Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Non-partisan Legal Review Validates Gosar Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Law

2015/06/26

For Immediate Release

Date: June 26, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a legal review  of the Congressman’s legislation, the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement, validating his previous assertions:

“The report released yesterday by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service confirms what I have been saying all along about the Bill Williams Water Rights Settlement: this law is a win-win for Arizona and for Mohave County. Despite wild and baseless claims from some opponents, CRS affirmed that this legislation is good for private property owners, will result in a significant net water benefit to the basin and will not result in a loss of any tax revenue to Mohave County.

“The Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement will provide certainty for the Bagdad Mine, which has an annual economic impact of $339.1 million to the state of Arizona, and sustains nearly 4,000 direct and indirect jobs. I am proud to see the hard work of countless Arizonans who supported this legislation, including the entire Arizona House and Senate delegation, validated by a non-partisan legal review.”

Highlights of the CRS report are copied below. The full report can be found HERE.

Question 1. Does this law authorize the construction of any casinos? “No.”

Question 2. Does this law regulate the future I-11? “No…the lease and donation of property at Planet Ranch for the Conservation Program also does not appear to have any potential impact on the proposed I-11 Corridor alignment.”

Question 3. Does this law require ADWR to take water rights away from Mohave County? “…The proposed sever and transfer order attached to the Big Sandy River-Planet Ranch Agreement, which ADWR committed to enter as a party to the agreement,45 states that it “will not affect, infringe upon, or interfere with vested or existing water rights.”46 Nor could it; under Arizona law...Further, in its challenge to ADWR’s decision to dismiss its objections, Mohave County stipulated that “it does not hold any water rights in the Bill Williams [River] watershed. Because the settlement agreements themselves do not appear to affect directly any vested water right held by Mohave County, and because the Act does not address any water rights beyond those affected by the settlements, it does not appear that the Act has an effect on Mohave County’s water rights.”

Question 4. Does this law reduce public access to Planet Ranch and the MSCP lands involved? “No. At present, the entirety of Planet Ranch is Freeport’s private property…”

Question 5. Does this law take any federal land into trust for the Tribe or transfer ownership of Planet Ranch to the federal government? “…neither the Act nor the settlements transfer any property into trust for the Hualapai Tribe or its members…Nor does the Act or the settlement agreements transfer ownership of any portion of Planet Ranch to the federal government…”

Question 6. Will this law result in Mohave County losing a “$7,000 a year income stream for 100 years that is worth $39,500,000 in today’s dollars”? “No… Assuming, however, that Mohave County would lose the full $7,627.54 assessed each year for the next 100 years, the total lost revenues [could] come to $762,754 in nominal dollars, which would need to be discounted in order to determine the real present value.64…On September 6, 2014, AGFC affirmed that it would make payments in lieu of taxes on the Planet Ranch property if and when it acquires the property.72 At that meeting, AGFC’s counsel noted that AGFC “has routinely made payments in lieu of property taxes with all of its properties and there is no indication that it would not continue” to do so.73 Thus, in the event that AGFC acquires the Planet Ranch property, it appears that Mohave County would not see a reduction in property tax revenues attributable to that portion of Planet Ranch…”

Question 7. Will this law reduce Freeport’s ability to exercise water rights in the basin? “Yes….under the Agreement and the Act, Freeport and AGFC’s combined exercisable water rights for the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation area, Lincoln Ranch, and the Wikieup Wellfield would be 16,748.1 acre-feet per year, which would reflect a reduction in excess of 40,000 acre-feet per year of water rights that Freeport could assert in the basin.”

Question 8. Does this law authorize increased water use from the Wikieup Wellfield if additional development occurs at the Bagdad town site? “No.”

Question 9. Does this law authorize the construction of a new pipeline from Planet Ranch or Lincoln Ranch to the Bagdad Mine? “No… through the sever and transfer, Freeport intends to change the point of diversion of the water rights at issue from one location in the Bill Williams River watershed to another point in that watershed, not to “physically move water from its current place of use.”87

Background

H.R. 4924, the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement, was signed into law by the President on December 17, 2014.

