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Louie Gohmert

  • TX01
  • Representative

Serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert proudly represents the First District of Texas.


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Petitioning Wyndham Hotels Worldwide

Require all MLTS/PBX Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town. Her estranged husband ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone. She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911. We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location or from any MLTS/PBX system be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance. We pray the lawmakers in our Congress and Senate hear the cries of Kari and her children and enact a law requiring all hotel and motel chains, including all "Mom & Pop" locations have all phone systems updated to E911 systems. These systems allow the 911 call to automatically connect to a 911 operator without having to dial a "9" in order to get an outside line. Total E911 fees/funds collected from the use of telephones in the United States was $2,322,983,616.36 in 2012. Total amount spent for E911 or 911 enhancements in the United States was $97,367,543.46 leaving $2,225,616,072.90 un spent. Where is this money? Some states such as Illinois, has diverted monies from the collection of E911 fees to it's general fund therefore being spent on who knows what. The money is there, it's being collected by who? THE GOVERNMENT! It's being spent on very little E911 functionality or just sitting there. Why?  WE ask that Wyndham Hotels, which is the parent company of Baymont Inns and Suites where this incident occured, lead the way in the industry by updating the antiquated phone systems still used in some of their hotels. Sadly though, 9 months later we have heard nothing from the Wyndham Corporation, however, the Marriott International Corporation has mandated to all franchise hotels under the Marriott brand to update their systems to be direct dial 911. Can you you guess what hotel we will be using from now on will be? That's right , MARRIOTT! Seconds count and when a 9 year old little girl is mature enough and brave enough to attempt to dial for help, she should be answered. When that child dialed 911 she should have heard, "911, what is your emergency?" Instead she heard static. We understand the cost implications (which in most cases is very minimal or free) and know that E911 has been a requirement for a few years, but only a handful of states require it. Why? Money is collected from every citizen that uses a phone but it's the citizen that is NOT benefiting from the collection of these funds. We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed. We also ask that such law(s) prohibit excessive charges for doing this update, in most cases it is simply a series of buttons from a keyboard that will solve the problem. Please help make this "Kari's Law". I've waited 2 1/2 years to ask this.... May 30, 2016 — While testifying before Congress was nerve-wracking, wondering what will happen when they vote on Monday the 23rd and what may happen in the Senate is worse. We need to make sure ALL members of Congress are informed correctly and by experts in the field. We need to educate the public about the pitfalls with 9-1-1 and ensure these citizens contact their Representative. This takes funds and the No 9 Needed Foundation can use all the help it can get. After more than two years, the expense is beginning to take its toll. As a 501(c)3 Non-profit you can rest assured your donations are used wisely and in the most effective way. Visit nonineneeded.com to donate or just to learn more information, we want to continue to make a difference and can really use your help. We DO NOT want another child to seek help and find that the lessons she learned were worthless at certain places. You can also contact The No 9 Needed Foundation at no9needed@gmail.com

550,580 supporters
Petitioning Luis Gutierrez, Chuck Grassley, Pete King, Patrick Leahy, Trey Gowdy, Dick Durbin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer, Steve Chabot, Darrell Issa, Louie Gohmert

Make it a Federal Crime to Murder any Police Officer in the U.S. including Puerto Rico

In the past few years their's been this mindset that has taken over this country where people feel it's ok to attack police officers and assassinate them and this presents a clear and present danger to the safety of the public. We call on the federal government to pass legislation making it a federal crime to murder a law enforcement officer. The murder of a federal law enforcement officer or even a K9 and Horse working with a federal LEO agency is already a federal offense. The cold blooded assassinations of NYPD Detectives Rafael Ramos, Wen Jian Liu, Brain Moore, Sheriff Darren Goforth, Sergeant Miguel Perez-Rios and countless others in our country calls for changes in the law. We will not tolerate the murder of law enforcement officers and these cop-killers need to know they will receive the ultimate penalty. We can't leave the states to prosecute these cases since some have banned the death penalty. We are asking our elected officials and the people of our great country who support law enforcement to join us in calling for the enactment of legislation to make it a federal crime to kill a law enforcement officer.

