Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Western Caucus Chairman-elect Rep. Gosar Statement on Final BLM 2.0 Rule

2016/12/01

For Immediate Release

Date: 12/1/2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman-elect of the Congressional Western Caucus, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04), released the following statement on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final Planning 2.0 rule:

“Once again, the Obama Administration believes that Washington knows best and continues to defy the principles of federalism. Subjugating Americans to another erroneous rule and more government red tape that strips away the authority and expertise of local land managers will not improve the planning process. BLM 2.0 is a bureaucratic nightmare that will kill jobs and create unnecessary permitting delays.

"In fact, this latest Obama regulation shortens the public comment period on draft Environmental Impact Statement amendments proposed by federal agencies, seeks to make it easier for federal agencies to implement President Obama's flawed mitigation memos and climate change executive orders, and adds several new steps to the beginning of the planning process that even the BLM admits will make the process slower.

"This fundamentally flawed regulation will impose costly and duplicative mandates on job creators and local communities. Local planning decisions should be made by the experts on the ground at the local level, not Washington bureaucrats. The Congressional Western Caucus will work with the Trump Administration, Republican leadership and local stakeholders to scrap misguided directives imposed by Obama’s political hacks during their waning days."

Ethan Lane, Executive Director of the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association federal lands stated: "This process radically alters federal land management planning and moves the agency away from its mandate to manage for multiple use on federal lands. We are continuing to review how much, if any, our input has been incorporated into the final plan, but regardless, we object to the Administration moving forward in the final days of the President’s term with this hastily-released regulation - particularly with one that will have such dramatic economic impact on western states...The BLM must scrap BLM 2.0 and go back to the drawing board, this time with real input from stakeholders across the West."

Background:

The full text of the BLM’s press release on the final Planning 2.0 rule can be found HERE.

The Bureau of Land Management, an agency of the U.S. Department of Interior, was tasked with managing roughly 10% of the nation’s land through the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of 1976.  As part of FLPMA, the BLM must develop and implement land use agreements with local partners. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, the BLM currently manages 247.3 million acres of public land and administers about 700 million acres of federal subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation.

(Information courtesy of the House Committee on Natural Resources)

The BLM published its proposed Resource Management Planning rule, part of its Planning 2.0 initiative, on February 25, 2016. According to BLM, the goals of the proposed rule were to: “(1) Improve the BLM’s ability to respond to social and environmental change in a timely manner; (2) provide meaningful opportunities for other Federal agencies, State and local governments, Indian tribes, and the public to be involved in the development of BLM resource management plans; and (3) improve the BLM’s ability to address landscape-scale resource issues and to apply landscape-scale management approaches.”

The proposed rule made a number of changes to the procedures BLM follows to prepare resource management plans (“RMPs”) and affected the ability of state and local governments to participate in the planning process. In the past, BLM has prepared most RMPs at the field office level, but the draft rule sought to dramatically shift planning away from local communities and to BLM headquarters in Washington, D.C., opening the door for special interests to have a greater effect on BLM’s planning process than those who live near and rely on public lands. 

Many local and state governments are concerned that the changes in the Planning 2.0 rule may diminish local input and make it more difficult for counties, conservation districts, and other local authorities to be meaningfully involved in the land use planning process. 

###

 

 

Read More

Rep. Paul Gosar Named Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus

2016/11/30

For Immediate Release

Date: November 30, 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 being elected Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus:

“I want to thank Western Caucus Chairman Lummis, Chairman Emeritus Pearce and Chairman Emeritus Bishop for all their good work over the years. As a result of their efforts the Caucus is a force to be reckoned with and well-respected by leadership, industry and people throughout the nation. I also want to thank the other great candidates I competed with for Caucus Chairman. They put up a heck of a fight and I look forward to working with them closely in the 115th Congress. I want to offer a special thank you to Cynthia and her exceptional staff. She has been a model Conservative, friend and mentor who will be sorely missed.

