Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

President Obama Signs Gosar Bill Honoring Dr. Cameron McKinley into Law

2014/07/26

For Immediate Release Date: July 25, 2014

 

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 President Obama signed into law his sponsored legislation, H.R. 1216, which will designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center in Prescott, Arizona, as the “Dr. Cameron McKinley Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Center”:

“As his widow Anne McKinley said, ‘Today is a very special day in honor of a very special man.’ 

"I am pleased to see the President recognize the distinguished life and career of Dr. Cam McKinley by signing my legislation into law. Naming the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center located at 3180 Stillwater Drive, in Prescott, Arizona, after Dr. McKinley will forever be a fitting testament to his honorable service in the Army as well as his commitment and dedication in helping his fellow veterans through his groundbreaking work treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Today, the Prescott community has much to be proud of and should celebrate the remarkable life of an American hero.”

Additional:

The House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 1216 on June 17, 2014 followed by the Senate on July 9, 2014.

Congressman Gosar’s speech on the House floor supporting H.R. 1216 can be found HERE.

Dr. McKinley, received the Military Order of the Purple Heart for "exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous service to his community, fellow citizens and veterans.”

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Rep. Gosar Testifies Before Senate Committee Supporting the Keep the Promise Act

2014/07/24

For Immediate Release Date: July 23, 2014

 

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 testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on the future of Indian gaming and the need for passage of H.R. 1410:

“TheTohono O’odham Nation’s dismissal of their promise to build no additional casinos in Phoenix is not something that Congress can ignore when the result will be so harmful to what had been a national model. 

“It is vital for Congress to pass the Keep the Promise Act, sponsored by my good friend and colleague Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), that ensures the promise of no additional casinos in the Phoenix area is kept until the existing tribal-state gaming compacts expire, without interfering in the trust acquisition itself. No entity, governmental or otherwise, should be rewarded for deceptive conduct that violates a compact and is contrary to the will of voters.”

The transcript of Congressman Gosar’s testimony can be found HERE.

(Rep. Gosar testifying before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs seated next to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ)

Background:

In return for exclusivity in Arizona, the tribes agreed to a cap on the number of casinos in the state and in the Phoenix metro area, to restrict the number of machines in the state and to share machine revenue with rural non-gaming tribes so all could benefit.

Every urban tribe, except for Tohono O’odham, agreed to this limitation. Tohono O’odham refused, citing the need for a new casino in Tucson or on the rural part of the tribe’s reservation.

The state and other tribes finally agreed to the restrictions on gaming being pushed by Arizona’s Governor and others, but also yielded to Tohono O’odham’s stated need. 

After the agreement was reached, the tribes and state promoted their model compact by saturating the airwaves with press releases, voter handouts, billboards, and in television and radio interviews. Tohono O’odham alone spent $1.8 million dollars urging Arizona voters to rely on the limitation which included no additional casinos in the Phoenix area.

However, in 2001, while negotiations were ongoing and unbeknownst to everyone, Tohono O’odham had begun efforts to find land in the Phoenix area to open their fourth casino in violation of the 17-tribe coalition compact.

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Rep. Gosar Grills Fish and Wildlife Service Over Hatchery Closures

2014/07/23

For Immediate ReleaseDate: July 23, 2014

 

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 the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subcommittee held a legislative hearing on his legislation H.R. 5026, the Fish Hatchery Protection Act:

“The Deputy Director for the Fish and Wildlife Service looked like a fish out of water when trying to explain why the Service did not have a public comment period and did not consider job losses or associated economic impact before terminating important recreational fishing programs throughout the country.

“We heard testimony today from Chairman Angius that nearly 1,700 jobs in Mohave County and nearly $75 million in economic output associated with the Willow Beach Hatchery are at risk as a result of the recent termination of the hatchery’s rainbow trout stocking program.

“The Fish and Wildlife Service is attempting to unilaterally turn our National Fish Hatchery System into an endangered species recovery program. This is extremely misguided as several of the hatcheries affected were constructed more than 50 years ago for the sole purpose of offsetting the loss of native fisheries resulting from the construction of federal dams, including Willow Beach.

“While most answers from the Fish and Wildlife Service today defied commonsense, I was pleased to hear the Deputy Director’s answer to my question about the future of the rainbow trout stocking program at the Willow Beach Hatchery in which he stated 'I believes we would, yes' reinstate the rainbow trout stocking program following the repair of a broken water supply line.” 

