Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Gohmert on President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

2017/12/06

Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the decision to begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem:

“President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel was not only an act of political valor, it was a promise kept to the American people who voted him into office.”

“This acknowledgement is a historic move for this nation – it’s symbolic. It refuses to continue playing the game of ignoring the fact that except for the 7 ½ years King David ruled Israel from Hebron before moving it to Jerusalem, Jerusalem was the acknowledged capital of Israel sixteen hundred years or so before Mohammed lived. It is also a fact that Jerusalem is never mentioned by name in the Koran. Most Presidents have acknowledged that. We now have a President who puts words to action. It is refreshing. It is about time the rest of the world recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

“The announcement today displays great strength and courage. It shows that the United States will stand with its ally, Israel. I sincerely appreciate President Trump’s decision to buck the status quo and do the right thing for this nation and the world.”

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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The Differences House, Senate Will Have to Resolve to Advance Tax Reform Bill

2017/12/05

Following the Senate’s 51-49 early Saturday morning vote to pass Republicans’ tax reform overhaul, the legislation will move to conference where the House and Senate will work to resolve their differences.

“I think the differences are pretty minor between the two bills and I think will be pretty easily worked out,” Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.

A senior Republican aide told The Daily Signal in a phone interview that he expects the conference period will be swift, and said he believes a final vote on the plan will be “within one or two days” of the conference report. The Dec. 12 Alabama special election between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones is also creating pressure for a swift resolution. 

Here are some issues that will likely be tackled in conference.

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Sunsetting the Individual Tax Rate Cuts After 2025

The top priority for the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of conservative Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives, is making sure that individual tax cuts are permanent, according to an email from a staffer of the Republican Study Committee.

The current Senate bill will end most individual income tax cuts after 2025, and the Republican Study Committee wants to improve the bill by making the cuts permanent.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, says the sunset provision is bad policy.

“To sunset the tax cuts is really ridiculous,” Gohmert said, adding:

We’re either going to reform the tax code and have tax cuts and help the economy, or we are not. So I would hope that we are actually going to do this, make it permanent, and force Democrats in the future to raise taxes after we have lowered them. We should not be raising taxes back ourselves.

Senate Delayal of Corporate Tax Rates for a Year

Under the Senate bill, the corporate tax cut from the current 35 percent rate to 20 percent will not go into effect until 2019. Some lawmakers want to make the cut apply sooner.

“One big issue to think about is the delayed … date of the corporate tax rate reduction in the Senate plan,” Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “I think that members of the House want to see that immediately, because we think that is good for the country, good for the economy.”

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, agrees.

“One of the negatives of the Senate bill is that it delays the implementation of the corporate tax cut, I think that should happen right away,” Jordan said in an interview with The Daily Signal.   

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said Americans may miss out on the full potential effects of tax reform if the cut in the corporate rate is delayed.

“I would like to see these tax cuts retroactive, so certainly delays do not comport with my view on the subject,” Gaetz told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “A lot of the growth that the president is rightfully taking credit for is anticipatory, and so if we delay the corporate tax cuts … the sugar high of market expectation may wear off before the caffeine of actual tax cuts can take hold, and that is a doldrum Republicans don’t want to be in, we don’t want the country to be in this doldrum.”

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., told The Daily Signal in an interview that “the tax cuts are already baked in the cake and markets are expecting it.”

“So I don’t think we can afford to delay any of these tax cuts and we ought to fight like crazy to lower the rates … the rest of it you can haggle and compromise, etc.,” Brat added. “But that’s the biggie.”  

Alternative Minimum Tax

The House tax plan repeals the alternative minimum tax, which “requires many taxpayers to calculate their liability twice—once under the rules for the regular income tax and once under the AMT rules—and then pay the higher amount,” according to the Tax Policy Center.

The Senate plan keeps both the individual and corporate alternative minimum tax and raises the individual exemption threshold.

Gohmert says the Senate should follow the House’s example in repealing the alternative minimum tax.

“That was a promise that Republicans have been making, that we’ll get rid of the alternative minimum tax so that people can know what they are going to be taxed in advance,” Gohmert said, adding:

You make so much, you’ll pay so much and not have an alternative jump in as you are doing your tax returns and tell you, ‘Nope, you are going to pay much more than you thought you were going to pay.’ So we’ve got to get rid of the AMT, both House and Senate have been promising that for a long time, it’s time to make good on the promise.

Repealing the Johnson Amendment

The House tax bill includes a repeal of the Johnson Amendment, a provision that was added to the tax code in 1954 that keeps churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates, as The Daily Signal previously reported. Some lawmakers have expressed support to include a repeal of the amendment in the final bill.

