Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar


Rep. Gosar Continues Fight to Fully Fund PILT, Secure Rural Schools for Western Communities


For Immediate Release

Date: September 29, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after calling on House leadership to reauthorize and fully fund the Secure Rural Schools and Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs:

“As counties across the United States work to balance their budgets, it is essential that Congress act to reaffirm the federal government’s long-standing commitment to public land counties by fully-funding Secure Rural Schools and PILT. Failing to take action and fulfill these long-standing obligations will leave counties and schools across the country without important resources they desperately need to serve their populations. It comes down to a simple choice for the federal government—either give rural communities the funds promised to us, or give us back our land.”


The Gosar led letter to House leadership calling on full funding for Secure Rural Schools for fiscal year 2016, fiscal year 2017 and beyond can be found HERE.

The Secure Rural Schools program provides crucial support for law enforcement, transportation infrastructure, and education in the more than 720 counties in 41 states that depend on revenue from federal forests. The program expired on September 30, 2015. Most counties have completed their budgets for the upcoming year and without this program, counties have been forced to cut vital services. As a result, funding for law enforcement, road maintenance and education has in many cases been reduced. 

The letter was endorsed by: the National Association of Counties (NACo)

52 members of Congress signed the Gosar led letter including: Robert Aderholt, Dan Benishek, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Kevin Brady, Paul Cook, Jim Costa, Peter DeFazio, Diana DeGette, Suzan DelBene, Mark DeSaulnier, John Garamendi, Louie Gohmert, Bob Goodlatte, Paul Gosar, Raul Grijalva, Crescent Hardy Denny Heck, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Jared Huffman, Evan Jenkins, Walter Jones, Derek Kilmer, Ann Kirkpatrick, Raul Labrador, Doug LaMalfa, Doug Lamborn, Zoe Lofgren, Ben Lujan, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Tom McClintock, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Jerry McNerney, Martha McSally, Dan Newhouse, Kristi Noem, Steve Pearce, Jared Polis, Kurt Schrader, Mike Simpson, Kyrsten Sinema, Chris Stewart, Mark Takano, Glenn Thompson, Mike Thompson, Scott Tipton, David Valadao, Peter Welch, Bruce Westerman, Ted Yoho, Don Young and Ryan Zinke.

The letter to House leadership calling on full funding for PILT for fiscal year 2017 and beyond can be found HERE.

The PILT program has played a critical role in supporting our local communities by providing critical resources to nearly 1,900 counties across 49 states to offset lost property tax revenue due to the presence of tax-exempt federal lands within their jurisdictions.


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Rep. Gosar Effort to Improve Veterans Crisis Line Signed Into Law


For Immediate Release

Date: September 29, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after President Obama signed into law H.R. 5325, which included a Gosar authored provision requiring the Veterans Crisis Line to provide an immediate response from a trained professional to veterans contacting this suicide hotline:

“With over 500,000 calls received in 2015, the Veterans Crisis Line has proven to be an invaluable resource for saving the lives of our nation’s veterans. At a time when we are losing 22 veterans every single day to suicide, it is simply unacceptable for calls to go unanswered. Ensuring that every single veteran can rely on a trained professional to immediately help them during dark times is literally a matter of life and death. I’m extremely pleased to see my legislative effort to improve the Veterans Crisis Line become law and  hope this life-saving resource for our nation’s heroes will now function as Congress intended.”  


The full text of Congressman’s original appropriation’s language request to ensure the Veterans Crisis Line provides immediate assistance can be found HERE.

H.R. 5325 provides full year appropriations for the FY2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. This bill includes Section 238, the Gosar authored provision which is now law, which requires the Veterans Crisis Line to provide an immediate response from a trained professional to veterans contacting this suicide hotline.

According to David Shulkin, the VA’s undersecretary for heath, “the crisis line dispatched emergency responders an average of 30 times a day last year and made 80,000 referrals to suicide prevention coordinators.” The toll-free hotline number is 800-273-8255.