Testimony Highlights:

Rep. Gosar: Mr. Gordon, Was there a public comment period prior to changing the priorities for the propagation programs with the release of the November report?  Yes or No?

Deputy Director Guertin: No.

Rep. Gosar: By the Fish and Wildlife Service’s own estimates, the National Fish Hatchery System returns $28 to the national economy for every dollar spent and $3.6 billion to our economy annually. Does the Service consider the impacts to local economies before terminating recreational fishing propagation programs?

Deputy Director Guertin: Under the vision in the report…

Rep. Gosar: Yes or no?  I mean, yes or no?  Either you do or you don’t.

Deputy Director Guertin: It did not.

Rep. Gosar: In our dialogue before, you said that the Service doesn’t consider jobs.  So the 1,700 jobs in Mohave County and $75 million in economic output associated with the Willow Beach Hatchery, that’s now in jeopardy as a result of terminating the trout stocking program and the annual production of 150,000…rainbow trout, that just don’t matter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?

Deputy Director Guertin: Well, certainly it matters.  These are jobs for our fellow citizens…

Rep. Gosar: But wait a minute, you said it doesn’t matter. I mean, earlier, you testified that it just is never put into the equation.  4,000 jobs and $[80] million in payroll.  Does the Fish and Wildlife Service, once again, consider these figures before terminating rainbow trout stocking programs?

Deputy Director Guertin: If we use the report as it’s currently written, it wouldn’t be one of the factors.

Rep. Gosar: Yes or no?

Deputy Director Guertin: No.

Rep. Gosar: Boy, I mean, this is absurd to me.

Rep. Gosar: The Fish and Wildlife Service stated in a letter to this Subcommittee sent on May 30, 2014 that the reason for terminating the rainbow trout stocking program at the time was that the agency didn’t have the 1.5 to 8.5 million dollars to repair a broken water [supply] line and to keep the trout stocking program going…  Recent engineering reports indicate that these estimates were a gross exaggeration and that the broken water [supply] line would only cost around $100,000 to fix. If the water, now listen very carefully, if the water supply line is fixed, does the Fish and Wildlife Service plan to reinstate the trout propagation program at the Willow Beach Hatchery?

Deputy Director Guertin: I believe we would, yes.

Rep. Gosar: Oooh. Great. I’m liking that.

The video of Congressman Gosar’s opening statement can be viewed HERE. The video of Congressman Gosar’s first line of questions can be viewed HERE. The video of Congressman Gosar’s second line of questions can be viewed HERE.

Background:

Subcommittee Chairman John Fleming and Rep. Rick Crawford testified in strong support of the Gosar legislation. In addition, two Arizona witnesses testified in strong support of the bill; Mohave County Board of Supervisors Chairman Hildy Angius and Chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission Robert Mansell. The video of Supervisor Hildy Angius testimony can be viewed HERE. 

The Fish Hatchery Protection Act, H.R. 5026, will preserve propagation fish hatcheries and propagation programs within the National Fish Hatchery System and stipulates that only the Congress can authorize the termination or significant alteration of such facilities or programs.

Recreational fishing propagation programs generate hundreds of thousands of dollars of private and public investment from non-federal entities. In 2011, recreational fishing supported nearly 365,000 jobs and contributed more than $70 billion to our economy.

H.R. 5026 has strong bipartisan support and current cosponsors of the bill include: Former Natural Resources Chairman Nick Rahall (D-WV), Doug Collins (R-GA), Mike Michaud (D-ME), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Phil Roe (R-TN), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tim Griffin (R-AR), Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Joe Heck (R-NV).

The bill has also been endorsed by: The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the American Sportfishing Association and the Mohave County Board of Supervisors.

Trout Unlimited also had some nice things to say about the bill in a letter to Rep. Gosar. That letter can be viewed HERE.

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee Hearing to be Held on Gosar Fish Hatchery Protection Act

2014/07/23

For Immediate Release Date: July 22, 2014

 

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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:00 AM (ET)

1334 Hearing Room in the Longworth House Office Building

Washington D.C. 20515

The hearing is open to the public and a live video stream will be broadcast at  http://naturalresources.house.gov/live

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, Wednesday July 23, 2014, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs will hold a legislative hearing on Congressman Paul Gosar’s (AZ-4) sponsored legislation H.R. 5026, the Fish Hatchery Protection Act. The hearing will include two witnesses from Arizona testifying in support of H.R. 5026, Robert Mansell, Chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and Hildy Angius, Chairman of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors.

