Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

House Passes Five Gosar Amendments that Defund Obama’s Climate Agenda, Protect Vital Water and Energy Resources

2016/05/26

For Immediate Release

Date: May 26, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House passed five of his amendments to H.R. 5055, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017:

“Once again, I am proud to strike back against the Obama Administration’s far-left anti-energy agenda by utilizing the power of the purse. The eight legislative initiatives that I successfully attached to this spending bill would effectively neuter several of the president’s top climate initiatives. Additionally, I was pleased to see the House pass one of my amendments that rejects the Obama Administration’s new climate transportation program and new $10.25 tax on crude oil. Our nation’s energy and water resources are too important to let one man, obsessed with his own legacy, unilaterally implement his misguided ideological policies. Our precious resources belong to all Americans and Congress must serve as a vigilant watchdog that holds government bureaucrats and this rogue administration accountable.”

Background:

The full text of Congressman Gosar’s eight legislative initiatives included in H.R. 5055 can be found by clicking the links below:

Prioritizing Important Energy Infrastructure Projects Over More DOE Bureaucracy(Amendment that passed unanimously) The Investigation account funds the planning and environmental studies required under law for important Corps’ projects prior to construction. There is a backlog of worthwhile corps’ projects throughout the country that are essential to improving infrastructure for communities, improving ecosystem restoration, providing clean water, and expanding much needed water storage. These projects are especially critical to the drought stricken communities in the West and many other parts of the nation. At a time of historic drought and major water challenges, we shouldn’t be reducing investigation dollars that will allow worthwhile community projects to move forward.

Defunding the Social Cost Of Carbon(Amendment that passed 230-188) The Obama Administration has continuously used the Social Cost of Carbon models, which can be easily manipulated, in order to attempt to justify new job-killing regulations. For instance, the administration recently attempted to justify the EPA’s methane rule using the Social Cost of Carbon. Using this flawed metric, they claimed that the EPA’s methane rule will yield climate benefits of $690 million in 2025, and that those benefits will outweigh the $530 million that the rule will cost businesses and job creators that year alone. Congressman Culberson stated in July 2015, “As you may know, the social cost of carbon puts a dollar figure on the cost to society of each metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions. In practice, it can mean a higher regulatory cost for many industries…In 2010, the White House convened a group of officials from across the government to calculate the social cost of carbon formula. The group used three computer models that estimate the economic impacts of climate change, and today the administration says the social cost of carbon is $38 per ton of carbon dioxide…The social cost of carbon formula is a highly uncertain measurement of the impact of carbon pollution on society. In a report issued August 25, 2014 GAO concluded that the accuracy of the formula is uncertain, and the process by which its value was reached was not transparent.” With passage of this Gosar amendment, the House has now passed 10 amendments rejecting the Social Cost of Carbon in the last two Congresses alone.

This amendment is endorsed by: American Energy Alliance, Americans for Limited Government, Americans for Tax Reform, Arch Coal, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, FreedomWorks, the National Taxpayers Union, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Arizona Liberty, the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, Concerned Citizens for America Arizona Chapter, the Gila County Cattle Growers Association, Shake, Rattle & Troll Radio and the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, and Taxpayers Bruce Bramblett, Kat Bramblett and Rory Van Poucke.  

Blocking the Department of Energy’s Climate Model Development and Validation Program(Amendment that passed unanimously) The Department of Energy has requested funding for a new Climate Model program in their Fiscal 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 budgets, called the Climate Model Development and Validation. They received $0 in fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The House has now passed Congressman Gosar’s amendments blocking funding for this new program in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Climate Model Development and Validation program is yet another addition to the President’s ever growing list of duplicative global warming, research, and modeling programs currently being hijacked by the EPA and other agencies to manufacture alleged climate benefits and force new regulations like the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and WOTUS down the throats of the American people. Considering the extensive work that is being done to research, model, and forecast climate change trends by other areas in government, the private sector, and internationally, funding for this specific piece President Obama’s climate agenda is not only redundant, but inefficient.

This amendment is endorsed by: American Energy Alliance, Americans for Limited Government, Americans for Tax Reform, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Arizona Liberty, the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, Concerned Citizens for America Arizona Chapter, the Gila County Cattle Growers Association and the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, and Taxpayers Bruce Bramblett, Kat Bramblett and Rory Van Poucke.

Ensuring Federal Agencies Comply with the Freedom of Information Act(Amendment that passed unanimously) In 2009, the White House released a secret memo to every executive department and agency urging them to consult with counsel at the White House before releasing any documents or fulfilling any requests that may involve “White House equities.” The Department of Energy Office of Inspector General and the several watchdog groups have charged that this memo has allowed the White House “to interfere with how federal agencies comply with the Freedom of Information Act.” The AP reported in March that in 2015 the American people received censored responses or nothing in 77 percent of all FOIA requests. Redacted releases or nothing in response to nearly 600,000 Freedom of Information Act requests. Agency officials that want to comply with the law should not be blocked from doing so because of an arbitrary memo from the White House. This amendment defunds the 2009 memo. 

