.”

“The death of any U.S. citizen due to acts of terrorism is a tragedy that we take very seriously,” Kerry writes. “As the President said in his Aug. 5 speech, a nuclear-armed Iran is a danger to Israel, America and the world.”

“The central goal of the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] is to eliminate the imminent threat of a nuclear-armed Iran,” Kerry continued.

When asked a second time by Rubio to specify “How many U.S. troops and soldiers were killed by Iranian-provided weapons or by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Kerry said, again sidestepping the question.

“We are extraordinarily grateful for the service of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, and we mourn the loss of every service member,” Kerry writes. “The JCPOA is not about a change in the broader U.S. relationship with Iran. It is about eliminating the biggest and most imminent threat—a nuclear-armed Iran.”

When separately asked to detail “how many Israelis have been killed by Iran, including by Iran’s terrorist proxies since 1979,” Kerry again declined to respond.

“The central goal of the JCPOA is to eliminate the imminent threat that Iran will acquire a nuclear weapon,” Kerry said. “But the JCPOA cannot erase decades of Iranian anti-American and anti-Israeli rhetoric and actions.”

A State Department official told the Free Beacon that no further information on these questions could be provided beyond what Kerry wrote.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R., Texas) told the Free Beacon that the administration’s reluctance to provide information about Iran’s efforts to kill Americans is “unconscionable.”

“It is a fact that Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and that they have killed and maimed thousands of upstanding military men and women at the hands of sheer hate,” said Gohmert, who has been a vocal critic of the Iran deal.

“It is unconscionable that the Obama administration is refusing to answer questions on just how many Americans have been killed or maimed by Iran,” the lawmaker said. “One thing we know— Iran says they will continue their efforts to destroy the United States and its people so one hundred billion dollars will allow Iran to kill and maim multiples of the numbers of Americans they already have killed and maimed, making the Obama administration knowing accessories.”

Michael Pregent, director of the advocacy organization Veterans Against the Deal, called it shocking that the administration would not release these figures.

“We find it absurd that the Obama administration and the State Department would deny information on Iran’s direct role in the deaths of Americans in Iraq from sitting U.S. senators,” said Pregent, whose organization has released several ads highlighting Iran’s terror operations against U.S. soldiers.

“For the State Department to protect Iran by keeping information detrimental to Iran’s Quds force and [IRGC Leader] Qasem Soleimani from the American people is an affront to veterans affected by this enemy and service members currently in harms way in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Pregent said.

Recent estimates by U.S. intelligence officials put the number of American soldiers killed by Iran in Iraq and Afghanistan at around 500.

The issue of Iran’s terror funding has emerged as a key concern among critics of the nuclear accord.

A Free Beacon report revealed that Iran has been spending billions of dollars to pay the salaries of terrorists.

This includes potentially millions of dollars in monthly payments to pro-government forces in Syria, more than $1 billion in military aid to fighters in Iraq, and about $20 million annually to Hamas terrorists, according to a private report commissioned by Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.).

The report was assembled following a request by Kirk for the Obama administration to disclose its estimates of “Iranian military spending, as well as Iranian assistance to Houthi rebels in Yemen, Shiite militias in Iraq, the Assad government, Hezbollah, and Hamas,” according to a copy of that report.

Kerry additionally discloses in his responses to Rubio that Iran is permitted to test fire ballistic missiles under the nuclear accord.

“It would not be a violation of the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] if Iran tested a conventional ballistic missile,” Kerry disclosed in the document.

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Nineteen House members introduce resolution to impeach EPA chief


WASHINGTON–Six House members from Texas and a scattering of colleagues from 12 other states have co-sponsored articles of impeachment against EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

The resolution accuses McCarthy of perjury and making false statements before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

McCarthy has presided over the EPA during a period of aggressive expansion of its work imposing limits on pollutants in the air and water, including carbon emissions linked to climate change.

The resolution likely will be meaningless unless it attracts enough support from enough other GOP lawmakers to get a hearing in a committee and then enough votes to get to the House floor. The list of 19 co-sponsors does not include Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, chairman of the Science committee.

The full text of the resolution is here.