9,929 supporters
Petitioning Congress, Scott Garrett, Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdy, John Boehner, Mike Conaway, Doug Collins, Charlie Dent, Stephen Fincher, Louie Gohmert, Virginia Foxx, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Tom Cotton, Bob Corker, ...

Stop Syrian refugees from invading America.

WARNING! America is facing the biggest terrorists threat our nation has ever seen. ISIS claims they have Infiltrated Syrian refugees and will continue this method of jihad to destroy America! The Obama administration is planning on taking in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. Americans do not want Syrian refugees. This is a direct threat to the United States of America. There is no way to effectively screen all of these refugees. This is pure insanity and a sure fire way to fill our country with Islamic extremists. Our national debt is almost 20 trillion now. We can not afford this. Fight the terrorists on their own soil. Not here in our own back yards. Americans do not feel safe anymore. Stop any deals or negotiations to accept refugees! Do not allow anymore people in our country from terrorist hotbeds!

5,049 supporters
Petitioning Rand Paul, Justin Amash, Ted Cruz, Thomas Massie, Theodore Yoho, Mike Lee, Jody Hice, Louie Gohmert, Scott Garrett, Mark Sanford, Ron Johnson, Alex Mooney, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney, Jim Jordan, Th...

Save Net Radio! We Need Your Help To Petition Congress. 100,000+ Stations Will Perish!

SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!   SAVENETRADIO 3.0 Just before the holiday break 2015 the CRB (Copyright Royalty Board) made a decision on new royalty rates for all U.S. based webcasters that helped the BIG webcaster and eliminates the small webcaster. Prior to this decision there was a special CONGRESSIONAL LAW titled the "Small Webcasters Agreement of 2009" or SWA which made these ridiculously expensive royalty fees affordable to the small webcaster and kept innovative programmers and new emerging artists on the air. (The SWA expired on Jan, 1 2016 at midnight ) They are now being SHUT DOWN by the tens of thousands.. Nearly 100,000 small webcasters will go off the air without YOUR help!   Update: live365.com is already closed down. With this new ruling by the CRB there was NO provision for small webcasters and the prognosis is not good for about 100,000 United States small internet stations. The old rates under the Small Webcasters Agreement of 2009 (set by congress) were adequate, as long as you didn't make over $1.25 million a year and had less than 5 million listener hours monthly. These NEW rates, albeit lower ( for the BIG BOYS ), apply to everyone and there is NO provision for the small webcaster. These new rates are effective January 1 2016, but we can change this if we act NOW!  Here's how this insane system works: The new royalty rates apply to EVERY COMMERCIAL BROADCASTER at .0017 per performance. If you had 1000 listeners on at all times, each song would cost you $1.70 to play. If you play 15 songs an hour, the royalties alone are $25.50 an HOUR! That's $612.00 per DAY and $223,380.00 per year. Here's the reality: In stream advertising rates are currently $1.69 per thousand impressions. That means if there are 1000 people on line and hear an ad (commercial), you make a whopping $1.69 (less 60%). That is the "going rate" nationwide. With 8 commercials an hour, (we will use 1000 listeners as a basis here).  and 1000 listeners plus a 100% "fill rate" (meaning all 1000 listeners receive an ad), you would make $13.52 an hour, less 60% commission leaving $8.11 net revenue per hour.  It doesn't add up and it's designed that way: Net Income is $8.11 minus SoundExchange royalties $25.50 = ($17.39) That is negative income of ($17.39) per hour.. That adds up to a net loss of ($152,366.40) annually in negative cash flow. No small business can survive this. This does not include royalty rates from ASCAP, BMI, SOCAN or SESAC, music purchases, overhead, employees (really?), computer hardware, software, web and stream hosting costs.. The kicker?  AM & FM radio pays ZERO!! They are EXEMPT from these royalties. Could you imagine if an FM station had to pay over $2 Million in annual performance royalties for every 10,000 listeners in their market? The airwaves would be silent! The only difference between AM & FM and webcasting is how the audio is delivered. I don’t care how you monetize, a small webcaster can’t come close to breaking even under these rates and neither can AM & FM. (That's why they're EXEMPT) We’d be better off sending our listeners each a check for $200 and telling them to go out and buy some CD's Webcasting is the only businesses where a large audience is far more likely to be a liability than an asset. Who would possibly want that? This is crony capitalism at it's WORST. Internet radio was just regulated out of business in the dead of night just before the holiday break. We were told, " you're done." It shouldn't be like this. Everyone deserves to be heard.  RAIN news stated that deliberations were going on for two years.. Really? NO small webcaster knew.. No small webcaster was notified. NPR was notified, Pandora, Spotify, Sirius/XM, college and high school radio was represented as well.  ( they receive special rates for royalties the small webcaster is not privy to) The small webcaster was NOT represented. Small webcasters were not represented because they cannot afford to be represented. If they could they wouldn’t need Small Webcaster Agreement of 2009 to begin with. If one’s future were being decided in a court of law one would at least get a court appointed attorney. But there’s no such provision in copyright court. That should be a eye opening concern – an entire segment of the industry is effectively denied representation in government hearings that decide their future. In my mind that ought to be grounds for a lawsuit. But of course if one could afford a lawsuit one could afford to have been represented. What kind of insane, screwed up system is it where an organization does not have any way of knowing at all what their cost of doing business will be beyond two weeks into the future? How are any of these radio stations supposed to make any operational or business decisions when one doesn’t know what one’s expenses will be or even whether one will even be able to remain in business? Why isn’t there some law that requires advance notice? It isn’t like nobody knew that rates for 2016 would need to be set. What were these people doing? Why did they sit on their butts and wait until the very last minute with no announcement? Are they afraid that the small webcasters will go back to Congress before the decision takes effect as they did in years past? And of course this will kill niche formats and reduce opportunities for small and niche artists. The big corporate webcasters will just strike direct licensing deals with the major mass market labels. So new artists will not only have the usual struggle just to be noticed by programmers their music will be more expensive to play because they are too obscure to make it worth anybody’s while to cut a direct license deal. Most new and niche artists would gladly swap the pennies they get in SoundExchange royalties for wider exposure. It is the small and niche stations that provide such artists their best opportunity of getting airplay and exposure. And with small stations off the air those artists, even if they did prefer royalties over exposure, won’t likely get anything at all from SoundExchange. That will probably make SoundExchange’s bookkeeping easier not having to mess with tracking royalties for all those names that nobody ever heard of before except for freaks who listen to "pesky small" stations. The end result is that major label music has less competition from unsigned artists. Despite their posturing and professed concern about “artists” the only artists the major labels are concerned with are those they have under contract. All other artists are long tail competitors and thus a potential threat. If an emerging artist can build up an audience and following without signing with one of the major labels – then what are the labels good for in a digital world? The whole thing stinks from beginning to end from the lack of representation of small webcasters to waiting until the very last minute. Where is the oversight? Who holds these people accountable? It seems to me that maybe this needs to once again be brought of the attention of Congress. In conclusion: We are asking congress to step in quickly and put an INDEFINITE STAY on the Small Webcasters Agreement of 2009 OR DISCONTINUE RADIO ROYALTIES altogether and represent the tens of thousands of small webcasters facing execution. All radio stations PROMOTE the artist being played.. It's a trade off that has been in place for decades. This is reverse payola..  AM & FM pays nothing, why should anyone else? The THOUSANDS of companies and radio outlets affected:All shoutcast stations, All icecast stationsAll live365 stationstunein.com stationsiTunes internet radio.Windows Media GuideCar radios and players on the internet..The list goes on & On The execution has started already with live365 shutting down operations, firing their staff and vacating their offices, January 1 2016. There's still some time to save the rest of us, Please help! Sign the petition and save net radio.     

