Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Gosar: GAO Report of Taxpayer Funds for Abortion Shameful, another Broken Promise

2014/09/16

For Immediate Release Date: Sept. 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 Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that found insurers selling Obamacare plans do not segregate funds to cover abortion from their Obamacare subsidies:

“This latest broken promise from the Obama Administration is without a doubt the most shameful discovery yet as we are still ‘finding out what is in the bill’. For decades members of Congress on both sides of the isle and of all faiths have come to the common understanding that taxpayer dollars should never be used to fund abortion procedures.

“This utterly failed healthcare law, as well as the administration that jammed it through Congress, has no more credibility with the American people. This violation of the law must not stand and I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to replace this unlawful legislation with a patient-centered, free market healthcare alternative that does not violate the trust of the American people.”

Additional:

The full GAO report can be found HERE. According to the report, among a sample of 18 insurers, “all but three issuers indicated that the [abortion coverage] benefit is not subject to any restrictions, limitations, or exclusions.”

Additionally, the GAO report confirmed that taxpayer funds are being utilized to fund abortions by more than 1,000 exchange plans throughout the country. Congress has repeatedly requested the administration publish data on the exchange plans and their funding procedures but have been stonewalled by the Obama Administration.

On September 9, 2009, President Obama told the Joint Session of Congress “And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up -- under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.” That transcript can be found HERE.

Rep. Gosar has consistently taken steps to prohibit taxpayer funds from going to abortions including cosponsoring and voting for passage of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2014.

 

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Gosar Votes to Support Arizona/California Land Exchange

2014/09/15

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Sept. 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 successfully voted to pass H.R. 3006, legislation authorizing a land exchange involving the acquisition of private land adjacent to the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona for inclusion in the refuge in exchange for certain Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in Riverside County, California.

“I am proud to be an original cosponsor of this important legislation which reduces the federal footprint, increases BLM efficiency and results in a net reduction of lands managed by the federal government. I was happy to see this bill successfully pass the House and I look forward to the Senate voting on it in a timely manner. H.R. 3006 is a responsible land exchange for U.S. taxpayers as it requires that the value of the lands exchanged to be equalized. The land exchange requires compliance with all existing laws and regulations including maintaining current valid existing rights, rights-of-way and utility lines.”

Background:

This land exchange conveys 80 acres of isolated BLM land in California to private ownership in return for the donation of 40 acres of private land to the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. The Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, located in Cibola, Arizona provides protection and habitat for migratory birds including more than 288 species.

The 80 acres of BLM land were identified for disposal in the Yuma Field Office’s 2010 Resource Management Plan. The Department of Interior, the BLM, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Refuge also support the land exchange and recognize the value of the habitat rich land parcel that will be brought into the Refuge.

 

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Rep. Gosar Spars with US Fish and Wildlife Director over Fish Stocking Program

2014/09/10

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Sept. 10, 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 Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing titled The Status of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Responses to Committee Subpoenas and the Continued Lack of Transparency about Its Implementation and Enforcement of American Wildlife Laws, and Oversight of the Department of the Interior’s Solicitor’s Office:

“The Fish and Wildlife Service has repeatedly made misguided policy decisions that are not only detrimental to the economic stability of many communities throughout the country, but have also violated the laws on the books that guide how those decisions must be carried out. Additionally, their complete and total lack of cooperation with Congressional inquiries has been disgraceful. The American people have every right to have access to information from USFWS and Congress is their medium to obtain that information.

“In my district, the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery is in one of those communities negatively affected because the USFWS decided to close down a vital rainbow trout stocking program. This program supports 1,700 jobs and $75 million in economic output for Mohave County. In order to prevent this short sighted decision, I introduced H.R. 5026, the Fish Hatchery Protection Act and I savored the opportunity to personally question USFWS Director Dan Ashe. I am pleased that I was able to get the Director on the record stating that once repairs are made to the water delivery system at the Hatchery, the trout stocking program will resume.”

Background:

The video of Rep. Gosar’s first round of questions from today’s hearing can be viewed HERE.

The video of Rep. Gosar’s second round of questions from today’s hearing and the commitment secured from Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to reinstate the rainbow trout stocking program at Willow Beach can be viewed HERE.

Rep. 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.

 

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Rep. Gosar Votes to Condemn Obama for Failure to Follow the Law on Bergdahl Exchange

2014/09/10

For Immediate Release Date: Sept. 9, 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 voted in favor of H.RES.644, condemning and disapproving of the Obama administration's failure to comply with the statutory requirement to notify Congress before releasing the Taliban five. The Resolution successfully passed by a bipartisan vote of 229-179:

“In the waning years of President Obama’s time in office, we have continued to see a dangerous and growing trend of lawlessness and aggressive executive overreach unparalleled in modern times. Whether it is mandating abusive new EPA regulations or unilaterally changing immigration laws to fit his political agenda, the President has stretched the checks and balances of our government past its breaking point. He has set a dangerous precedent where the executive branch has attempted to position itself above the rule of law.

