On Tuesday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) introduced an amendment to the continuing resolution bill that would prohibit public funds being used to transport the president to or from a golf course until public White House tours resume, Keith Koffler reported at the White House Dossier.
The administration said Tuesday it was canceling all public tours of the White House starting Mar. 9 due to sequestration.
But Gohmert said it was just part of the administration's strategy to inflict pain on the American people.
The amendment simply states:
"None of the funds made available by a division of this act may be used to transport the president to or from a golf course until public tours of the White House resume."
"Gohmert cited an estimate by Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, that 341 federal employees could have avoided being furloughed had Obama not traveled to Florida for a three-day golf extravaganza," Koffler wrote.
In a statement released by his office, Gohmert excoriated the administration for its handling of the sequester.
"Now," Gohmert said, "his administration has released arrested criminal suspects, is threatening to furlough or cut law enforcement, not protect our border, leave our military in harm’s way without adequate support, cut out vaccinations to children, fire teachers they do not even hire, and now pull FAA personnel from 168 airports –all to punish the country. We have never had an American administration intentionally try to do this much damage to American lives as part of a tantrum demanding more money for government. This is a very serious and sad time for America.”
Koffler said the amendment is "unlikely" to be passed into law because GOP lawmakers are moving the bill through the House without amendments and the continuing resolution is "is likely to come to a vote in the House today."
According to ObamaGolfCounter.com, the president has enjoyed 115 rounds of golf since his first day in office.
Gohmert's statement on the floor of the House can be seen here.
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