3,931 supporters
Petitioning Ted Cruz, Kevin Brady, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Louie Gohmert, Ted Poe, Sam Johnson, Pete Sessions, Al Green, Michael McCaul, Mike Conaway, Kay Granger, Mac Thornberry, Kenny Marchant...

Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Texas

It is a common fact that Marijuana has less harmful effects than alcohol, cigarettes, and guns. Sixty-one percent of Americans live that in the United States have reformed their marijuana laws by allowing medical marijuana, imposing a fine, not possible jail time, on marijuana possession, or making marijuana legally available and regulated for adults’ use. Marijuana is NOT addictive, yet it is completely and utterly legal to smoke cigarettes that ARE in fact, addictive and cause cancer among other side-effects. Not only do cigarettes kill you, they kill the people around you as well. Marijuana is not only a natural herb, it is ten times safer than any other Illegal substance known to man. Marijuana is one of many controversial issues facing America today. It should not be a crime to smoke something natural, and less harmful than products that do indeed harm people that are legal.  It is fact that there has never been any form of studies done in The United States proving or disproving whether or not Marijuana is harmful or not. However, there have been numerous studies in other countries PROVING that Marijuana does not harm you. In fact, there are several benefits of medical marijuana. Coming from an individual who suffers from extreme anxiety and depression, Marijuana is the only cure for me. When I was 10 years old, I had a 35 year old man with schizophrenic break into my home. I was awaken by this man standing above my bed with a pair of scissors. When I started to scream, he ran out of my home. Since this horrific incident, I have tried a plethora of pharmaceuticals, starting at the age of 11, and I am now 20. All the medication does for me is provide me with extremely negative side effects. Some of these side effects are, weight gain, suicidal thoughts, headaches, etc. The list goes on and on regarding this negative side effects. Marijuana is the only medication that does not have ANY negative side effects. I know their are others who feel the same views as I do. Marijuana can help individuals with all different kinds of diseases or disorders. This naturally occurring herb can make a tremendous difference in the lives of many. Please, help me show our representatives of Texas how supportive we are of medical Marijuana legalization! 

3,320 supporters
Petitioning Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Nancy Pelosi, Jim Costa, David Valadao, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, Loi...

Pass H.R. 2737: Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015

On June 11, 2015, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Mazie Hirono introduced HR 2737 & S 1555 respectively as the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015.  The pending legislation, “directs the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to make appropriate arrangements for the award of a single Congressional Gold Medal to the Filipino Veterans in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.”  Other groups have been formally recognized by the United States with the Congressional Gold Medal for World War II service; they include the Tuskegee Airmen, Montford Point Marines, Navajo Code Talkers, Women Air Service Pilots, Japanese American Nisei Soldiers and Puerto Rican Soldiers.  Filipino World War II Veterans are equally deserving of this honor.  In order to pass HR 2737, the bill requires sponsorship from 218 congressional representatives, S 1555 needs 67 senators.  Today, HR 2737 has 152 cosponsors, S 1555 has 68. I would like to ask your assistance in reaching out to your congressional representative to get their support as a sponsor for the pending legislation.  Time is not on our side; the number of remaining Filipino Veterans is fast decreasing.  We need to pass these bills before the 114th Congress come to a close at the end of the year.

3,249 supporters
Petitioning Tom McClintock, U.S National Park Services, Dianne Feinstein, Jim Costa, Rob Bishop, Louie Gohmert

Our Parks are not for Sale. Investigate Yosemite Bid Donation!

