Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Rep. Gosar Praises Court Decision Blocking EPA’s WOTUS Regulation

2015/08/27

For Immediate Release

Date:  August 27, 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 Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota blocked President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Waters of the United States regulation (WOTUS) that was slated to go into effect tomorrow as a result of a lawsuit filed by 13 states, including the state of Arizona:

“Judge Erikson’s preliminary injunction blocking the EPA’s unconstitutional water grab puts the interests of hard-working Americans, small businesses, states and the agriculture community ahead of the self-interests of extremist environmental groups.

“WOTUS is a job-killing, overreaching new regulation that would be a dream killer for future generations and result in significant job losses as well as considerable harm to our economy. This terribly flawed Washington mandate contradicts prior Supreme Court decisions and seeks to expand agency control over 60% of our country’s streams as well as millions of acres of wetlands that were previously non-jurisdictional.

“This temporary victory is a big win for states and the people of our country who refuse to be ruled by executive fiat. I have been fighting this regulation from the very beginning and I will continue to do everything I can to fight this unconstitutional water grab and prevent it from ever being implemented.”

Background:

On March 25, 2014, the EPA and the Corps 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.

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 185 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. 

Congressman Gosar has also inserted funding riders into appropriations bills, blocked a democrat amendment that tried to strip one of his WOTUS riders and voted at least five different times for legislation that has passed the House to block WOTUS.  In July 2015, he 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. 

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

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Kingman, AZ - Office Hours

2015/08/20


Rep. Gosar, House Colleagues Press for Answers, Demand Accountability from EPA for Cement Creek Spill

2015/08/19

For Immediate Release

Date: August 19, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after he and 29 of his House colleagues demanded answers from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to questions relating to the unresolved August 5, 2015 contamination of Cement Creek:

“The staggering incompetence and complete lack of accountability from the EPA following the breach at the Gold King mine is incomprehensible. It is disgraceful that local elected officials and residents who were put at risk had to find out about this disaster through news reports. This event has highlighted the glaring hypocrisy within the Obama Administration. Rather than condemning these actions, like the White House did during spills by the private sector, the president and his mouthpieces have remained silent, tried to cover up this incident and directed all questions on this matter to the EPA.  The double standard is sickening as this administration believes it can create its own set of rules when it is the one responsible for polluting our rivers.

“The real victims are the American people that develop health issues as a result of this spill, the people of the Navajo Nation who have had their primary water source contaminated, the local outfitters and businesses who have had to temporary close their operations as well as forgo significant revenues, and the local farmers and ranchers who have been unable to irrigate their crops or feed their livestock. We won’t know the full damage that has been done to Western communities from this incident for several years. Having said that, I support the Navajo Nation’s planned legal action and the legal action of any other citizens who were victims of this gross negligence by the EPA. This gutless and incompetent agency must be held accountable for releasing 3 million gallons of toxic waste into our rivers.”

Background:

The letter goes on to state:

“On August 5th, the work conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the Gold King Mine directly led to the release of approximately 3 million gallons of contaminated water and sediment into Cement Creek and the Animas River in southwest Colorado.  Previous correspondence to your agency has urged greater interagency cooperation in responding to this catastrophe, as well as asked the EPA to develop short and long-term plans to address the environmental and economic harm caused to the affected communities and the industries and people that sustain them.  It is our hope to see these concerns addressed promptly.

“We remain completely unsatisfied with the delay in notifying the impacted communities and elected officials responsible for preparing and responding to a disaster such as this one.”

The full text of the letter can be found HERE. Cement Creek is a tributary of the Animas River. Contaminants from this spill have negatively affected rivers that provide water for irrigation, recreation and drinking in New Mexico, Utah and Colorado as well as for the Navajo Nation.

The letter was signed by: Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Hal Rogers (R-KY), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Michael Burgess (R-TX), Roger Williams (R-TX), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Steve Pearce (R-NM), Joe Heck (R-V), David Rouzer (R-NC), Tom Emmer (R-MN), Keith Rothfus (R-PA), Mia Love (R-UT), Cresent Hardy (R-NV), French Hill (R-AR), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Mark Amodei (R-NV), Jason Smith (R-O), Thomas Rooney (R-FL), Raul Labrador (R-ID), John Ratcliffe (R-TX), Bill Flores (R-TX), Dave Brat (R-VA), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL).

