Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-TX), clearly frustrated with the lack of progress by the Republican Party to fulfill key campaign promises, like repealing Obamacare, said on the House floor Thursday that there aren’t too many people in Congress with brains and therefore the outlook for passing tax reform, which he says should be a “no-brainer,” may not get done even with the Republican majorities and with a Republican president.
“We didn’t pass that [Obamacare repeal], so maybe we won’t do their tax reform package like we’re working on,” Rep. Gohmert said, sounding a bit depressed. “It takes a lot of work to pass a major reform like we did on Obamacare. It takes even more work, perhaps, to do a significant tax reform package, where it becomes simplified,” he admitted.
On Wednesday, several leading conservative groups called for all of GOP Senate leadership to resign over their lack of progress in keeping several key campaign promises. A letter signed by by Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, Adam Brandon, president of FreedomWorks, Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, David Bozell, president of ForAmerica and Richard Viguerie, a political direct mail pioneer, urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky, Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, Roy Blunt (Missouri) and John Thune (South Dakota) to resign.
“You and the rest of your leadership team were given the majority because you pledged to stop the steady flow of illegal immigration,” the letter states. “You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce the size of this oppressive federal government. You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce, and ultimately eliminate the out-of-control deficit spending that is bankrupting America. You have done nothing. You promised to repeal Obamacare, ‘root and branch.’ You have done nothing. You promised tax reform. You have done nothing,” the leading conservatives charged.
“People pay less tax,” Congressman Gohmert said about President Trump’s tax reform proposal. “The economy explodes. You would think it would be a no-brainer but apparently, there are too many people up here with no brains and it’s not getting done. So we co— we do have to do that. We promised we would. We’ve got to do it for the sake of the economy that will make people’s lives so much better,” he said to his colleagues.