Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Rep. Gosar Responds to President Obama’s Unlawful Executive Amnesty Order

2014/11/21

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Nov. 20, 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 announced late on Thursday night his plans to take executive action and grant amnesty to over five million illegal immigrants:

“Tonight’s announcement by President Obama to unlawfully grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants solidifies his reputation as ‘Commander-in-Deceit.’ The president had two years of a filibuster-proof majority in both the House and Senate giving him the ability to legally pass immigration reform with little resistance. Much like most of the decisions he has taken, this insincere executive order is a political stunt of the highest degree.

“This lawless action violates Article II, Section 3 of our Constitution, a provision that demands that the president ‘…take care that the laws be faithfully executed...’ This clearly states that Congress makes our laws, not President Obama.

“This blatant abuse of executive power will ripple throughout the course of American history, threatening our sacred system of checks and balances. By choosing not to fully enforce our current immigration laws, the president has effectively invited a mass migration of illegal immigrants across our border states including my home of Arizona. President Obama’s statement that we currently have the smallest number of illegals trying to cross our border since the 1970’s is a barefaced lie and my constituents, living on the front lines of unsecured borders, can verify that falsehood. Additionally, for the president of the United States to say that his actions are necessary because we owe it to ‘the people who pick our fruit and make our beds’ is both demeaning and racist.

“Now is the time for the House to do the will of the people that elected us and fight back against this lawlessness. Specifically, I call on House leadership to act on three measures. First, the House must immediately pass a short-term spending bill that defunds the entirety of President Obama’s executive order. Second, the House must pass H.Res.757 which would authorize the House to sue the president for any actions in violation of the Constitution in regards to immigration enforcement. Finally, the House must prohibit any funds from being appropriated to provide work permits or green cards to illegal immigrants who are unlawfully living in the U.S.

“The House has the responsibility to act quickly and decisively to stop an out-of-control president and administration from deliberately violating the Constitution any further. There is too much at risk for this lawlessness to go unchallenged.”

 

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Rep. Gosar Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Capture ISIS Terrorists

2014/11/20

For Immediate Release Date: Nov. 20, 2014

 

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

Rep. Gosar Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Capture ISIS Terrorists“Their days are numbered. I want them to know that when you harm innocent Americans, justice will follow close behind”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing legislation amending the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program to require the Secretary of State to offer a $5,000,000 cash reward to individuals who provide information leading to the arrest or conviction of any person involved with the kidnapping and murder of American citizens:

“The horrific publicized murders of our citizens is unacceptable. We need to find these thugs and bring them to justice. This reward money will give incentive for these terrorists to turn on each other. The first to come to us will be rewarded well so we can bring the others to justice.

“Their days are numbered. I want them to know that when you harm innocent Americans, justice will follow close behind. In order to take the fight to those who commit such evil, I have introduced legislation that will put a bounty on the heads of anyone involved with the kidnapping and murder of American citizens—including the ISIS soldiers who murdered Americans James Foley, Peter Kassig and Steven Sotloff.

“This legislation has two primary purposes. The first is to incentivize any person living in tyranny and oppression who may be brave enough to stand up for what is right and help the U.S. bring these terrorists to justice. The second is to deter ISIS and other foreign terrorist organizations from continuing their murderous, deranged ways. The kidnapping and murdering of our citizens will not be tolerated and Congress must pass effective legislation that will ensure swift punishment for those who harm innocent Americans.” 

Background:

The full text of Congressman Gosar’s legislation can be found HERE.

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

Previous amendments to the Rewards for Justice Program required no new spending. According to the FY2015 Budget Request, “funding for the expansion of the Rewards Program is provided from currently available resources and [existing] transfer authorities.” 

Congressman Gosar’s legislation has fourteen original cosponsors including Trent Franks (AZ-08), Brad Sherman (CA-30), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Ron DeSantis (FL-06), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Mick Mulvaney (SC-05), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Chris Stewart (UT-02), Jim Bridenstine (OK-01), Paul Cook (CA-08), Steve Stockman (TX-36), Ted Yoho (FL-03) and Robert Hurt (VA-05).