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Rep. Gosar, House Colleagues Press for Answers, Demand Accountability from EPA for Cement Creek Spill

2015/08/19

For Immediate Release

Date: August 19, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after he and 29 of his House colleagues demanded answers from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to questions relating to the unresolved August 5, 2015 contamination of Cement Creek:

“The staggering incompetence and complete lack of accountability from the EPA following the breach at the Gold King mine is incomprehensible. It is disgraceful that local elected officials and residents who were put at risk had to find out about this disaster through news reports. This event has highlighted the glaring hypocrisy within the Obama Administration. Rather than condemning these actions, like the White House did during spills by the private sector, the president and his mouthpieces have remained silent, tried to cover up this incident and directed all questions on this matter to the EPA.  The double standard is sickening as this administration believes it can create its own set of rules when it is the one responsible for polluting our rivers.

“The real victims are the American people that develop health issues as a result of this spill, the people of the Navajo Nation who have had their primary water source contaminated, the local outfitters and businesses who have had to temporary close their operations as well as forgo significant revenues, and the local farmers and ranchers who have been unable to irrigate their crops or feed their livestock. We won’t know the full damage that has been done to Western communities from this incident for several years. Having said that, I support the Navajo Nation’s planned legal action and the legal action of any other citizens who were victims of this gross negligence by the EPA. This gutless and incompetent agency must be held accountable for releasing 3 million gallons of toxic waste into our rivers.”

Background:

The letter goes on to state:

“On August 5th, the work conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the Gold King Mine directly led to the release of approximately 3 million gallons of contaminated water and sediment into Cement Creek and the Animas River in southwest Colorado.  Previous correspondence to your agency has urged greater interagency cooperation in responding to this catastrophe, as well as asked the EPA to develop short and long-term plans to address the environmental and economic harm caused to the affected communities and the industries and people that sustain them.  It is our hope to see these concerns addressed promptly.

“We remain completely unsatisfied with the delay in notifying the impacted communities and elected officials responsible for preparing and responding to a disaster such as this one.”

The full text of the letter can be found HERE. Cement Creek is a tributary of the Animas River. Contaminants from this spill have negatively affected rivers that provide water for irrigation, recreation and drinking in New Mexico, Utah and Colorado as well as for the Navajo Nation.

The letter was signed by: Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Hal Rogers (R-KY), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Michael Burgess (R-TX), Roger Williams (R-TX), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Steve Pearce (R-NM), Joe Heck (R-V), David Rouzer (R-NC), Tom Emmer (R-MN), Keith Rothfus (R-PA), Mia Love (R-UT), Cresent Hardy (R-NV), French Hill (R-AR), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Mark Amodei (R-NV), Jason Smith (R-O), Thomas Rooney (R-FL), Raul Labrador (R-ID), John Ratcliffe (R-TX), Bill Flores (R-TX), Dave Brat (R-VA), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL).

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Rep. Gosar Finds Obama Methane Regulation to Be More Hot Air

2015/08/18

For Immediate Release

Date: August 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 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new regulations today to limit emissions of methane from the oil and natural gas sector by 40 to 45 percent by 2025, compared to 2012 levels:

“The EPA, at the behest of President Obama, continues to impose costly new regulations that defy commonsense and threaten thousands of good-paying jobs across the country. Despite former high-profile members of President Obama’s cabinet clearly stating that hydraulic fracturing is a safe technology for extracting oil and natural gas, the EPA continues to blindly follow the ideological marching orders put forth by the president. Shockingly, even the EPA’s own data shows this new regulation is unnecessary as methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing have decreased significantly in recent years despite continued increases in production.

“President Obama’s self-obsessed efforts to leave a legacy of environmental extremism will be paid for by eliminating thousands of good-paying jobs across the country. This reckless and partisan administration should first focus on cleaning up its own mess from  the August 5th Gold King Mine spill, as opposed to pushing nonsensical new regulations that will cause significant harm to our economy.” 