The six Texans who co-sponsored the resolution are Rep. Brian Babin, Rep. Michael Burgess, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Sam Johnson, Rep. John Ratcliffe and Rep. Randy Weber.

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Gohmert Remembers 9/11 Victims of Terrorist Attack on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Benghazi


Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement remembering those killed 14 years ago today in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, and Pentagon, as well as, the valiant soldiers and U.S. Ambassador who lost their lives in 2012 at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi:

“My heart breaks for the families whose lives were shattered 14 years ago today – at the hands of evil people full of hate. Communities were torn apart and the United States was shaken by an extreme act of violence inspired by what we have come to know is carried out by radical Islamists. Thousands of Americans were brutally murdered all while the nation watched in shock at this breathtaking calamity unfolding in front of our very eyes, right on television, live as it happened in the streets of New York City or in Washington, D.C. at the Pentagon.

"Every adult remembers where we were that day and what we were doing, because people who could commit acts of malevolence with that depth of depravity in the country where they were living, was almost beyond our comprehension.

"That day we stared in the face of evil.

“Today we not only remember the victims of the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, but also the four Americans, three servicemen and our U.S. Ambassador, who were brutally killed while manning or defending our consulate in Benghazi.  Such violence and tragedy is almost unfathomable. But once we knew evil of that magnitude exists, we should not be forgetting and becoming calloused to its presence. It must not be allowed to spread, especially among our young people. We should have seen the warning signs, especially after the attempted World Trade Center bombing in 1993. But we did not learn, and were not prepared when September 11, 2012 occurred.

“My thoughts and prayers and those of all caring Americans are with the surviving victims and the family members of those whose lives were too soon extinguished from our midst. They know firsthand the terror and true cruelty of such a radical ideology. In the days, weeks, months, and years that have followed, many of us have prayed, even in the face of scoffers, but we will continue to lift up all those affected in earnest prayers.

"But we should always remember that the heroes on this day in history, those who displayed what Jesus said was the greatest love - that someone would lay down life itself for friends, is the very love that will ALWAYS overcome hatred and evil. So love is not only the answer, it is our mandate, our remedy, and our cure. May God continue to bless America, and mercifully return his protective hand around us, that we ourselves will seek out every opportunity to protect and defend this nation and her people.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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Gohmert Introduces Resolution to Declare Iran Deal a Treaty and Offers Not to Run ONLY IF the Constitution is Followed Regarding the Iran Treaty


Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that would declare the Iran Nuclear Deal the Treaty that it actually is. He released the following statement regarding his resolution:

“An executive agreement is one that is non-binding on a country. It may be discarded at any time. An executive agreement cannot amend any existing treaties. President Obama and his administration have said that the Iran deal is not binding so it does not require a Congressional vote.  On March 11, 2015 regarding the Iran deal, John Kerry unequivocally and blatantly stated that he was, ‘not negotiating a legally binding plan.’ Now we have seen it, so we know that was a lie! We now know – the Iran deal does amend existing, Congressionally ratified treaties to which the United States is a signatory; and, the Iran agreement will be a legally binding agreement that changes them.

“Article II of the U.S. Constitution says the President ‘shall have the power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur.’ The Constitution cannot be amended by passing legislation as was attempted with the Corker bill. Now that we’ve read the Iran deal, we know it’s a Treaty; and, therefore, it requires two-thirds of the Senate to vote for it.

“Why in the world would Republican leaders in the U.S. House and Senate still willingly ignore the Constitutional requirement of a two-thirds vote in the Senate to ratify the Iran Treaty? Why would they risk a nuclear holocaust by refusing to follow the Constitution and stop the disastrous Iran Treaty? It’s important to recall the President’s illegal, unconstitutional amnesty that Republican leaders said we’d stop if voters gave us the majority in both Houses. The Speaker of the House even said, ‘We are going to fight this tooth and nail;’ but, he and a majority of the House completely caved, exactly as some of us expected. 

