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Louie Gohmert's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood. (
  • "The USA is 1 of only 7 countries that permits abortion beyond 20 weeks! #abortionlimit #TheyFeelPain #ProLife" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • "PASSED The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. We just took a MAJOR step towards delivering tax relief to hardworking Americans around the country." (
  • "The House just passed a monumental Tax break for all American tax payers. We are on the way to making America great again!" (
  • Rated 10% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "We need to do something to protect the solvency of Medicare. I believe we must uphold America's promise to those aged 55 and older, but we must make changes to ensure that those under age 55 are able to receive similar benefits when needed." (
  • "H.R. 7120 is not going to do anything. This immunity removal is going to help law enforcement unions ... it’s going to keep law officers tied up in civil courts & criminal courts & it's going to keep criminals on the street." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "I fought with my own leadership against a bill that would allow sequester, allow the gutting of our Defense Department. I said it was a mistake. I was told it would never happen. Well, it did. If both sides of the aisle want to find cuts in other programs so we can rebuild our military and let anybody that wants to join the military that is qualified, I am for it, but right now, we are gutting our military. We are telling people who have put their lives in harm's way for us that they are going to have to leave." (
  • Rated 8% by Council for a Livable World. (
  • "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." (
  • "I am hoping it will come together, and we will be able to pass some of the critical legislation to secure our border and to get some infrastructure built so we don't give a country to our children and grandchildren that has infrastructure crumbling and with so much debt that they can't afford to rebuild the infrastructure. We already know that we are the first generation in American history that didn't have as our driving goal to give a country to our children better than we had it." (
  • "The US economy can be rebuilt through tax reform, repeal of burdensome and costly regulations and passage of incentives to spur innovation." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 622 - State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association. (
  • "That is the kind of insanity that has only gotten worse over the last 8 years. I thought a silver lining to President Obama being elected President was at least he is going to end the No Child Left Behind Act because that would mean returning the power to the States and the people that knew what they were doing." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • "This country does not run on moonbeams and windmills. The green initiatives President Obama has unveiled are simply fanciful notions that are digging a deeper hole for our nation. It's tragic that he continues to place his own political agenda over the interests and needs of the American people. He brags about how well the economy is doing, while fewer Americans are earning a living, and the smaller number who are actually working are making less and less." (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • "These new EPA regulations, more than likely, will result in the closure of a large number of American coal production facilities as well as electricity producing plants that run on coal over the next decade. Our air in Texas is cleaner than it has been in decades and continues to improve, but what is proposed now, means higher costs and thousands fewer jobs." (
  • Rated 4% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "We have lost enough lives in gun-free zones. It is time to allow the law-abiding, the qualified, to protect themselves, to save our military." (
  • "If #Obama spent as much time trying to take guns 4m #ISIS as he does trying to take guns 4m law-abiding citizens, #ISIS would be powerless." (
  • Rated 83% by National Rifle Association. (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care At and Health Care-Relate Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • "I opposed Obamacare and supported its full repeal." (
  • "The truth is that the American people did not want ObamaCare before it passed. After it passed, they did not like losing their insurance or their doctor they wanted to keep or even their hospital that was critical to their lives." (
  • "An example of concerns, this caught by Congressman Dan Bishop, is that it looks like a worker will be worse off under this bill by getting paid up to 10 weeks of wages at the bill's mandated 2/3's rate as "public health emergency leave" instead of receiving workers compensation because workers comp is non-taxable though employer paid leave is taxable. That provision hurts the worker. Another issue that may tell you who did the lobbying, is that the sick leave and public health emergency leave mandated in the bill will largely substitute for workers compensation payments which would result in the payments being shifted away from the workers compensation insurance company and now be borne by the small business owner. We will find more of these problems as people now have time to see what we have done." (
  • "I think we're going to see Mexico pay. It may be indirectly, but it's going to be to Mexico’s advantage to have a #borderwall anywhere we need it. VIDEO:" (
  • "But as long as our border is porous and as long as we don't have a wall or a fence where we need it, people are being drawn into this country." (
  • Rated 93% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "The shutdown is caused for one reason: Senate Dems believe that the people who came here illegally are more deserving of amnesty than the people legally here are of having federal services & of our military & federal employees are of being paid ... (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 100% by the Federation for Immigration Reform. (
  • "The US must remain engaged and prepared to fight terrorists, an unconventional enemy." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "So, I hope we will quit taking advice from a person, no matter how well-meaning or not, who just proved to be totally wrong in administration after administration. I think that we can do as the President truly wants to do, get out of Afghanistan and save American lives." (
  • "The economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly hard for the food, beverage, and hospitality industries in our country, which include many small and medium-sized retailers, restaurants, distributors, and manufacturers. For instance, many restaurants across the United States have closed their doors or are operating with limited seating capacity due to government mandates. In this environment, these businesses have minimal flexibility to raise prices. Additional duties on imported wine, spirits, and food products like fruit, pork, and olive oil cut into their already tight profit margins, further threatening the survival of these industries and the many jobs they support. To help our constituents during this crisis, we urge you to remove all duties for food and drink products (HTS Subheadings 0203 through 2208) imposed in relation to this case without lowering the total value duties that can be imposed. We believe it is possible for our strategy to maintain maximum pressure on the EU to remove its subsidies case while avoiding harm to American workers, consumers, and small businesses to the greatest extent possible." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "The United States and EU share one of the largest trading relationships in the world, but there are many ways in which the two sides can further grow and improve this relationship. Nowhere is this more evident than in trade in agricultural products. Exports from hardworking American farmers and ranchers across the country face barriers to the EU market, including high tariffs, unscientific sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and protectionist policies on geographical indications that hurt American exports not only to the EU but also to countries all over the world. We were encouraged to see that the negotiating objectives for the EU that your office released in January included specific objectives on agricultural goods. At the same time, we were deeply disappointed that the European Commission's draft negotiating mandates specifically excluded agricultural products and that Commission officials continue to state publicly that they will not discuss agriculture in the negotiations." (
  • "I supported the Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, three agreements that are expected to create 250,000 jobs nationwide and many economic opportunities in Texas, especially at our ports. Supporting an all-of-the-above energy policy, rather than the Administration's none-from-below policy, would bring many lost jobs in the energy sector back to SE Texas." (
  • Rated 20% by Public Citizen. (

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