January 5, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding his vote against U.S. House Resolution 11 and the bill (H.R. 311) he introduced today in Congress which would withhold any and all funds from the United Nations until United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, regarding Israel’s Settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, is repealed in its entirety:
“Today we voted on U.S. House Resolution 11 that directly undermines Israel’s right to self-defense and supports Israel giving up land under circumstances that are not applied to other nations in the U.N. We should have simply condemned the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in our resolution, but instead our bill included language the U.S. should not support.”
“In four places the resolution demanded a ‘two-state solution’ which would require the dividing of Israel. Even beyond the governmental and foreign policy concerns, the vote has eternal consequences for anyone who believes in the Bible. Since I have taken an oath to defend and protect the United States, I cannot support my nation’s demanding Israel give up land that was promised to and occupied by the children of Israel thousands of years ago.”
“Additionally, before I voted on U.S. House Resolution 11 today, I have filed today a bill that would force the suspension of any payments whatsoever by the United States to the United Nations or any of its associated agencies or entities, until U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 is rescinded or withdrawn by the U.N. Security Council. Unlike the resolution we voted on today, my bill has teeth and shows actual support for Israel.”
Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas, and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals. He knows well the capabilities of the government.