This law facilitates the achievement of a fair and equitable settlement of certain claims within the Bill Williams River watershed among the Hualapai Tribe, the U.S. Department of the Interior acting on behalf of itself and as trustee for the Tribe, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, and Freeport McMoRan Minerals Corporation. The legislation ratified the Big Sandy River-Planet Water Rights Settlement Agreement and the Hualapai Tribe Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Agreement.

The Congressional Budget Office determined that the bill cost nothing to the federal government.

Additionally, The Hualapai Tribe benefits from this legislation by securing certain water rights from two non-federal contributions by Freeport-McMoRan for an infrastructure fund and an economic development fund. Mohave County benefits by keeping 175 mining jobs and $16 million in economic benefit. Furthermore, the State of Arizona will pay Mohave County in full for all property tax revenue lost as a result of the legislation (just over $2,000 per year). Arizona and Mohave County both benefit from the bill as the as this legislation will result in an overall net water use reduction in the basin of nearly 30,000 acre-feet per year. This reduction benefits residents in Lake Havasu and Bullhead City as this water can be put to use in future water and economic development projects.   

Congressman Gosar has posted a fact sheet on his website for this law which can be found HERE.

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House Passes Bipartisan Gosar Amendment Cutting $61 Million from EPA Budget

2015/06/25

For Immediate Release

Date: June 25, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after his amendment cutting funds from the EPA’s Program and Management account and redirecting a portion of those revenues to the Bureau of Indian Education System Operations and Maintenance account passed the House of Representatives and was successfully attached to the Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016:

“Over the past 6 years, the EPA, at the behest of the Obama Administration, has taken unprecedented actions to defy the rule of law and enact far-left, extremist policies by executive fiat. In response, I am more than happy to remind this out-of-control, rogue agency about our Constitution and system of checks and balances which includes ‘the power of the purse’ granted to the House of Representatives. As long as the EPA continues forcing unlawful, job killing polices on the American people, I will continue defunding this agency’s ability to impose further harm.

“Furthermore, there is no question that money spent funding the EPA would be put to better use supporting the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), ensuring these schools have the necessary resources to provide gainful education and quality facilities at a level on par with their peers in other non-bureau funded schools. I am proud to see bipartisan support by my colleagues in the House for this commonsense amendment.”

Background

Specifically, Congressman Gosar’s bipartisan amendment cut $61,304,000 from administrative accounts within the EPA and redirected $50,304,000 to the Operation of Indian Programs Account in order to bring that account up to the budget request level, with the intent of those funds going to the BIE and being evenly allocated between the Education Construction, Replacement Facilities Construction account and the Elementary and Secondary Programs, Facilities Operations account. The funds that weren’t transferred went towards deficit reduction.

Whether it is breaking the law to lobby for the agency’s overreaching WOTUS rule, seeking to put coal companies out of business or imposing silly regulations like Regional Haze, the EPA has shown contempt for American citizens and that the agency will stop at nothing to impose its ideological driven agenda that is not based on sound science.

There are 22 federally recognized tribes in Arizona and many have voiced concerns about the need for better tribal education.

While BIE has made efforts to improve on its delivery of this mission, several recent studies have raised concern regarding student achievement at BIE schools compared to Indian students in public schools. Currently, more than one-third of Bureau funded facilities are in substandard or poor condition. A sizeable volume of research, including investigations by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), have established direct correlation between facility conditions and poor student outcomes within the BIE.

BIE schools face much more extensive operational costs than most public schools due to the fact that many are located in remote areas far from utility and infrastructure services traditionally provided by municipalities. Many BIE schools are responsible for operating their own water and sewer systems, electricity generation, road maintenance, snow management and other large infrastructure needs. Such operational costs can be a considerable drain on resources. The GAO has issued reports as well as testimony to Congress documenting their concerns of the harmful effect these burdens have on learning conditions and student achievement.

The United States Government has trust responsibilities to Indian tribes and Indian education which are firmly established through historical treaties, court decisions and federal statute. This amendment assists with supporting the trust responsibility by helping to provide high quality education for native American students in an environment that is safe, healthy and conducive for learning. 

Sponsors and Cosponsors of the Gosar amendment include: Kevin Cramer, Todd Rokita, Kristi Noem, Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema.