On February 11, 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (IG) released Report No. 14-03540-123, an investigation into concerns raised about the Veterans Crisis Line. That report produced some troubling findings including “that some calls routed to crisis backup centers went into a voicemail system and that the Veterans Crisis Line and backup center staff did not always offer immediate assistance to callers…These incidents involved responders allegedly ending calls without providing assistance, inappropriately transferring calls, and telling callers to contact another organization…In addition, [the IG] found that callers could be placed on hold in a backup center queue or be passed through several backup centers for an unknown period of time, which could account for the perception that the calls were not answered.”

The Veterans Crisis Line website clearly states, “When you call the Veterans Crisis Line, use the online chat, or send a text message, you will receive direct, immediate support from a trained VA responder.” Inclusion of the language contained in this programmatic request will ensure that promise is honored.

The 32 bipartisan cosponsors that submitted the Gosar authored provision to the Appropriations Committee and asked for inclusion in the base bill include: Paul Gosar*, Dina Titus*, Brian Babin, Lois Capps, Matt Cartwright, David Cicilline, Curt Clawson, Peter DeFazio, John Delaney, Mark DeSauliner, Ted Deutch, Debbie Dingell, Keith Ellison, Chris Gibson, Mike Honda, Walter Jones, Robin Kelly, Ron Kind, Doug Lamborn, Leonard Lance, Sheila Jackson Lee, Tom Marino, Thomas Massie, Pete Olson, Beto O’Rourke, Chellie Pingree, Mark Pocan, Loretta Sanchez, Niki Tsongas, Marc Veasey, Frederica Wilson and Lee Zeldin.




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Congressman Paul Gosar: Doing more with less at the nation's refuges


Most Arizonan’s would likely agree that our national wildlife refuges are important and necessary. Preserving native wildlife is a tradition older than the state of Arizona itself. However, most Arizonans would also agree that the Department of Veterans Affairs is important too. Same thing for Border Patrol, Medicare and our military. All of these government services require tax dollars to maintain. And your tax money is limited, as should be your federal government. 

The reality is that out-of-control federal spending, resulting in our $19 trillion deficit, has required our elected leaders to reevaluate how we allocate federal tax dollars. The American people, through the power of the ballot box, have given the federal government a clear directive: do more with less. Just like every hard working family. If working families have to make tough financial decisions and tighten their belts, the federal government must as well.

This mandate applies to every single federal agency, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the management of our national wildlife refuge system. Recently Havasu News highlighted a report claiming that the number of wildlife refuge bureaucrats has declined by 15 percent nationwide over the past ten years. The advocates who published this report demand more taxes and more spending to hire more bureaucrats—at the same time American families are increasingly taxed, wage growth is stagnant and the overall economy has been a disaster for the past eight years.

This big government spending reflex is how we got into our current fiscal crisis in the first place. Instead, agencies like the Fish and Wildlife Service have a responsibility to build proactive solutions that make the agency more efficient and effective. What incentive do government agencies have to work smarter if Congress blindly increases their funding? Private businesses and American families find ways to be more efficient. The government must do the same.

Additionally, a closer examination of the study claiming our nation’s wildlife refuges are “understaffed” reveals that this survey was conducted by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

This self-proclaimed public employee advocacy group has a clear bias towards increasing the number of public employees and growing their ranks.

Furthermore, PEER made no effort to prove that more employees were actually necessary.

No data exists establishing a work shortage. Merely saying the numbers could be higher, or in the past were higher, is not proof that more employees are needed.

I was specifically elected to Congress to reign in the size and scope of the federal government as well as bring accountability to those who serve WE THE PEOPLE. Tough decisions have to be made and the top priority for the American people should not be to grow and expand an unsustainable federal government.

As the people of Lake Havasu know all too well, we have some refuge employees that have enough time on their hands to concoct illegal ways to shut down the lake and kill tourism. The first question we must ask is this: Are the current refuge staff doing their jobs efficiently and giving the American taxpayer their money’s worth?

Congressman Paul Gosar represents Arizona’s 4th congressional district.



