Congressman Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s push for schools to reopen safely this fall:
“The Trump Administration’s dedication to safely reopen our schools this fall puts the interests and well being of American children first. The nation-wide shutdowns likely caused millions of students to fall behind in their studies and research has found that many students could lose ‘most or all’ of what they learned during the 2019-2020 school year due to the disruption in their education. Furthermore, a recent American Enterprise Institute study found that only 1/5 of students received “rigorous” remote instruction during the lock-down this spring. American families deserve better than this. Even those at the American Academy of Pediatrics believe that ‘all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.’
“It is understandable that there may be exceptions in certain regions if there is an unmanageable surge in coronavirus cases or hospitalizations, however, it is clear the shutdown has negatively impacted our nation’s children and their education. We owe it to the American people do everything we can to safely send our kids back to school where they can thrive alongside their friends and receive the benefits of in-person learning.”
“The more than $1.5 trillion proposal rebuilds U.S. communities with infrastructure and innovation that is smarter, safer, and made to last,” House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said in a statement prior to the final vote.
The measure was approved decisively by the House on a 233–188 vote. Three Republicans joined the majority Democrats in supporting the measure, while two Democrats voted with Republicans against the measure.
The measure includes $494 billion for surface transportation projects to fix “our crumbling roads and bridges,” as well as $130 billion to rebuild public schools in impoverished districts, $100 billion to “create or preserve 1.8 million affordable homes,” $100 billion for creating broadband access in areas that don’t now have it, $70 billion to encourage renewable energy development and use, and $25 billion for safe water.
The bill also includes $30 billion for hospitals “to increase capacity and strengthen care,” and $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service to “modernize postal infrastructure and operations, including a zero-emissions postal vehicle fleet, processing equipment, and other goods.”
Overall, the bill is intended, according to DeFazio, to encourage “the development of wind and solar on public lands and building a workforce for offshore wind.”
But Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), the ranking minority member of the Transportation Committee, called the measure “the my-way-or-the-highway” bill from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), because Democrats excluded Republicans from the bill’s creation.
As the House began debate on the measure earlier this week, Graves said that “$2 out of every $5 surface transportation dollars—that’s $200 billion—is spent on heavy-handed Green New Deal requirements,” and he predicted the measure “is going nowhere” in the Republican-led Senate.
“There’s been so much uncertainty and unpredictability created by the COVID-19 pandemic across our nation,” he said in a statement. “What our transportation businesses and workers need right now is stability, but this partisan process and seismic upheaval of our federal transportation programs robs them of that. This bill does nothing to move us forward and that is truly a shame.”
Republicans did manage to win adoption of an amendment offered in Rep. Rick Crawford’s (R-Ark.) impassioned appeal to the House to revise the measure to bar state-owned Chinese firms from competing for U.S. renewable-energy projects.
DeFazio opposed the Crawford motion because the measure already has “the strictest Buy American provisions,” he said. He also suggested Republicans were being hypocritical in offering the amendment because President Donald Trump is “cozying up to China.”
But more than three dozen House Democrats joined Republicans to support the amendment, which was adopted on a 224–193 vote tally.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said on Twitter after the amendment vote, “Democrats were fine with handing out taxpayer money to Chinese state-owned companies in their massive $1.5 trillion spending bill. Republicans just put a stop to that by passing this commonsense amendment.”
During the House debate, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told The Epoch Times that because they know “it will never become law, House Democrats buried a handful of good ideas under a mountain of bad ones, turning what should have been a vital, bipartisan bill into little more than a political football.”
Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) echoed Gohmert’s point of view.
“House Democrats didn’t bother to get any Republican input on this trillion-dollar wish list, and it shows,” he told The Epoch Times. “This bloated package contains increased taxpayer funding for key parts of the socialist Green New Deal, like unproven and unprofitable green technology, while increasing regulations on basic needs like the building of new roads.”
The Democratic proposal was opposed by a number of groups that normally support infrastructure measures.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials opposed the bill because, they said, “it unnecessarily turns back the clock on so many bipartisan surface transportation reforms previously agreed to by Congress.”
Also opposing the measure was the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which represents thousands of small long-distance commercial truck companies.