The Senate bill does not include a repeal of the Johnson Amendment.

“One of the promises made by candidate Trump was to deal with the Johnson Amendment which has been used to threaten churches and religious leaders from speaking on political matters for too long,” David Christensen, vice president of government affairs at the Family Research Council, said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal in an email, adding:

We believe the White House and Congressional leaders are committed to restoring the free speech rights of churches and nonprofits and we are cautiously optimistic this will be included in the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 

Individual Mandate

The Senate version of the tax bill includes the repeal of the individual Obamacare mandate and a senior Republican aide told The Daily Signal in a phone interview that he expects it won’t be a “big deal.”

Jordan praised the inclusion of the repeal of the individual mandate.

“My hope is that we take the best elements of both bills,” Jordan told The Daily Signal in phone interview. “For example, the Senate bill has repealed the individual mandate, I hope that stays in the final package. I think it will.”

Gohmert said, “Thank God the Senate repealed the Obamacare individual mandate.”

Following the Senate’s passage of the bill, the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., released an updated list of 229 businesses and other groups that are backing the legislation.

The list included groups like Best Buy, Boeing, Delta Airlines, FedEx, General Electric Company, General Motors, Home Depot, Target, and Verizon.

>>> These 229 Businesses and Groups Support Tax Reform

President Donald Trump, who has said he wants to sign a bill by Christmas, says he is confident the legislation will spur economic growth.

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Supreme Court Restores Trump’s Travel Ban

2017/12/05


The Supreme Court has allowed President Trump’s ban on travelers from Islamic terrorist-infested nations to take full effect, marking a huge victory for the rule of law, common sense, and U.S. national security.

“This a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said after the orders were handed down.

At 7 to 2, the vote Monday to lift two lower court stays hindering enforcement of Presidential Proclamation 9645 while several legal challenges inch their way through the judicial system, wasn’t even close. Unsurprisingly, leftist Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor voted to deny the Trump administration’s application to rescind the stays. As is its custom, the Supreme Court did not offer a rationale for its decision in the orders.

That the Supreme Court took this dramatic action suggests it may be ready to permanently rule that Trump’s efforts to protect Americans by regulating the flow of visitors to the United States from trouble spots around the world are lawful.

Critics of President Trump falsely claim the proclamation is a “Muslim ban,” even though it leaves out the vast majority of Muslim-majority countries on earth. And even if it did single out Muslims, it should still survive constitutional scrutiny, many legal experts say. The Constitution’s prohibition of so-called religious tests doesn’t apply to immigration policy, which is why no one raised a fuss during the Cold War when the U.S. set aside visas specifically for Soviet Jews escaping religious persecution.

“President Trump’s anti-Muslim prejudice is no secret,” whined Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “He has repeatedly confirmed it, including just last week on Twitter.”

While Jadwat droned on calling Trump and ordinary Americans who support his policies religious bigots and racists, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) offered a more reasonable appraisal of the high court’s actions.

The Supreme Court ruling supporting the President’s travel ban should have been a “ho-hum, but of course” ruling. However, with judges and justices becoming ever the legislative and executive branches while wearing black robes, this was an absolutely critical ruling. We are grateful the Supreme Court took it up promptly before lower courts ended up with both blood and a shredded Constitution on their hands.

Gohmert is vice chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

The high court’s orders restore, at least temporarily, the Chief Executive’s time-honored discretionary authority to bar aliens from the United States on national security grounds, even if they have a preexisting relationship with a U.S.-based person or institution.

According to 8 U.S. Code § 1182:

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may … suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

The current travel ban applies to specified categories of nationals from Muslim-majority Syria, Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. It also applies to North Korean and Venezuelan nationals.

"We are not surprised by today's Supreme Court decision permitting immediate enforcement of the president's proclamation limiting travel from countries presenting heightened risks of terrorism,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters Monday aboard Air Force One.

“The proclamation is lawful and essential to protecting our homeland. We look forward to presenting a fuller defense of the proclamation as the pending cases work their way through the courts."

President Trump signed Presidential Proclamation 9645 on Sept. 24. The memorandum restricts entry into the United States from eight countries, some of which did not appear on Trump’s earlier two travel-related orders.

In unveiling the proclamation Sept. 24, the White House explained that the homeland security secretary, working with the secretary of state and the attorney general, had “determined that a small number of countries -- out of nearly 200 evaluated -- remain deficient at this time with respect to their identity-management and information-sharing capabilities, protocols, and practices.” Some of “these countries also have a significant terrorist presence within their territory.”