Are our National Parks for sale? Controversial Wall Street-led contractor ARAMARK gives $400,000 “gift” to a government charity as the Yosemite prospectus is about to come out - one year later they get $2 billion government deal to manage Yosemite National Park. Demand Justice! Sign the Petition. Investigate Potential Yosemite Corruption How did this happen? National Parks Service awarded a $2 billion “hospitality” contract to Aramark, a company that was recently. . . · Fired from their prison food service responsibilities by the State of Michigan for issues ranging from “maggots found in kitchen areas to rodent-nibbled cake and incidents of workers engaging in sex acts with prisoners, smuggling drugs to inmates and, in one case, allegedly conspiring in a murder-for-hire plot.” (Source: Detroit News, July 13, 2014) · Cited for “critical health violations” for food provided in major sports arenas (Source: WDAF TV Kansas City, November14, 2014) · “Track record of billing for food it doesn't serve, using substandard ingredients and riling prisoners with its meal offerings.” (Source: Associated Press, July 15, 2013) · History of quitting on contracts when quality improvements are demanded (Source: USAToday/Detroit Free Press, May 7, 2013) · Awarded the contract to provide services in Yosemite National Park one year and one day after making a large donation to a charity favored by National Park leadership. (Source: National Park Foundation News, June 16, 2014)

2,853 supporters
Petitioning City of Austin, Texas

CHILD IN DANGER~ REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER W/custody of minor child~Demand Kendall HOME NOW

MY 4 YEAR OLD IS W/SEX OFFENDER!! I am a 33 year old former school teacher and mother of two, living in Amarillo, Tx, and I am asking for support to bring my beautiful 4 year old daughter Kendall home to her mother and brother. Kendall lives with her abuser in Potter County, Tx. He is a REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER with TWO prior counts of sexual assault against children and several recent outcries made by minor children. Despite his sex offender status HE LIVES in a “CHILD SAFETY ZONE” aka “school zone” with another child who is 14 years old that is not his own. Except for ONE supervised hour a week with me, she lives with the perpetrator full time. Every moment that Kendall spends with him, she is not safe. She has been repeatedly abused by the hands of this man and I am looking for immediate support to save her from continued abuse. Throughout the years, CPS and the local police have disregarded reports and faulted me for reporting my child’s BRUISES and complaints of being HURT by a convicted sex offender. When I express concern I am framed as a “vindictive ex” or “trying to get him in trouble.” Despite having MANY photos, audio recordings to document and multiple character witnesses I've lost a long court battle and I am now trying to raise awareness about this issue before I am forced to BURY MY DAUGHTER! I have complied without fail to all CPS/Court requests including passing all background checks/drug tests & appearing at any & all visitation I've been granted. Kendall is in imminent danger and I am asking for your support in bringing her to safety. Thank you in advance for your support!

2,463 supporters
Petitioning Robert Casey, Barack Obama, Pat Toomey, Robert Brady, Chaka Fattah, Robert Tomlinson, Richard Alloway, David Argall, Ryan Aument, Lisa Baker, Camera Bartolotta, John Blake, Lisa Boscola, James Brew...

Urgent! Support the "Right To Try Act (H.R. 3012) of 2015" Hope for the Terminally ill

