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Congressman Offers Amendment Defunding Obama’s Golf

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) introduced an amendment to the fast-moving continuing resolution spending bill that would bar funding for President Obama’s golf outings until the White House reopens for public tours.

Gohmert, who announced his amendment from the floor of the House, said Americans, whether Republicans or Democrats, will be greatly disappointed to come to Washington and not be able to get their tours of the White House. Many tours are planned well in advance.

The amendment 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.

“Perhaps, quitting furloughing all these federal employees, we’ll be able to get the Democrats and Republicans across America (and) people that don’t even have a Party because they’re just Americans – they’ll be able to get their tour of the White House and all it will cost is one or two golf trips less,” Gohmert said.

The amendment is unlikely to become law anytime soon, though because Republicans are moving the continuing resolution – which will fund the government at current levels through the rest of the fiscal year – without amendments. The “CR” is likely to come to a vote in the House today.

H/T to Pete Kasperowicz at The Hill’s Floor Action Blog.

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310 Responses to Congressman Offers Amendment Defunding Obama’s Golf

  1. How about ban funding of ALL the extravagant, money wasting vacations the Obama’s have been engaging in, without condition and without an expiration date. Then keep the ban in place for all future presidents. The amount of money taxpayers waste on pampering this wanna-be royal family is staggering and completely unacceptable!

  2. Obama wants only for Americans to suffer so that he can blame Republicans. He doesn’t plan to sacrifice anything. The only sacrifice he wants is the one he imposes on this country’s citizens. It’s the first time in history an American president has pushed for the pain and suffering of its citizens.

  3. I think the President should be limited in how many vacations he can take and how many trips unless they are truely for governement business. And if they are for government business they must mett the same requirements set for general business expenses. I do believe he is using our money as though it is his personal wealth instead of the wealth of the United States Government and the citizens of the country.

    • Along with Saddam, Adolph, Benito, Idi, Mohhamar, Uncle Joe, Mao et al. They can work together shoveling sheets against the wind.

      • The above reply comment belongs a bit higher as a reply to A.Men. Sorry about that, but the program doesn’t seem to allow corrections.

  4. Yes..his junkets and his family cost the US TAXPAYER millions per year. In addition, The WH budget costs the US TAXPAYER over $1 billion per year to operate. We pay for their temporary government housing and this should never be closed to the public. They could stop the renovation of the WH to save money for the taxpayers..stop shuffling the odumbers behinds around on golf and ski outings, vacations and the tours of the late night/daytime shows..oh yes!!! The champion of the poor..the downtrodden…and they cut WH TOURS? I just wonder when their next vacation begins on our dime and how will they justify closing the WH tours while they are beyond extravagant in their daily life.

  5. This is another case of stupid congresscritters not knowing the Constitution. Outside the presidential salary, the US and individual states are barred from providing the president ANY emoluments. No vacations. No golfing. No food. Nada. ALL those costs are to be born by the president out of his salary. And there is absolutlely no provision in the Constitution to provide the first lady with ANYTHING AT ALL, No perks. No funds. No cooks. No staff. Again nada.

    So Congress should eliminate ALL the emoluments simply because it is right and legal. The president is not king. The president is NOT our leader. Read the Constitution and you will see that the position is more akin to being head butler. Congress is the president’s boss. They CAN fire him. It’s called impeachment. The president cannot remove a single Congresscritter.

    Our last honorable President was George W., Washington that is. He wanted no salary but did accept it when told he had to. He paid for his own living quarters in Philly.

  6. The White House tours are not technically cancelled. You can still get in for $500,000. It’s called a Sequester Special and given personally by the president.

  7. They should never never be able to close the white house. That is the People’s house not the governments house…Let’s cap the trips on Air Force One and their vacations before they are allowed to touch the public tourist places

  8. It seems that the Chamber of Commerce might want to object to closing the White House tours.After all, these tours are one of the major reasons tourists and their familie$ come to Washington.

  9. Good for you Louie,at least someone is doing something about this absurd nonsense.There is no budget cut,this is a curtailment on the proposed spending for the year.I would love to see an actual cut across the board from last years spending.Obama has still not presented a budget,they have been running this continuous resolution boondoggle for the last four years and not a peep from the MSM,Surprise,surprise!

  10. With this administration North is South and East is West. The lies are numerous, constant and up unitl now, have been repeated unchallenged by what can only be described as the Potemkin Media. Wake up America, the fundamental change Obama promised is the same workers paradise envisioned by Marx; a utopian pipedream that requires you to give up your liberty so that government masterminds can plan, arrange and tell you how to live.

  11. Funny how it always comes down to either the disabled kids or the autistic kids when saving money comes out of obama’s mouth… never… and I mean NEVER… what can HE do to help save money? How about it’s either the $7 million in obama family vacays or the disabled kids??? That shows exactly how out of touch and willing he is to lie to get his way. Given the need to save money, and the willingness of obama to hurt and cheat American families to get his selfish ways, this sounds like one hell of a solid resolution. Golfing with Tiger during times like this… what a damn joke. “It’s either Tiger or the autistic kids… Tiger it is!” And that is the damn truth of the matter.

  12. A point of information, all tour guides for White House tours are volunteers! I haven’t heard one commentator say this…Rep. Louis Gomert should make this clear to the public, that there is no reason to suspend the WH tours but to only infuriate the public against the Republicans…but the word is now out…Please pass this information on Thank you

  13. Why are we spending so much money on Homeland securities private army.
    Why do they need 1.6 billion rounds of ammo and 7000 automatic rifles? What is the purpose of these brown shirt armies,forget about white house tours be concerened about America.I forgot to mention their recent purchase of light tanks.