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Reps. Gosar, Pearce Introduce Bipartisan Mexican Wolf Transparency & Accountability Act

2015/06/25

For Immediate Release

Date: June 25, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 2910, the Mexican Wolf Transparency and Accountability Act, which would require the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to comply with federal law and terminate the new overreaching regulations that established the dangerous “Nonessential Experimental Population”  program for the Mexican wolf:

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s attempts to play God with the Mexican wolf population have been nothing short of a disaster. The Service admitted as much on a phone call on January 17, 2015 when it stated that about 50% of the Mexican wolves bred in captivity don’t survive. Talk about an inhumane and ineffective program. Furthermore, the USFWS engineered wolves that are released into the public have not fared much better and have been involved in numerous incidents where wolves have repeatedly stalked children and our citizens.

“This unlawful, new program poses a serious threat to ranchers and citizens in these regions and may cause significant harm to local economies. The new regulations that were implemented without an appropriation or authorization from Congress, in violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, defy commonsense as nearly 90% of the wolf’s original habitat falls within the border of Mexico. Our bipartisan bill will protect local communities, delist the Mexican wolf and terminate this flawed experimental program.”

Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM-02) stated the following after joining Rep. Gosar in introducing the bill: “The so-called ‘recovery program’ of the Mexican wolf is a leading example of why Washington should leave species recovery to the states. The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s program ignores public safety concerns, threatens the livelihoods of New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers and fails to set a recovery goal (number of wolves) that will lead to a solution. Wolves are natural predators and are devastating livestock populations and putting children and family pets in danger.  Yet the Fish and Wildlife Service has recently decided to expand the population area for the wolves without first securing the necessary funding to ensure predator incidents can be prevented.  Needless to say, the Fish and Wildlife Service’s current program is not effective for wolf recovery and does not provide the kind of accountability the people of New Mexico deserve.  Congress must intervene by de-listing the Mexican wolf, eliminating this inadequate ‘recovery’ program and transferring species’ protection back to the state of New Mexico.”

Background

On January 16, 2015, USFWS listed the Mexican gray wolf as an endangered subspecies and also issued a new rule that dramatically expanded the area Mexican gray wolves can roam. This bill prevents the Mexican wolf subspecies listing from having any force or effect and terminates the 10(j) rule that expanded the areas the wolves can roam and established an experimental population program.

The Mexican wolf was first listed as an endangered species in 1976. In 1982, Mexico and the United States signed the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan. USFWS has acknowledged that, “The recovery plan did not contain objective and measurable recovery criteria for delisting as required by section 4(f)(1) of the Act.”

Yet, the Service has utilized the same recovery plan for the Mexican wolf since the early 1980s, failing to update the plan to include recovery criteria as required by federal law which will allow for the down-listing and delisting of this subspecies of wolves. As a result, this plan is significantly outdated and is not based on the best available science.

On June 8, 2015, the Arizona Attorney General and the Arizona Game and Fish Department filed a lawsuit against the secretary of the Department of Interior and the USFWS “for failing their statutory duty to develop an updated recovery plan to guide Mexican wolf recovery.”

An independent economic analysis found that the Mexican wolf’s presence in one county has caused a direct economic loss of $5 million and resulted in “1,172 calves lost annually to wolf depredation.”

Mexican wolves have caused so many problems in recent years that 12 wolves have had to be lethally removed and more than 150 others have been forced to be relocated. 

The Mexican Wolf Transparency & Accountability Act is endorsed by: the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Public Lands Council, Americans for Limited Government, Arizona Cattleman’s Association, Arizona Farm Bureau, Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association, Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association, the Arizona Association of Conservation Districts, New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, Coconino County Farm Bureau and Cattle Growers Association, Yavapai Cattle Growers Association, Navajo/Apache Cattle Growers Association, Greenlee Cattle Growers Association, La Paz Stockmen’s Association, Mohave Livestock Association, Gila County Cattle Growers Association, Maricopa County Cattle Growers Association, Cochise /Graham Cattle Growers Association, Southern Arizona Cattlemen's Protective Association.

Sponsors and Original Cosponsors of the legislation include: Paul Gosar*, Steve Pearce*, Mark Amodei, Trent Franks, Glen Grothman, Martha McSally, Collin Peterson, Matt Salmon, David Schweikert and Ryan Zinke.

