Boehner defector: Don't belittle others

Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertGOP-Trump fractures on masks open up Democrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers Justice Department officials say decisions are politicized MORE (R-Texas) said Wednesday that one of his biggest complaints about Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLott says lobbying firm cut ties to prevent him from taking clients Lobbying firm cuts ties to Trent Lott amid national anti-racism protests Bush, Romney won't support Trump reelection: NYT MORE's (R-Ohio) tenure is the limited opportunities to amend legislation on the floor.

Gohmert addressed his vote last week against Boehner for a third term as Speaker at the end of an hourlong speech to an empty House chamber, as his Republican colleagues boarded buses to the annual GOP policy retreat in Hershey, Pa.


"The vote's behind us. It's done. The Speaker was reelected. But one of the big concerns I had has not gone away and it still needs to be addressed," Gohmert said.

The Texas Republican noted that House Democrats originally set a record for the number of bills brought to the floor without any chance to offer amendments from 2007 to 2010 when now-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) served as Speaker. But the House GOP broke that record in the last Congress.

"It breaks my heart that under the current Speaker, a new record broke Nancy Pelosi's record of more bills brought to the floor with no amendments allowed," Gohmert said. "That's got to change."

Gohmert said a Boehner supporter this week gave him a quote from a book that he said summed up his feelings.

"No matter how the espousal of a lost cause might hurt his prestige in the House, Zimmer had never hesitated to identify himself with it if it seemed to him to be right. He knew only two ways, the right one and the wrong one. And if he sometimes made a mistake, it was never one of honor. He voted as he believed he should and although sometimes his voice was raised alone on one side of a question, it was never stilled," Gohmert read from "The Lion's Den."

Twenty-five Republicans voted for candidates for Speaker other than Boehner. Gohmert voted for himself in the Speaker election and picked up two other votes from Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Randy Weber (R-Texas).

"There were 24 such people that spoke [last] week. And I hope they will be honored and not belittled," Gohmert said.

Two Florida Republicans who voted against Boehner, Reps. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rich Nugent (R-Fla.), were kicked off the House Rules Committee, which determines how legislation is considered on the floor. Weber also claimed leadership prevented him from introducing a bill regarding low-dose radiation research after he announced his support for Gohmert.