“I’ve met with a lot of Middle Eastern leaders; and, in fact, just got back from a trip to Egypt last week. So many of the officials in the Middle East, the ones who are not afraid of President Obama, say Iran’s leaders are liars and cannot be trusted. They have fervently expressed that Iran will develop nukes and will not abide by the treaty. These officials are amazed the United States is so gullible. Numerous Middle Eastern and African leaders have said that if the United States works a deal with Iran, then we are all in jeopardy."

“The resolution that I am filing today declares that the Iran agreement is a Treaty. It states that since it’s a Treaty, the House does not get a vote, but two-thirds of the Senate must vote for it, or it is not binding on the United States. Now that we’ve seen the deal, why would Republican leaders in the House and Senate play along under the Corker bill even though they know the Constitution cannot be amended by this legislative bill?”

“Regardless of what Republican establishment leaders are saying publicly, some apparently believe Iran is going to get nuclear weapons no matter what we do. They reason that if we treat the Iranian agreement as the Treaty it is, and the Senate fails to ratify it, then when Iran gets nuclear weapons, everyone will blame Republicans since we did not ratify the President’s Treaty.”

“However, if Republicans pretend to fight the Iranian deal like our leaders pretended to fight the President’s amnesty, and let the President’s Iran treaty slip through without stopping it, then when Iran gets nukes, everyone will blame the President and the Democrats and the pitiful deal they made with Iran that allowed Iran to get nukes. Then Republican leaders can say that we tried to stop that terrible Iranian Deal but we just did not get the two-thirds we needed in the U.S. House and Senate to vote it down.”

“This Iran deal puts civilization, Christians, Jews and moderate Muslims at risk of a nuclear holocaust. And, I can not just stand by idly and let this disastrous agreement come to fruition without doing everything I can to stop it.”

“After deep lengthy contemplation, I came up with an offer to the Republication Establishment Leaders. It is apparent that Republican leaders want me out of Congress. They consider me a pain and have considered the possibility of getting me out. Republican Establishment have wondered how much money it would take to spread enough lies about me in east Texas to try to defeat me in a primary, the way they went after Thad Cochran’s honorable opponent. I know, after the recent polling someone did in my district, they have been discouraged by how tough it will be to take me out in a Republican primary because most east Texans know me and they know lies about me when they hear them.”

“If the House Leadership will vote on my resolution whether filed in my name or someone else’s, or even one comparable that declares the Iran agreement to be the Treaty it is, and demands that the Senate follow the Constitution and have a vote on ratification, and then the Senate has a vote on ratifying the Iran treaty instead of taking up the inapplicable Corker-Cardin bill’s anticipated vote because the Corker-Cardin bill is not applicable to a treaty, then, I give you my word:  I will not run for re-election.  If the Republican Establishment wants me out, this is their best shot. But the House and Senate both must not take any votes regarding the Iran treaty that are prescribed by the Corker-Cardin bill because it was written and voted on relying on representations that it did not affect existing treaties, did not affect the sanctions, did not consider ICBM’s, and that we would see the entire agreement along with other misrepresentations.” 

“Nevertheless, if we do not treat the Iran agreement as the Treaty it is, and do not follow the Constitution, I will definitely run again, harder than ever to be the Congressman for the 1st District of Texas, and the blame for Iran getting nukes will not just be on President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the Democrats, it will also lie squarely with all of the Republican leaders who refused to follow the Constitution and became willing accomplices in this worldwide atrocity that will be coming. And none of those Republican leaders should be allowed to remain leaders and I will be committed to making it my number one goal to seeing that none of them are elected to leadership positions again.” 

“This Iran deal is an absolute disaster for civilization, for Christians, Jews, and especially moderate Muslims. If this Iran treaty is accepted, what is coming is not only frightening, it is disastrous; and, the Hell that this agreement will unleash and allow on so many innocent people is unambiguously unconscionable.”

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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Rep. Gohmert Introducing Resolution to Declare Iran Deal a Treaty


On March 11, 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration was “not negotiating a legally binding plan” with Iran and therefore their nuclear agreement did not have to be submitted to Congress for approval. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is ready to challenge that notion by putting forward a resolution that would define the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as a treaty.

