Gohmert’s Statement on H.R. 1892 – The Bipartisan Budget Act
Washington, February 9, 2018
Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding his decision to vote against the massive spending bill (H.R. 1892 – The Bipartisan Budget Act) in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“The vote today for a spending bill that in essence runs up our deficit $1 Trillion was an exceedingly difficult one because of some of the things that were cynically put into the bill.”
“As the House Member, who stood up to Speaker Boehner in 2011 to demand that he not put our military on the table in a gamble in the original “Super Committee/ Sequester” bill and who has been pushing for Republican leadership to pass my bill, Armed Services Always Paid (ASAP) Act, that would ensure our military are paid in a shutdown, I am simply outraged that our military is still being used as pawns to draw affirmative votes on irresponsible Senate spending bills forced on the House. I continue, as I have since 2011, to push for us to pass my bill that will make military pay automatic even in a shutdown and take the issue off the table as leverage to vote for bad bills.”
“As a Texan, I support helping those devastated by natural disasters, but asking that we borrow a trillion dollars, so Texas can get $25 billion or so is not a good deal. Texas had much more damage than is being provided, and we could get full disaster relief for all states if we forced the Senate to pass good House bills that cut much of the waste in government. That would require, however, the Senate to use 51 votes to suspend the requirement to have 60 votes in the Senate that the Constitution does not require. I do not condemn Republicans who voted for this bill because they were put in a terrible situation; but so are the generations that follow us. “
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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