I am writing this letter in utter despair, because my family needs your help. My brother, my hero, the man I've always looked up to was diagnosed with ALS. You the Congress, the decision makers, have the chance to pass the "Right To Try Act". And everyone fighting a terminal illness right now needs this.   I remember being a little kid, I remember always trying to hang out with my brother, he is 10 years older than me, so I was never allowed. But I thought I was cool having an older brother that could take me places. I am the youngest of 4, there are 3 sisters and 1 brother. We have always been a close family. Always. I feel like I was just at the shore this summer carrying on with him at the beach, and today he can barely walk. ALS, has been around, over 80 years and still NO CURE. The ice bucket challenge in my opinion brought much needed awareness to the disease. I was told in Oct 2015, about my brother and that he has ALS. I don't think it really hit me, as I really didn't understand the magnitude of what he was about to go thru.  Maybe in a way I didn't want to believe it? I didn't want him nor his family to have to go thru this. But its real. Its not going away. I don't think I myself was prepared for him, to have to fight for his life. Its heart wrenching to watch, even more so, he has a family, a loving wife, 6 children. He is a family man, he would give you the shirt off his back because that is the man he is. Always has been. Life certainly hasn't been easy for our family, in December 2013 we lost my sisters 10 year old son, our nephew, it never gets easier, the heartache never goes away. Time does Not heal. There are 12 nieces and nephews between my sisters and brother. He and his wife have 6 children. His wife is amazing. Not only does she make sure my brother is taken care of, she also takes care of 6 kids, and her mother who currently has brain cancer. So if anyone, anyone wants to complain about life, they certainly deserve to. But guess what? they don't. They don't complain, they look for answers, they look for hope. They look for ways to change the lives of other people. That is the ultimate meaning of strength and courage, they are. So I write this letter to You, in hope that you listen clearly to my message. My brother, deserves the "Right To Try" He derves to possibly change his quality of life for the better. He deserves so much more from life besides ALS. He deserves to try a medicine, that may give him hope. His family deserves that right. He deserves to walk his daughters down the aisle. He deserves everything every other human on this earth does. So grant him that right to try what ever he wants to. He was given a terminal diagnosis. Terminal. There is no cure for ALS. And you the government, have the ability to change that. You have the opportunity to pass the "Right To Try Act", to make it possible for him to maybe change his life. Maybe not. But shouldn't that be a human right ?  Would you want his 6 children wondering why their dad wasn't given a chance at life? give him the "Right to Try" then just maybe, he can watch all his kids grow up. He can sit with his wife in a rocking chair on the porch when they are older.  Why would you not want to give him that right? I beg you to support  this Act, "Right To Try Act"  (H.R. 3012) of 2015. I beg you. No one ever , ever deserves a terminal illness, they don't, but you as our law makers have an opportunity right NOW to make their life a little bit brighter. A little bit more hopeful. Let's try to change the world to make it a better place instead of holding people back from having hope. That is all they have. HOPE. Please help my family, please allow my brother Frank Mongiello, the "Right To Try". #CureALS Warmest Regards, Frank's Lil' Sister, Lisa Mongiello Kupsey    

1,189 supporters
Petitioning John Ratcliffe, Sam Johnson, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz

Introduce a Bill to make Larissa Martinez and her family citizens of the United States

Larissa Martinez made the country take notice when the McKinney, Texas valedictorian announced to the world that she is one of many undocumented immigrants in this country.  Larissa has a 4.95 GPA and is headed to Yale University in the fall.  Her mother brought her and her sister from Mexico in 2010 to escape their abusive father.  This is what the United States was founded upon and was meant to be.  A parent brought their children to have a better life in our nation and in less than one generation they have accomplished just that.  Ms. Martinez speaks to who our nation can be and will be.  She will no doubt contribute to our nation through her education, hard work and education.  We ask that she not have to worry about the safety or status of her or her immediate family because she delivered a speech that not only inspired her graduating class but the nation.  We ask the United States Congress introduce a private citizenship bill for Ms. Martinez, her mother, and her sister to make them immediate citizens of the United States.  She inspired all of us. Now we can return the favor.

951 supporters
  • This petition, led by Kari’s grandfather, has caused an outpouring of concerned constituents in east Texas. My role, as a servant of east Texans, is to listen to the cries and concerns of the people and do what I can about them. When faced with a terribly traumatic event, neither children nor adults normally think ‘what do I dial to get an outside line?’ They think '911'. So it is necessary that we work with all the impacted stakeholders to find a solution which allows guests or employees in trouble to dial 911 and immediately reach an emergency dispatcher. Because of the critical importance of the desperate being able to reach someone who can send the needed help, I will continue to work to find a solution so a tragedy like this will not happen again.

— Louie Gohmert, Representative