Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the government shutdown:

“Last night the Senate Democrats, led by Senator Schumer, shut down the government. This disastrous move creates horrid anxiety for our heroes in harm’s way serving us around the world. Now they may be wondering whether their families will have money to buy groceries, or for some, even prevent their car from being repossessed because of missed payments. They deserve better.

The unnecessary shutdown is caused for one reason: The Senate Democrats believe that the people who came here illegally are more deserving of amnesty than the people legally here are of having federal services and of our military and federal employees are of being paid.

Congressional Democrats have made clear that they believe they’ll be rewarded with the majority in Congress if they create a shutdown to demand an amnesty for those here illegally, regardless of who suffers because of their political tactics. Simply put— this is an amnesty shutdown.

On behalf of our nation’s military, I have filed again in this session of Congress a bill that would ensure that any time there is a federal sunset, the military pay continues without any stoppage or slow down. We have assets to do that and it absolutely should be done. The bill is H.R. 2166 and is called the ASAP Act, which stands for Armed Services Always Paid. It puts their pay on automatic pilot so when they are in life or death situations fighting for our country, they do not have to be distracted by whether or not their loved ones will have money that month.

As public servants, we take an oath to defend the constitution, not to assault the clear meaning in violation. It is an incredible irony that people who felt the need to flee their country due to lawlessness that hurts their opportunities come to the United States and demand that we not follow the law here, which would ultimately make us like the country they felt the need to flee. Former President Reagan said, ‘America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.’ If we do that, there is no light on a hilltop that is extinguished.

I have remained resolute: Once the wall is built where it is needed and the border is finally secure, then we can work out an agreement about those who are here. Until the border is secure, each amnesty will create new surges that will require bigger amnesties more often until America really is indistinguishable from other lawless countries. The one country that gives hope to most of the world will be gone. We have an obligation to our oath and that inures to the benefit of the world.

If the American public makes clear to Senate Democrats that they want the Senators to keep their oath and represent those who elected them, then and only then, the pay for our military and the services for Americans will restart.

The one bright spot different from the last shutdown is that we currently have a President who is not seeking to cause as much suffering to our veterans and the American people as our last one did. That former President ordered violations of the law that required that if a memorial or facility requires more money to shutdown than it does to leave it open, it is to be left open. President Trump is following that law, so the World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, and all the others are open. President Trump is doing all he can to minimize any problems the shutdown may create for Americans. As the person who went to the World War II Memorial with cutters to cut what was necessary and move the barricades, and actually did so after asking for Reps Steve King and Steve Palazzo.

It was an awesome sight to see all the faces of all the vets as we moved the barricades and the wheelchairs rolled in with the bagpipe player accompanying them. Though we have a President that would never harm or unnecessarily inconvenience our veterans and military, we need some Senators to follow the President’s example.”