The Obama administration is guilty of "Chicago thuggery" in its shutting of national monuments, which cost the government more closed than they do open, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas says.
"We've got inquiries . . . to find out how much did you spend to close down open-air monuments and parks and roads that you don't spend a dime of money on," Gohmert, a Republican, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"But we know he is willing to spend money just to inflict hurt . . . and it has more to do with Chicago thuggery. You know, Al Capone was willing to make people hurt if they didn't go along with the proposals," he said Tuesday.
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Gohmert scoffed at Obama's demand for a clean continuing resolution spending bill that does not include any concessions involving the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which Republicans want to see delayed for a year.
"There's no such thing as a clean CR. We know there are vast amounts of waste, fraud and abuse every year," he said. "And so, for the president to demand you give me my big sack of cash, you don't put any requirements on it, as the Constitution says – we're supposed to decide what we fund, what we do not fund.
"He just wants his big sack of cash. And forget the Constitution . . . Well, the Constitution attaches strings. But there's plenty of pork, there's plenty of lard. There is no such thing as a clean CR. It will be a dirty, nasty, porkified budget or appropriation, and so we have an obligation to try to do what we can to cut some of the waste, fraud and abuse."
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