Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert


Gohmert Grateful Appellate Court Sides with the Constitution over President’s Illegal Amnesty


Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding a federal appeals court ruling today which upheld the temporary injunction preventing President Obama’s executive amnesty from proceeding while the case proceeds in the trial court: 

“This ruling is the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmation of the Constitution’s allocation of power while also tacitly agreeing with President Obama’s declaration time and time again that a president does not have the power to carry out a sweeping amnesty program of this nature. Not only did the Obama administration’s unlawful memos trample on the U.S. Constitution, they caused many, who applied to come to the United States legally, to go to the back of the processing line behind those who were breaking the law. 

It is important to note that the committee had added language to the National Defense Authorization Act indicating in essence that those given the President’s illegal amnesty should be considered for military employment. Such language would have indicated to the appellate court that Congress wanted the amnesty in question to be provided so recipients could join the military. By a narrow vote in the full House, that language was eliminated. If it had cleared the House, the Fifth Circuit panel could have taken judicial notice of its passage and used that as a basis to strike down the temporary injunction. The battle that we fought to get that language eliminated was certainly worth all the effort.” 

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 and Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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Interior may be breaking law as it develops stream rule -- congressman


Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) says the Interior Department may be breaking the law as it develops the forthcoming stream protection rule.

He was referring to the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement's decision not to share new documents on the regulation with cooperating states.

Mining companies, states and pro-coal lawmakers, many of them skeptical of the proposal, see OSMRE's actions as another misstep in the rulemaking and a potential legal flaw.

Gohmert, chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said at a hearing yesterday that he was concerned about "what appears to be another harmful federal regulation made yet by another federal agency that's not following the law." He accused OSMRE of running "roughshod over the very states they were supposed to be working with."

OSMRE gave cooperating states parts of the rule's draft environmental impact statement early during the Obama administration. Now they want new documents to make sure the agency took their opinions into account.

The agency may be hesitant to share new information following a 2011 leak, which led to reports that the rule would cost thousands of jobs. Increased congressional scrutiny followed.

Still, states say the National Environmental Policy Act rules and White House Council on Environmental Quality guidance require OSMRE to share more information. So far, the agency has verbally updated states.

Randall Johnson, director of the Alabama Surface Mining Commission, said he wasn't necessarily attacking the forthcoming rule. "All we're attacking is the process," he said.

Gregory Baker, reclamation program manager for the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, said OSMRE has yet to justify the stream protection rule.

Several states have decided to officially withdraw as cooperating agencies, including Alabama, New Mexico, Utah, Texas and West Virginia, which voiced its decision at the hearing.

"That decision was communicated by letter to the director of OSM yesterday," said Russell Hunter, counsel for West Virginia's Mining and Reclamation Division. "We thought that we could have a more effective input by assuming another role in the process."

Gohmert, who complained about OSMRE not turning over all the documents requested, told state witnesses, "Sorry for the lack of input the states have had."

'More open process'

Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell, the subpanel's top Democrat, asked the states whether the George W. Bush administration included them as cooperators when developing a previous rule.

When none of the witnesses raised their hands, she asked, "So you didn't do it back then, either?"

"I just wanted to get that point on record," she said, and added that the Obama administration had a "more open process."

But then, when Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.), who has legislation meant to block the rule, asked whether the lack of OSMRE cooperation was "unprecedented," Hunter responded, "That's correct."

Asked how it has been to work with OSMRE under the Obama administration, Johnson said, "I would say that our experience with OSM over the last six years, seven years, has not been very rewarding."

Democrats and environmental advocates counter that OSMRE is simply enforcing the law while states are falling down on the job. Dingell asked Hunter whether his agency faces "capture" by the companies it oversees and whether it has the tools to police coal mining.

Hunter responded, "I believe the West Virginia DEP has in place an effective regulatory program."

Dingell then pointed to a company that has had 20 environmental violations and three work cessation orders and wondered whether industry "regards these violations as the cost of doing business?"

Hunter said, "I don't have an opinion of that."

Dingell then pointed out that Natural Resources Committee Republicans have been investigating the stream protection rule for four years, issued two subpoenas and collected more than 13,000 documents. The proposed rule is under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Debate over studies

Democrats have also been increasingly highlighting research that finds Appalachian mountaintop-removal coal mining has a number of negative health effects. The debate generated some fireworks during last week's hearing on the same rule.

"It's very hurtful when you see people in your community suffer," said Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition organizer Dustin White, an outspoken opponent of Appalachian strip mining.

But Gohmert pointed to research by Jonathan Borak, who has taught at Yale University, that suggested coal alone could not be blamed for poor health outcomes in Appalachia.

Dingell countered that the paper was "not a Yale study," as some have described it. She also said, "It was paid for by the National Mining Association."