Background:

Today’s proposed regulation is one of many in a long line of misguided proposals made by the Obama Administration to combat climate change. The non-partisan Congressional Research Service estimates this Administration spent $77 billion from FY 2008 through FY 2013 studying and trying to develop global climate change policies.

On March 23, 2015, President Obama released new regulations for Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on federal and Indian lands which disproportionately hurts rural western states like Arizona. This duplicative, job-killing regulation is unnecessary as states throughout the nation already have regulations in place to ensure hydraulic fracturing is done in an environmentally responsible way. Read more HERE.

On August 3, 2015, the EPA announced final “Clean Power Plan” rule seeking to dramatically reduce carbon emissions from power plants. American families are projected to lose almost $600 billion in disposable income as a result of EPA’s new proposed regulation. An economic analysis also found that this overreaching Washington mandate will kill 226,000 jobs annually and cost our economy $50 billion each year. 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 has cosponsored legislation and twice voted for bills that passed the House to block this overreach. Congressman Gosar also requested a funding rider that was inserted into a House appropriations bill and offered an amendment to formally withdraw this new mandate. Read more HERE

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Rep. Gosar Blasts EPA's Clean Power Plan Rule

2015/08/03

For Immediate Release

Date: August 3, 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 in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announced final “Clean Power Plan” rule seeking to dramatically reduce carbon emissions from power plants:

“Today, President Obama and his EPA minions continued their assault on jobs and affordable energy. Unfortunately, blatant overreaches and burdensome new regulations by this administration are par for the course these days. This unnecessary power grab is further evidence that the president is more concerned with appeasing extremist environmental groups than with protecting the interests of the American people.  

“This new regulation will do little to nothing to lower global carbon emissions and will only embolden global competitors. By forcing this fundamentally flawed rule down the throats of energy providers and consumers, the president is threatening to extinguish millions of good paying jobs, to cause energy prices to skyrocket and to further impoverish minorities who are already struggling to make ends meet.   

“Time and time again, Congress and the American people have repeatedly rejected cap-and-tax energy plans proposed by this president and his big-government allies. Yet, the Obama Administration continues its ideological war on energy and mistakenly believes the administration can regulate its way to prosperity. As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I am more emboldened than ever to put an end to the lawless ways of the EPA and the Obama Administration by defending commonsense policies that protect hard-working families and our nation’s energy security.”

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.

On June 24, 2015, the House passed the Ratepayer Protection Act. Congressman Gosar offered an amendment to H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act, which prevented states from being forced to comply with EPA’s Clean Power plan until after a comprehensive judicial review.

Congressman Gosar also offered an amendment to H.R. 2042 which required 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 required legislation to be passed by Congress before any new regulations for power plants can be implemented.

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In Case You Missed It: Senator Mike Lee Joins Rep. Gosar in the fight to Block Obama's Utopian Housing Regulation

2015/07/30

For Immediate Release

Date: July 30, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced  a Senate bill  similar to Congressman Gosar’s Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act, H.R. H.R. 1995, which would prohibit the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from implementing a new regulation known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).

After introducing the bill, Senator Lee stated, “Every American should be free to choose where to live, and every community should be free to zone its neighborhoods and compete for new residents according to its distinct values. The diversity of America’s neighborhoods – from dense cities to wide-open rural communities to suburbs in between – is a treasure that we need to preserve. We don’t need a National Zoning Board. Washington should let Americans ‘govern local.’”   Senator Lee was joined by Senators David Vitter (R-LA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) as co-sponsors of this legislation. 

Background

The full text of Congressman Gosar's Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act can be found HERE.

Congressman Gosar’s legislation rejects HUD’s overreach by requiring a withdrawal of the AFFH Rule and the Assessment Tool used to implement the rule. Furthermore, the bill includes an important federalism provision that requires HUD to consult with local governments and local communities for the purposes of furthering the Fair Housing Act of 1968 by means other than top-down federal regulations. More information about H.R. 1995 can be found HERE.