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Why Is A Six-Year-Old Boy Influencing Obama’s Refugee Policy?


Millions of people have watched the Facebook video posted by the White House of a six-year-old boy, named Alex, from Scarsdale, New York, requesting to help give a home to a Syrian refugee.

“Alex told me that he wanted Omran to come live with him and his family. He wanted to share his bike, and teach him how to ride. He said his little sister would collect butterflies for him. “We can all play together,” he wrote. “We will give him a family and he will be our brother.”

Let me first say that Alex should be commended for his outpouring of compassion and heartfelt display of love. His parents too should be commended for instilling these important values in their son. Alex may not know it yet, but he continues a long and proud history of belonging to the most charitable, kind, compassionate and philanthropic group in the entire world: the American people.

According to the Almanac of American Philanthropy, “Rates of giving are two to 20 times higher in the U.S. than in comparable nations.” Additionally, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees lists the United States as accepting the third largest number of refugees of any developed nation between 2007 and mid-2015. No other country in the history of the world has more of their identity rooted in charity, brotherhood and love.

In a post on the White House Facebook page, President Obama praises Alex as “a young child who has not learned to be cynical or suspicious or fearful of other people” and that “we should all be more like Alex.”

Obviously, no one expects a six-year-old child to comprehend the incredibly complex and dark reality of geopolitical relations. However, it’s downright appalling to see our 55-year-old commander-in-chief not only share but promote this same naïve view of the world.

I don’t expect a six-year-old to know about the history of ISIS ideology or Islamic extremism and the fact that Syrian terrorists have openly admitted to, and been caught posing as refugees.

I don’t expect a six-year-old to know that the FBI and DHS have both admitted the United States doesn’t have the ability to adequately vet all Syrian refugees for terrorist ties.

I don’t expect a six-year-old to know that the purpose of a refugee program is to eventually have the refugees return to their country of origin once hostilities have ended. And that transferring Syrian refugees thousands of miles across an ocean decreases the likelihood of them ever returning home.

I don’t expect a six-year-old to know that there is evil in the world and that the United States of America is at war with Islamic terrorists who have no regard for any human life, including the life of one of my constituents, Kayla Muller, a 26-year-old who was murdered by ISIS terrorists in Syria while serving as a humanitarian aid worker.

I don’t expect a six-year-old to know any of these things because children should not have to confront the brutal nature of our world. I do however expect our Commander-in-Chief to understand these facts and accept the responsibility of confronting these very real dangers.

President Obama’s Facebook post serves as a microcosm of his perpetually inept judgment and disastrous ignorance that has plagued his failed presidency. His shameless attempt to use an innocent child as a political prop demonstrates that his way of thinking is more in-line with that of a six-year-old boy rather than that of a world leader.

Congressman Paul Gosar represents Arizona’s 4th congressional district.


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Lawmakers Seek Answers on Pentagon Employees’ Casino, Strip Club Charges


For Immediate Release

Date: September 21, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith


WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) joined a bipartisan group of Representatives calling on Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to implement new reforms aimed at preventing millions of dollars being misused by Department of Defense (DoD) personnel on government travel credit cards. An August 2016 Inspector General (IG) Report found that DoD failed to take appropriate actions to resolve the issues highlighted by the previous audit including travel cards illegally being used to gamble at casinos and at adult entertainment establishments.

Earlier this year, Congressman Gosar submitted  a bipartisan language request to the House Appropriations Committee for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Defense Appropriations bill seeking to retain his rider which prohibits DoD travel card funds from being used for gambling and adult entertainment. The Congressman’s language request to the House Appropriations Committee can be found HERE. This language was identical to the Gosar amendment that was unanimously adopted by the House during FY2016 in the form of H.AMDT.496 and subsequently signed into law.

The Hill reported on today’s developments which is copied below:

Lawmakers Seek Answers on Pentagon Employees' Casino, Strip Club Charges

By: Rebecca Kheel The Hill September 21, 2016

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants answers after an inspector general report found the Defense Department failed to respond to evidence that employees used their work credit cards to pay for casinos and strip clubs.

