U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert laments ban on grilling ribs during House floor speech

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert laments ban on grilling ribs during House floor speech

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) expressed his annoyance that the Architect of the Capitol "won't let him grill his famous ribs on his office balcony" during a speech on the House floor Friday, according to The Hill.

The Hill's website stated that Gohmert brought up the issue with his ribs during a House floor speech about the misplaced priorities of federal agencies.

"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," Gohmert said, according to The Hill's story. "One of which was, I could not cook ribs and share them with other members of Congress."

During the speech, Gohmert said "most of the networks" wanted to run stories about his tradition of cooking ribs for his colleagues once a quarter, the web story stated. However, the Architect of the Capitol thought the grilling operation represented a possible fire hazard for the Capitol Hill complex, according to The Hill's story.

"Gohmert is a conservative firebrand known as one of Capitol Hill's most colorful figures," the web story stated. "But there's one thing lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree on: He makes legendary Texas ribs."

Gohmert said in the web story that his fellow lawmakers have praised his grilled ribs.

"I have enough of my late mother in me that I enjoy cooking and enjoy people enjoying what I cook," Gohmert said in The Hill's story. "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."

Quoting a 2013 Daily Caller profile, The Hill's story stated that Gohmert has occasionally used Rep. Fred Upton's (R-Michigan) office balcony to grill ribs.

"Upton's balcony apparently didn't violate the fire safety codes cited by the Architect of the Capitol concerning Gohmert's office," The Hill's story stated.

Gohmert has represented the people of Texas' 1st Congressional District since 2005. As the U.S. representative for the 1st District, Gohmert represents all or parts of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, and Smith counties.

To read The Hill's story, click this link.

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