Gohmert to Have Oversight of BLM


From Breitbart Texas:

U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert leaves a Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington

U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) was appointed chairman of the House Subcommittee for Natural Resources Oversight and Investigations. This subcommittee has, among other responsibilities, oversight of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Gohmert received the committee chairmanship despite his recent historic challenge to House Speaker John Boehner earlier this month.

“It is an absolute privilege to represent the Lone Star State, more specifically east Texas, in the capacity of subcommittee chairman of such a relevant and responsible subcommittee,” Chairman Gohmert told Breitbart Texas. “This administration has hindered the United States’ ability to produce and manage our own vast resources, but I am really looking forward to helping the federal government become more responsible.”

“I expect our committee to hold bureaucrats accountable for the malaise and crony capitalism that have left so many people out of work and prices of energy so unnecessarily high. The American people deserve answers and I look forward to getting them,” the Chairman said.

The Natural Resources Committee has oversight of the Department of Interior, which includes: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, National Park Service , Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey.

During the summer of 2014, the Bureau of Land Management announced a study that could mean the loss of up to 90,000 acres of land privately owned by Texas farmers and ranchers along the Red River boundary between Texas and Oklahoma. Then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz strongly objected to the BLM’s actions and demanded answers to a series of questions as was previously reported by Breitbart Texas. This issue is still in dispute and Gohmert’s appointment could play a significant role in moving the issue forward.

“The First Congressional District of Texas is not only rich in natural resources; it is the number one natural gas producing district in Texas, and I am proud to represent east Texas in this capacity in the U.S. Congress,” Gohmert said in a press release obtained by Breitbart Texas. “In this new role as the Natural Resources Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman, I plan to hold this administration’s feet to the fire for the good of every household in America. This economy is ready to do amazing things if we loosen the death grip that this administration has had by using over 70,000 pages of new regulations each year.”

“The Natural Resources Committee is blessed to be under the professorial leadership of Rob Bishop (R-UT),” the Chairman continued. “I issued a statement shortly after the November election supporting Rob as chairman because he has extraordinary insights and knowledge about our nation’s resources. He has my complete respect, and I am honored to work with him as his subcommittee chairman during this crucial time in our history.

“Other Congress members have mentioned that bureaucrats at the E.P.A., Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, and related bureaucracies are not likely going to be excited about having to be accountable and testify before me and my committee,” Gohmert concluded. “Personally, I very much look forward to it myself.”


bundy ranchI’m also looking forward to it, although I doubt Harry Reid feels the same way. Or more in particular his son Rory who’s been busy making deals with Chinese solar companies and in the process buying up government land for pennies on the dollar. We shall see where Gohmert goes with this and hopefully there will be more changes to post about in the coming months – changes that are positive for the American people.

On another note, it’s somewhat surprising to see Gohmert get this position since he didn’t vote for Boehner as Speaker. Is it possible Boehner didn’t hold a grudge and is now leaning a little more to the right than usual? Time will tell on this one as well.

Maybe now cattle ranchers will be left in peace.


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13 Responses to Gohmert to Have Oversight of BLM

  1. tannngl says:

    I’m surprised too, Kathy, that Gohmert got this position since he actually ran for Speaker against Boehner. Very surprised.
    But notice who gave the rebuttal last night to the SOTU. Joni Earnst. Now this.
    I think the GOP is trying to at least look like it’s reaching out to the true conservative part of their party…maybe.

    Thanks for this information. Good piece.

  2. Hardnox says:

    Ditto here on the surprise. Boehner doesn’t need any more enemies. I’ll be curious to learn what Gohmert will do. He certainly will be a bulldog.

  3. captbogus2 says:

    I couldn’t have picked a better choice.

  4. CW says:

    Gohmert seems like a good man and the best we can hope for these days, absent much hope for restoring the Constitution, is to at least see good people in charge. Maybe if he keeps all the bureaucrats from these departments busy testifying before congress they’ll have less time to do their damage.

    • Kathy says:

      It’s a shame our government can’t be trusted to do their jobs correctly and need oversight and all it entails, period. Lucky for us we have guys like Gohmert ready to dig into it.

    • upaces88 says:

      He is a good man. I hope to hell he stands strong.

  5. I.R. Wayright says:

    Start selling off government land back to the people. Or give it back if it was stolen. Put the money towards deficit reduction.

  6. Clyde says:

    Count me stunned. Boehner is as petulant a prick as is Obama. Let us hope when Louie gets too close to the fire, Boehner doesn’t piss him out with the “leave it Louie” orders.

  7. Garnet92 says:

    That’s one of the two things that Boehner has right done lately. The other was inviting Bibi Netanyahu to meet with Congress without consulting with or even notifying the Odumbass administration (and they’re pissed!).