This amendment is endorsed by: Americans for Tax Reform, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, the National Taxpayers Union, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Arizona Liberty, the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, Concerned Citizens for America Arizona Chapter, the Gila County Cattle Growers Association, the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, as well as Taxpayers Bruce Bramblett, Kat Bramblett and Rory Van Poucke.

Defunding Obama’s 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan(Amendment that passed unanimously) President Obama recently put forth a misguided climate change transportation initiative entitled the 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan. To pay for the majority of this unlawful $320 billion program, the administration has proposed a new $10.25 tax on every barrel of oil. Prior to passage of the Gosar amendment, the House had not taken formal action to reject this new tax increase put forth in February. Furthermore, $20 billion of the estimated $32 billion in annual expenses for this proposed program won’t go to roads or bridges, but instead will be squandered on inefficient programs that require significant taxpayer subsidies. This amendment rejects that tax increase and the Obama Administration’s new climate change transportation program.

This amendment is endorsed by: American Energy Alliance, Americans for Limited Government, Americans for Tax Reform, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, the National Taxpayers Union, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Arizona Liberty, the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, Concerned Citizens for America Arizona Chapter, the Gila County Cattle Growers Association and the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, Taxpayer Rory Van Poucke.

No Funds for Removing Federal Dams(Section 507 of the base bill) In recent years, extremist environmental groups have increased efforts to dismantle and remove federal dams. These efforts defy commonsense, particularly at a time of major water challenges across the West and with an increasing need for clean, renewable hydropower.  Electricity generated from Army Corps and Bureau of Reclamation operated dams is utilized by millions of Americans every day and represents the largest source of renewable energy in the country. Many of these dams are essential components for flood control, strategic water storage, and life-sustaining irrigation for millions of acres of American agriculture. Tens of millions of Americans rely on these dams to supply their drinking water and support their livelihoods.  The vital water, energy, economic, and ecological benefits provided by federally-owned and operated dams must be protected. This provision prohibits the removal of any federally-owned or operated dams in fiscal year 2017.

Western Area Power Administration Accountability and Transparency Language(Committee Report Language on page 121) “The Committee continues to hear strong concern about the transparency of Western’s budget and expenditures by it. In particular, there is concern that staffing levels have grown significantly in recent years, including an additional 51 full-time equivalents proposed for fiscal year 2017. In response to these concerns, Western shall not proceed with the staffing level increase proposed in the fiscal year 2017 budget request until such time as Western has provided to the Committee a briefing on the need for increased staffing levels over the past five years. The briefing shall include a comparison of staffing levels at non-federal entities responsible for the marketing of power and operation and maintenance of transmission systems.”

Funding in the Corps of Engineers Investigations Budget for the Lower Santa Cruz(Committee Report on page 19) The Lower Santa Cruz River has a history of disastrous flooding during major storms resulting in severe damage to crops, farms, housing, communities, businesses, and infrastructure across the region. Major floods in 1983 and 1993 and more than 30 major flood events have occurred in the Lower Santa Cruz within the last 200 years. This area is also located in one of Arizona’s fastest growing communities and recurrence of a major flood would cause an estimated $186 million in damages. As a result of efforts by Congressman Gosar and others, the Corps included $700,000 for the Lower Santa Cruz in fiscal 2016 and has included $400,000 to continue the feasibility study in fiscal year 2017. 

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Policy Experts Praise Rep. Gosar’s Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment at Inaugural Capitol Hill Forum

2016/05/26

For Immediate Release

Date: May 25, 2016

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 submitting testimony during the first full meeting of the Compact Commission of the Compact for a for a Balanced Budget which aims to enact the Congressman’s legislation, H.Con.Res.26:

“The Compact for a Balanced Budget will bring Republicans, Democrats, independents, and most importantly, people at the local level together to give them a true voice in helping solve our country’s spending crisis. Using an agreement among the states called an ‘interstate compact,’ the Compact for a Balanced Budget treats our nation’s spending problem as the constitutional crisis it is and advances a powerful Balanced Budget Amendment.

“The time has come for states to have a true voice in this process and for America to utilize an innovative approach to our budgetary challenges that does not require the President’s signature. It is time that the people of this great nation intervene and that we empower States to assist with reining in our $19 trillion plus gross federal debt.”

Background:

The full testimony from Congressman Gosar submitted at today’s Compact for a Balanced Budget Commission Forum can be found HERE.