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House Passes Gosar Amendment Calling for EPA Transparency, Accountability

2014/11/19

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Nov. 19, 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 his amendment to the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014, requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make all scientific and technical information relied upon for rulemaking available online, successfully passed the House by unanimous consent:

“For far too long, the EPA has used secret studies and so-called peer-reviews from biased sources to justify regulations that fit their job-killing agenda. Not only does this practice result in a lack of transparency, it also leads to hundreds of thousands of jobs being destroyed across the country by unreasonable and unnecessary regulations. Additionally, hardworking taxpayers are left to pick up the tab for these expensive, and often worthless, regulations.

“The best way to reign in this rogue agency is to make them publish the science supporting their regulations online. Furthermore, I strongly support the Secret Science Reform Act of  2014, and I’d like to congratulate my good friend and fellow Arizonan David Schweikert (AZ-06) on passage of this commonsense legislation.”

Background:

The Congressional Budget Office determined that Congressman Gosar’s amendment would not score and would not affect direct spending or revenues. Congressman Gosar’s amendment is supported by the Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21).

The Secret Science Reform Act would require the Environmental Protection Agency to utilize actual science when formulating regulations and requires that the science be made available for peer-review and reproduction.

The text of the Gosar amendment can be found HERE.

The Congressional Research Service estimates the Obama Administration has already squandered $77 billion from FY2008 through FY2013 studying and trying to develop global climate change policies. If the EPA is implementing regulations that cost our economy billions of dollars every year, at minimum, the science used to justify these regulations should be based on actual science that is made available online in order to allow independent analysis and reproduction.  

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Gosar Sponsored Water Rights Settlement Unanimously Passes Resources Committee

2014/11/19

For Immediate Release Date: Nov. 19, 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 his sponsored legislation, H.R. 4924, the Bill Williams River Water Settlement Act passed the House Natural Resources Committee by unanimous consent:

“I am very pleased to see this important, bipartisan water rights settlement pass unanimously through the House Committee on Natural Resources. Thousands of Arizonans, including the Hualapai Tribe, are one step closer to benefiting from this legislation which will result in a significant net water benefit to the region. In addition, this bill allows for additional public access for hunting and fishing while the local counties benefit from the good paying jobs and tax revenue associated with continued use of the Bagdad Mine.

“Water is critical to our continued economic stability in Arizona and is a limited resource on which there are many existing demands that need to be met. This settlement sets a positive example for public/private partnerships to advance a cooperative resolution for long-standing water disputes. Furthermore, it will provide clarity and certainty of water resource availability to other water users in the State of Arizona. This bill clearly has overwhelming support and I will continue to push for this legislation to be brought to the House floor for a vote as soon as possible.”

Background:

H.R. 4924 would facilitate 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 bill would ratify the Big Sandy River-Planet Water Rights Settlement Agreement and the Hualapai Tribe Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Agreement.

The Congressional Budget Office has determined that the bill costs 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.

Congressman Gosar has posted a fact sheet for H.R. 4924 on his website which can be found HERE.

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Rep. Gosar Cosponsors Resolution to Fight Back Against Executive Amnesty

2014/11/18

 

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Nov. 18, 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 signing on as a cosponsor of H.Res.757 which would authorize the House to sue the President or other executive branch officials for actions that are inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution, with respect to immigration laws:

“As the president continues to threaten the American people with an executive order granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, House Republicans are taking the necessary steps on behalf of an overwhelming majority of Americans who want to stop the president’s unconstitutional overreach.

“H.Res.757 sends a clear message that Congress will use every power vested to us from the Constitution to successfully block any executive order that violates our current immigration laws. Even if the president decides to use ‘prosecutorial discretion’ to actively disregard immigration laws passed by the legislative branch, it is important that the House act NOW to rein in this rogue President threatening our fundamental system of checks and balances while disregarding the rule of law.”

Background:

The full text of H.Res.757, which was introduced by Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) on Monday November 17, can be found HERE.