“I am honored to have earned the confidence of my colleagues to lead the Western Caucus. Having lived in the West all my life, I’m very familiar with the pertinent regional issues. Westerners desperately need allies in Congress that fight on their behalf. The Western Caucus deserves bold leadership that empowers its members to take real action and enact practical solutions. The future is bright for Western communities. I can’t wait to work with the outstanding members of this Caucus so we can deliver meaningful results for Americans throughout the country.”

 

Background:

Congressman Gosar ran on a five-point platform. To view his presentation that was distributed to Caucus members in attendance click HERE.

The mission of the Western Caucus is to enhance, sustain and preserve the West’s dynamic and unique culture, and to find innovative solutions that address the distinctive concerns facing western and rural communities. We believe economic growth and conservation are not mutually exclusive goals and can be accomplished by promoting balanced, common-sense reforms.

To accomplish this mission, the Western Caucus is committed to advancing the following key principles: protecting private property, strengthening local control, promoting economic growth, and increasing energy independence. As part of our advocacy of these principles we will focus on an agenda which will increase energy independence and security, protect and promote multiple use access to federal lands, help educate the public and eventually bring about common-sense reforms to outdated environmental statutes such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, and to reevaluate and reorient current views and policies on federal land ownership.

###

  Read More

Rep. Gosar: “The End of Fidel Castro Should Signal the End of the Cuban Adjustment Act”

2016/11/29

For Immediate Release

Date: November 28, 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 Cuban State television announced the death of former dictator Fidel Castro over the past weekend:

“The death of Fidel Castro signals a new hope for the Cuban people who suffered under one of the most brutal dictatorships in modern history. However, until all remnants of the Castro regime are removed from power, Cuba will never be free. I join many of my Congressional colleagues in calling on President-elect Donald Trump to undo President Obama’s misguided executive actions on Cuba.

“Additionally, the end of Fidel Castro should signal the end of the Cuban Adjustment Act and the end of the Wet Foot/Dry Foot policy. These outdated amnesty programs cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars and provide Cuban nationals with an unfair benefit not available to any other country in the world. Further, Congress should immediately act and pass my commonsense legislation, the Ending Special National Origin-Based Immigration Programs for Cubans Act, in order to prevent such abuse from future administrations.”

 

Background:

Congressman Gosar’s bill repeals the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, calls for termination of the Wet Foot/Dry Foot policy and requires that all immigrants from Cuba are treated in the same manner as any other person seeking to immigrate to the United States.

The full bill text of H.R. 3818, the Ending Special National Origin-Based Immigration Programs for Cubans Act can be found HERE

The bill is endorsed by: Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA.

Earlier this year, Congressman Gosar penned an op-ed for Conservative Review titled “Ending Instant Amnesty for Cubans”. The full op-ed can be found HERE.

The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel published a series of investigative articles exposing billions of dollars of waste at the expense of U.S. taxpayers as a result of Cuban immigration fraud. Click on the respective link to read each article: End The Fraud In Cuban ImmigrationCubans Retire To Florida – With Help From U.S. TaxpayersU.S. Welfare Flows To Cuba.

The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 initially allowed for “any native or citizen of Cuba” who had been “inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States subsequent to January 1, 1959” and who had been physically present in the United States for two years, to be lawfully admitted for permanent residence.

This law was later amended to change the physically present requirement to one year and Cuban immigrants are currently allowed to stay in this country to work and are also put on a path to citizenship. This is a luxury and benefit that no other country in the world enjoys, and given that the president unilaterally reestablished diplomatic relations with Cuba, such actions are unwarranted and defy commonsense. 

Perhaps the most disturbing part of this flawed immigration policy is that Cuba does not allow Cuban citizens convicted of crimes in the U.S. to be repatriated to Cuba. The Miami Sun-Sentinel reported that “Cubans are allowed to enter the United States without visas or background checks of their criminal histories in Cuba. Unlike other immigrants seeking political asylum, Cubans can return home without jeopardizing their status, aiding crime rings that recruit accomplices and hide stolen money in Cuba...They also make it nearly impossible to deport criminals to Cuba after they serve their sentences in the U.S., as would be the case with criminals from most other countries.” As a result, the Cuban Adjustment Act has allowed Cuban thieves to rob American taxpayers of more than $2 billion, creating a “criminal pipeline” from the U.S. to Cuba.