The full text of the Compact for a Balanced Budget can be found HERE.

The Compact for a Balanced Budget consolidates everything Congress and the states do into two overarching pieces of legislation—one congressional resolution and one interstate compact joined by thirty-eight states. This approach dramatically reduces the time and resources needed to achieve a Balanced Budget Amendment.

An interstate compact is the proper vehicle to advance this effort as it transforms the otherwise cumbersome state-initiated amendment process into a ‘turn-key’ operation. The Compact empowers states and streamlines the actions necessary so all elements can be passed nationwide in a single session.

The Compact does require congressional consent to work, but such consent is achieved by simple majority passage of a resolution, which consolidates everything Congress must do in the Article V process into a single bill that includes the necessary safeguards.

Participants in today's inagural Compact for a Balanced Budget Commission Forum include: The Honorable Paulette Rakestraw, Commission Chair (Presiding), Georgia State Assembly The Honorable Mead Treadwell, Commissioner, Vice Chair, Alaska Lt. Governor (fmr.) The Honorable Greg Snowden, Commissioner, Mississippi Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Gutzman, JD, PhD, Chairman of the History Department, Western Connecticut State University Chip DeMoss, CPA, Chief Executive Officer/Treasurer, Compact for America Educational Foundation, Inc. Dean Clancy, MS, Partner, Adams Auld LLC Nick Dranias, JD, President and Executive Director, Compact for America Educational Foundation, Inc. Ilya Shapiro, JD, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies Andy Welch, Georgia State Assembly member, Partner, Smith, Welch law firm Sven Larson, PhD, Senior Fellow, Wyoming Liberty Institute Stephen Moore, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth, The Heritage Foundation Curtis Olafson, former North Dakota State Senator

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House Passes Five Gosar Initiatives that Support Our Nation’s Veterans

2016/05/19

For Immediate Release

Date: May 19, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House included four of his initiatives as part of H.R. 4974, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs (VA) and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017 and passed the bill with his support:

“There is no reason our nation’s veterans should not receive immediate help when they are having a mental health crisis and call a suicide hotline. I was pleased to see to the House pass my bipartisan language to rectify this injustice and ensure the Veteran Crisis Line provides an immediate response for veterans in need. I urge the Senate to take action so this important provision can be signed into law without delay.

“My colleagues also agreed with three other important amendments I offered to cut waste, fraud and abuse within a scandal plagued VA and ensure important resources go to our veterans. With Memorial Day just around the corner, I hope all Americans will take time to appreciate our service members who made the ultimate sacrifice.” 

Background:

H.R. 4974 includes important resources for our nation’s veterans, troops and defense.

The full text of Congressman Gosar’s provision and four amendments that passed as part of H.R. 4974 can be found by clicking the links below:

Ensuring the VA Crisis Line Provides an Immediate Response H.R. 4974 included a Gosar drafted provision, currently in Section 235 of the base bill, to ensure the Veteran Crisis Line provides an immediate response from a trained professional when veterans in need contact this suicide hotline. On February 11, 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (IG) released Report No. 14-03540-123, an investigation into concerns raised about the Veterans Crisis Line. That report produced some troubling findings including “that some calls routed to crisis backup centers went into a voicemail system and that the Veterans Crisis Line and backup center staff did not always offer immediate assistance to callers…These incidents involved responders allegedly ending calls without providing assistance, inappropriately transferring calls, and telling callers to contact another organization…In addition, [the IG] found that callers could be placed on hold in a backup center queue or be passed through several backup centers for an unknown period of time, which could account for the perception that the calls were not answered.”

Preventing Funds from being Transferred to the Veterans Experience Office While the name may make this proposed new nationwide office sound like a good idea, this proposal would unleash a new cadre of federal bureaucrats to stand between the veteran and their benefits, repeating those terrifying nine words, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” We all share the goal of improving each and every veteran’s experience with the VA, however, it would be foolish to permit the creation of a new general administration program that could siphon off more than $72 million dollars away from the programs and offices prioritized by this committee as those most in need of support.

Prioritizing Suicide Prevention Outreach Programs Instead of More Bureaucracy Last fiscal year the VA General Administration account got a $15,068,000 increase for more bureaucracy within the VA. This year the Obama Administration has requested another $81 million dollar increase for this account. The committee wisely chose not to provide funding for the majority of that request in this bill stating, “It has doubts about the wisdom of establishing a large new office with regional staffing at this late date in the administration.” The VA doesn’t need more money to hire more paper pushers. Congressman Gosar’s amendment simply transfers a portion of the fiscal year 2016 increase for government bureaucrats to important mental health services for our nation’s heroes returning from combat.

