Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today after the Gohmert-Landry-Rigell-Duncan-Barletta amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act was adopted by a vote of 243-173.
"It's a good day --seeing that the Gohmert-Landry-Rigell-Duncan-Barletta amendment was adopted in the House. Supported by the House Armed Services Committee and the Heritage Foundation, the adoption of this amendment is a great victory for the Constitution and all American citizens. It insures that nothing in the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) would any longer allow a President, executive branch agent or the judiciary to treat a person lawfully in the United States with any less than all of his or her rights possessed before the 2001 AUMF and the NDAA that amended it.
In opposition to the competing Smith/Amash amendment, which granted foreign terrorists or foreign soldiers rights our own military do not have, the Gohmert-Landry-Rigell-Duncan-Barletta amendment's approach is the better option. This amendment protects our constitutional rights; however, it does not grant them to foreign terrorists, who have been fighting for a decade to tear this great document apart."
Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.