###

  Read More

Arizonans Agree...No New National Monument

2016/11/18

Arizonans Agree: No New National Monument

The Hill By: Congressman Paul Gosar November 18, 2016

During President Obama’s two terms in office, we have undoubtedly witnessed the rise of the greatest threat to our Republic: the unprecedented abuse of Executive overreach. The president has openly bragged about using his “phone and pen” as a loophole to avoid the Constitution, the legislative process and accountability to the American people. It is a dangerous precedent that is nearly impossible to undo.

One of the powers given to the president is the ability to set aside land for monuments and national parks which comes from the outdated Antiquities Act of 1906.  This law was originally intended to protect prehistoric Indian ruins and artifacts on federal lands in the West and included language to limit these designations to “the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects.” President Obama has exceeded the intent of the Antiquities Act more than any other president. To date, he has designated or expanded 27 national monuments. These unilateral declarations have locked up 548,744,157.31 acres of land and water. There is no possible way that 548 million acres is “the smallest area compatible” for these new monuments.

National monument designations under the Antiquities Act typically have significant consequences for energy development, grazing rights, water rights, wildfire prevention and other important land management activities. These declarations also result in some of the most restrictive land-use regulations possible and negatively affect hunting, fishing, OHV and other recreational activities. Unilateral designations that circumvent Congress typically result in devastating costs for rural America and our future economic prosperity. For every new acre claimed for the federal government, there is an acre of private land lost. Such actions exacerbate challenges for local communities to fund things like education and infrastructure as lands that are added to the federal rolls can no longer be put to beneficial use.

Since 2010, extremist environmental groups have been pushing a far-left proposal that explicitly seeks to lock-up 1.7 million acres in the Grand Canyon Watershed. Shamefully, proponents have lied to the American people by stating this idea was initiated by tribal governments. This proposal was put forth by the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Wilderness Society. The real intentions of these shortsighted self-interest groups are clear as they boldly state in their communications that this land grab is needed to prevent hunting, fishing, mining, timber harvesting, OHV use, grazing and energy development on this massive swath of land.

To put the size of this land grab in perspective, the proposed 1.7 million acre Grand Canyon Watershed Monument would be significantly larger than the 1.2 million acre Grand Canyon National Park. It’s a watershed though so there will be no new monies from Congress, no significant tourism dollars and no significant jobs created as a result of this land grab. It’s important to remember that the Grand Canyon National Park is already protected by the Grand Canyon Protection Act, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act as well as multiple other regulations and laws. The proposed national monument is miles away from the actual Grand Canyon itself.

In April, I held a listening session on this potential monument where hundreds of people showed up in person and watched live on Facebook to voice their opposition. Jim Parks, representing the Arizona Farm Bureau, testified, “Within the bounds of the proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument are over 64,000 acres of Arizona State Trust lands and almost 28,000 acres of private land. This alone violates federal and state laws, as it amounts to a ‘taking’ of these state and private lands.” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey stated, “The Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument [proposal] is not narrow, targeted, warranted, or being considered through an open cooperative public process.”

Eric Duthie, Town Manager of the Town of Tusayan, testified, “Tusayan would become the only municipality entirely swallowed up in this monument.” Bob Lynch, an Arizona water law expert, stated, “The designation will only complicate the ability of the United States and the State of Arizona to work together to improve [the Four Forest Restoration Initiative] for watershed purposes and to protect it from catastrophic wildfire...Designation of the monument will tie up not only any future surface water use but any future groundwater use as well.”

This widespread opposition was confirmed in April of this year by a scientific poll conducted by Coleman Dahm and Associates which found that 71.6% of Arizonans are against the proposed national monument. While some special-interest groups have commissioned push polls and manipulated job numbers in attempting to show support for this misguided proposal, Arizonans have made it clear that they oppose this land grab and that future management of this area should be driven by a collaborative process that includes local stakeholders. Affected communities deserve to have a voice in the land designation process before President Obama circumvents Congress and bars the people of Arizona from even more land.

Rep. Paul Gosar represents Arizona’s 4th District and is a member of the Natural Resources Committee.

