Rep. Gohmert Endorses Defunding Automatic Obamacare Spending

By Matt Cover | April 4, 2011 | 4:33 AM EDT

Editor's note: After this story was published, Rep. Gohmert (R-Texas) sent a statement to to clarify his position on defunding Obamacare through a continuing resolution. He said, “It is vital that rescinding the $105 billion already appropriated to implement Obamacare be a part of any bill that funds the government through the end of the year. In the video interview appearing on, I indicated that there were a number of ways to do it, and should have indicated that any of them should be part of whatever law funds the government through the end of the year. Jack Kingston’s approach -- spelled out in a bill that we have filed -- still needs to be included as a part of the continuing resolution in order to stop the bleeding of that sore as quickly as possible.  There are some other approaches to stopping the funding but they all still need to be done as quickly as possible since the billions of dollars are being spent even now, and that means doing it in the Continuing Resolution.”

( – Representative Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) said the $105.5 billion in automatic spending in the health reform law must be shut off, but he stressed that it was better to do so through a stand-alone bill, not with the continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded for a few weeks at a time.

Speaking to reporters at a Tea Party rally on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Gohmert was asked whether some policy amendments added to the CR, known as riders and favored by House Republicans, were negotiable. The House and Senate leadership is trying to work out a deal to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends in September. asked Gohmert whether defunding the automatic spending in Obamacare was negotiable for him and whether he would vote for a continuing resolution that didn’t rescind the spending. He said the defunding needed to happen but that it could be done as a stand-alone measure.

“There are different ways to do that,” Gohmert said. “Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) came up with a great approach that simply does what should have been done.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

Gohmert explained that Rep. Kingston’s bill would cancel any further automatic spending and rescind unspent money that has already been appropriated.

“It will cancel those post-dated checks and it actually cancels anything that hasn’t already been spent and will require for the future, future Congresses to actually appropriate the money,” said Gohmert.

Kingston’s bill, introduced on Mar. 30, is cosponsored by Gohmert and Rep. Michelle Bahcmann (R-Minn.) and would cancel all future automatic spending, require that funding for such programs be part of the regular appropriations process, and rescind any unspent funds.