In 2012, Borak said the paper was an expansion of work commissioned by NMA. He said the trade group did not have input on his conclusions.

Mooney, suggesting that heavy-handed regulations are harmful to economic development, asked White, "Not having a job is good for your health, either?"

White said the markets and not the Obama administration were to blame for coal mine job losses. "The market value right now is what is impeding the coal industry," he said.

Mooney responded, "I think a lot of factors."

Gohmert seized on the argument, saying that overregulation "really does make a difference." He said White House coal power plant regulations would "force potential brownouts." And he wondered whether the president was making poverty in Appalachia worse. "I'm curious, and I want to look into it," Gohmert.

The administration has denied that power plant proposals will hurt electric reliability, and OSMRE Director Joseph Pozarchik has said the stream protection rule's job impact will likely be minimal.

But Gohmert, like many pro-coal Republicans and Democrats, pointed to comments Obama made in 2008 before becoming president, when he said regulations would make it difficult for companies to build new coal plants.

"Our president believes he can make the price of coal-fired energy skyrocket," Gohmert said. "That is one campaign promise he's keeping."

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Gohmert Statement on Jade Helm Exercises


Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on the ‘Jade Helm 15’ exercises scheduled to take place in Texas and various other states:

“Over the past few weeks, my office has been inundated with calls referring to the Jade Helm 15 military exercise scheduled to take place between July 15 and September 15, 2015. This military practice has some concerned that the U.S. Army is preparing for modern-day martial law.

Certainly, I can understand these concerns. When leaders within the current administration believe that major threats to the country include those who support the Constitution, are military veterans, or even ‘cling to guns or religion,’ patriotic Americans have reason to be concerned. We have seen people working in this administration use their government positions to persecute people with conservative beliefs in God, country, and notions such as honor and self-reliance. Because of the contempt and antipathy for the true patriots or even Christian saints persecuted for their Christian beliefs, it is no surprise that those who have experienced or noticed such persecution are legitimately suspicious.

Having served in the U.S. Army, I can understand why military officials have a goal to see if groups of Special Forces can move around a civilian population without being noticed and can handle various threat scenarios. In military science classes or in my years on active duty, I have participated in or observed military exercises; however, we never named an existing city or state as a “hostile.” We would use fictitious names before we would do such a thing.

Once I observed the map depicting ‘hostile,’ ‘permissive,’ and ‘uncertain’ states and locations, I was rather appalled that the hostile areas amazingly have a Republican majority, ‘cling to their guns and religion,’ and believe in the sanctity of the United States Constitution. When the federal government begins, even in practice, games or exercises, to consider any U.S. city or state in 'hostile' control and trying to retake it, the message becomes extremely calloused and suspicious.

Such labeling tends to make people who have grown leery of federal government overreach become suspicious of whether their big brother government anticipates certain states may start another civil war or be overtaken by foreign radical Islamist elements which have been reported to be just across our border. Such labeling by a government that is normally not allowed to use military force against its own citizens is an affront to the residents of that particular state considered as 'hostile,' as if the government is trying to provoke a fight with them. The map of the exercise needs to change, the names on the map need to change, and the tone of the exercise needs to be completely revamped so the federal government is not intentionally practicing war against its own states.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Chairman of the Natural Resources 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. He was appointed by 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 the Terrorist Attack in Garland, Texas


Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the cold-blooded terrorist attack in Garland, Texas:

“Yesterday, Islamic extremists opened fire on a free speech event in Garland, Texas. In the exchange of gunfire, one security officer was injured; however, the swift actions of local law enforcement stopped these cold blooded terrorists before they could carry out their full premeditated attack on the innocent.

It is evident that our right to free speech has, yet again, been attacked by radical fanatics – bent on destroying our American way of life and free society. However, now is not the time to waver, wonder, or whine as militant extremists extort away our first amendment rights. Without the right to speak freely, even when it offends someone else, the door is closed to every other freedom. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those harmed or affected by this shooting yesterday. The men and woman of the police force who, ultimately, saved countless lives by their heroic actions need to be seen as the defenders of peace that the overwhelming majority of our law enforcement are.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Chairman of the Natural Resources 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. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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Kilgore College gets $75K welding grant


The state has awarded a $75,000 grant to help teach welding to more than 100 Kilgore College students.

The announcement came during the grand opening of the Kilgore Economic Development Corp. Advanced Technology Center and the Kilgore College Advanced Welding Academy.

"Congratulations to this community for this incredible accomplishment," said Hope Andrade, a Texas Workforce Commission commissioner. "You have built a resource for this community that will answer the workforce demands for your current and future businesses for many successful years to come."

Andrade, who served as Texas' secretary of state from 2008 to 2012, said the city is "ahead of the curve."