  Read More

Rep. Gosar Introduces Jobs Bill to Restart One of Arizona’s Largest Copper Mines

2016/11/17

For Immediate Release

Date: November 17, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

 (The staff of Congressman Gosar touring the Mineral Park Mine near Kingman, AZ in August of 2015)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing legislation, H.R. 6344 to initiate a land conveyance that will help create approximately 400 new jobs by facilitating the reopening of a large copper mine near Kingman, Arizona:

“As one of the foundations of Arizona’s economy, I’m proud to see copper development back on the rise in the Grand Canyon State. Congress has a responsibility to continue supporting this vital industry which provides good-paying jobs and reduces the U.S. dependence on foreign critical minerals. The misguided Keep It in the Ground campaign, pushed by the Obama Administration and extremist environmentalist’s, has wreaked havoc on the mining industry and negatively impacted Americans in rural communities across the country. This commonsense legislation will create 400 jobs in one of the fifth poorest communities in the nation. It’s time for the BLM to stop playing politics so we can put Americans back to work.”

Following introduction of H.R. 6344, President of the Arizona Mining Association, Kelly Shaw Norton stated, “The closing of Mineral Park was devastating to many multi-generational mining families in the Kingman area and passing this legislation will allow Origin Mining Company, LLC to take the mine out of care and maintenance and put those miners back to work. These miners will once again be able to contribute and be productive members of their community.” 

Mohave County District 4 Supervisor, Jean Bishop said,  “This is wonderful news for my District! Thank you for letting us know as I will be waiting patiently to hear the end result. My regards and thanks to Congressman Gosar and all the staff working on this important land conveyance in Mohave County!”  

Mohave County District 1 Supervisor, Gary Watson added, “I would  like to extend my appreciation to Representative Gosar for this legislation.  It means a great deal to have his support for our County and its citizenry. 400 good paying jobs will have a huge impact on our struggling economy.”

 

Background:

Cosponsors of the legislation include Representatives Mark Amodei, Mo Brooks, Jeff Duncan, Trent Franks, Bill Johnson, Alex Mooney, Pete Sessions, Chris Stewart and Don Young.

The legislation is endorsed by the Arizona Mining Association.

The full bill text of H.R. 6344 can be found HERE.

This legislation will allow Origin Mining Company, LLC (“Origin”) to purchase, for fair market value, up to 4,276 acres of mining claims held by Origin and comprising the Mineral Park Mine (the “Mine”). The mining claims are under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”).  The BLM owns approximately 55% of all the land in the county where the sale will take place. When this bill is signed into law, the mine will still have to comply with environmental laws and will be regulated by the state of Arizona. Click HERE to view the proposed map. 

Copper mining first began at the Mine in 1958. The Mine has changed ownership several times since then. Due to mismanagement and low commodity prices, Origin’s predecessor filed bankruptcy in December of 2014. Origin purchased the Mine out of bankruptcy in January of 2015. Since January 2015, Origin has gone to great lengths to ensure the safety and compliance of the Mine, receiving praise from the local community and its County Commissioners.

Specific Benefits:

###

  Read More

Rep. Gosar Advances Bill to Honor Arizona WWII Veteran and Survivor of USS Indianapolis

2016/11/17

For Immediate Release

Date: November 16, 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 Committee on Oversight and Government Reform passed the Congressman’s sponsored legislation, H.R.6304, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 501 North Main Street in Florence, Arizona, as the “Adolfo ‘Harpo’ Celaya Post Office”:

“Few Americans today know more about what it means to sacrifice for our country than Adolfo Celaya and the 317 survivors of the USS Indianapolis. Despite living through one of the darkest moments of WWII, Mr. Celaya has continued to inspire countless Arizonans through his eternal patriotism and commitment to serving all Americans. I am proud to support the Town of Florence in their endeavor to recognize Mr. Celaya for his dedicated sacrifice to our nation and his community.”

