Rep. Louie Gohmert made it clear he was not pleased the architect of the capitol tried to stop him from cooking ribs on his office balcony seven years ago, while discussing his distaste for big government.
The Texas Republican argued in a floor speech Friday that agencies and bureaucrats have been infringing on Americans’ personal liberties. He said he felt the burden of their overreach first hand when he tried to provide a meal for his congressional colleagues.
“We found it right here in the Capitol. About seven years ago the Architect of the Capitol, who works for the House and Senate, had decided that we all work for him and started making demands,” he said. “One of which was, I could not cook ribs and share them with other members of Congress as I had been doing for a quarter — once a quarter, and most of the networks had wanted to do stories on my cooking ribs. No, we’re not going to do a TV thing on this. It’s just between the members.”
Gohmert said with the help of GOP congressional leadership, they were able to stop the “government abuse,” allowing him to once again safely grill from his office.
“Well, I am grateful that Steve Scalise got involved and he got Paul Ryan to help, the speaker was able to persuade the bureaucracies here on Capitol Hill that we can make this work and have it safe if we work with each other and was able to get people to work together so that my colleagues, they tell me, many of them, they’re the best meat they’ve ever tasted,” he continued. “Some say the best ribs they’ve ever tasted. I have enough of my late mother in me that I enjoy cooking and enjoy people enjoying what I cook. It’s probably the only time here on Capitol Hill when I actually leave a good taste in people’s mouths instead of a bitter taste.”
The six-term congressman called on the the federal government to protect people’s rights instead of abusing its power.
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