Gohmert: Reid wouldn't know bipartisanship if it 'slapped him'

“He wouldn’t know bipartisanship if it came up and slapped him and said we’re bipartisan because he has never participated in any kind of bicameral bipartisanship,” Gohmert said on Fox News. 

House Republican leaders offered a new debt-ceiling and budget deal Tuesday, despite a plan Senate leaders proposed Monday. The House plan goes further than the Senate’s to weaken the new healthcare law. It includes a delay in ObamaCare’s medical device tax and a mandate to remove subsidies for members of Congress, the president and his Cabinet. 

On Tuesday, The White House released a statement objecting to the new House demands. 

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Reid called it a “blatant attack on bipartisanship.” He and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reached a deal a day earlier to raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 15 and reopen the government through Jan. 15. 

“I don’t need to hear any crap from Harry Reid about bipartisanship,” Gohmert said. "He doesn’t know bipartisanship nor does the president.”

Gohmert is serving his fifth term in Congress, and is one of its most conservative members.

In 2010, as Congress debated the president’s healthcare law, Gohmert said Republican feedback was rejected. 

“They put [Rep. Henry] Waxman [D-Calif.] in the chair to make sure that didn’t happen. If they had John Dingell [D-Mich.] remain in the chair, he was going to allow some Republican input.”