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Rep. Gosar Speaks Out against Online Sales Tax Legislation

2014/11/18

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Nov. 18, 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 speaking at a press conference sponsored by Congressman Steve Daines (MT-AL) and Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) along with other industry leaders opposing legislation, such as the Marketplace Fairness Act, that would create new online sales taxes:

“American families and small businesses don't need another tax forced upon them while our economy is still struggling. The National Taxpayers Union recently released a report that found the Marketplace Fairness Act could result in $340 billion in new tax burdens over the next 10 years.

          (Rep. Gosar giving his remarks at Tuesday morning's press conference opposing an internet sales tax)

“Additionally, this legislation contradicts a 1992 Supreme Court decision stating that a business must be physically present in a state before that state could require the business to collect use tax on its behalf. Furthermore, a regressive tax that punishes online retailers for not having a physical presence in all 50 states is bad for small businesses and bad for growing a 21st century economy. I have a position of no new taxes. Period. I will continue to fight misguided legislation that imposes new taxes and burdens on hard-working American families.

“Today's small businesses face many challenges that threaten their success. Congress must not impede day to day commerce by over regulating business and forcing companies to comply with complicated and unnecessary tax laws. The last thing we need are more taxes and more government interference in our daily lives.”

Background:

The Marketplace Fairness Act  would allow state governments to impose sales taxes on online retailers and businesses that have no physical presence within the state’s borders.

Other speakers at the press conference included representatives from the Free Congress Foundation, WE R HERE Coalition, National Taxpayers Union, Heritage Action for America, Americans for Tax Reform and R Street Institute.

The National Taxpayers Union October report found that “the burden of state and local sales taxes on families would increase by 5.9 percent on average. Households in some states would pay up to 16 percent more in sales taxes.”

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Rep. Gosar: New Attorney General Must Return to the Rule of Law

2014/11/08

For Immediate ReleaseDate: November 7, 2014

 

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

“The American people are entitled to a competent Attorney General that applies the law equally irrespective of party membership, race or legal status”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the White House announced on Friday evening President Obama’s intent to nominate Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General of the United States:

“Following in the footsteps of one of the most lawless Attorney Generals of all time, Eric Holder's potential successor has her work cut out to regain the faith of the American people. From the cover-up of Operation Fast and Furious to the illegal targeting of innocent Americans by the IRS, the fundamental trust between the American people and the country’s top law enforcement officer has never been worse.  

“This mistrust has made Americans fearful of a government class that is not held accountable to the same laws they mandate for everyone else. In order to instill confidence in the rule of law it is vitally important that the next Attorney General adhere to and uphold the entire Constitution and not pick and choose which laws to enforce based upon partisan, ideological beliefs.” 

Background: 

From the White House: Tomorrow, the President will announce his intent to nominate U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to be the Attorney General of the United States. The President will make the announcement in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, and will be joined by Attorney General Holder and Ms. Lynch. 

Loretta Lynch has served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York since 2010, a position she also held from 1999-2001, and currently serves as Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. 

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Rep. Gosar Responds to DOJ 64,280 page Document Dump on Fast & Furious

2014/11/05

For Immediate ReleaseDate: November 5, 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 Department of Justice (DOJ) was forced by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to turn over 64,280 pages of documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious that were previously withheld from Congress:

“The self-proclaimed ‘most transparent administration in history’ continues to make a mockery of itself with this court ordered release of documents related to the ill-conceived Operation Fast & Furious. I fundamentally reject the ridiculous statements by DOJ claiming that it wishes to cooperate with the House Oversight and Government Committee in our search for the truth to the cover-up of murdered U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

“This is a blatant attempt to hide a massive, sloppy release of information from the American people on Election Day. While I am pleased to see Judge Berman Jackson finally take the necessary action to force DOJ to release these documents, I am not satisfied. There are still countless documents being stonewalled by DOJ despite endless requests from Congress for access to this evidence. There must be real accountability for Eric Holder and his unlawful actions.