“The unlawful actions unilaterally taken by this President are simply unacceptable. Unless more Americans demand accountability from this administration and all elected officials, we can expect to see the Executive Branch continue to violate the laws of this land and push the boundaries of the Constitution past its fundamental limits.”

 

Background (Courtesy of the Majority Whip's office):

On May 31, 2014, the Department of Defense (DOD) transferred five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar in exchange for U.S. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

The GAO released a report on August 21, 2014, confirming that the DOD violated the law by releasing the Taliban 5 without providing 30 days notice to Congress. Additionally, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act for using funds to make the transfer despite a specific prohibition in law.

Section 1035 of the NDAA for FY 2014 requires the Secretary of Defense to notify the appropriate committees of Congress not later than 30 days before the transfer or release of any individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Section 8111 of the FY 2014 DoD Approps prohibits funds from being used to transfer any individual at Guantanamo Bay except in accordance with section 1035 of the FY 2014 NDAA.

Congress was not notified of the transfer until June 2, 2014, three days after the Taliban 5 were transferred, and 33 days after the date notification was required by law.

The Administration has complied with the law in all other detainee transfers from Guantanamo. Senior Administration officials assured Members of Congress that there would be no exchange of Taliban detainees for Sergeant Bergdahl, and any transfer of Taliban detainees would only take place in consultation with Congress pursuant to the law.

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Rep. Gosar Votes to Prevent Harmful EPA Water Grab

2014/09/09

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Sept. 9, 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 voted on H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. H.R. 5078 successfully passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 262-152:

“Today, the House took action to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers from blatantly expanding their jurisdiction and imposing a new regulation that runs contrary to state water law, previous Supreme Court decisions and existing compacts. If adopted, this proposed rule would yield devastating economic consequences for farmers, ranchers, small businesses and other water users in Arizona and throughout the country. H.R. 5078 rejects the proposed rule to expand the definition of “navigable waters” and this overreach. The bill requires these federal agencies to go back to the drawing board and consult with state as well as other local officials to formulate a proposal that will then be submitted to Congress for approval.

“This continued push by the EPA to expand their bureaucratic control over waters of the U.S. would be especially harmful for Arizona jobs and rural economies. Additionally, it is unthinkable that the EPA did not conduct the necessary economic assessment on small businesses resulting from the impact of the proposed rule as required by law. I am proud to have played a lead role in checking this government overreach and alerting the American public to this critical issue. The hearing I held in Arizona this past June provided some great insights from real people who will be negatively impacted by the proposed water rule if it is enacted by bureaucrats in Washington D.C.

“I am encouraged by today’s action in the House and I am committed to restraining this administration from imposing its agenda through regulatory and bureaucratic fiat." 

 

Background:

On March 25, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a proposed rule (found HERE) that would assert Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction over nearly all areas with any hydrologic connection to downstream navigable waters, including man-made conveyances such as ditches. Contrary to claims made by the EPA and USACE, this would directly contradict prior U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which imposed limits on the extent of federal CWA authority.  Although the agencies have maintained that the rule is narrow and clarifies CWA jurisdiction, it in fact aggressively expands federal authority under the CWA while bypassing Congress and creating unnecessary ambiguity.  Moreover, the rule is based on incomplete scientific and economic analyses.

On May 1, 2014, Rep. Gosar and 230 of his colleagues sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and John M. McHugh, Secretary of the Department of the Army, urging them to withdraw a scientifically and economically flawed rule that would expand the federal government's role under the Clean Water Act. The full text of that letter can be found HERE.

The press release following the June 2, 2014, joint field hearing hosted by Rep. Gosar, including highlights from Arizona witnesses expressing their opposition of the proposed EPA definition of navigable waters can be found HERE. Video of Congressman Gosar’s remarks at the hearing can be found HERE.

 

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Rep. Gosar Presses Fish and Wildlife Service on Willow Beach Hatchery Promises

2014/09/04

For Immediate Release Date: September 4, 2014

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) wrote a letter addressed to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Director Dan Ashe seeking answers to the future of the rainbow trout stocking program at the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery:

“On July 25, 2014, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subcommittee held a hearing on my legislation, H.R. 5026, the Fish Hatchery Protection Act. Some troubling things were revealed at the hearing. Namely, that USFWS failed to hold a public comment period and did not consider job losses or associated economic impact before terminating important recreational fishing programs. Even Deputy Director Steve Guertin testified, ‘This was not our [USFWS] finest hour’.