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Strong Support for Gosar Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Bill at Committee Hearing

2015/06/25

For Immediate Release

Date: June 25, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on the Congressman’s bill, H.R. 1107, the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Transparency Act:

“For over a century, BOR has transformed the West into a powerhouse that feeds the nation and millions around the world while providing renewable, emissions-free energy for millions. Important projects, such as the Central Arizona Project in my home state, have successfully resulted in proper management of vital water resources.

“To ensure this continues, it is necessary for Congress to be vigilant and provide proper oversight of BOR operations requiring this agency to make public the estimated cost of repairs for Reclamation facilities. For years, Congress and many water users asked for such information, only to be rebuffed time and again. Increasing accountability at BOR will empower states, localities and water and power users to make informed decisions on aging infrastructure, much of which is 50 years or older. 

“The American public has asked for and deserves laws that reflect the needs of this century.  Letting the sunlight in on government is one of those important needs.”

Congressman Paul Gosar with Tom W. Davis, General Manager of the Yuma County Water Users’ Association during Thursday's House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans legislative hearing.

Tom W. Davis, General Manager of the Yuma County Water Users’ Association, testified before the subcommittee stating, “The Yuma County Water Users' Association supports H.R. 1107. An important step in addressing any problem is gaining an understanding of its scope and nature. Congressman Gosar’s bill increases transparency by providing a better understanding of the major replacement and rehabilitation needs of Bureau of Reclamation’s infrastructure assets.  This legislation directs the agency to streamline and consolidate multiple reports in order to facilitate better management of the agency’s infrastructure.”

Estevan López, Commissioner at the Bureau of Reclamation, testified before the subcommittee stating: “The Department supports HR 1107…Reclamation appreciates the constructive work conducted with the sponsor’s offices and this Subcommittee to develop a number of specific changes to the bill consistent with our 2014 testimony… These changes were all incorporated into the current version of HR 1107.  Reclamation recognizes the value in obtaining additional information on the status of our infrastructure.”

Background

The full text of Tom W. Davis’ testimony can be found HERE.

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. 

The bill  has 22  bipartisan cosponsors 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, Martha McSally, Jeff Miller, Grace Napolitano, Steve Pearce, Matt Salmon, Kyrsten 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: SCOTUS Got “Grubered”, Legitimizes Obamacare Deceit and Lies

2015/06/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruling in the King v. Burwell case:

“I am extremely disappointed by today's Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare subsidies in state operated exchanges. As the court itself admitted, state exchanges were excluded from subsidies. Rather than uphold the law as written, the court majority rewrote the law again effectively undercutting the rule of law. Extending subsidies will continue to cover the fact that burdensome Obamacare regulations are making health insurance more expensive for all Americans. This ensures consumers will continue to find fewer choices and lower quality healthcare while having to pay higher premiums.

“Today's decision, will not save this horrendous law that has caused premiums to skyrocket. I remain committed to repealing Obamacare in its entirety and replacing it with an affordable, free market solution that ensures all Americans have access to quality healthcare.”

Background

Congressman Gosar introduced the PRIMR Act last week which would deliver real cost savings to healthcare consumers by exempting plans in states on the federal exchange from the three most burdensome Obamacare insurance regulations: age rating restrictions, benefit mandates and minimum actuarial value requirements. This bill would lower premiums for all 21 million Americans using the federal exchanges. Read more HERE.

On average, this targeted action will save young people 44% on insurance premiums, while pre-retirees will still save 7%. In Arizona, these savings translate to more than $1,000 for young-adults and over $400 for those approaching Medicare eligibility.

The PRIMR Act is endorsed by Heritage Action. The estimated savings this Act would bring to residents in the 34 affected states can be found using the info graphic HERE.

In January of this year, Congressman Gosar introduced the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2015 which would amend the McCarran-Ferguson Act which exempted the health insurance industry from anti-trust laws. Read more HERE. This legislation would repeal a section of the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945, which exempted the insurance industry from the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act—acts that have the purpose of ensuring fair competition. This broad exemption was intended to assist newly established insurance companies set sustainable premiums by permitting data sharing between insurance companies.