Background:

The Fish Hatchery Protection Act preserves propagation fish hatcheries and propagation programs within the National Fish Hatchery System and stipulates that only Congress can authorize the termination or significant alteration of such facilities and programs.

In November 2013, the Fish and Wildlife Service arbitrarily changed the priorities for the five different propagation program categories and announced their intent to close propagation programs and possibly hatcheries throughout the nation in fiscal year 2015.

Following the Service’s announcement, theWillow Beach National Fish Hatchery was instructed on November 24, 2013, to focus on producing suckers and other fish that do not attract anglers or generate revenues for local economies and to terminate its rainbow trout stocking propagation program.

The bureaucratic decision to terminate recreational fishing propagation programs is extremely misguided as several of the hatcheries affected were constructed more than 50 years ago for the sole purpose of offsetting the loss of native fisheries resulting from the construction of federal dams. This is the case for the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery which was created in 1962 to counter the negative impacts on fishery resources that resulted from construction of the Hoover Dam.

Supervisor Hildy Angius, recently testified before the Appropriations Committee about the importance of preserving recreational propagation programs for fishing and stated that recreational fishing in her county supports almost 1,700 jobs and has an annual impact of almost $75 million annually for the Mohave County economy. The local hatchery in Mohave County was instructed by the Fish and Wildlife Service to focus on producing suckers and other fish that do not attract anglers or generate revenues for local economies and to terminate its recreational fishing propagation program.

By the Fish and Wildlife Service’s own estimates, the National Fish Hatchery System returns $28 to the national economy for every dollar spent and $3.6 billion to our economy annually.

Current Cosponsors of the bill include Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Phil Roe (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Joe Heck (R-NV), Tim Griffin (R-AR), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Mike Michaud (D-ME).

The bill is endorsed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the American Sportfishing Association and the Mohave County Board of Supervisors.

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Rep. Gosar Issues Statement on Court Gutting Obamacare Subsidies

2014/07/22

For Immediate Release Date: July 22, 2014

 

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 a D.C. Circuit court ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that Obamacare’s premium subsidies are invalid in nearly three-quarters of states across the country:

“Today's decision by the appellate court reflects a studied approach of judicial review. The court construed the actual language of the statute which clearly applies only to state exchanges. It appropriately rejected arguments about intentions, feelings or excuses about sloppy drafting. That is what courts are meant to do.

“This ruling identifies just another example in a long list of fundamental failures plaguing President Obama’s signature legislation. This continues a disturbing trend of unconstitutional and lawless actions from this administration and I am encouraged by the courts actions.”  

Background:

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) attempts to make health insurance more affordable by granting tax subsidies to certain individuals who purchase their insurance in an “exchange established by the State under Section 1311” of the ACA. This provision was intended to encourage states to create their own Exchanges. However, 36 States elected not to establish a State Exchange but instead to utilize an Exchange established and administered by the federal government.

In May 2012 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a rule to interpret the ACA in a manner which would allow for tax subsidies to be available to eligible individuals who purchase insurance through an Exchange regardless of whether it was established by a State or the federal government.

On February 5, 2014, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report finding that IRS and Treasury officials were concerned regarding the authority to interpret federal exchanges as an “Exchange established by the State" which is required to expand federal subsidies.

 

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2014/07/21


Rep. Gosar Offers Condolences to Families of Ukraine Plane Crash Victims

2014/07/17

For Immediate Release Date: July 17, 2014

 

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 learning about the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine:

“I am saddened to hear about the Malaysian aircraft that was brought down near Donetsk, Ukraine. Although concrete details have not been released, I understand that there were several passengers with American passports on the aircraft. I would like to offer my deepest and most sincere condolences to all of the victims’ families, friends and loved ones. Tonight, the world is praying with you."

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Rep. Gosar Leads Charge to Prohit Bonuses at the IRS

2014/07/16

For Immediate Release Date: July 16, 2014

 

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 the House passed his amendment prohibiting bonuses for senior executive service employees at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The amendment passed with a bipartisan vote of 282-138, with one member voting present, and was attached to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015:

“I was pleased to see 57 members on the other side of the aisle break rank and join me in holding a rogue agency accountable. Despite President Obama’s insistence that there is ‘not a smidgen of corruption’ at the IRS, nearly 30% of House Democrats voted to prohibit bonuses for senior executive employees. This bipartisan vote is a stunning rebuke to the President, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Lois Lerner, and all management within the agency.

