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Rep. Louie Gohmert Once Again Stands In The Breach

Indispensable Louie
Remember when Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said of the Obamacare bill, “We have to pass it to know what’s in it”? And remember how well that worked out?

On Monday Pelosi was about to one-up that disaster by demanding that the House pass a bill that hadn’t even been written yet. According to our inside information from conservatives on Capitol Hill, Pelosi asked for unanimous consent to pass 87 pages of “technical corrections” to the 110-page coronavirus relief bill – the technical corrections to be produced by the Speaker’s staff, naturally.

Fortunately, one lone principled limited government constitutional conservative – Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-1) – stood in the breach, where the House GOP leadership was shamefully absent, to oppose the motion to, by unanimous consent, allow Nancy Pelosi to write the coronavirus relief bill in secret.

Gohmert insisted on reading aloud all 87 pages of changes knowing that if one member stands in opposition, the bill, lacking unanimous consent, cannot move to the Senate.

Naturally, the Democrats and the establishment media went nuts, accusing Gohmert of callously “holding up” essential coronavirus aid, but that was not just fake news, but an outright lie.

As Rep. Gohmert explained in a statement released to CHQ:

Last night some of the elected members of Congress heard that substantial changes were being made to H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” that the House passed in the wee hours Saturday morning without being afforded the luxury of time to read the final bill before we voted.  I read the 9pm version but was given no time to read or compare the midnight version.

Once again, because the Saturday morning bill was rushed so hysterically to passage, it requires more pages of changes, supposedly about 46 pages of 'technical corrections,' some of which are truly substantive and not just “technical” corrections to a bill that was 110 pages long. The last draft of the 'technical changes' I saw was 87 pages long. The Democrats are writing the so-called 'corrections' as we speak. Having someone here in DC prepared to object forces the Democrat leadership to at least have the law changes drafted before they are approved by a Unanimous Consent vote. I cannot in good conscience give my consent to something that has not been finished or made available to Members of Congress before it is up for a vote.

This coronavirus is doing enough damage to people without Congress compounding the problem to rush through a bill and another corrected bill just to say we did something. We should be attempting to minimize the damage, not piling on. My constituents did not elect the California delegation to represent them, they elected me—and that’s what I am trying to do.

I will not give my consent without first reading these very serious changes that will hopefully minimize bankruptcies caused by the virus rather than causing more. The final draft has still not been finished. I have spoken with Kevin McCarthy and the President who both understand my concerns. It’s easy to talk to the President when we completely share the same driving desire to make America even greater.

Gohmert’s principled action not only cast much-needed sunlight on the details of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act   it also gave Senate conservatives some breathing room so that they could get a handle on what the bill actually does, before they were buffaloed into “passing it so they could know what’s in it.”

As we explained in our article “The Indispensable Louie Gohmert” from the border wall, to the right-to-life, to the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, to defending the Second Amendment, to cutting spending there is hardly an issue that Rep. Gohmert has not organized a Special Order, introduced the conservative alternative or taken to the floor to make an impassioned vote-moving speech.

All too often we must ask CHQ readers and friends to call Congress to protest some anti-conservative action by the so-called leaders of the Republican Party. Today we urge CHQ readers and friends to call Rep. Louie Gohmert’s office (1-866-220-0044) to thank him for his steadfast conservative leadership.

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