Prohibiting the Altering of Claims Data by VA Staff An investigation from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released last month found that VA schedulers are still manipulating appointment wait times and underestimating how long veterans have to wait to get care at a VA facility.  GAO’s most recent audit found that schedulers changed dates and shortened wait times for 15-20% of the cases reviewed. To make matters worse, USA Today recently claimed to have studied more than 70 investigative reports and found that these manipulations were being performed at the behest of VA supervisors. This amendment simply prohibits the VA from keeping unofficial record keeping systems and manipulating wait times. When government bureaucrats don't use good judgment or common sense, Congress must address these issues.

Enforcing VA Employee Accountability Regulations for Relocation Expenses In a 2015 report from the VA Office of the Inspector General, it was discovered that two senior staff members used their positions of power to financially and personally benefit from unethical behavior. Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves not only coerced two VA managers to leave their positions against their will, they then manufactured circumstances that allowed for them to take the positions in question. These women then took advantage of the VA’s relocation expense program. Relocation bonuses may be given to current employees if an open position will be difficult to fill without such an incentive. In both these instances, this clearly was not the case. In total, these women walked away with more than $400,000 in taxpayer funds. This amendment simply reaffirms the requirements in the code of federal regulations for employment incentives and relocation expenses. Had the VA followed these regulations, Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves wouldn’t have been able to force two managers to leave and then get reimbursed for moving across the country to take their spots.  

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Republicans Make Case for Gosar Amdt. #9 and Stopping Obama’s Backdoor Amnesty

2016/05/17

For Immediate Release

Date: May 17, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04), along with cosponsors of his amendment (#9) to H.R. 4909, the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), released statements in support of his amendment and condemning the Obama Administration for hijacking a program for lawful aliens in order to provide backdoor amnesty to DACA aliens:

Congressman Gosar stated, “It’s time that we stop playing politics with the Defense Authorization and ensure that a provision meant to allow military readiness isn’t hijacked in order to provide backdoor amnesty to DACA aliens. Sadly, open border advocates have once again put politics ahead of the needs of our men and women in uniform in attempting to enact President Obama’s lawless immigration agenda. There is no labor shortage and we are in the midst of eliminating 160,000 uniformed personnel positions over a nine-year stretch. Given this fact, it is wrong for the Obama Administration to prioritize enlisting illegal immigrants over Americans and legal immigrants that want to serve our nation.”

“It makes no sense to me that, at the same time the Army is downsizing and issuing pink slips to American soldiers, there are Congressmen who help illegal aliens deprive American citizens of military service opportunities. Congress serves as a body to check and balance the powers of the executive branch in accordance with the Constitution, not to aid the White House in violating the Constitution.” – Congressman Mo Brooks

“This amendment is critical in stopping the President from continuing to play political games with illegal immigration. Under the guise of allowing DACA aliens to enlist in the military, he is creating another pathway to amnesty, all while continuing to reduce our troop strength.”– Congressman John Fleming

“Congress needs to be clear that the U.S. military is only open to men and women who have legal presence in this country – an important issue to protect our national security. The President’s illegal actions on DACA do not provide the legal status necessary to serve in the U.S. military – and Rep. Gosar’s amendment reflects that.” – Congressman Andy Harris

“We have immigration laws in this country for two reasons: to protect national security and to preserve American jobs.  Allowing illegal immigrants to serve in our military violates both of those principles.  We will have no real way of knowing who were are letting into our armed forces, which is a tremendous security concern.  And they will be taking spots from legal non-citizens at a time when our military is being squeezed like never before.  The United States military is the last place the Obama Administration should be trying to inject its immigration politics.” – Lou Barletta

“At a time when we are drawing down our military forces, and unable to retain and promote the men and women who have so bravely served our country, it is irrational, demeaning and absurd to ask that we prioritize the DREAMers over our own service members.” – Congressman Dave Brat

“Again, President Obama is trying to circumvent the rule of law and bypass congress with his pen and phone.  President Obama, instead of working to solve our broken immigration system with responsible immigration reform is making it worse.  His wish to allow DACA individuals that entered our country illegally, to serve in the military and then be granted citizenship will only entice and increase the flow of people entering our country illegally.  Mr. President, don't put your personal desires above the rule of law and the wishes of (legal) American citizens.” – Congressman Ted Yoho

“President Obama’s executive amnesty is an outrageous overreach of presidential authority, and Congress shouldn’t allow its expansion into the NDAA,” said Congressman Walter Jones. “We shouldn’t be using the NDAA as a vehicle for conforming to President Obama’s radical immigration ‘reform.’ I have consistently voted to stop illegal immigration into this country and I will not support the expansion of President Obama’s executive amnesty in the NDAA.” – Congressman Walter Jones

Background:

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

Congressman Gosar testified in front of the Rules Committee today on the need to make his amendment in order. His opening statement can be found HERE.

