Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Rep. Gosar: Funding Obama’s Executive Amnesty Undermines the Rule of Law

2015/03/03

For Immediate Release Date: March 3, 2015

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after voting against legislation that failed to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty, which ultimately passed the House by a vote of 257 to 167:

“The executive branch has slowly and unilaterally expanded its ability to bypass Congress and impose its will without the consent of Representatives elected by the American people. Today’s vote in the House continues this destructive trend. I am extremely disappointed that Congress had a choice to stand against a lawless and unaccountable Obama Administration, but failed to have the fortitude to reject the president’s overreach.

“I fear that our nation will look back on this day and regret the unscrupulous precedent established allowing for ideological lawlessness which cannot ever be reversed. The consequences of a feckless balance of power are far reaching and will affect future events that we cannot begin to perceive. For these reasons, I will never relent and never yield in my effort to return the balance of power in the United States to the American people and their elected Representatives. Nothing is more important than defending the rule of law and our Constitution.”

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Rep. Gosar Applauds Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Address to Congress

2015/03/03

For Immediate Release Date: March 3, 2015

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress to voice his concerns with the ongoing negotiations with Iran and their attempts to obtain nuclear production capabilities:

“This morning I was pleased to welcome one of America’s closest friends and ally, Prime Minister Netanyahu. I strongly share in his urgency and belief that the world cannot allow for a nuclear Iran, that the U.S. must enact strict sanctions to hold the corrupt Iranian regime accountable and that Congress must have the final say on any negotiations that are made with Iran.

“While it is easy to be overwhelmed by the darkness that exists in the world today, it is more important than ever to remember and return to the fundamentals that made America great: Faith in God, faith in each other and faith in our allies. Sometimes it is just that simple. That is why I proudly stand with the people of Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu in our joint effort to secure a more stable and peaceful world.”

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Rep. Gosar Votes against Funding Obama’s Unconstitutional Executive Amnesty

2015/02/27

For Immediate Release Date: February 27, 2015

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after joining a majority of members in the House of Representatives in voting against a 3 week, short-term funding bill Friday afternoon which would have paved the way for President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty order:

“The House already did our job more than 6 weeks ago and fully funded the Department of Homeland Security. Democrats waited till the last minute and played parliamentary tricks and refused to even debate the House passed bill. 

“At its core, this debate is about President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty and I refuse to violate the oath of office that I took as a Representative of the people to uphold our Constitution. If the president chooses to shut down DHS because he cares more about giving amnesty to illegal immigrants than the security of the people he was sworn to protect, then he will have to deal with those repercussions.

“Republicans must stand for something or we will fall for everything. If we do not stop this dangerous precedent of a lawless executive branch, we risk diminishing the institution of Congress and the indispensable separation of powers granted to us by our founders.”  

Background

This week, Congressman Gosar wrote an op-ed on the looming DHS shutdown which was featured in the Arizona Republic. You can read that op-ed HERE.

The Congressman’s press release from January 14, 2015, when the House of Representatives passed a fully funded DHS spending bill can be found HERE.

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Rep. Gosar Introduces Bill to Increase Transparency within Bureau of Reclamation

2015/02/26

For Immediate Release Date: February 26, 2015

 

Contact: Steven Smith (Gosar)steven.smith@mail.house.gov Emily Schillinger (Barrasso)emily_lawrimore@barrasso.senate.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing bipartisan legislation, the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act, which would require the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to do a thorough inventory of its assets as well as prioritize major repairs necessary at the agency’s facilities:

“The practice of good governance requires periodic evaluations of federal programs and expenditures to review and prioritize their necessity. Taxpayers deserve accountability from their government and oversight on how it spends their money. Despite numerous requests from members of Congress and others, the agency has failed to provide adequate information about BOR’s maintenance backlog and lacks an efficient system for reporting their maintenance needs to Congress.

“Our good governance legislation increases transparency, consolidates multiple reports and requires the Bureau of Reclamation to open their books. I applaud Senator Barrasso and Senator Schatz for their leadership on this issue. Our commonsense bill will allow Congress to better prioritize funds for critical infrastructure projects for the purposes of ensuring an abundant supply of clean water and power for future generations.”

