Texas Republican to Boehner: 'Quit Believing the President'

By Eric Scheiner | July 13, 2011 | 12:31 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) advised House Speaker John Boehner to “quit believing the president” when he insists that the debt ceiling must be increased by August 2nd.

 At a press conference this afternoon, Gohmert was asked whether he believes President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) when they say that the nation will face a financial crisis if the debt ceiling is not raised August 2nd.

“You all suggested that there were issues that maybe the people advising the president weren’t necessarily telling the truth. ...Do you think that the Speaker of the House - and I would like to ask all three of you on this – is not telling the truth? He said twice on Monday that he believes that the United States has to increase the debt limit by August second,” a reporter asked.

“The Speakers’ getting bad advice,” Gohmert replied. “I guess the problem with the Speaker and him saying that is, he believed the president and I will encourage the Speaker not to believe the president anymore, when the president says things like that. Because the fact is if he’ll do his homework he’ll find there is such a thing called the Social Security Trust fund, and the Social Security Trust fund will be able to pay seniors their checks for many months to come even if Congress does nothing.”

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas)

Gohmert then added, “So I would encourage our Speaker quit believing the president when he uses these scare tactics. There’s money there regardless of what we do and the seniors will be taken care of. That’s why it’s dishonest.”


Gohmert joined Representatives Steve King (R-Iowa) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Tuesday in introducing legislation that seeks to ensure that the federal government prioritizes payments to members of the Armed Forces in the event the U.S. reaches the debt limit.

The Payment Reliability for our Obligations to Military and Investors to Secure Essential Stability Act, would set payment of military salaries and payment of principal and interest on publicly-held debt as the top priorities if the debt limit is reached.

Eric Scheiner
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