Rep. Gallego claims that the amendment that passed Committee and Section 597 of the House NDAA “Affirm the Secretary’s broad discretionary power to enable immigrants – including [DACA aliens] – to enlist in the military.” 

Given the pending U.S. v. Texas Supreme Court Case, we must strike 597 on that basis alone or left-wing attorneys will attempt to use Rep. Gallego’s statements to claim that Congress approves of the DACA program. The Obama Administration will also continue to purposely misinterpret federal law as allowing DACA aliens to enlist through the MAVNI program.

 In 2014, the Obama Administration issued a memo that allowed DACA aliens to enlist in a program for lawful immigrants and lawful nonimmigrants called the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program. MAVNI is a pilot program created in 2008 “to recruit certain legal aliens whose skills are considered to be vital to the national interest.” MAVNI currently allows citizenship to be granted to any enlistee that serves at least one day of wartime service.

Prior to this memo, the administration never attempted to enlist DACA aliens through MAVNI. The Gosar amendment simply reaffirms the military enlistment policies in place prior to this memo that allowed for the enlistment of lawful immigrants and lawful nonimmigrants.

DACA aliens don’t have lawful status as confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security and the non-partisan Congressional Research Service. Given that DACA aliens do not have lawful status, they should not be able to participate in the MAVNI program for lawful aliens. 

In fact, MAVNI was never intended to be utilized for the benefit of illegal aliens. Testimony from DOD states that MAVNI was created to “recruit legal non-citizens with critical foreign language and cultural skills.” The Army’s website states, “MAVNI is a recruiting program that allows legal non-citizens with in-demand skills to join the Army in exchange for expedited U.S. citizenship.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel. Margaret Stock, who created and implemented the MAVNI program agrees claiming, “the addition of the DACA applicants will force a total overhaul, as original screening systems were created to weed out exactly the applicants who'll now be part of the pool.”

“It was set up for people who are legally in the country, and had been legal their whole history,” Stock said. “They have to go back and redo all the security screenings, train recruiters all over again … it's one of these things where people want magic to happen, and bureaucracy doesn't work that way.”

Stock, who now practices immigration law, has also stated, “It’s a major bureaucratic screw-up by the Obama administration…The MAVNI program is not designed for DACA at all…It was rather alarming to see DACAs being put into MAVNI. Someone didn’t know what they were doing.” Stock is an unbiased source as at one time she testified in support of provisions in an earlier version of the DREAM Act.  

The Congressman’s amendment is endorsed by Americans for Limited Government, Eagle Forum, Heritage Action, the Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA.

Cosponsors of Congressman Gosar’s amendment include: (19): Brian Babin, Lou Barletta, Dave Brat, Jim Bridenstine, Mo Brooks, Scott DesJarlais, John Fleming, Garret Graves, Glenn Grothman, Andy Harris, Walter Jones, Steve King, Tom McClintock, Pete Olson, Steve Palazzo, Gary Palmer, Lamar Smith, Randy Weber and Ted Yoho.

Copied below is a myth vs. fact page with more information on the Gosar amendment. (Click to expand)

 

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Rep. Gosar Calls Out Obama National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes for Iran Deal Spin

2016/05/17

For Immediate Release

Date: May 17, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after participating in a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing to examine the “White House narratives on the Iran nuclear deal”:

“White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested I show up to today’s Oversight Committee hearing. While I gladly obliged and participated in examining the facts of Obama’s disastrous Iran nuclear deal, I can only assume Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes failed to show up because he was too busy writing more fiction to further deceive the American people. Mr. Rhodes joins a long line of corrupt Obama underlings who have admitted to blatantly lying to the American people in order to force the president’s utopian agenda down our throats.

“This ‘bad deal’ will forever be a stain on our national character. No amount of spin or manipulation by this lawless administration can change that fact. Our next president should terminate this nonsense and promote freedom and opportunity overseas, not a regime that stones women, hangs homosexuals and kills members of other religions because of their political beliefs. It is vital for Congress to rein in this rogue administration and block this continued executive overreach.”

Background:

(Courtesy of the House Oversight Committee) On July 14, 2015, Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany finalized the JCPOA, also known as the “Iran Nuclear Deal.” The JCPOA is intended to ensure Iran’s nuclear program is used for purely peaceful purposes, in exchange for a broad lifting of sanctions.

President Obama asserts the JCPOA represented the most effective means to ensure Iran cannot obtain a nuclear weapon.

Critics of the agreement expressed concerns that the extensive sanctions relief would give Iran additional resources to extend its influence in the region. Critics also assert the lifting of a U.N. prohibition on arms sales to Iran or arms exports by Iran, and on Iran’s development of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, will set the stage for Iran to emerge as a key regional actor.