The truckers group said the bill will “destroy small trucking businesses in every corner of the country. Increasing the minimum insurance requirements … in the midst of a major economic downturn would be nothing short of disastrous.”
The Consumer Technology Association claims the measure “leaves the U.S. standing still on transportation innovation, while the rest of the world moves forward.”
This nation has never been perfect and even embraced the atrocity of slavery, but it has continued to improve, sometimes dramatically, throughout our history, and has continued to sacrifice like no other nation to liberate others in the world.
Now, however, there are those who want to destroy the only form of government that allows the kind of self-improvement we have made. Many have peacefully protested for good reason, but those who have taken the injustice sparks and fanned them into the burning our country need to answer for their crimes.
There are those who had organized, raised money from unknown sources in order to take advantage of an injustice and use it to create a new Bolshevik or Marxist revolution. That would lead us into an Orwellian, totalitarian government where God is denied, except the god of a dictatorial government.
While many of the leftist city and state leaders across our country sit on the sidelines watching our cities burn and our nation’s historical monuments and statues being destroyed by radical Marxist mobs, the time has come to take bold action in prosecuting the violent agitators who have stoked the mayhem. Innocent lives have been lost, minority businesses and livelihoods have been destroyed, and American history is being erased and rewritten in the manner of Stalin and Mao.
The enemies of self-government and friends of anarchy are purpose-driven to accumulate their own power in the chaos. These well-organized, well-funded violent fringe leaders harbor utter contempt for our country’s traditional values, particularly our belief in God, freedom, and our Constitution.
The time has come for the Department of Justice to prosecute the leaders of this national crime wave under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act for their coordinated efforts to cause destruction and chaos through all violent means at their disposal, including looting, arson, assault, vandalism, and even murder.
Our nation and our competent leaders must fulfill their primary duty to protect this nation and to ensure that swift justice is served upon all who seek to destroy these United States from within.
Rep. Louie Gohmert represents Texas’ 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a senior member on the House Judiciary CommitteeRead More
In Episode 3 of "Special Order with Louie Gohmert," Congressman Louie Gohmert discusses his amendment to the Democrats police bill in the House Judiciary Committee.
This amendment would have made lynching punishable up to life in prison; however, the Democrats refused to pass it.
On episode 2 of his podcast, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) breaks down some of the details of the Democrat’s police bill and discusses how they are using this latest crisis as a way to funnel money to outside liberal groups.
Special Order with Louie Gohmert - Ep. 2 (The Democrat's Police Bill)Read More
"In Minneapolis, Minnesota, George Floyd was killed by a police officer who blatantly kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes as he begged to be allowed to breathe. George Floyd’s death was tragic, completely unnecessary, and it was criminal! My deepest condolences go out to the entire Floyd family, who have shown amazing restraint in their desire for peaceful protests only.
Our law enforcement is a critical part of upholding justice in our society, but they must be held accountable when they go so far as to commit a crime against the very people they are supposed to serve. Freedom of assembly and the right to peacefully protest is a core right in America. However, violent riots and looting have no place, are disrespectful to George Floyd’s memory, inflict damage on innocent people, and have even devastated minority businesses, families, and communities still further. They are not only destroying the livelihoods of many hardworking business owners, but they are also distracting from the issues peaceful protesters are highlighting.
All of the violence in rioting and looting that has occurred is horrific, but here are a couple of examples. The family of retired St. Louis Police Captain and former Moline Acres Police Chief David Dorn who spent about forty years officially serving and protecting others as a policeman deserves our sympathy, prayers and support. To have looters murder a minority public servant who was still trying to protect and serve his community dishonors all Americans and sets back the cause of liberty, justice, and equality.
Similarly, the killings and injuries in Davenport, Iowa, including one of an innocent minority, Italia Marie Kelly, by a protestor adds to the destructiveness of justice and badly impedes the push for equal treatment under the law. Such senseless violence also creates even more cataclysmic heartache. As her sister made clear in her viral video, a protestor filled with hate for police took away the person who was always there for her including when she had her seizures. Criminal acts like that in no way honor George Floyd.