Background:

Harpo Celaya enlisted in the Navy at the age of 16 to serve his country in World War II. He was only 17 when the ship he was stationed aboard, the USS Indianapolis, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine.  The ship sank in 12 minutes plunging Celaya and hundreds of his fellow sailors into the sea where they clung to sparse life vests and rafts, battling dehydration, weather exposure, and shark infested waters for more than four days while awaiting rescue. Of the nearly 1,200 sailors that had been stationed aboard the USS Indianapolis, only 317 survived and were pulled from the sea.

Mr. Celaya returned to Arizona and continued a lifetime of service in his community.  He is well-known throughout Arizona for sharing his experiences with high school students as part of the Veterans Heritage Project in an effort to inspire service and keep this incredible story alive.

The entire Arizona House delegation is an original cosponsor of H.R. 6304 in support of the bill. 

The full text of H.R. 6304 can be found HERE.

###

 

 

Read More

Rep. Gosar Leads Effort to End Haitian Amnesty and Secure Southern Border

2016/11/04

For Immediate Release

Date: November 3, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

(Congressman Gosar touring the San Luis Port of Entry in October to investigate the massive surge of Haitian immigrants)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after leading an effort supported by 15 members of the House to end Haitian amnesty policies and secure our southwest border:

“Once again, the Obama Administration’s failure to follow the Rule of Law has caused a crisis on our Southern Border. Even the president’s own minions admit that their amnesty policy put in place in 2011 has contributed to the mass influx of Haitian nationals flooding our ports.

“While touring the San Luis Port of Entry, I heard firsthand from border patrol and local law enforcement that unlawful Haitian immigrants are putting unsustainable amounts of stress on detention facilities and deportation efforts. By picking and choosing which rules to enforce, the administration’s lawless actions have created  additional burdens for immigration officials and incentivized mass Haitian migration. I call on Secretary Johnson to immediately resume deporting unlawful Haitians and work with Brazilian agencies to commence deportation removals for all Haitian nationals that have lawful status in Brazil.”

Background:

The full text of the letter can be found HERE.

The letter demanded DHS Secretary Johnson, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kerlikowski, and ICE Director Saldana immediately resume deporting unlawful Haitians and answer important inquiries about this process moving forward.

15 total members of the House supported this effort including: Paul Gosar, Dave Brat, Mo Brooks, Bradley Byrne, Scott DesJarlais, John Fleming, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Sam Johnson, Walter Jones, Steve King, Tom McClintock, Dana Rohrabacher, Lamar Smith, Randy Weber.

This effort is endorsed by the Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldaña recently testified before the House Judiciary Committee that “40,000 Haitians were making their way to the U.S., calling it ‘an emergency situation’ on the Mexico-California border.”

At the briefing for Congressional staff on October 25, 2016, it was revealed that most of the Haitians currently seeking entry at our nation’s southwest border are coming from Brazil where they had received lawful status and been working following their migration after a large-scale earthquake occurred in Haiti in January of 2010. Officials at the briefing estimated that approximately 80,000 Haitians received this status and were allowed to reside in Brazil.

Immigration officials identified a “push factor” and a “pull factor” that have contributed to the mass Haitian immigration to the U.S. from Brazil that we have seen in recent months. The “push factor” was stated to be the recent collapse of the Brazilian economy and need for jobs. The “pull factor” was stated to be the policy implemented by the Obama Administration following the 2010 earthquake that suspended removals for all Haitians without criminal records. This policy was in effect from 2011 until September 22, 2016 when Secretary Johnson announced that his department would commence removal proceedings against Haitian nationals who fall within the administration’s “priorities.”

However, no deportation flights actually occurred before Hurricane Matthew hit the island on October 4, 2016. Immigration officials have stated they will only deport Haitian criminals at this time and will not deport other Haitian detainees as a result of this hurricane and current elections in Haiti. 

Congress provides appropriations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to maintain an average daily population of 34,000 detainees. In October, it was revealed that the agency is currently detaining approximately 41,000 aliens of whom approximately 3,100 are of Haitian descent.  