In an interview with David Samuels of the New York Times on May 5, Ben Rhodes discussed the process by which the White House presented the JCPOA to the public.

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In Case You Missed It Congressional Western Caucus: EPA Methane Rule Risks our Energy Security

2016/05/13

For Immediate Release

Date: May 13, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

(press release from the Congressional Western Caucus)Washington, D.C. (May 12th, 2016) – Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized their federal methane rule to restrict emissions of the gas across the country. The rule is expected to overlap and interfere with successful state and voluntary efforts to reduce methane emissions without discouraging energy production.

Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large), Vice Chairmen Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Paul Gosar (AZ-04), and caucus member Rep. Kevin Cramer (ND-At large) issued the following statements in response:

“Today, the EPA continued its unnatural fixation with destroying traditional energy resources by issuing a final regulation for methane emissions that is even worse than what the agency initially proposed,” said Vice Chairman Gosar. “Even though methane emissions from natural gas have been voluntarily reduced by 11 percent since 2005, the EPA is hell-bent on imposing an unnecessary rule that even the agency admits will cost businesses and job creators $530 million in 2025 alone. The American people can’t afford another job-killing EPA regulation not based on science.”

“The EPA’s rule is excessive, unnecessary, and could undermine ongoing state and voluntary efforts to reduce methane emissions,” said Chairman Lummis. “The one-size-fits-all standards could undo the tremendous strides made in recent years to reduce energy costs for families with American-made energy. The EPA needs to back off and let the professionals who have the know-how, the track record, and the innovative spirit to continue leading in methane emissions reduction while supporting an energy secure America.”

“The finalized methane emissions rule will have a negligible impact on air quality, while creating a significant new regulatory paperwork and red tape burden on energy producers who are already increasingly capturing methane emissions through technological innovation and under several existing and effective state efforts,” said Vice Chairman Tipton. “States are already leading the charge on methane collection efforts. The EPA should focus on enforcing existing laws, rather than promulgating new overreaching rules and regulations to stifle job creation and responsible energy production that Congress did not approve or pass.”

 “Today’s finalized methane regulations from the EPA are another one-size-fits-all sledge hammer on the fossil fuel industry,” said Rep. Cramer. “Interestingly enough, methane is pretty much natural gas, which is a product this industry sells.  They’re not in the business of wasting methane any more than a farmer is interested in wasting his harvest.  Regulations, when necessary, need to be tailored to the diverse geography across the United States and overseen by the very people living in those communities, not the federal government.”

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In Case You Missed It Americans for Responsible Recreational Access: Study Finds that 71.6% of Arizonans Oppose National Monument Designation in Northern Arizona

2016/05/12

For Immediate Release

Date: May 12, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

(press release from Americans for Responsible Recreational Access)Washington, D.C. – A recent poll conducted by Coleman Dahm and Associates found that 71.6% of Arizonans are opposed to the proposed Administrative designation of 1.7 million acres in Northern Arizona as a National Monument. While some special interest groups have claimed that support for a designation is much higher, this new poll makes it clear that Arizonans recognize that the area under consideration is already protected by current law and future management of the lands should be driven by collaborative processes including local stakeholders – not by Administrative fiat.

Americans for Responsible Recreational Access Executive Director, Larry Smith, said “This new poll underscores what we really already knew – the people of Arizona want to protect public lands, but they want to have a meaningful say in how the lands are protected. Unilateral action by the Administration takes away their voice and creates resentment. The Administration should listen to the people and work collaboratively with them to manage these lands instead of imposing draconian restrictions to appease a narrow group of interests.”

For more information about the poll click here.

As it stands, the Antiquities Act of 1906 grants the President the authority to designate “…historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States to be national monuments.” The Antiquities Act also holds that national monuments should be “…confined to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected…,” yet Presidents have inappropriately designated enormous swaths of public lands as national monuments.

Too often when widespread local and Congressional support to designate public lands as Wilderness cannot be established, Wilderness proponents turn to a strategy of calling for the President to achieve similar goals by administratively designating the area as a National Monument. It is no secret that those most affected by land use decisions are those who live, recreate and make their livelihoods on or near the public lands in question and should be meaningfully consulted before any designation is made.

Based in Washington, D.C., Americans for Responsible Recreational Access represents the interests of millions of Americans who enjoy the great outdoors and who believe public lands and waterways should remain open for recreational pursuits. 

