Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) wants the GOP-controlled House to defund the White House, the Attorney General of the United States and "anything that the president cares deeply about."
During an interview with the conspiracy website WorldNet Daily, Rep. Gohmert called for all of this defunding in response to President Obama possibly using an executive order to help reform immigration, which House Republicans have not voted on for over a year (audio below).
“I would greatly prefer Congress actually do something. I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing,” President Obama said on June 30, CBS News notes.
"The Founders gave us the power of the purse," Rep. Gohmert stated, according to RightWingWatch.org. "It’s going to take a lot of courage to stand up to the president and say, ‘We’re going to start defunding anything that you care deeply about that’s not important to the American people. We’re going to start defunding the Attorney General’s office.'
"We’ve got a bill that would actually, and we’ve been pushing to get this into an appropriations package, it says anybody that’s in contempt of Congress can’t be paid their salary," Rep. Gohmert added. "We need to do that, we need to start eliminating money for any agency, including the White House, that is not following the law and then you get their attention. That’s what the Founders anticipated."
Talking Points Memo notes that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) also called for defunding the White House back in June (video below).
"What we should do right now is defund the executive branch when we have the option," Rep. Bachmann told Fox News host Neil Cavuto. "Cut it. Make it hurt. Because if they don't have money, they won't have power."
Cavuto fired back, "Defund? Think about what you're saying. Defund the executive branch. Congresswoman! If Democrats had said we're going to defund President Bush, you would have laughed them out. So you should have been. Acting Democrats would be in their right mind to laugh you out now."