Senator John Barrasso, Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, released the following statement following introduction of the bill:

“Aging water delivery systems make it harder for people in Wyoming and throughout the West to have access to a clean, abundant and reliable supply of water. Before we can move forward with modernizing these important systems, we need to have a better idea of what specific repairs are needed in our states. Our bill requires Washington to provide a detailed report of the work needed to keep our aging Bureau of Reclamation water facilities operating safely and effectively.”

Background

The full text of the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act can be found HERE.

The Senate unanimously approved this bipartisan bill during the 113th Congress, with Senators Barrasso and Schatz ushering its passage. 

BOR provides essential services that benefit water and power users as well as our nation’s farmers. The agency delivers water to more than 30 million people and provides one in five Western farmers with water to irrigate their crops. BOR’s assets include more than 475 dams and dikes, and the agency is also responsible for the operations of 53 different hydroelectric power plants.  

21 bipartisan original cosponsors joined Congressman Gosar in introducing the House version of the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act including Representatives Mark Amodei, Joe Barton, Matt Cartwright, Mike Coffman, Jeff Denham, Trent Franks, John Garamendi, Crescent Hardy, Joe Heck, Jared Huffman, Ann Kirkpatrick, Ted Lieu, Cynthia Lummis, Tom McClintock, Jeff Miller, Grace Napolitano, Steve Pearce, Matt Salmon, Krysten Sinema, Scott Tipton and Ryan Zinke.

The Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act would force the BOR to do an Infrastructure Needs Assessment Report every two years as part of the BOR’s existing Asset Management Plan reporting process. This Infrastructure Needs Assessment Report would be available to the public on BOR’s webpage. The report would include:

1)     An itemized list of major repair and rehabilitation needs at all federally managed BOR facilities and projects.

2)     A cost estimate of the expenditures needed to address those repairs.

3)     A categorical safety rating, using BOR’s own existing categorical system, of the importance of addressing each item.

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Rep. Gosar Applauds Senate Re-introduction of Bill to Combat ISIS Terrorists

2015/02/25

For Immediate Release Date: February 25, 2015

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and 8 of his colleagues re-introduced the Senate companion version of H.R. 751, the Bringing Terrorists to Justice Act—a bill Congressman Gosar has introduced in the House. This legislation would amend the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program to require the Secretary of State to offer up to $5,000,000 in cash to individuals who provide information leading to the arrest or conviction of any person involved with the kidnapping and murder of American citizens:

“I am encouraged to see the Senate again show bipartisan support for this commonsense legislation to fight back against ISIS and other subhuman terrorist groups who kidnap and murder innocent Americans.

“My hometown community of Prescott, Arizona, and the rest of the nation, is still mourning the death of Kayla Mueller who was kidnapped and killed by ISIS while serving as a humanitarian aid worker in Turkey. Over the past year, we have witnessed these monsters use whatever despicable means necessary to inflict as much harm on American civilians as possible.

“In response, we must continue to improve our strategic efforts and utilize a variety of resources to stay one step ahead of our enemies and protect American lives abroad. This legislation puts pressure on terrorists groups by incentivizing any person—whether living in a terrorist cell or being oppressed by one—to turn over critical information to American intelligence officials. Ultimately, this will greatly assist the U.S. in bringing these cowards to justice.” 

Background

The press release from Senator Marco Rubio can be found HERE. The full text of the Bringing Terrorists to Justice Act can be found HERE.

Last year, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a similar bill, S. 2778, on September 18, 2014, with Senators Rubio (Florida), Ayotte (New Hampshire), Cruz (Texas), Nelson (Florida) and Shaheen (New Hampshire) ushering its passage.

The 8 Senate cosponsors include Senators John McCain, Bill Nelson, Jeanne Shaheen, Kelly Ayotte, Dan Coats, Ted Cruz, Joe Donnelly and Jeff Flake. 

The 27 House cosponsors include Representatives Paul Cook, Ron DeSantis, BradSherman, Martha McSally, Trent Franks, Ann McLaneKuster, Louie Gohmert, Ryan Zinke, Matt Salmon, Randy Weber, Steven Palazzo, Jeff Duncan (SC), Mo Brooks, Brian Babin, Blake Farenthold, Chris Stewart, Rod Blum, Curt Clawson, David McKinley, Scott Rigell, Ann Kirkpatrick, Robert Pittenger, Ted Yoho, David Schweikert, Reid Ribble, Andre Carson and Robert Hurt.