On July 8, 2015, the Obama Administration, through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), announced a new regulation known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. The final rule was subsequently published in the federal register on July 16, 2015, and will take effect 30 days after this publication.

The AFFH rule seeks to use the disparate impact legal theory to justify social engineering of local neighborhoods. It would do so by withholding Community Development Block Grant funds from towns and cities unless they meet utopian standards of integration based on sex, income, religion, race and other federally protected demographics.

HUD is essentially creating a set of rules and regulations by which communities must conform or face losing out on tens of millions of dollars in grant money annually. Furthermore, this new mandate will result in increased local taxes, depress property values and cause further harm to impoverished communities that urgently need these funds. The damage to local communities that will result from the AFFH rule is well documented and further evidenced in publications about the regulation including the PAHRA MonitorInvestor’s Business Daily and the New York Daily.

The House of Representatives has already voted twice to defund the AFFH rule by passing Congressman Gosar’s amendments during consideration of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bills for fiscal years 2015 and 2016 (Roll Call Vote no. 285 from the 113th Congress and Roll Call Vote no. 311 from the 114th Congress). More information on those votes can be found HERE and HERE.

Congressman Gosar wrote and op-ed for Investor’s Business Daily titled Latest Federal Mandate On 'Fair Housing' Is Anything But, which can be read HERE.

The 23 Cosponsors of H.R. 1995 that support the Gosar legislation include: Brian Babin, Marsha Blackburn, Jim Bridenstine, Steve Chabot, Rick Crawford, Scott DesJarlais, John Duncan (TN), Stephen Fincher, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Glenn Grothman, Doug LaMalfa, Mia Love, Cynthia Lummis, David Joyce, Thomas Massie, Tom McClintock, Ted Poe, Pete Sessions, Lamar Smith, Randy Weber, Lynn Westmoreland, Ted Yoho.

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Rep. Gosar Bill to Increase Transparency at Bureau of Reclamation Passes Senate Committee

2015/07/30

For Immediate Release

Date: July 30, 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 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee successfully passed the Senate version of the Congressman’s Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Transparency Act of 2015 by voice vote:

“Many of the facilities operated by BOR are in desperate need of repairs. Unfortunately, Congress doesn’t know what the agency’s priorities are or what needs to be fixed as Reclamation has done a poor job of compiling and reporting this information to date.  

“I am pleased to see the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee take action today on the Barrasso/Gosar legislation which will resolve these issues and force the agency to get its affairs in order. Our legislation will allow for scarce federal resources to go to the most important projects and will empower states, localities and water and power users to make informed decisions.”

Background:

Congressman Gosar introduced the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act on February 26, 2015.

On June 25, 2015, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act. Click HERE to read more.

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 John Barrasso (R-WY) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) 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 House version of the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act currently has 24 cosponsor including Representatives Mark Amodei, Joe Barton, Matt Cartwright, Mike Coffman, Jeff Denham, Trent Franks, John Garamendi, Chris Gibson, Crescent Hardy, Joe Heck, Jared Huffman, Ann Kirkpatrick, Ted Lieu, Cynthia Lummis, Tom McClintock, Martha McSally, Jeff Miller, Grace Napolitano, Steve Pearce, Mark Pocan, 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 Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Reform the Equal Access to Justice Act

2015/07/30

For Immediate Release

Date: July 29, 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 joining five other original sponsors in introducing H.R. 3279, the Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act, which aims to strengthen the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) by reinstating the tracking and reporting requirements for how much money is being paid out by the federal government under this law:

“Given the rampant waste, fraud and abuse that has infected the federal government, increasing transparency of how taxpayer dollars are spent is more important than ever. The intent of the Equal Access to Justice Act was to help the average Joe fight back against an overreaching and oppressive federal government. Unfortunately, this well-intentioned law has been hijacked by environmentalists whose lawyers are billing taxpayers for rates as high as $750 an hour.”

“Environmental groups have abused EAJA and used it as a money-making tool to advance their far left agenda. Our bipartisan bill will restore common sense to this law and crack down on these abuses.”