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Rep. Gosar Votes to Shield States from Overreaching EPA Regulations

2015/06/24

For Immediate Release

Date: June 24, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House voted in favor of H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act, which prevents states from being forced to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s rules addressing emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel fired power plants until after a comprehensive judicial review has taken place:

“I am pleased to see the House put the brakes on the Obama Administration’s unwavering march towards enforcing its environmental insanity on the country. The EPA is intent on killing thousands of American jobs and harming our economy with these new mandates that will do little to nothing to reduce carbon emissions worldwide. More than 30 states have made legal objections to the EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plant Rule’,  expressing concerns about detrimental impacts this unnecessary regulation will have on local economies and the cost of providing energy to consumers.

“Over the past few years, we have seen federal judges continue to push back against these extremist regulations despite the administration’s sincerest attempts to circumvent the legislative process. I have no doubt that the courts will continue to rule against the president’s harmful regulations that are funded by special interest groups. That is why the House acted today to allow for judicial review to be carried out. Ultimately, Congress, not EPA bureaucrats at the behest of the President, should dictate our country’s climate change policy using input from those most affected by changes to the law.”

Background

American families are projected to lose almost $600 billion in disposable income as a result of EPA’s “Clean Power Plant Rule”. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy, all of this economic harm and destruction for our economies will only result in a 1.8% reduction of global carbon-dioxide emissions by the year 2030.

Congressman Gosar offered an amendment to H.R. 2042 requiring formal withdrawal of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposed rule published on June 18, 2014 and the supplemental proposed rule published on November 4, 2014. The amendment also required the EPA to consult with local governments and small businesses to commission a report on ways to further the goals of the Clean Air Act without new regulations and requires legislation to be passed by Congress before any new regulations for power plants can be implemented.

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Rep. Gosar Applauds Federal Judge Ruling to Suspend Job Killing Regulation on Fracking

2015/06/24

For Immediate Release

Date: June 24, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after U.S. District Judge, Scott Skavdahl, granted a stay of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) hydraulic fracturing (fracking) rule on federal lands:

“U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl’s ruling on the EPA’s bogus federal fracking regulation is a win for commonsense and sends a strong message to the Obama Administration that this rogue agency cannot continue to skirt the law in order to impose this administration’s ideological anti-energy agenda. It’s unthinkable that the EPA continues its effort to prevent safe natural gas drilling on American soil despite the agency’s own conclusions that fracking has not ‘led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States’. I applaud the U.S. District Courts ruling and remain committed to pursuing commonsense policies that promote a responsible all-of-the-above energy strategy.” 

Background:

On March 20, 2015, President Obama released new regulations for Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on federal and Indian lands.

From the Congressional Western Caucus: “If allowed to go forward, this rule would duplicate active state management that has been effectively regulating hydraulic fracturing for decades and responding in recent years to advancing drilling technologies.”

Congressman Gosar released a statement following that original announcement which can be found HERE

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Rep. Gosar Introduces Bipartisan Legislation, the American Indian Trust Responsibility Act

2015/06/22

For Immediate Release

Date: June 12, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing the bipartisan American Indian Trust Responsibility Review Act of 2015 with the support of 17 cosponsors:

“Over the years, the trust relationship between the United States and American Indian tribes has eroded. There is no excuse that a comprehensive review of federal policy on the trust responsibility and the gap between its ideals and its reality for Indian tribes has not been conducted in the last 40 years. 

"The comprehensive review established by my bipartisan legislation will allow Congress to exercise oversight over the Executive Branch and provide a blueprint for better administration of the trust relationship with federally recognized tribes as well as allow for the pursuit of policies that allow tribes maximum self-determination."

 Additional:

The 17 bipartisan cosponsors that joined Congressman Gosar in introducing this legislation include: Tony Cardenas, Paul Cook, Debbie Dingell, Trent Franks, Mike Honda, Walter Jones, Ann Kirkpatrick, Doug LaMalfa, Markwayne Mullin, Ed Perlmutter, Charles Rangel, Gregorio Sablan, David Schweikert, Scott Tipton, Norma Torres, Don Young, and Ryan Zinke 

The last formal review by Congress was conducted by the American Indian Policy Review Commission (AIPRC). AIPRC's final report issued in 1977 made a number of recommendations regarding how the trust relationship might be strengthened and implemented. While several of these recommendations have been incorporated in one form or another, many were never adopted.