“Despite Holder’s announcement to step down as Attorney General sometime in the future, he needs to go now. I echo Chairman Issa’s (CA-49) charge that the House will not yield until we have all of the evidence requested from the administration.”

Background:

Fast and Furious was an operation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with the goal of apprehending gun traffickers in Arizona. Agents were allowed to knowingly let firearms be sold to traffickers, and many ended up in the hands of the Mexican drug cartels.

Despite initial statements by DOJ, the ATF lost track of thousands of guns. Some of those weapons were used by the drug cartels to murder a U.S. Border Patrol agent on December 14, 2010. 

Congressman Gosar was the first member of Congress to call for the resignation of Eric Holder. Most recently, on January 18, 2013, Congressman Gosar introduced H.RES.35 a resolution by the House which expresses no confidence in Attorney General Holder and calls for his immediate resignation. This bill currently has 142 cosponsors. He also introduced similar legislation in the 112th Congress.

 

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Rep. Gosar's Efforts Help Save Critical Trout-Stocking at Willow Beach Fish Hatchery

2014/10/27

For Immediate ReleaseDate: October 27, 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 representatives from Mohave County, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) identified a plan to restore the trout-stocking program at the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery:

“Today, common sense prevailed and Mohave County can once again rely on the trout-stocking program at the Willow Beach Fish Hatchery to provide economic growth, jobs and recreational fishing for its residents. I applaud the hard work and vigilance of the many individuals and groups who spoke out and took action to prevent the termination of this vital program.

“I am pleased to see the USFWS following through on its promise made to me during a September Natural Resources hearing stating that once repairs were made to the water delivery system at the hatchery, the trout stocking program would resume. The 1,700 jobs and $75 million in economic output for Mohave County generated by this program are too important to be threatened by bureaucratic red tape.”

The proposed solution would include construction of a floating pump-platform assembly at an estimated cost of $776,448. This proposal is essentially the same solution proposed by Congressman Gosar with support from the Mohave County office of Development Services.

Background:

According to the Mohave County office of Development Services “The Willow Beach Fish Hatchery cannot presently maintain continuous water supply and circulation of adequate quantity and quality necessary to rear trout to a minimum size suitable for release in supporting sport fishing recreation, which represents a longstanding recreational activity in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area”. 

The letter confirming the reinstatement of the trout-stocking program from the USFWS can be found HERE.

The video of Congressman Gosar questioning USFWS Director Dan Ashe in a September 10, 2014 House Committee on Natural Resources hearing and the commitment he secured to reinstate the rainbow trout stocking program at Willow Beach can be viewed HERE.

Congressman Gosar’s letter to the USFWS in regards to the terminated rainbow trout fish stocking program at the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery can be found HERE.

The July 23, 2014 press release from the Natural Resources hearing on Congressman Gosar’s legislation H.R. 5026, the Fish Hatchery Protection Act can be found HERE. That legislation successfully passed out of the Natural Resources Committee on July 30, 2014. 

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Rep. Gosar Remarks on Ottawa Terrorist Shooting

2014/10/23

For Immediate ReleaseDate: October 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 in regards to yesterday’s terrorist shooting in Ottawa, Canada:

“Yesterday reminded us once again that terrorism can strike anywhere in the world. Sadly, the attack in Ottawa claimed the life of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who was shot while guarding one of the most important landmarks in all of Canada. My heart and prayers go out to him, his family and the entire Canadian people.

“However, we must never forget that there are so many heroes who walk among us fighting for a peaceful future free of violent extremism. Kevin Vickers, the Sergeant at Arms of the Canadian Parliament, acted heroically to stop the gunman who attacked the Canadian Capital. His courageous actions undoubtedly saved countless lives and I am extremely proud to call Mr. Vickers and the Canadian people our closest neighbor and ally. It is in these challenging moments that the United States stands strongest beside our allies and all peaceful nations of the world against terrorism.”  

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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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Matt Salmon

ARIZONA's 5th DISTRICT

David Schweikert

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Trent Franks

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