Leftist open-borders pressure groups sued to block enforcement of the proclamation and on Oct. 17 federal Judge Derrick Kahala Watson of Hawaii, who was appointed by President Obama, enjoined implementation of the travel ban pending an administration appeal before the routinely overturned Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In separate litigation, on Oct. 24, federal Judge Theodore D. Chuang of Maryland, also an Obama appointee, stayed enforcement of the ban pending an administration appeal before the Fourth Circuit. Watson and Chuang also stayed enforcement on earlier iterations of the proclamation.

Both Circuit Courts are scheduled to take up litigation this week that gave rise to the travel ban. However those courts rule, the case concerning the presidential proclamation seems certain to return to the Supreme Court for final resolution.

Radical organizations funded by George Soros have been trying to prevent President Trump from protecting Americans from Muslim terrorism since Trump was inaugurated. Before the current proclamation was issued, Executive Order 13780, issued by the president on March 6, and Executive Order 13769, issued Jan. 27, were stayed by overzealous federal judges trampling on presidential authority.

And plenty of subversives outside the world of professional leftist activism want President Trump’s efforts to protect Americans to fail.

C. Frank Figliuzzi, formerly Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the FBI, writes in a column at NBC News that terrorism in the United States is unimportant and that Americans will have to get used to being shot, stabbed, run over, and blown up by theocratic totalitarians.

Americans are going to have to “adjust” to a new situation in which terrorism is tolerated because halting immigration is “not who we are,” he writes.

It is better to let waves of new immigrants come to America from terrorist-producing countries than to risk making people from other countries feel uncomfortable, Figliuzzi writes. “Do we want to view anyone from a different country, with a different set of beliefs, as no longer welcome here?”

If those people put Sharia Law over the U.S. Constitution, then yes, Mr. Figliuzzi, it is time to make them feel unwelcome here.

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Gohmert’s Statement on Supreme Court Ruling That Allows Full Enforcement of Trump Travel Ban

2017/12/04

Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling that allows for full enforcement of President Trump’s travel ban:

“The Supreme Court ruling supporting the President’s travel ban should have been a 'ho-hum, but of course’ ruling. However, with judges and justices becoming ever the legislative and executive branches while wearing black robes, this was an absolutely critical ruling. We are grateful the Supreme Court took it up promptly before lower courts ended up with both blood and a shredded Constitution on their hands."

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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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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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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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 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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Gohmert Speaks on House Floor about the Recent Rosenstein Hearing

2017-12-15 22:00:27


Gohmert on Peter Strzok’s Biased & Vengeful Text Exchanges

2017-12-14 21:55:49


Gohmert on New Allegations of Bias in Mueller/Russia Probe

2017-12-14 21:49:25


Gohmert Questions Deputy AG Rosenstein in Judiciary Committee Hearing

2017-12-13 17:27:24


Gohmert Comments on His ‘Political Bias’ Questions to FBI Director Wray

2017-12-08 16:53:26


Gohmert: If FBI Considered Trump Dossier, 'It's Corrupted Beyond J. Edgar Hoover Wiretapping MLK'

2017-12-08 16:31:39


Gohmert Talks to Bloomberg TV on Spending Bill & Tax Cuts

2017-12-07 19:09:28


Gohmert Questions FBI Director Christopher Wray

2017-12-07 17:28:22


Gohmert Explains His Vote Against the NICS and Reciprocity Bill Today

2017-12-06 22:56:32


Gohmert Comments on Kate Steinle Murder Trial Verdict

2017-12-01 15:34:50


Gohmert Talks on Passage of GOP Tax Reform Plan

2017-11-17 13:43:20


Gohmert on Tax Reform Passage in the House

2017-11-16 20:55:26


Dr. Glynn Stone, Mobberly Baptist Church, Offers Prayer as Guest Chaplain

2017-11-15 17:20:37


Gohmert: ‘We Do Need Somebody To Investigate Mueller’

2017-11-15 04:34:46


Gohmert Questions AG Sessions Before House Judiciary Committee

2017-11-14 21:25:30


Gohmert on Hearing with AG Sessions & Copy of Motion to Seal

2017-11-14 19:04:04


Gohmert Talks to Bloomberg TV on AG Sessions, Tax Reform & Gun Control

2017-11-14 11:53:09


Reps. Gohmert, Gaetz & Biggs Talk to Lou Dobbs on Muelller, Special Counsel & DOJ

2017-11-14 02:23:42


Gohmert Defends Star Parker’s Pro-Life Testimony Before Congress

2017-11-13 14:00:58


Gohmert Talks to CBS 19 re: Deadly Texas Church Shooting

2017-11-08 12:28:48


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.


Serving With

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Jodey Arrington

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Blake Farenthold

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Brian Babin

TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT

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