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Rep. Gosar Op-Ed in AZ Republic: Don't Blame GOP: Dems Want DHS Shutdown

2015/02/25

For Immediate ReleaseDate: February 25, 2015

 

Contact: Steven D. SmithSteven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) penned the following op-ed for the Arizona Republic, addressing the looming DHS shutdown, the realities of our failed national security policies and President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.

The full version of the Congressman’s op-ed is listed below. The Arizona Republic posted a condensed version and can be viewed here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2015/02/24/homeland-security-shutdown/23947007/

Don't Blame GOP: Dems Want DHS ShutdownBy: Rep. Paul GosarFeb. 24, 2014

Last week, federal judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction barring President Obama and his administration from implementing “any and all aspects or phases of” their November 2014 amnesty order. The president initially said he was going to comply with the federal court’s ruling. But then, almost in the same breath, declared he will ignore Hansen’s orders and defiantly stated, “We are doing the preparatory work because this is a big piece of business.”

To make matters worse, the president’s desire to circumvent the law and implement his amnesty plan includes spending nearly $50 million, without Congressional approval, on 1,000 new federal employees and a new facility in Crystal City, Virginia.

The arrogance of this administration is like nothing we have ever seen before, blatantly disregarding federal law and our Constitution. The time has come for the House to stand its ground and prevent funding for the president's illegal amnesty plan.

This week we face a so-called “shutdown” of the Department of Homeland Security and the Border Patrol. The background to this problem is relatively simple: The House voted to fully fund all DHS operations, except for Obama's unconstitutional amnesty plan. Senate Democrats continue to use procedural tricks to prevent the upper chamber from voting on, or even debating, this legislation.

Under the Constitution, Congress controls the purse strings. We fund what is necessary, appropriate and constitutional. That is our core responsibility. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats once again insist on playing politics and trying to provide cover for the president by blocking the full funding legislation passed by the House. And in typical leftist fashion their refusal to vote on full funding is—you guessed it—the Republican's fault. Only in D.C. does such ignorance constitute logic. For the president to expect House Republicansto capitulate and forgo their only method of checking his vast overreach is simply laughable and flies in the face of centuries of American governance.

What really bothers me is when I hear House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues feigning outrage against Republicans for a crisis created by the president, while simultaneously ignoring the true reality of the state of our homeland security. As an Arizonan, I have visited our southern border on many occasions, and my response to Mrs. Pelosi is: If Democrats truly care about the security of this nation then they should start supporting efforts to secure the border.

I seriously doubt Congresswoman Pelosi has visited the towns I represent in rural Arizona and talked to the people living there. If she had, she would know that the failed policies of the federal government have resulted in a porous border that has not provided real security to Americans for a long time.

This administration has created an immigration crisis that has overwhelmed our border patrol and encouraged the mass immigration of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants. From October 2013 to the end of May 2014, 162,000 people from countries other than Mexico entered the United States across the southern border. That is almost a 100 percent increase from the previous year.

The federal government’s failure to address our immigration crisis has forced cities in my district, such as Yuma, Arizona, to step up and prevent the massive flow of illegal aliens entering the country. Back in 2005, a combination of fencing, new infrastructure, no-tolerance zones and increased manpower drove down the number of apprehensions in the Yuma region nearly 95 percent, from 119,000 in 2006 to just over 6,000 in 2013.

Despite this remarkable success, the Obama Administration defied all logic and common sense by unilaterally crippling law enforcement and terminating Operation Streamline as well as other worthwhile border enforcement programs.

Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot was quite upset when he personally contacted me about one of these policy changes, stating such action “undermines the mission of local law enforcement agencies throughout Yuma County.”

The Democrats’ dirty little secret is that they want a DHS shutdown that they can blame on Republicans so President Obama can more easily ram through his unconstitutional executive amnesty plan.

The fight to stop the president's unilateral amnesty order is one worth having because, at its core, we are fighting to uphold our Constitution and enforce the rule of law. While last week’s court decision was a win for our system of checks and balances, we have a long way to go and must not relent in our pursuit of providing real security for the people of this nation.

The reality is that the failed security policies and lawlessness of this President and his administration have manufactured this crisis, and if a DHS shutdown occurs, they have no one else to blame but themselves.

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2315
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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.


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