"I will be honest with you. There are many other communities that are just now coming to the table and starting to put together a plan for a training center like the one we are standing in today," she said. "So, Kilgore, I am here to tell you that you are ahead of the game, and you are changing the trajectory of this community forever.

The 18,000-square-foot facility across U.S. 259 from Synergy Park on FM 349 will provide an area for welding students to improve their skills.

In December, Kilgore College trustees considered a lease agreement to open the Advanced Welding Academy at the site.

"For someone who did their career in music, voice pedagogue, German, that kind of stuff, learning about welding was a whole new world," Kilgore College President Bill Holda said. "I didn't have to learn a lot. I certainly can't do it, but I had to at least learn enough to know what was going to happen here.

"I already knew that in our basic welding program that after about six weeks, a number of our students get hired out immediately and go to work for various industries doing a fairly low level of welding, but they can earn 10 to 15 bucks an hour."

Holda said industries want a more specialized skill set.

"The concept is that students who have been through certification 1 and 2 here, then could take an entry level exam, come in to this curriculum, learn what they need to do to go to the next level, have a real-life fabrication operation going on here in which they could intern, become highly skilled for that specific industry, take an appropriate exit exam and instead of making $10 to $15 an hour, on an average somewhere in the $25 to $35 range," Holda said.

The property was dedicated with a ceremony that included flag dedications by U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, and a representative from state Rep. David Simpson's office.

Officials with the city of Kilgore, Kilgore College, KEDC, and Kilgore ISD were on hand for the dedication, which culminated in Andrade welding a piece of metal.

"Unless the EPA shuts down our coal power plants, things are going to get brighter and brighter for Texas, and especially East Texas, and, you know, we don't have people with the requisite requirements that they need to take and fill these jobs," Gohmert said.

The lawmaker said the academy could be a place where retired welders can give back to the community.

"This is also an opportunity for people that have retired. Their brain still works great, they body functions great and they realize, wow, I am 65, but I still have got a lot to offer," he said. "I think we will see days in the future when you will have people over 65 out here from the community, using their great training and experience to help these young people become even better than they dreamed," Gohmert said.

J. Ty Sharp, president of the KEDC Board of Directors, said the facility has one goal.

"The goal of this center is to produce a pipeline of skilled workers for our area. We have partnered with Kilgore College to deliver a customized job training program, the first of which is welding," he said. "Hopefully, there will be others as we go forward. The KEDC board believes that the center is good not only for economic development but also for our businesses, for the community, for our citizens, and for education."

KEDC Executive Director Amanda Nobles said welding always has been an area in which increased specialization is needed.

"The end we see today is not the end," she said. "It is the beginning."

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Gohmert: Homeland Security Too Busy With Amnesty to Protect US Capitol


This week on the “The Lars Larson Show,” while discussing a Florida mailman landing a gyrocopter on the U.S. Capitol lawn, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)  said the incident shows the Department of Homeland Security is so busy with President Barack Obama’s executive order amnesty they are not capable of protecting the U.S. Capitol.

Gohmert said, “It ought to scare people because Homeland Security is so overwhelmed in trying to bring on and ship around illegal aliens and give amnesty to as many people as they can, the millions we are told that will ultimately have this amnesty, that they can’t do something as simple as protect the Untied States Capitol.

“A lot of people thought the fourth plane those American heroes took down in Pennsylvania  was probably going for the White House,” he continued. “The information I have is he was going to the Capitol. There are some surveys that show the U.S. Capitol is the most recognized building in the world.”

“That dome is a symbol of what’s right with America. We have just seen that, that whole thing can be taken out by anybody without Homeland Security or any of our security doing one thing to stop it,” he added.

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Gohmert on Death Tax Repeal Act


Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) spoke today on H.R. 1105 – Death Tax Repeal Act. Below are the comments he made on the House floor:

“Several years ago, there was an author who wrote a book about millionaires in America – and it was amazing. Most of the millionaires built a business, built a farm and the number one most commonly driven vehicle by millionaires in America was a Ford F-150 truck. They were workers.

There was a time in America, where we looked around and we saw somebody work 16 hours a day, like my aunt and uncle did and build together a farm – and we were proud of them.

My Aunt Lilly died and the FDIC dumped land out by her place before the land could be sold, and so the IRS came in and eventually sold every acre of her land. The family was called and thought ‘let’s try to at least buy some of her assets from her home –her little modest home.’ I bought this music box from Aunt Lilly – it plays ‘Amazing Grace.’

But, she did not get amazing grace; her heirs did not get amazing grace. They ran into the amazing greed of the United States Congress. Let’s take the green-eyed monster and put it where it belongs, and begin to feel good for people who work for what they own.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Chairman of the Natural Resources 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. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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Gohmert grills ICE director over immigration fraud; no answers, but delicate flower says stop ‘yelling’


This was a Texas grilling.