Background:

The Equal Access to Justice Act, originally passed by Congress in 1980, was intended to reimburse veterans, small businesses and other American citizens for attorneys’ fees and costs incurred for suing the federal government.

H.R. 3279 requires important disclosure information relating to the amount of fees and expenses awarded by federal courts when the United States loses a case or settles with a non-federal entity to be published online in a searchable database.

EAJA is funded by a permanent appropriation and as a result Congress does not control the amount of money that that comes from this fund. EAJA claims are awarded from agency budgets as well as the U.S. Treasury. EAJA originally included tracking and reporting requirements but these were removed by Congress in 1995.

Prior to 1995, EAJA payments were approximately $3 million dollars annually. Unfortunately, EAJA has operated in the dark for more than 20 years and payments have skyrocketed. The Government Accountability Office recently confirmed that we don’t even know the totality of these costs as most federal agencies don’t even bother trying to compile this information.

This bipartisan legislation will track how much money is paid out under EAJA, and more importantly, from which agencies.

Endorsements of the bill include: the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation, Boone and Crockett, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Public Lands Council, the National Association of Conservation Districts, Safari Club International, National Rifle Association, American Motorcycle Association and many others.

Original Sponsors of the Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act are Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Rep. Paul Gosar (R- AZ) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN).

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Rep. Gosar Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Justice for “Downwinders” Exposed to Government Radiation Testing

2015/07/29

For Immediate Release

Date: July 29, 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 Downwinders Compensation Act of 2015 which will ensure partial restitution to victims who now have cancer and other serious medical issues as a result of being exposed to nuclear fallout and radiation during government testing:

“While important to ensuring the protection of the homeland, previous government weapons testing should have been conducted in a manner that minimized citizens’ exposure to cancer-causing carcinogens to the greatest extent possible. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Countless Americans have developed serious illnesses as a result of fallout from government atmospheric nuclear tests.

“Radiation exposure continues to negatively affect many Arizonans and last year I heard gut wrenching testimony from individuals who now have cancer or have lost loved ones due to federal government negligence. For Congress to deny these victims the right to even file a claim is both inconsistent and careless, while violating both the apology and the promise made by the original Act. These families have suffered enough, it’s now up to Congress to correct this injustice.”

Background:

The full text of the Downwinders Compensation Act can be found HERE

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) introduced similar legislation in the Senate today.

From 1945 to 1962 the United States government conducted nearly 200 atmospheric weapons development tests as part of our nation’s Cold War security strategy during an era when other hostile nations were also engaged in nuclear weapons testing and proliferation. These tests exposed thousands of innocent Americans to cancer-causing ionized radiation from nuclear fallout.

When the injuries were discovered, Congress subsequently provided an apology on behalf of the nation and passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act of 1990, or RECA, to establish a trust fund for partial restitution to individuals—commonly referred to as “Downwinders”—who have contracted certain cancers and other serious diseases that can be directly attributed to the radiation exposure from the nuclear weapons testing.

While the Act which established RECA was well-intended, there are serious boundary flaws that have prevented otherwise eligible Americans from receiving justice and the compensation to which they are entitled. Americans that reside in counties in close proximity to where the testing occurred are excluded from this program for no logical scientific reason, including people that reside in Mohave County, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada. This bill corrects this injustice and will provide compensation to qualifying individuals not included in the 1990 Act that deserve restitution. New claimants under this act are subject to the same burden of proof as all other claimants currently covered.

Last year, Congressman Gosar held a field hearing in Kingman, Arizona in regard to the Downwinders of Mohave County, Arizona. At the hearing, Congressman Gosar heard a range of testimony, from expert reviews on the law and medicine to the personal stories of actual Downwinders. Witnesses included a Congressional Research Service (CRS) analyst, Mohave County officials, the Chairwoman of the Hualapai Tribe and several local residents who either developed radiation-induced cancer themselves or have family members who died from radiation-induced cancer. Read more HERE.

The four original cosponsors that joined Congressman Gosar in introducing this legislation include: Mark Amodei (R-NV-02), Trent Franks (R-AZ-08), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-01) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-09). 

The bill is fully paid for and includes a bipartisan offset. 

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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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