“The DoD IG made a number of recommendations to refocus the department’s efforts on identifying, investigating and reporting the misuse or abuse of government travel cards,” the lawmakers wrote to Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday. “In light of the department’s halfhearted response to the previous audit, we request a response on how the department intends to implement the DoD IG’s recommendations.”

The letter was signed by Reps. Tulsi Gabbard(D-Hawaii), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Paul Gosar(R-Ariz.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).

At issue is an August inspector general report that found the Pentagon did not take appropriate action after a previous report said employees were misusing their travel cards at casinos and strip clubs.

The previous inspector general report, from May 2015, found that Defense Department cardholders made 4,437 transactions worth $952,258 at casinos and 900 transactions worth $96,576 at strip clubs.

In August’s follow-up report, the inspector general found the Pentagon did not do adequate reviews of the cardholders identified in the previous report and did not take action to eliminate future misuse.

Also, 21 of 30 sample cardholders sought and received reimbursements for the improper charges totaling $8,544, the report said.

In their letter, the lawmakers said the “most troubling” aspect of the report was it was not the first report on the issue.

“The DoD has not taken steps to eliminate additional misuse, initiate reviews for improper payments or consistently considered the security implications of the misused travel cards,” the lawmakers wrote. “As a result, the government travel card program remains vulnerable to continued waste and exploitation.”

Among the recommendations in the report was to revise policy to require that travel card misuse be reported to the proper authority in relation to security clearances. It also recommends revising travel card regulations to require reviews of transaction history.

“We will continue to monitor the department’s progress,” the lawmakers pledged.


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Senate Report Confirms Unlawful EPA Overreach, Need to Block WOTUS Rule


For Immediate Release

Date: September 20, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works released a report  documenting numerous examples of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) illegally expanding authority over land and waters not under agency jurisdiction:

“The Obama Administration and desperate leaders at the EPA have continued their all-out assault on the Rule of Law and commonsense. The report released by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the EPA and Corps have illegally expanded their jurisdiction beyond clear limitations on the Clean Water Act that have been imposed by the Courts and Congress. 

“In a historic display of incompetence, today’s Senate report documents that the EPA is literally making a mountain out of a molehill for one California farmer. This stunning spectacle of government overreach cannot be dismissed by Congress. Numerous case studies document that time after time this rogue agency has unlawfully regulated dry land, family farms and even puddles. I will continue leading the charge in the House to block the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation and hold the EPA accountable to the American people. This lawlessness must cease.”

Background (Courtesy of Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works):

The full text of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works report can be found HERE. Highlights are listed below:

The following conclusions can be drawn from these case studies: EPA and the Corps have and will continue to advance very broad claims of jurisdiction based on discretionary authority to define their own jurisdiction.

The WOTUS rule would codify the agencies’ broadest theories of jurisdiction, which Justice Kennedy recently called “ominous.”

Landowners will not be able to rely on current statutory exemptions or the new regulatory exemptions because the agencies have narrowed the exemptions in practice and simply regulate under another name. For example, if activity takes place on land that is wet:

  • plowing to shallow depths is not exempt when the Corps calls the soil between furrows “mini mountain ranges,” “uplands,” and “dry land;”
  • discing is regulated even though it is a type of plowing;
  • changing from one agricultural commodity constitutes a new use that eliminates the exemption; 
  • puddles, tire ruts, sheet flow, and standing water all can be renamed “disturbed wetlands” and regulated.

 If Congress does not act, the newly won ability to challenge Corps jurisdictional determinations and claim exemptions will be moot because the WOTUS rule establishes jurisdiction by rule that will extend to all the activities described in the case studies.

Background (Courtesy of Rep. Gosar’s office)

On March 25, 2014, the EPA and the Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule that would assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction over nearly all areas with even the slightest of connections to water resources, including man-made conveyances. Specifically, WOTUS attempts to expand agency control over 60% of our country’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands that were previously non-jurisdictional.

