Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is a vocal proponent of repealing Obamacare. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Rest assured, Obamacare opponents: A group of Republican lawmakers meets every week to figure out how to get rid of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) revealed this fact on Wednesday, during a standing-room only event sponsored by the Republican Party of Harrison County in Marshall, Texas.
“Since May, there’s been a group of senators and about 10 or 12 House members, we’ve been meeting once a week trying to figure out what’s the strategy (to remedy the nation’s current financial and healthcare woes) and (Senator) Mike Lee took the lead on the strategy, and the strategy is to fund every part of government including some things some of us don’t care to fund and completely defund Obamacare,” he said, as reported by the Marshall News Messenger.
According to the paper, Gohmert “attributed the Affordable Care Act as the root of some of the nation’s financial and healthcare issues.”
When asked if Lee participates in these meetings, spokesman Brian Phillips replied, “He talks to other members all the time, but he hasn’t attended regular meetings specifically about Obamacare.”
Gohmert’s office did not return a request for additional details.
As Gohmert mentioned, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has been trying to get GOP backing for a plan that would essentially shut down the government unless Obamacare is repealed. He wanted Republicans to refuse to pass a continuing resolution that would keep the federal government running beyond Sept. 30 if it includes funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Photo Highlights: President Obama Chicago Farewell Speech
President Barack Obama makes his final farewell speech in his hometown of Chicago. Arriving at O'hare airport on Airforce One Tuesday, early evening was First Lady Michelle Obama, daughter Malia and Vice President Joe Biden along with wife, Jill Biden.
Making a final journey as the 44th President of the United States, expressways and local South Side streets were cleared as traffic stood at a complete when the 20-vehicle caravan made its way to Valois Restaurant in Hyde Park. There, President Obama conducted a one-on-one interview with NBC anchorman, Lester Holt before proceeding to give his farewell speech at McCormick Place.
Nearly 20,000 attendees packed the nearly standing-room only space in the East wing of the McCormick Place as VIP attendees sat upfront to hang onto the President's every word. There were various groups that traveled from far and near to be a part of history including celebrity sightings from Sharon Stone to Empire's Jussie Smollett--local and state dignitaries. Opening up the ceremony was a special performance by Hip hop/R&B singer, BJ the Chicago Kid showcasing belting out the national anthem is a smart blue suit.
Once President Obama hit the stage, the electric energy of emotions ran throughout the audience. At times, the crowd's applause was so loud that it impossible to hear him but there were moments that silence rippled throughout the venue--knowing this would be his last time addressing his hometown as Chief of Staff.
In his signature style of class, poise and honor--he addressed the various strides that he and his administration has made over the last eight years in protecting America's democracy. His emotions got the best of him when he addressed his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia who sat in the front row along with Vice President Joe Biden, wife Jill and his mother-in-law--Marian Shields Robinson.
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">“Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.”</span></p>
<p class="p1">After the speech, the Obama family took time out to walk along the barricades, greeting and shaking hands with supporters and friends. The scene was definitely historic and we knew it was the end of an era of class that will not be duplicated in the White House for a very long time.</p>
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