 

 

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Rep. Gosar Slams “Tone Deaf” Fish and Wildlife Service for Ignoring Lake Havasu City Stakeholders

2016/05/11

For Immediate Release

Date: May 10, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after HavasuNews.com reported that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will only extend the public comment period on proposed boating restrictions for Lake Havasu by 30 days and will not meet the 60-day extension request made by the Congressman and numerous other stakeholders: 

“Even after more than one thousand passionate citizens showed up last week in Lake Havasu City in opposition to unjustified boating restrictions, the Service continues to blatantly ignore the will of the people. This type of tone deaf bureaucratic behavior has built an unprecedented level of distrust and frustration between the federal government and the American people. Furthermore, it is unbelievable that my staff and I had to find out about this shortened extension through a news report, especially as we just reached out to the Service yesterday to see if there were any updates.

“Based on what I witnessed at the public meeting in Lake Havasu City, the agency should have scraped this terrible proposal and went back to the drawing board. Instead the Service appears hell-bent on forcing unwarranted boating restrictions down the throats of local stakeholders. If the Service really cared ‘about soliciting public input from all users’ then it would have met these users’ request and extended the comment period an additional 60 days. I will continue to do everything in my power to fight these misguided boating restrictions that are not based on science. Service officials can hide behind the curtain when it comes to public scrutiny, but they can’t hide from me.” 

Background:

Congressman Gosar has created a comprehensive information page on his website HERE documenting all relevant facts of this issue as well as a timeline of important events.

On April 29, 2016, Congressman spearheaded a bipartisan letter signed by 21 members of the House of Representatives to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director, Regional Director and Havasu Refuge Manager requesting a 60-day extension of the public comment period for the draft recreational boating Compatibility Determination (CD) for Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

The 21 bipartisan cosigners of the letter include: Mark Amodei, Ken Buck, Jason Chaffetz, Paul Cook, Kevin Cramer, Jeff Duncan, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Cresent Hardy, Walter Jones, Cynthia Lummis, Tom McClintock, Martha McSally, Dan Newhouse, Devin Nunes, Steve Pearce, David Schweikert, Kyrsten Sinema, Scott Tipton, Greg Walden and Ryan Zinke.

Numerous other organizations and individuals have also raised concerns and requested a 60-day extension including: Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark Nexsen, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Havasu Marine Association and the Mohave County Board of Supervisors.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is currently taking public comments on the draft recreational boating compatibility determination, which aims to close significant portions of Lake Havasu to motorized boating activities, through June 13. 

Comments can be emailed to: Havasu_Boating_Comments@fws.gov.

Written comments may also be sent to:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Havasu National Wildlife Refuge Attn: Draft Recreational Boating CD 317 Mesquite Avenue Needles, CA 92363

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Backdoor Amnesty: Rep. Gosar Takes Action to Strip DACA Affirmation Provision from NDAA

2016/05/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after filing an amendment to the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that makes clear the Obama Administration has no authority to enlist DACA aliens in the military and that strikes language inserted as a result of an amendment offered by Congressman Ruben Gallego to establish a process for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program aliens to enlist and serve in the United States Armed Forces:

“It’s time that we stop playing politics with the Defense Authorization and ensure that a provision meant to allow military readiness isn’t hijacked in order to provide backdoor amnesty to DACA aliens. Sadly, open border advocates have once again put politics ahead of the needs of our men and women in uniform in attempting to enact President Obama’s lawless immigration agenda.

“This shortsighted and unconstitutional effort will further reduce military opportunities for lawful American citizens and lawful immigrants who wish to serve at a time when the Pentagon is dramatically downsizing our total number of troops. There is no labor shortage and we are in the midst of eliminating 160,000 uniformed personnel positions over a nine-year stretch. Given this fact, it is wrong to prioritize enlisting illegal immigrants over Americans and legal immigrants that want to serve our nation.”

Background:

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

The Congressman’s amendment is endorsed by Americans for Limited Government, Eagle Forum, Heritage Action, the Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA.

Cosponsors of Congressman Gosar’s amendment include: Brian Babin, Lou Barletta, Dave Brat, Jim Bridenstine, Mo Brooks, John Fleming, Glenn Grothman, Andy Harris, Walter Jones, Steve King, Tom McClintock, Pete Olson, Steve Palazzo, Randy Weber.

Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) offered an amendment at the Committee level to “enable beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to enlist in the U.S. Military.”

Rep. Gallego claims that  Section 597 of the House NDAA “Affirms the Secretary’s broad discretionary power to enable immigrants – including [DACA aliens] – to enlist in the military.”

The Gosar amendment strikes Section 597 and clarifies that the Obama Administration does not have the authority to unilaterally enlist DACA aliens in the military.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction to stop President Obama’s unconstitutional expansion of DACA and creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program.  Just last month the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on these controversial executive amnesty policies.

In 2008, the Department of Defense (DOD) created the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program, which “authorizes the military services to recruit certain legal aliens whose skills are considered to be vital to the national interest.” Illegal aliens and “noncitizens who entered the United States without inspection” have always been prohibited from enlisting under MAVNI until the Obama Administration issued a memo that unilaterally allowed DACA aliens to become eligible for this program in September of 2014. The administration also increased the cap for MAVNI recruits from 1,500 to more than 5,000 annually.