On May 1, 2014, Congressman Gosar and 230 of his colleagues sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the EPA, and John M. McHugh, Secretary of the Army, urging them to withdraw the proposed rule. The full text of that letter can be found HERE.

On January 28, 2015, Congressman Gosar introduced H.R. 594, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. This legislation has the support of 186 bipartisan cosponsors. Click HERE to read more about the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. 

On May 12, 2015, the House passed H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, by a vote of 261-155. This critical legislation requires the EPA and Corps of Engineers to formally withdraw the agencies’ proposed rule that would redefine WOTUS and any subsequent final rule. Congressman Gosar joined the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Bill Shuster in introducing this bill. Click HERE to read more.  

In July of 2015, Congressman Gosar berated EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and submitted revelatory evidence into the Congressional Record from senior Army Corps of Engineer employees which expressed serious legal and scientific deficiencies with the final draft of the WOTUS rule. 

On October 9, 2015, a federal appeals court issued a nationwide stay blocking the implementation of the EPA’s WOTUS rule resulting from a lawsuit filed by 13 states, including the state of Arizona. More information HERE

In January of 2016, the House and Senate passed legislation blocking WOTUS utilizing the Congressional Review Act and put a bill on President Obama's desk that he subsequently vetoed.

On April 1, 2016, 120 bipartisan members joined Congressman Gosar in signing and submitting this appropriations request to prohibit implementation of the WOTUS rules should the stay be lifted. The full text of Congressman’s language request can be found HERE

More than 200 organizations and local municipalities have publicly declared their opposition to the proposed WOTUS rule.


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Rep. Gosar Awarded “Friend of Farm Bureau” by American Farm Bureau Federation


For Immediate Release

Date: September 7, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after meeting with representatives of the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation who recognized the Congressman as a “Friend of the Farm Bureau” for the 114th Congress for his support of America’s farmers, ranchers and food security for America’s consumers:

“Rural farmers and ranchers, like those in my home state of Arizona, deserve a voice in Congress that understands their irreplaceable value to the American way of life. The 2.2 million farms that cover the United States continue to put food on our tables and  create a positive agricultural trade balance that fuels our economy. I am incredibly humbled and honored to be named a ‘Friend of the Farm Bureau’ and will continue to protect the more than 21 million American workers who produce, process and sell our nation’s food and fiber.”

(Rep. Gosar receiving the “Friend of the Farm Bureau” award from members of the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation.)


(Courtesy of the American Farm Bureau Federation) The “Friend of Farm Bureau” award is given at the end of each Congress to those members of Congress who were nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus and approved by the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors.

This award is based upon voting records on AFBF’s priority issues established by the Board of Directors, number of bills that a member has sponsored and co-sponsored, specific leadership role for Farm Bureau on priority issues, and how accessible and responsive that member is to Farm Bureau members and leaders. In addition, the state Farm Bureau lists any other specific reasons why that member should receive this award.


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In Case You Missed It: Latin American Countries Call for an End to U.S. Immigration Policies Favoring Cubans


For Immediate Release

Date: September 6, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith


WASHINGTON D.C. - Last week, the Center for Immigration Studies reported on leaders from nine Latin American countries delivering a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry calling on the United States to end the “Wet Foot/Dry Foot” and Cuban Adjustment Act policies for Cuban immigrants. Congressman Gosar has led the fight in Congress to terminate this policy of instant amnesty by introducing H.R. 3818, the Ending Special National Origin-Based Immigration Programs for Cubans Act.

Latin American Countries Call for an End to U.S. Immigration Policies Favoring CubansCenter for Immigration StudiesKausha LunaAugust 30, 2016

On Monday, the Ecuadorian mission in Washington D.C. delivered a letter signed by nine Latin American foreign ministers expressing their concern about the negative effects of U.S. immigration policy across the region.

The letter, addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry, solicited the United States to evaluate the Cuban Adjustment Act and the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which encourages illegal Cuban migration the United States.

