Gohmert jokes: Boehner should get Dem votes for Speaker now

Rep. Louie GohmertLouie GohmertOvernight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns House panel approves Puerto Rico debt relief GOP rep on Clinton: 'They'll never indict her' MORE (R-Texas) voiced frustration Thursday night with Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return MORE (R-Ohio), after the House passed its $1.1 trillion spending bill, joking that BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return MORE might have gained Democratic supporters.

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Some of the most conservative House members opposed the cromnibus spending bill that Boehner was able to push through, because it did not do enough to stop President Obama's executive actions on immigration. But Democrats, with the White House making calls to lawmakers, provided enough votes for Boehner to push the measure over the top. 

"He turned to somebody that he really identifies with, the president and liberal Democrats, and got them to help him pass this vote," Gohmert said.

Asked on Fox News's "Hannity" if the move would affect Boehner's reelection as Speaker in the next Congress, he said, "I think he ought to be able to pick up some Democratic votes for Speaker this time."

"He can have Denis McDonoughDenis McDonoughRyan secures big win with bipartisan Puerto Rico deal Trump, GOP agree: ObamaCare helps us Clinton’s top five vice presidential picks MORE or the president come over and get Democrats to get the votes to carry him across the finish line," Gohmert added, referring to the White House chief of staff, who traveled to Capitol Hill Thursday night to make the case for the bill to frustrated Democrats. 

Gohmert was one of nine Republicans who staged a revolt during the election for Speaker in 2013, casting their votes against Boehner.

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