The Corker-Cardin bill, a.k.a. the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, was introduced as an accountability tool for the Iranian deal, requiring a 'yes' or 'no' vote from Congress. Yet, as more details about the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) have surfaced, Corker and Cardin's effort has become basically null, Rep. Gohmert is convinced. The Obama administration, he asserts, left Congress in the dark about the specifics of JCPOA. For instance, the Corker-Cardin bill was only meant to rein in nuclear sanctions, but JCPOA allows for a lifting of sanctions on ballistic missiles and international arms embargoes. Congress also had no clue about the side deals allowing Iran to inspect itself at nuclear sites. 

In his resolution, Gohmert also exposes Secretary of State Kerry's hypocrisy regarding his refusing to label the Iran deal a treaty. 

Whereas, on June 4, 2015, less than two months before Secretary Kerry testified that it has become “physically impossible” for the Senate to ratify treaties, he stated that the State Department is “preparing the instruments of ratification of [several] important treaties” and that he “want[s] to personally thank the U.S. Congress . . . for their efforts on” the implementing legislation for the nuclear security treaties;

Gohmert is not the only legislator to demand the Iran agreement be defined as a treaty. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), the only senator not to vote for the Corker-Cardin act, demanded the clarification be made back in May:

"A nuclear-arms agreement with any adversary—especially the terror-sponsoring, Islamist Iranian regime—should be submitted as a treaty and obtain a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate as required by the Constitution," he said.

Such a consequential handshake should be accompanied by some oversight from our elected representatives. It's what Americans want

Should the resolution pass, Gohmert says the Senate should deliberate on the ratification of the Iran Deal within 30 days hence.

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Gohmert Voices Disgust Over Planned Parenthood & Benghazi Politics Remarks

2015-10-08 22:12:10

Gohmert Talks on President Obama's Gun Control Speech

2015-10-03 00:21:21

Gohmert on Planned Parenthood: You’re Not About Women’s Health

2015-10-01 14:21:04

Gohmert Talks to WBAP about Speakers Race in the House

2015-09-29 21:49:44

Gohmert on CR, Planned Parenthood Funding & Speaker's Race

2015-09-29 18:45:48

Gohmert Speaks at Values Voters Summit 2015

2015-09-28 15:04:46

Gohmert on Planned Parenthood: Congress Should Not Be An Accessory

2015-09-17 22:14:36

Gohmert Grills EPA Administrator with Facts & Figures on Animas Spill

2015-09-17 21:45:02

Gohmert on Urgency of Declaration of Treaty on Iran Deal

2015-09-17 15:03:39

Gohmert Sends Letter to Mitch McConnell on Iran Treaty

2015-09-16 17:24:30

Gohmert: What Needs to be Done in the Senate (Iran Nuclear Treaty)

2015-09-14 14:33:18

Gohmert on Iran Nuclear Treaty: ‘A Deal With the Devil’

2015-09-11 15:17:24

Gohmert on Iran Review Act Resolution

2015-09-10 20:57:56

Gohmert Outlines Dangers & Details of Iran Nuclear Treaty

2015-09-10 16:30:58

Gohmert Speaks at The Stop Iran Deal Rally

2015-09-09 20:40:19

Gohmert Questions Planned Parenthood Abhorrent Abortion Practices

2015-09-09 20:21:46

Gohmert Talks to Beck About Bad Iran Deal

2015-09-09 17:25:49

Gohmert Blasts Iran Deal & Introduces Resolution To Make It a Treaty

2015-09-08 22:20:20

Gohmert Talks to Glenn Beck on Faith & Politics

2015-08-11 20:25:30

Gohmert Talks 'Kate's Law' on KETK-TV

2015-08-04 01:00:17

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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.

Serving With

Ted Poe


Sam Johnson


John Ratcliffe


Jeb Hensarling


Joe Barton


John Culberson


Kevin Brady


Michael McCaul


Michael Conaway


Kay Granger


Mac Thornberry


Randy Weber


Bill Flores


Randy Neugebauer


Lamar Smith


Pete Olson


Will Hurd


Kenny Marchant


Roger Williams


Michael Burgess


Blake Farenthold


John Carter


Pete Sessions


Brian Babin


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