###

  Read More

Haitian Immigration Letter

2016/11/03


Rep. Gosar Slams EPA Lawlessness Uncovered in House Oversight Report on WOTUS Regulation

2016/10/27

For Immediate Release

Date: October 27, 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 Committee on Oversight and Government Reform published a report detailing findings from its two-year investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) and the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule making process:

“Today’s House Oversight report pulls back the curtain on the unparalleled level of lawlessness and corruption that has defined the EPA under President Obama. The administration’s immoral obsession to achieve a limitless federal water grab outweighed the need to consider the law, science or the concerns of the American people. This unparalleled overreach is highlighted by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy personally and intentionally violating the law by striking the need to offer alternative regulatory options and unilaterally re-writing the final rule. The EPA has solidified itself as a rogue wing of Obama’s far-left army of environmental extremists and I will continue to call for immediate impeachment hearings for Administrator McCarthy.”

Background:

(Courtesy of the House Oversight Committee) The Clean Water Act (CWA) passed in 1972 gave the federal government limited jurisdiction over certain navigable waters. On May 27, 2015, the administration announced an agency rule to clarify CWA, which significantly increased the federal government’s jurisdiction.

During the 114th Congress, the Oversight Committee held multiple hearings in 2015 (February 26, March 3) and 2016 (January 7, March 15, April 19, June 21) related to the WOTUS rule.

Key findings from the report include:

·The agencies pushed the rule through on an accelerated timeline that appeared to have been motivated by political considerations.  Some officials involved in the process believed politics deprived them the opportunity to conduct a meaningful and full review of the rule before its promulgation.

·The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), which shares jurisdiction over CWA, was cut out of the rule development process.

·The EPA made no effort to ensure the rule was based on sound science. The EPA did not conduct additional research (which the Corps believed was necessary) to justify the rule’s conclusions.

·The agencies did not consider alternatives to the rule, and even went so far as to gut the discussion of alternatives after the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)stated such discussion was necessary.

·The agencies went to unusual and unprecedented lengths to avoid compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, and Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act.

·Public comments were not fully reviewed and considered before agencies drafted the final rule.

Additional Background

(Courtesy of Congressman Gosar) On January 28, 2015, Congressman Gosar introduced H.R. 594, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. This legislation has the support of 185 bipartisan cosponsors. Click HERE to read more about the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. 

On May 12, 2015, the House passed H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, by a vote of 261-155. This critical legislation requires the EPA and Corps of Engineers to formally withdraw the agencies’ proposed rule that would redefine WOTUS and any subsequent final rule. Congressman Gosar joined the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Bill Shuster in introducing this bill. Click HERE to read more. 

On August 27, 2015, Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota blocked WOTUS as a result of a lawsuit filed by 13 states, including the state of Arizona.

On September 11, 2015, introduced H.RES.417 with 20 other members of Congress, which begins the impeachment process for Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), after she committed perjury and made several false statements at multiple congressional hearings, and as a result, is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. Click HERE to read more.

Congressman Gosar has also inserted funding riders into appropriations bills, blocked a democrat amendment that tried to strip one of his WOTUS riders and voted at least five different times for legislation that has passed the House to block WOTUS.  In July 2015, he berated EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and submitted revelatory evidence into the Congressional Record from senior Army Corps of Engineer employees which expressed serious legal and scientific deficiencies with the final draft of the WOTUS rule. 

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

###

  Read More

Rep. Gosar Continues Fight to Fully Fund PILT, Secure Rural Schools for Western Communities

2016/09/29

For Immediate Release

Date: September 29, 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 calling on House leadership to reauthorize and fully fund the Secure Rural Schools and Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs:

“As counties across the United States work to balance their budgets, it is essential that Congress act to reaffirm the federal government’s long-standing commitment to public land counties by fully-funding Secure Rural Schools and PILT. Failing to take action and fulfill these long-standing obligations will leave counties and schools across the country without important resources they desperately need to serve their populations. It comes down to a simple choice for the federal government—either give rural communities the funds promised to us, or give us back our land.”

Background:

The Gosar led letter to House leadership calling on full funding for Secure Rural Schools for fiscal year 2016, fiscal year 2017 and beyond can be found HERE.

The Secure Rural Schools program provides crucial support for law enforcement, transportation infrastructure, and education in the more than 720 counties in 41 states that depend on revenue from federal forests. The program expired on September 30, 2015. Most counties have completed their budgets for the upcoming year and without this program, counties have been forced to cut vital services. As a result, funding for law enforcement, road maintenance and education has in many cases been reduced. 