“The Deputy Director went on to testify that USFWS did not consider 1,700 jobs in Mohave County and $75 million in economic output associated with the Willow Beach Hatchery or the 4,000 jobs and $80 million in payroll nationally before terminating rainbow trout stocking programs throughout the country. I call on USFWS to find a solution for the Willow Beach Hatchery and resume the rainbow trout stocking program as soon as humanly possible."  

Background:

Congressman Gosar’s letter to Director Ashe can be found in its entirety HERE.

Below is the exchange during the July 25, 2014 hearing highlighting Deputy Director Guertin testimony including his statement in regards to reinstating the trout propagation program at the Willow Beach Hatchery:

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.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - AUG. 9, 2014: Rep. Gosar: Supportive of Targeted Airstrikes against ISIS

2014/09/03

For Immediate Release Date: August 9, 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 authorized continued airstrikes against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) military forces in Iraq:

"The American people have a decreased desire for conflict as a result of lengthy and costly operations in the Middle East. But without these targeted airstrikes against ISIS, these savages will continue their horrendous and despicable acts against the Iraqi people which include rape and mass genocide.

"Additionally, these strikes are necessary to protect U.S troops and facilities in the region. Our nation has spilled blood and treasure over the years to liberate the Iraqi people from oppression. It would be an insult to our soldiers and the Iraqi people alike if the U.S. stood by and did nothing and let this terrorist organization rule the region as they see fit. 

"Let me be clear: the President's haphazard withdrawal from the region; in addition to his misguided, inconsistent and hypocritical foreign policy, has directly contributed to the situation we face today in Iraq. The region is becoming less stable by the day and ISIS poses a direct threat to our nation. The United States cannot and should not be responsible for solving all of the world's problems, but when we can act prudently and responsibly to save lives and further the global mission of undermining terrorism, we have an obligation to do so. 

"For my part, I have consistently fought to reassure the American people that no tax dollars will go in any way, shape or form to support these groups--the most recent example being H.AMDT.944 to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015, which passed on a bipartisan vote.  

"Ultimately, my thoughts and prayers are with our soldiers and with the oppressed Iraqi people. My hope is that the Obama Administration works with Congress to construct a coherent foreign policy strategy to undermine ISIS, al Qaeda and other terrorist networks." 

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Rep. Gosar Questions Administration on Immigration Enforcement Changes

2014/08/28

For Immediate Release Date: August 28, 2014

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) wrote a letter addressed to Attorney General Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Johnson and U.S. Attorney for Arizona John Leonardo regarding alterations to the prosecutorial guidelines prescribed in Operation Streamline.

“The Obama Administration has once again taken executive action to undermine our system of laws. It should come as no surprise that the President, the Attorney General and the other relevant officials have once again succumbed to pressures from liberal interest groups who have been complaining of this legitimate law enforcement operation for years now. This issue was brought to my attention by Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot, who informed me that his department learned of these changes in a recent briefing offered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

"The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney have now indicated they will no longer prosecute illegal immigrants under Title 8, United States Code, § 1325. This dereliction will completely undermine the United States’ ‘zero tolerance’ policy established through Operation Streamline and flies in the face of years of work conducted by federal, state and local law enforcement to secure our communities and our borders.

“It seems like a never-ending cycle these days. The Administration acts to circumvent the law, Congress makes legitimate Congressional inquiries, and… silence. Nothing. Zilch. I am sick and tired of this Administration—which promised to be the most transparent in history—constantly seeking to tilt the scales on our age-old systems of checks and balances. I will not stand for it, and I will continue to seek the answers the people deserve.”

Background:

Congressman Gosar’s letter, including the original letter from Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot, can be found in its entirety HERE.

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Gosar Amendments to FY15 Appropriations Cuts Nearly One Billion in Federal Spending

2014/08/28

For Immediate Release Date: August 28, 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 recapping his efforts to cut unnecessary and wasteful government spending through the fiscal year 2015 (FY15) appropriation bills that successfully passed through the House of Representatives:

“In the fiscal year 2015 appropriations process, I had more success than any other member of Congress, passing 21 of 27 amendments and positively affecting almost one billion dollars in federal spending. My amendments accounted for more than 10% of the total amendments passed by the House during the appropriations season. One of my top priorities as the Representative for Arizona’s fourth district has always been eliminating waste, fraud and abuse within the bloated federal bureaucracy. The practice of good governance requires periodic evaluations of federal programs and expenditures to review and debate their necessity, their efficiency and sometimes their constitutionality.

"The American people have overwhelmingly demanded that Congress takes action to put our country back on a fiscally sustainable path by reducing our egregious national debt and budget deficit. The House of Representatives has the power of the purse and must break through the status quo of allowing our nation to spend money we simply do not have. 

“I have been relentless in such pursuits and have sought to restore fiscal responsibility as well as commonsense to a bloated federal government that has lost its way. I will continue to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse wherever I can. The American people and taxpayers deserve nothing less.”