The core principle of the United States justice system is equality under the law. Those responsible for crimes, including law enforcement, absolutely must be held accountable under an equitable system of law without regard to race, creed or any other immutable characteristic. The very existence of our American effort at self-government depends on it."
Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) spearheaded the drafting and filing of an amicus curiae brief along with Reps. Andy Biggs, Mike Johnson, Bill Flores, Jody Hice, Paul Gosar, Ted Budd, Andy Harris, Ron Wright & W. Gregory Steube which makes clear that the DC Circuit Court of Appeals should issue an order forcing Judge Sullivan to dismiss the case against President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn.
“The criminal case against General Flynn should immediately be dismissed. It is outrageous that federal Judge Emmet Sullivan is working against the Justice Department’s request to drop its case against General Michael Flynn. Additionally, the 'Watergate Prosecutors' who provided a 'friend of the court' brief in the Flynn case are certainly not friends of the court nor of justice, but instead are hypocrites arguing exactly the opposite of what Watergate prosecutors successfully argued in 1975" said Congressman Gohmert.
"In the Cowan case in 1975, they demanded the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals order the federal trial judge to dismiss the case in which they had filed a motion to dismiss, but the trial judge was insisting on going forward. Disingenuously, the Watergate Prosecutors failed to even cite that case before the DC Circuit though it is on point. This type of hypocrisy should not be happening in our judicial system by people who have shown themselves to be enemies of the administration and supportive of the attempted coups using the most fraudulent prosecutorial tactics in memory. Precedent, the Constitution, and integrity all speak with one loud voice: Stop the abuse of the law, do not permit Judge Sullivan to perform executive and legislative duties in addition to his judicial job, do not reward dishonest law breakers in the Justice Department, prosecute those who used the DOJ, FBI and Intelligence community to commit crimes, and dismiss the fraudulent, extortive case against General Flynn.”
Read the Filed Amicus Brief, here.
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Serving his eighth term in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Louie Gohmert was first sworn in on January 4, 2005. He proudly represents the First District of Texas which encompasses more than 12 counties stretching nearly 120 miles down the state’s eastern border with Louisiana.
As the recipient of numerous awards such as Endowment for Middle East Truth’s “Speaker of the Truth Award” and Freedom Works’ “Freedom Fighter Award,” Louie passionately speaks in Washington on the issues he and most of us hold dearest. He is an unapologetic warrior for our most cherished freedoms which are under attack and some are even being marginalized and diminished.
He has not only been sought as a key note speaker all over the U.S., but has been and invited speaker at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England, as well as other countries. After the Obama administration condemned the largest peaceful demonstration in the history of the world in Egypt in June of 2013 which resulted in the ouster of Pres.Morsi who was maneuvering toward a dictatorship, some American leaders demanded the Muslim Brotherhood dictator be put back in office where he had seized so much power, but Louie became the first and most public elected US official to commend the Egyptians and making him an Egyptian populist hero, earning an award from the Chamber of Commerce in Cairo.
He is a staunch advocate for the U.S. being the best friend Israel could have in the world as an acknowledged friend of Prime Minister Netanyahu.
He is a tireless advocate on the House Floor, all over east Texas and the nation, as well as in the national and international media on many critical issues. These include not only the necessity to fight terrorism from its most prominent source, radical Islam, but also promoting the preservation of U.S. Constitutional authority, freedoms of religion and speech, state’s rights, 2nd amendment rights, and all those rights most of us hold dearest.
Louie is a bold defender of America’s founding principles and is constantly coming up with big, innovative ideas solidly based on conservative principles and the ideals that has served as this nation’s bedrock since birth.
Congressman Gohmert serves on the House Judiciary Committee playing a vital role on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, as well as, the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Natural Resources Committee serving on the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee and is honored to have the title of Republican Leader on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
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 the Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.
Louie received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University where he acquired a four year active duty commitment to the Army from an Army scholarship, and where he was Brigade Commander in the Corps while also serving as Class President for both Corps and Civilian students. He later graduated from Baylor School of Law where he was also Class President, President of the Moot Court Society, and won a number of awards including an award for his Law Review Article on torts. He is also a veteran having served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Army.
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 Sunday school teacher for many years. He now frequently speaks or preaches at churches throughout his district and around the country.
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