The letter was signed by Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru.

The foreign ministers explain in the letter that: “The 1966 U.S. Public Law 89-732 known as the 'Cuban Adjustment Act' and the policy commonly known as the 'wet foot, dry foot policy' have encouraged a disorderly, irregular, and unsafe flow of Cubans who, risking their lives, pass through our countries in order to reach the U.S.”

They add that: “Cuban citizens risk their lives, on a daily basis, seeking to reach the United States. These people, often facing situations of extreme vulnerability, fall victim to mafias dedicated to people trafficking, sexual exploitation and collective assaults. This situation has generated a migratory crisis that is affecting our countries.”

The signatories note that in order to tackle the “migratory crisis” the “main cause of the current situation” must be addressed. They identify the revision of the Cuban Adjustment Act and the wet foot, dry foot policy as a first step, which would then lead to “a final agreement to ensure orderly and regular migration in our region.”

To conclude the letter, the dignitaries call Secretary Kerry to attend a high level meeting to review this issue.

The concerns expressed in the letter have been better addressed in statements made by some of the signatories. During a press conference Ecuador's foreign minister said the following: “From Quito, Ecuador we make a call to put an end to this outdated, anachronistic, and I would say even say hackneyed, 'wet foot, dry foot policy, the discriminatory U.S. policy towards Cuba, and the double standard in the treatment that is given to Cuba and the treatment that is given to other countries in Latin America.” Another example comes from Costa Rica's Foreign Minister, during an interview he explained, “We don't disregard the humanitarian perspective...But this has cost us millions of dollars – and millions of dollars that we don't have available. Our people are claiming how is it possible that you don't invest in your own people and you spend millions of dollars on handling migrants?”

These concerns and frustrations are the result of the growing flow of illegal Cuban migration through the region. As the letter to Secretary Kerry and the previous comments show, the current policies are no longer relevant and carry significant costs for Latin America. Moreover, these polices also create a cost for the United States. At the beginning of this year the United States pledged $ 1 million dollars to help provide aid to Cubans in Costa Rica, as they waited to be airlifted to the U.S.-Mexico border – to then take advantage of the wet foot, dry foot policy and cross into the United States. Additionally, Cuban nationals, as presumed refugees, are granted immediate access on arrival to a variety of federal welfare benefits: TANF (cash welfare), SNAP (food stamps), and Medicaid. Cubans are also issued a work permit and a Social Security number.

Unfortunately, the Obama administration has made it clear that it has no plans to change the current policies regarding Cuban immigration.




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Rep. Gosar Statement on the Passing of Conservative Icon Phyllis Schlafly


For Immediate Release

Date: September 6, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

 (Rep. Gosar, Glyn Wright and Phyllis Schlafly pictured at a September 2015 dinner. Rep. Gosar received the “Eagle Award” for his outstanding leadership in the Conservative movement.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the passing of Conservative icon and founder of Eagle Forum Phyllis Schlafly: 

“There was no greater defender of the American family than Phyllis Schlafly. She stands alone as America’s Iron Lady of Conservatism for her seven decades of grassroots advocacy. I consider myself incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to know Phyllis and draw strength from her courage and devotion to God and our country. Phyllis has left us with an immortal legacy of service, charity and love that will never be forgotten. I join the thousands of lives that Phyllis touched in offering my prayers and condolences to the Schlafly family.”

Courtesy of Eagle Forum: “Phyllis Schlafly spent an astounding 70 years in public service of her fellow Americans. Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life. She recognized America as the greatest political embodiment of those values. From military superiority and defense to immigration and trade; from unborn life to the nuclear family and parenthood, Phyllis Schlafly was a courageous and articulate voice for common sense and traditional values. She authored 27 books and thousands of articles. She spoke tens of thousands of times across the United States.”