Since the memo was released the Army has had more than 550 DACA applicants. There is a misguided effort underway by open border advocates to further expand the size and scope of the MAVNI pilot program in order to provide a pathway to citizenship for more DACA aliens. As noted by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), the MAVNI program allows citizenship to be granted to any enlistee that serves at least one day of wartime service.

CRS also states that “DACA recipients do not have a legal immigration status.” The Department of Homeland Security's website states that DACA aliens “lack lawful status” and are “subject to all legal restrictions and prohibitions on individuals in unlawful status.”

MAVNI was never intended to be utilized for the benefit of illegal aliens. Testimony from DOD states that MAVNI was created to “recruit legal non-citizens with critical foreign language and cultural skills.” The Army’s website states, “MAVNI is a recruiting program that allows legal non-citizens with in-demand skills to join the Army in exchange for expedited U.S. citizenship. The MAVNI fact sheet on DOD’s website states MAVNI is utilized “to recruit certain legal aliens whose skills are considered to be vital to the national interest.”

Article I, section 8, of the Constitution gives Congress clear jurisdiction on immigration matters. Congress has consistently rejected and failed to act on policies that aim to allow illegal aliens to serve in the military.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) recently reported, “Proponents of military amnesty argue that it would provide the regular components of the military with much-needed troops. However, by the military’s own account, it already has a sufficient number of qualified individuals. In FY 2015, every branch of the military met or exceeded their recruiting and retention requirements. In fact, the last time a branch missed its enlistment goal was in 2005. There is simply no labor shortage that justifies supplanting Americans and legal immigrants with illegal aliens to meet recruiting and retention requirements.

Moreover, the Armed Forces are being hammered with lay-offs and reductions in force. In Fiscal Year 2015, 25,109 uniformed personnel positions were eliminated. In the first quarter of the current fiscal year, another 6,440 have already been eliminated. It is also estimated that between 2010 and 2019, a total of 158,000 uniformed personal positions will be eliminated, thereby costing American citizens and legal immigrants 158,000 service opportunities. Therefore, the military does not need a greater pool of potential enlistees. In fact, instead of helping the military, a military amnesty would force additional burdens onto the military and convert the DOD into a green card processing agency.”

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Rep. Gosar Introduces Bill to Terminate Unconstitutional Central American Amnesty Flight Program

2016/04/30

For Immediate Release

Date: April 29, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 5141, the Central American Amnesty Termination Act, which blocks the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program that promotes lawlessness and incentivizes further illegal immigration:

“President Obama’s failure to uphold our immigration laws on the books has resulted in a self-imposed crisis, not only on our southern border, but throughout the United States. The CAM program has been a failure and has not helped reduce the surge of unaccompanied alien minors as they are once again flooding our country.   

 “Article I, section 8, of the Constitution gives Congress clear jurisdiction on immigration matters, and the creation of the CAM program by executive action clearly infringes on that authority. Surely, our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves at the thought of the Obama Administration flying illegal aliens from Central American countries to the United States, allowing them to work and putting them on the path to citizenship. Ultimately, if Congress doesn’t take bold action now to hold the president accountable for his lawlessness, we risk permanently damaging the integrity of our Republic.”

Background:

The full text of H.R. 5141 can be found HERE.

Under the CAM program, the Obama Administration allows illegal aliens from three Central American countries to fly to the United States and be admitted into our country. The CAM program provides cash, loans for flights, reimbursements for DNA testing, as well as medical assistance to participants in the program. CAM participants can obtain a green card within one year of receiving “refugee” status, can receive citizenship after five years, and are immediately eligible for taxpayer funded benefits for things like Obamacare.

As of mid-April 2016, the CAM program has received applicants from more than 8,000 aliens and already admitted 197 Central American aliens into the U.S. Furthermore, at least 16 parents who completed an Affidavit of Relationship under the CAM program were Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

The Associated Press recently obtained information through a Freedom of Information Act request which revealed that, of the 71,000 unaccompanied alien minors placed with sponsors in the United States from February 2014 to September 2015, most of whom were from Central America, 80 percent were placed with illegal aliens living in the United States.

Current Endorsements of H.R. 5141 include FAIR and NumbersUSA.

Original cosponsors include (21): Brian Babin, Lou Barletta, Diane Black, Dave Brat, Mo Brooks, Scott DesJarlais, Jeff Duncan, Louie Gohmert, Glenn Grothman, Tim Huelskamp, Walter Jones, Steve King, Kenny Marchant, John Mica and Steve Palazzo.

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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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