The letter was endorsed by: the National Association of Counties (NACo)

52 members of Congress signed the Gosar led letter including: Robert Aderholt, Dan Benishek, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Kevin Brady, Paul Cook, Jim Costa, Peter DeFazio, Diana DeGette, Suzan DelBene, Mark DeSaulnier, John Garamendi, Louie Gohmert, Bob Goodlatte, Paul Gosar, Raul Grijalva, Crescent Hardy Denny Heck, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Jared Huffman, Evan Jenkins, Walter Jones, Derek Kilmer, Ann Kirkpatrick, Raul Labrador, Doug LaMalfa, Doug Lamborn, Zoe Lofgren, Ben Lujan, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Tom McClintock, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Jerry McNerney, Martha McSally, Dan Newhouse, Kristi Noem, Steve Pearce, Jared Polis, Kurt Schrader, Mike Simpson, Kyrsten Sinema, Chris Stewart, Mark Takano, Glenn Thompson, Mike Thompson, Scott Tipton, David Valadao, Peter Welch, Bruce Westerman, Ted Yoho, Don Young and Ryan Zinke.

The letter to House leadership calling on full funding for PILT for fiscal year 2017 and beyond can be found HERE.

The PILT program has played a critical role in supporting our local communities by providing critical resources to nearly 1,900 counties across 49 states to offset lost property tax revenue due to the presence of tax-exempt federal lands within their jurisdictions.

###

  Read More

Loading legislation ... one moment please
Loading votes ... one moment please

Video from Representative Paul Gosar D.D.S. for ASDOH Awards Brunch

2016-05-27 14:41:24


Rep. Gosar Speak Out Against Arbitrary Boat Closures on Lake Havasu

2016-05-16 19:39:32


Rep. Gosar Addressing Cactus and Pine 2016 Annual Meeting

2016-05-03 15:25:21


Rep. Gosar Questions BLM's Regulatory Overreach into Methane Emissions

2016-04-28 16:05:35


Rep. Gosar Grills Director Dan Ashe on Arbitrary Boat Closures in Lake Havasu

2016-04-20 14:49:37


Rep. Gosar Questions BLM Director on Antiquities Act Abuse

2016-03-23 15:44:22


Rep. Gosar Grills Fish & Wildlife Deputy Director Kurth on Arbitrary Lake Havasu Boat Closure

2016-03-22 22:27:18


Rep. Paul Gosar Slams EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Flint Water Crisis

2016-03-17 17:39:03


Rep. Gosar Questions BLM Director Kornze during Natural Resources Hearing

2016-03-02 21:36:52


Rep. Gosar Questions Interior Secretary Jewell about "transparency"

2016-03-02 17:35:13


Rep. Gosar Full Opening Statement for Water Resources Hearing 2.24.16

2016-02-24 18:20:35


Rep. Gosar toast for Water Resources Hearing 2.24.16

2016-02-24 18:02:04


Rep. Gosar Questions at "Examining the Flint Water Crisis" Hearing

2016-02-03 18:38:04


Congressman Paul Gosar Addressing the 2015 States & Nation Policy Summit

2015-11-19 16:23:05


Prescott Valley 2015 Jobs Fair

2015-10-07 15:55:40


Rep. Paul Gosar Investigating Planned Parenthood

2015-09-29 20:25:34


Rep. Gosar questioning EPA Admin. Gina McCarthy on Animus River Spill 9/17/15

2015-09-17 18:06:31


In Remembrance, 9/11 - 14 Years Later

2015-09-13 17:10:08


Rep. Gosar Questioning EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in House Oversight Committee Hearing

2015-07-29 17:40:26


Rep. Gosar One Minute in Support of Western Water and American Food Security Act

2015-07-16 20:21:40


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.


Serving With

Martha McSally

ARIZONA's 2nd DISTRICT

Matt Salmon

ARIZONA's 5th DISTRICT

David Schweikert

ARIZONA's 6th DISTRICT

Trent Franks

ARIZONA's 8th DISTRICT

Recent Videos