Tempers flared Tuesday on Capitol Hill when Texas firebrand Louie Gohmert grilled the Obama administration’s director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement potential fraud in the handling of more than 100,000 illegal immigration cases at the heart of a federal court battle over Obama’s executive action on immigration.

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Gohmert pressed ICE Director Sarah Saldena over the origins of a Justice Department “guidance” in November that allowed 108,081 illegal aliens who should have been deported to get three-year deferrals and stay in the United States – the vanguard of millions of illegal immigrants who would suddenly become legal under Obama’s edict.

When Saldena told Gohmert the origin of the “guidance” wasn’t her concern, since its administration was handled by a sister agency, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Gohmert erupted.

“You don’t care who issues the order?” he asked. “If someone has benefits that are fraudulent … do you say, ‘oh well, I guess we can’t deport these people because even if they’re fraudulent or illegal I’m going to recognize them … Surely you don’t accept fraudulent or illegal visas that allow people to stay, do you?”

When Saldena replied, “I don’t like fraud,” Gohmert got to the heart of the matter.

“I want to know why you didn’t deport people who got three-year benefits when those three-year benefits were illegal?”

It was those deferrals that led Judge Andrew Hanen to write a scathing ruling last week that accused the Obama administration’s Justice Department of misleading him. As Gohmert read from the ruling, his voice rose.

“If you don’t like fraud, does it bother you that your Homeland Security Department that you work for has actually instigated a fraud among the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas?” he demanded.

“Representative Gohmert, with all due respect, I would appreciate you not yelling. I will answer your question as best I can, but …”

“Well, thank you for your dilatory answer, but I’d like an answer,” Gohmert responded.

He didn’t get one.

And neither did we.

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Gohmert Introduces ‘No Taxation Without Representation Act’


Today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on his ‘No Taxation Without Representation Act’ - which would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to insure that there is no taxation without representation and to make tax law regarding residents of the District of Columbia consistent with tax law affecting of territories of the United States that also do not have a voting member of the US House of Representatives:

“The license plate motto, ‘taxation without representation’ raised eyebrows when I first saw it, but then I recalled the revolutionary slogan – ‘taxation without representation‎ is tyranny.’ The Washington D.C. residents were paying income tax without having a federal representative with full voting rights.

Regardless of who agrees or disagrees now, in the late 1970's people both for and against Washington, D.C. having its own U.S. Representative all agreed that it would take a Constitutional amendment to change the statement in the Constitution that the Representatives would come from the ‘states.’  That Constitutional amendment passed both the House and Senate back then but failed to ever get the requisite state ratification.

After looking at the situation of U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, or Samoa, I found that the residents there paid local taxes, but none paid federal income tax. It occurred to me after researching the situation still further that until when or if the citizens of Washington, D.C. have a full voting representative, they should not have to pay any federal income tax. So I have filed that bill again today hoping that this Congress will do the right thing by the citizens of the District of Columbia and end the federal income tax. It is the fair, just and right thing to do.”

 To read the full text of the bill, click here.

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Chairman of the Natural Resources 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. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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Gohmert Calls for Audit on United States Citizenship and Immigration Services


Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) issued the following statement regarding a letter sent to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) from 22 Members of Congress demanding a comprehensive audit on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):

“There have been enough revelations about the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its failures that many Americans have become gravely concerned with their actions and performance causing many to lose faith in its representations. It is critically important that we have a complete investigation into this government entity for potential waste, fraud and any type of corruption fueled by a political agenda. The American people deserve to be protected, not spied on, lied to and forced to pay for DHS ignoring the law and Constitution.

According to its own FY16 Budget Request, 96.8% of the USCIS $4 billion annual operating budget will come from fees collected from applicants for most types of immigration benefits, naturalization, or replacement green cards, along with fees from petitioners sponsoring relatives or employees. These fee-based revenues are considered ‘permanently appropriated’ mandatory funds and are not subject to the annual discretionary appropriations process—which applies to most federal agencies.

This arrangement creates the potential for USCIS to, in effect, create slush funds and skim off congressionally authorized fees imposed on legal immigrants and their sponsors in order to fund programs that may not be specifically authorized by Congress, such as DHS’s November 2014 memos on immigration establishing a new program that provides work authorization permits to an estimated five million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States.

That is why I, along with 21 other Members of Congress, are asking the GAO to audit the USCIS and find out the critically needed answers. DHS agencies continue to be hindered by leadership who break the law and ignore the Constitution while using highly suspect spending practices. They must be held accountable for any misconduct.”

To read the full letter sent to the GAO, click here. 

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Chairman of the Natural Resources 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. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.
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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.

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