Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Friday teed off on President Barack Obama for seizing power from Congress and essentially writing his own immigration law, and said Obama did so by speaking a law into existence.
"This president didn't even have the gumption to write an executive order and sign it," Gohmert said on the House floor. "He spoke his new amnesty law into being, and then [Homeland Security Secretary] Jeh Johnson did a memo."
Gohmert was speaking just before the House was preparing to take a series of votes on a three week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. That bill has been tied up in the fight over Obama's immigration plan.
But he was just warming up.
"That took the power of Congress away from us," Gohert shouted. "So the question on acting responsibly is, do we make that message clear: we're not having laws spoken into being in this country, and having some bureaucrat, unelected, come around with a memo that undoes laws by different Congresses all these years, signed by different presidents."
"With a memo?! Come on!" he concluded.
If the House can pass the three-week bill, the Senate is expected to quickly pass it tonight. But it will set in motion another fight in March over how to fund DHS, and whether any language can be in that bill that defunds or otherwise mitigates Obama's executive action.