New challenges and opportunities have arisen in the intervening decades and there has been no continuing review of the trust relationship, particularly the extent to which it has been implemented by the United States.

This report will provide the agencies charged with administering the trust relationship with a blueprint for managing their relationships with federally recognized tribes.

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Rep. Gosar Introduces PRIMR Act to Combat Costly Health Insurance Regulations

2015/06/18

For Immediate Release

Date: June 18, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R.2819, the Premium Reduction and Insurance Market Reform Act (PRIMR):

“With the verdict of King v. Burwell looming, the healthcare reform conversation has focused on the fate of federal subsidies for insurance premiums initiated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, this puts the focus on the symptoms of our ailing healthcare system and ignores the root cause. It is vitally important that we first address the primary driver of unaffordable premiums under Obamacare – onerous insurance regulations.

“It comes as no surprise to most people that Obamacare has been a disaster. Skyrocketing premiums, a terrible rollout and the constant manipulation of the American people to implement this awful government run healthcare system confirm that fact. My bill will lower premiums for the 21 million Americans that have been negatively impacted by the systematic failures of Obamacare’s federal exchanges.”

“Only full repeal can solve all of Obamacare’s problems, but my legislation will provide an attractive alternative for states and will ensure that future repeal efforts and health care reforms will be built on solid ground.”

Background

The full text of the PRIMR Act can be found HERE

The PRIMR Act delivers real cost savings to the consumer by exempting plans in affected states from the three most burdensome Obamacare insurance regulations: age rating restrictions, benefit mandates and minimum actuarial value requirements. Instead of just focusing on the 5 million people who may potentially lose their federal subsidies because of a Supreme Court ruling, this bill will lower premiums for all 21 million Americans using the federal exchanges.

On average, this targeted action will save young people 44% on insurance premiums, while pre-retirees will still save 7%. In Arizona, these savings translate to more than $1,000 for young-adults and over $400 for those approaching Medicare eligibility.

The PRIMR Act is endorsed by Heritage Action. The estimated savings this Act would bring to residents in the 34 affected states can be found using the info graphic HERE.

The six (6) original cosponsors of this bill are: Marsha Blackburn, Scott DesJarlais, John Fleming, Trent Franks, Jody Hice and Jeff Miller.

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Appropriations Committee Supports Gosar-Pearce Effort to Block Merger of BLM State Offices

2015/06/18

For Immediate Release

Date: June 18, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill this week and released the accompanying bill report which includes language directing the BLM not to merge the Arizona and New Mexico field offices:

“I am pleased that the House Appropriations Committee heard the call of Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-02) and I to include strong language in the Interior Appropriations process directing the Bureau of Land Management not to merge the Arizona and New Mexico BLM field offices. 

“The bipartisan Committee didn't mince words and condemned this misguided proposal stating, 'The Committee directs the Bureau not to consolidate the Arizona and New Mexico State offices and reminds the Bureau that office consolidation proposals are subject to the Committee’s reprogramming requirements.'

“Neither Arizona nor New Mexico would benefit from this ill-advised plan by the BLM. Residents of both states would experience permitting delays, job losses, increased wildfires and less efficient land management as a result of this terrible proposal. Congressman Pearce and I have worked tirelessly to stop this disastrous attempt by the BLM, and we will continue to do everything in our power to prevent this misguided idea.” 

Background

As a result of having backing from the bipartisan Appropriations Committee, the Gosar/Pearce effort is likely to prevent the merger of the BLM Arizona/New Mexico state field offices for at least one year.

On May 6, 2015, Congressmen Gosar and Pearce as well as several of their colleagues sent a letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze opposing the proposed merger. To read more about this effort click HERE

On May 18, 2015, Congressman Gosar as well as senior members of the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Committee of Oversight and Government Reform sent another letter strongly discouraging this merger and asking pointed questions.  To read more about this effort click HERE

The Committee language blocking this proposal is found on page 11 of the Committee Report found HERE

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Contact Information

504 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2315
Fax 202-226-9739
gosar.house.gov

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

ARIZONA's 2nd DISTRICT

Matt Salmon

ARIZONA's 5th DISTRICT

David Schweikert

ARIZONA's 6th DISTRICT

Trent Franks

ARIZONA's 8th DISTRICT

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