    • Remember when Obama said he wanted a civilian forece that was as powerful as our military? With a civilian force he can choose the make-up and it will be those who think like he does. Get prepaired.

      Regan was an actor that became President.
      Obama is a president that became a actor.

      NEVER expect a democrat to tell the truth.

  14. Public tours of the White House are CANCELLED.
    These SELF-GUIDED tours WERE available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fridays, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays

  15. There is NOBODY at the wheel. They are concerned with golf outings, tours, global warming more amnesty and repressing the people. If only Romney were in office. I wept when he lost because there is no hope now. I cannot believe the stupidity of our fellow citizens. The truth is, there are not enough of us who care about the country anymore to elect a good president and what we have now is probably going to be the way it is, a dictator doing terrible things to this country and in the end dying with billions in the bank. Evidence Obama’s separate vacations to mingle with elites at private golf outings with the cheating porn solicitor and FL going to the most pretentious, expensive ski resort, Aspen no less, with entourage. So in your face. I have no problem doing either of these things, but in the face of the worst economy in decades and the pressing issues at hand it does send a let them eat cake message.

  16. That jerk shouldn’t get a dime of taxpayer money for these golf outings, he should have to pay out of his scummy muslim socialist pocket!

  17. I suggest that the Obama Family give the tours. If the first lady would stay off the campaign trail (does she think we are stupid?), she could give tours. Or better just, he could give the tours, he doesn’t do anything anyway, at least he will be working for the salary we pay him.

    The tours are given by volunteers anyway, so more more Obama lies!

    • “I suggest that the Obama Family give the tours”.

      Who would want to follow Moochelle’s big butt around?

      Regan was an actor that became President.
      Obama is a president that became a actor.

      NEVER expect a democrat to tell the truth.

  18. I love what you have under you picture i.e. I write this because power demands accountability. Wish all news people and commentators agreed.

  19. Now, we all would have been better off if the the transportation to DC would have been de-funded for GOP representatives from ALL states.

  20. He doesn’t know how it works. It’s ok to admit when you don’t know fact. It’s amazing how liberals even with fact still spew out info as it was fact and believe it.

  21. They ALL play golf- every single president. It’s better that Obama should be out playin golf than dreaming up new ways to wreck the country.

  22. This is really just the beginning of the 2014 campaign. Consider that the Obama machine is still collecting contributions only to help win a majority in the House so that he can push through his remaining agenda. (energy, guns, immigration….) It’s all political strategy because they know the voting population and MSM will only focus on the topics that are given to them. Most American are like sheep and will follow each other into a slaughter house because they don’t know better.

  23. It’s a vast understatement to say that many tours are planned in advance. In fact, all tours are planned at least six months in advance unless someone in the WH gets a special exemption. Secret Service requires background information on anyone getting tour tickets for the WH at least 6 months in advance. Ask your senator to get you tickets and you’ll find out.

  24. It is time for the House of Represenatives to grow some Kahunas and defund the government until a budget is passed……..We the people have a right to know where our tax dollars are going……..How can they say they are serious, when 85 billion in forced cuts is offset by Stupid spending multi bilions on 2700 tanks for homeland stupidity, and another 50 million for TSAtrocity new uniforms at 1000 per employee, then add the phoney foreign aide of 200 million more to Egypt and another 15 million to Pakistan. Add to that the continuing spending by FEMA under homeland stupidity for ARMED first responders, detention..opps…I mean residential centers, and intelligence gathering fusion centers.

  25. Not a bad idea. However while at it, we should de-fund all funding to congress until there is a balanced budget and a schedule of debt repayment.

  26. Welcome to the first administration to put their own political welfare ahead of that of the country and it’s people. If this corrupt bunch can’t continue to con the majority of un/misinformed Americans, they have a back up plan. It’s 2 billion rounds of hollow point ammunition, the reclassification of anyone who believes that the constitution actually means what it says into a class called “domestic terrorists”, 2700 light tanks just purchased for use on American soil, drones for American skies and a completely corrupt attorney general who just stated that it would be legal to use the drones to bomb Americans on American soil without trial or even charges, regardless of anything the constitution may say to the contrary.It’s 1984 in 2013.

  27. I think they should also put forth an amendment to stop all the lavish vacations. Barry likes to live the life of Riley while he makes us suffer and someone needs to put a stop to it.

  28. Maybe some responsible, enterprising person with REAL media clout suggest that the Obama’s follow their comrades lead regarding sequester
    See:
    China’s politicos pare the pomp: No more lobster
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_POMP_LESS_POLITICS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-03-06-06-22-46

    ATTENTION Barack Obama! Your Communist brethren want to help you with your many shortcomings…
    China’s Leader Urges the US to Maintain Stable Dollar Rate
    http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20110117000089&cid=1101

    Obama Family’s Pricey Vacations are Gaining International Attention
    http://www.hawaiireporter.com/obama-familys-pricey-vacations-are-gaining-international-attention/123

    Michelle Obama’s Trips Cost Taxpayers $1 Million
    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obama-vacation-taxpayer-cost/2012/07/19/id/445913/

    President Obama’s Lavish Vacations Are Under Scrutiny Again
    http://news.yahoo.com/president-obamas-lavish-vacations-under-scrutiny-again-153900010.html

    Obama’s isle vacation will be expensive
    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/16327452/obamas-isle-vacation-will-be-expensive

    and on and on and on…..

    Petition the White House and put up petitions to sequester tax paid, lavish, insulting personal expenses. Americans who are scraping to survive, are forced to pay for this abusive, irresponsible, in your face, despotic waste.
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/

    Michelle Obama Shoes; http://www.stylebistro.com/Michelle+Obama/Shoes
    The only difference between Michelle Obama, Marie Antoinette and Imelda Marcos is….??