“As I have said, the power wielded by the IRS is arguably matched only by the Department of Defense, because—as we all know—the power to tax is the power to destroy. That vital trust between the American people and the IRS has not only been questioned, it has been annihilated.

“This year, House Republicans have gone above and beyond to hold the President and his lawless administration accountable for their actions and inactions. This amendment was another opportunity to act rather than simply speak. The IRS has not only failed to live up to its responsibilities, it has blatantly violated the rights of countless American citizens.

“Giving out bonuses to senior management in the middle of one of the largest and most significant scandals in modern American history is a slap in the face to the American public. As long as I remain a member of Congress, and until the American people have closure on this dark chapter in our history, I will seek to ensure this policy becomes law—each and every fiscal year.”

Background:

Appropriations Financial Services and General Government  Subcommittee Chairman Ander Crenshaw pointed out while speaking in favor of the Gosar amendment, that the previous Acting IRS Commissioner, Steven Miller, even said it was inappropriate to give bonuses while the agency was under intense investigation. 

However current IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, disagreed and doled out nearly $63 million in bonuses last year to “boost morale” at the agency.  

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Rep. Gosar Passes 3 Amendments Targeting $400 Million in Wasteful Spending

2014/07/15

For Immediate Release Date: July 15, 2014

 

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 the House passed 3 of his amendments to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015:

“I am proud the House supported my efforts to rein in wasteful federal spending by passing 3 of my amendments targeted at some of the most ineffective government agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the General Services Administration (GSA).  

“My first amendment, which passed unanimously, reduced funds for the IRS in the bill to the fiscal year 2007 appropriation level, totaling a budget cut of $353 million from the federal agency currently under investigation for targeting innocent American’s for their political beliefs. The IRS is guilty of targeting innocent Americans, now... I am targeting them.

“My second amendment, which also passed unanimously, transferred $42 million from the GSA’s Rental of Space account to the U.S. Courts. The Courts are in need of additional monies to keep pace with an influx of cases and have been consistently underfunded. GSA does not need additional funding for the Rental of Space account given the 77,000 unused or under-used buildings the federal government currently owns. The $42 million transferred by my amendment brings funding for the Courts to the budget request level. Additionally, GSA has a history of mismanaging federal tax dollars and should not be rewarded with such a massive spending increase for new, unnecessary office space.

“Finally, my third unanimously approved amendment reduced funds for the bureaucracy of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to the fiscal year 2014 appropriation level and transferred those funds to SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs. The SBA needs to continue to support worthwhile efforts that foster economic growth and the entrepreneurial development programs within the SBA do exactly that. Prioritizing spending and repurposing funds away from bureaucracy and towards actual programs that benefit small businesses should be common sense.”

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Rep. Gosar Passes Amendment Cutting $353 Million from IRS Budget

2014/07/15

For Immediate ReleaseDate: July 14, 2014

 

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 the House unanimously adopted his amendment reducing funds for the IRS by $353 million as part of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for FY 15:

“I am ecstatic that the House of Representatives supported my efforts today to pass a vitally important amendment which will save hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars and demand accountability from one the federal government's most invasive and rogue agencies—the IRS.

“Just as important as getting our federal spending under control is the fact that this agency has shown contempt for the American taxpayers. It has ignored Congress and ignored subpoenas. It has stonewalled. It has destroyed evidence. It has lied. It has abused its powers and targeted honest Americans for exercising their political beliefs. The list of scandals and examples of mismanagement within the IRS seems to grow every day. This agency, which aggressively pursues American citizens it believes deserve extra scrutiny, must understand that the IRS is first and foremost accountable to the American people, not the other way around.

“Democrats and Republicans all across the country have been demanding Congress ‘do’ something other than hold hearing after hearing about the problems at the IRS. This amendment ‘does’ something that Congress has complete power to do—it uses the power of the purse. My amendment simply brings IRS funding to 2007 levels. The IRS must prove that it can be trusted with the hard earned tax dollars of the American people before it asks Congress to increase its budget.”

Background:

Congressman Gosar’s amendment reduces overall appropriations for the Internal Revenue Service by approximately 3% and brings funding for the IRS down to the FY 2007 appropriations. Current funding for the IRS in the bill is already between 2007-2008 levels. 

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Washington, DC 20515
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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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