Background:

All 27 of Congressman Gosar’s proposed amendments to FY15 appropriations legislation, including the 21 which successfully passed the House, are listed below along with their status and total amount of funds cut or transferred. The press releases of each successfully passed amendment can be accessed by clicking the link in the description column.

Description of Amendment (FY 2015)

Status

Win/Loss %

Successful Cuts ($)

Successful Transfers ($)

 Prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs from using taxpayer funds to create or maintain any unofficial record-keeping system.

Adopted by voice

W

 

 

Reprogrammed $3.2 M from bureaucracy at the VA to improve IT Systems

Adopted by voice

W

 

3,215,910

Capped funding for the Botanic Garden at FY 14 levels ($3.16 M cut) and prevented the installation of a new, wasteful vegetative roof

Adopted by Recorded Vote (219-198)

W

3,166,946

 

Reprogrammed $8 M from attorneys at the DOJ to Prescription Drug Monitoring

Adopted by voice

W

 

8,000,000

Reprogrammed $6 M from bureaucracy at the BATFE to Veterans Treatment Courts

Adopted by voice

W

 

6,000,000

Reprogrammed $4.25 M from OJP-Research, Eval, and Stats to the Byrne-JAG program for law enforcement purposes

Adopted by voice

W

 

4,250,000

Sought to protect privacy and prohibit funds from being used to obtain the contents of emails [2703(b)(1)(B) of Title 18, USC

Withdrawn

L

 

 

Sought to prohibit funds from being used by HUD to retain outside legal counsel

Failed by recorded vote (177-249)

L

 

 

Prohibited Funds to implement HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing proposed rule

Adopted by recorded vote (219-207)

W

 

 

Prohibit Funds to implement the Unconstitutional National Highway Survey

Adopted by voice

W

8,000,000 (for last NRS)

 

Sought to reduce bureaucracy within HUD's Executive Offices by $2 M (back to FY 14 levels) and transfer those funds to deficit reduction

Failed by recorded vote (190-232)

L

 

 

Sought to reduce bureaucracy within HUD's Administrative Support Offices by $20+ M (back to FY 14 levels) and transfer those funds to deficit reduction

Failed by recorded vote (181-240)

L

 

 

Reprogramed $220,000 from the wasteful CFO at USDA to the Inspector General

Adopted by voice

W

 

220,000

Cut funds for new USDA attorneys by $2.18 M (back to FY 14) and transferred those funds to deficit reduction

Adopted by voice

W

2,181,000

 

Prohibited DOD funds from being used to pay for storage of 8 patrol boats in Iraq that were never used and have been in storage for 4 years

Adopted by voice

W

750,000

 

Prohibited DOD funds from procuring any Army Aircrew Combat Uniforms. These new uniforms that most troops don't like are less safe and cost more $

Adopted by voice

W

$5,600,000 (IND. Est.)

 

Sought to prohibit the use of funds for 37 million gallons of subsidized biofuels. DOD FY15 request.Subsidized biofuels are nearly 15 times more expensive than conventional jet fuel

Failed by recorded vote (205-208)

L

 

 

Prohibited DOD funds from going to Iran, Syria, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and ISIS

Adopted by recorded vote (280-133)

W

440,000,000 (in FY 14)

 

Sought to reduced Corps of Engineers bureaucracy by $4 million and transfer those funds to deficit reduction

Failed by recorded vote (104 - 316)

L

 

 

Prohibited use of taxpayer funds for the Department of Energy's Climate Model Development and Validation program

Adopted by recorded vote (226 - 194)

W

29,000,000 (Relative to Request. AMDT prohibits transfers)

 

Prohibited use of taxpayer funds for subsidizing high-efficiency toilets

Adopted by voice

W

300,000 (Approx. per year)

 

Reduced funding the IRS by $353 million and applied the savings to deficit reduction

Adopted by voice

W

353,000,000

 

Reduced funds for GSA Rental Space account by $42 million and transferred those funds to the U.S. Courts

Adopted by voice

W

 

42,000,000

Reduced bureaucracy at the Small Business Administration by $3.882 million and transferred those funds to entrepreneurial development programs

Adopted by voice

W

 

3,882,000

Prohibited bonuses to Senior Executive Service Employees at the IRS

Adopted by recorded vote (282 - 138 - 1 Present)

W

Approx. 2,000,000 in FYs 11 & 12

 

Supported Israel's right to self-defense

Adopted EN BLOC by voice

W

 

 

Required DOD to coordinate with states on wildlife management and conservation projects that take place off-installation

Adopted EN BLOC by voice

W

 

 

 

 

21/27 = 78%

843,997,946

67,567,910

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Spending Effected: $911,565,856

 **Some of the figures above are best estimates based on prior year spending

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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.


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