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In Case You Missed It Arizona Chamber of Commerce: Setting the Record Straight on the Bill Williams Water Rights Settlement Act


For Immediate Release

Date: August 26, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith


PHOENIX, AZ - Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer penned the following op-ed promoting the facts of the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act (H.R. 4924), legislation signed into law in December 2014. H.R. 4924 supports thousands of good-paying jobs, 175 in Mohave County alone, and results in a significant net water benefit to the basin. Congressman Gosar has created a comprehensive fact page on his website with information about this legislation HERE.

Setting the Record Straight on the Bill Williams Water Rights Settlement Act By: Glenn Hamer President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry August 25, 2016

In response to this article in the Mohave Valley Daily News, Arizona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Hamer submitted the following letter to the editor in an attempt to correct and clarify the facts surrounding The Bill Williams Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014.


The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry believes it is important to correct the record regarding The Bill Williams Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014, which was discussed in a recent article about the Mohave Republican Forum (“Water transfer hot topic at debate,” Aug. 11).

Statements regarding lost property tax revenue in Mohave and La Paz counties resulting from the transfer of Planet and Lincoln Ranch water rights and reportedly putting lands into the Hualapai tribal trust deserve correction and clarification.

Various state, federal and private parties who hold water rights in the Bill Williams Watershed entered into discussions to prevent a potential decades-long legal battle over water. The parties reached agreement in 2014 requiring an Act of Congress given the federal and tribal interests.

Through the settlement, a portion of the privately owned Planet Ranch lands and water rights were donated to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission (AZGFC) to facilitate implementation of a habitat restoration program that helps Arizona protect its rights to the Colorado River, which is a tremendous economic benefit to the state and to its counties. Prior to the approval by Congress, the AZGFC agreed to compensate both Mohave and La Paz Counties for any future impact to property tax revenues by voluntarily paying the counties taxes on the donated portions of Planet Ranch. Therefore, the reported loss of tax revenue never occurred as taxes will be paid on the private portions of the Ranches and AZGFC will continue to pay taxes on the donated lands. Furthermore, the AZGFC opened the donated lands to public access for recreation, a significant new benefit to both counties

The August 11 article also reported that the settlement placed land into the Hualapai tribal trust, which is inaccurate. The settlement simply provides the Tribe the opportunity to purchase a limited number of lands in a competitive process if the land is ever put up for sale.  There are no guarantees that the land will ever be sold to the Tribe, nor is there any promise that the land would be placed into the tribal trust.

Lastly, the settlement and the associated Act of Congress ensure that up to 30,000 acre feet of water in Mohave County claimed by private interests would not be used and would remain in the river systems. Without the settlement and Act of Congress, this water could have been used, but instead is left to the benefit of the Counties and riparian systems.

Settling longstanding water rights disputes are difficult and complicated, but doing so results in a secure economic environment for Arizona’s businesses and its citizens. The settlement and Act prevented litigation, resulted in no lost tax revenues to the counties, opened land for recreation, left water in the rivers, and helped to safeguard Arizona’s Colorado River rights.


Glenn Hamer

Glenn Hamer is the president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Contact Information

504 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2315
Fax 202-226-9739

Congressman Paul A. Gosar, DDS hails from Prescott, Arizona and is serving his second term in Congress as the Representative from Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District.  As a health care provider and small business owner, Gosar is focused on bringing jobs back to the district, reforming health care, reining in government spending, and ensuring that the American people are involved in the solution making process.

Before being elected to Congress in 2010, Gosar owned his own dental practice in Flagstaff for twenty-five years.  His experience in Dentistry earned him the recognition of the Arizona Dental Association’s “Dentist of the Year,” and he was also inducted into the Arizona Dental Association’s Hall of Fame.  His experience in working to reform health care first came when he served as the President of the Arizona Dental Association and as the Vice-Chair of the American Dental Association Council on Governmental Affairs.

Whether Gosar is in Washington fighting for his constituents, or back home in Arizona listening to the people and working together to find solutions to the problems that face Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District, he remains committed to ushering in a new era of government that empowers individuals and reforms the bureaucratic procedures that stifle job creation and innovation.

Serving With

Martha McSally


Matt Salmon


David Schweikert


Trent Franks


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