The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Washington, D.C., January 11 – Congressman Louie Gohmert has a reputation as a “conservative” in the United States House of Representatives and “inside the Beltway” of Washington, D.C. Nevertheless, a closer look at his voting record reveals a strong alliance with liberal Democrat Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, the Democrats’ standard-bearer for Governor of Texas in 2022, on some major issues, such as abortion, gun control, and immigration.
Gohmert has chosen in 2022 to run against the strongest and most conservative Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, in the history of the Lone Star State. During the Biden administration, Paxton has become the chief immigration law enforcement officer in the United States, through his lawsuits to force the President to follow and enforce federal immigration laws and through his opinions and advice allowing Texas to police and patrol its own border with Mexico.
Voting with Beto on Immigration, Abortion, and Guns
On December 14, 2014, Gohmert voted with O’Rourke against H.R. 5759, the “Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act,” introduced by Representative Ted Yoho. This legislation would have prohibited the executive branch from exempting or deferring deportation for illegal immigrants. It would also prevent the administration from treating illegal immigrants as legal immigrants. Lastly, it would specify any actions taken by the administration to circumvent the rules in this bill would be viewed as null and void.
The vote was vitally important, because it sprang from former President Barack Obama’s illegal executive order, which directly contradicted federal immigration laws, and was the first executive order of its kind. By joining with Democrats to defeat H.R. 5759, Gohmert helped to establish a dangerous precedent, allowing Obama and later presidents to violate the Separation of Powers Doctrine in the United States Constitution and to “legislate” without Congressional approval.
Americans are now paying the price for that unlawful action in the Biden administration’s attempt to enforce a national vaccine mandate through occupational safety regulations created from whole cloth.
In 2017, Gohmert joined with Beto against gun owners in voting against Concealed Carry Reciprocity. On December 6, 2017, Gohmert voted against the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38), a bill that would allow a state’s concealed carry licenses to be honored in each other state.
The bill passed the House, 231-198, but ultimately died in the Senate.
In arguably his strangest vote of all, on May 7, 2014, Gohmert and Beto voted together for a commission honoring Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger against the wishes of leading pro-life groups. Gohmert voted yes on New York Democrat Carolyn Maloney’s H.R. 863, the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum Act. The Heritage Foundation, Susan B. Anthony List, and Concerned Women for America opposed this legislation due to rumors of an exhibit that would honor Planned Parenthood founder and eugenicist Margaret Sanger. Additionally, those organizations had expressed concerns that the project was “overwhelmingly filled with people who are pro-abortion and leftist in their ideology.”
Earmarks and Spending “Pork”
On July 23, 2009, H.R. 3288 was the subject of debate on the floor of the U.S. House. The bill, the Fiscal Year 2010 Transportation and HUD Appropriations Act, had a proposed amendment to strike $2 million of funding for the Doyle Drive Replacement project in San Francisco, a repaving project near Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s home.
Gohmert joined with Democrats to help defeat the amendment and save the earmark project involving Doyle Drive, a 1.6 mile stretch of the Presidio Parkway near Pelosi’s home.
As part of the same legislation, Gohmert also voted to give $750,000 of federal tax dollars to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
On July 26, 2007, Gohmert voted to spend federal tax dollars on the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine, even though certain Republicans had sought to strip the boondoggle from the legislation.
On June 28, 2007, Gohmert voted for a Washington, D.C., earmark, costing taxpayers $2.7 million, for the improvement of the Barracks Row Main Street Organization, an area important to Congressman Jerry Lewis, because Lewis wanted to increase the value of his home. The proposal passed and helped lead to a doubling of Lewis’ home’s value.
Yesterday, this newspaper released the statistical data that Gohmert has missed approximately one out of every ten votes during his tenure in the United States House of Representatives.
Among his missed votes, Gohmert failed to vote on March 18, 2021, on legislation which sought legal residency status for illegal aliens who entered the United States as children, failed to vote on June 29, 2021, to support Republican efforts to save the bust of former Chief Justice Roger Taney and not have it removed from the United States Capitol, and on December 1, 2011, failed to vote to eliminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, which provides public financing to eligible presidential campaigns and to national party conventions.
With an absence rate hovering near ten percent of all record votes during his tenure in the United States House of Representatives and with a willingness to support the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement policies, Gohmert’s election as Texas Attorney General would seem likely to bring about two major changes in the Office of Attorney General of Texas: (1) Gohmert’s poor work ethic would replace the strong work ethic of Attorney General Ken Paxton and (2) Gohmert’s poor record on immigration would replace Paxton’s stellar record as the “top immigration enforcement officer in the United States.”