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Gohmert jokes: Boehner should get Dem votes for Speaker now

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) voiced frustration Thursday night with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), after the House passed its $1.1 trillion spending bill, joking that Boehner might have gained Democratic supporters.

{mosads}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 McDonough 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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