For Immediate Release
Date: November 19, 2015
Contact: Steven D. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 4083, the Preventing Unionization of Revenue Service Employees (PURSE) Act, legislation which prohibits federal government tax collectors and other IRS bureaucrats from unionizing and entering into collective bargaining agreements at taxpayer expense:
“The IRS has proven to be one of the most destructive and criminal agencies within the most lawless administration in the history of this great country. Under the failed leadership of John Koskinen and Lois Lerner, the IRS has devolved into a patently partisan organization that has targeted conservative groups simply for their political beliefs. With the targeting scandal and initiation of impeachment proceedings against IRS Director John Koskinen by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, it is now more important than ever to ensure that IRS employees remain unbiased while performing official duties.
“The PURSE Act, championed in the Senate by my friend and Republican rockstar Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), would add the IRS to the list of federal agencies that are prohibited from unionizing and entering into collective bargain agreements. This bill is necessary to check the partisanship and abuse that has festered within an agency that is supposed to be nonpolitical. IRS employees should be focused on serving taxpayers, not carrying out the mission of labor unions while they are on the clock. Rather than serving the interests of the American people, this inefficient agency allowed bureaucrats to squander more than half a million employee hours last year on union activities alone. We must not forget that current IRS employees targeted innocent Americans because of their political ideologies. I will continue to seek to restore accountability to a partisan agency that has lost its way.”
The full text of the PURSE Act can be found HERE.
The PURSE Act exempts Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees from the Federal Labor-Management Relations Statute (5 U.S.C. Chapter 71). H.R. 4083 is the House companion to S.2245 introduced by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO).
Under current law, several federal government agencies are already prohibited from unionizing and entering into collective bargain agreements including the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Given the everyday functions of the IRS, there is no good reason why the agency shouldn’t also be on this list.
In 2013, over 200 IRS employees spent more than 520,000 hours of official time on union activities. American taxpayers had to foot the bill for these employees’ salaries and benefits to the tune of over $23 million. To make matters worse, the IRS has over 70,000 union-covered employees, and more than 95% of the union’s political contributions have gone to Democratic candidates in recent elections.
Following introduction of the PURSE Act, Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning stated, “[This bill] goes to the heart of the Hatch Act civil service protections that ensure the bureaucracy is not subject to undue political influence. The rise of public employee unions as major contributors to the left has long been a threat to the political neutrality of the civil service system. The IRS' unprecedented targeting of conservative organizations and donors makes it all the more important that [this] brilliant legislation become law.”
Current endorsements for the PURSE Act include: Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Limited Government, Citizens Against Government Waste, FreedomWorks, Gila County (AZ) Cattle Growers Association, Mason Contractors Association of America, New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association, New Mexico Federal Lands Council, New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc., Arizona Mining Association, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Veritas Research Consulting, Yuma County (AZ) Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Liberty, Concerned Citizens for America, Associated General Contractors of America, and the Town of Fredonia, AZ, and taxpayer Jim Salscheider.
21 Original Cosponsors joined Rep. Gosar in introducing the PURSE Act including: Representatives Brian Babin, Dave Brat, Ken Buck, Rick Crawford, John Culberson, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Gregg Harper, Tim Huelskamp, Steve King, Cynthia Lummis, Jeff Miller, Pete Olson, Bill Posey, Tom Rice, Mike Rogers, Todd Rokita, David Rouzer, Chris Stewart, Scott Tipton, and Joe Wilson.
For Immediate Release
Date: November 19, 2015
Contact: Steven D. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after joining Senator Jeff Flake (AZ-R), in introducing the House version of a Joint Resolution (H.J.RES.74) of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) which will block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new ozone regulation published in the Federal Register October 26, 2015:
“I am pleased that Arizona is on the forefront of fighting back against the EPA’s dangerous overreach. Senator Jeff Flake and I have introduced companion legislation to ensure that the president’s extremist environmental agenda never sees the light of day. If the president and the EPA believe so strongly that their $25 billion per year ozone regulation is what’s best for America, why would they need to circumvent Congress and the American people to implement it? The truth is ozone levels have been reduced by more than 30% since 1980, in part to significant voluntary efforts throughout many industries.
“Regardless of President Obama’s resentment of the legislative process, our system of checks and balances is more powerful than his desire to force his will on the American people. The U.S. economy can’t afford a nearly $2 trillion hit to our GDP and the loss of millions of jobs as a result of an unnecessary and overreaching new regulation not based on science. This flurry of new environmental regulations has nothing to do with protecting our environment but rather is about gaining more control over the lives of hard-working Americans. It is far past time that Congress reined in the rogue actions of the EPA. I support continuing commonsense and voluntary efforts to reduce ozone levels, not unachievable mandates that will kill jobs and drive up energy prices for consumers.”
The text of the Joint Resolution can be found HERE.
The CRA allows Congress to utilize an expedited process to disprove of major rules and only requires a simple majority vote to pass legislation. Recently, the U.S. Senate successfully utilized the CRA to pass a bill that blocks the EPA’s overreaching Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation.
An updated study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers projects that this new mandate will reduce U.S. GDP by $1.7 trillion from 2017 to 2040 and kill 1.4 million jobs per year.
Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association strongly supports the Gosar bill writing, “GCSECA strongly urge the retention of the current ozone standard. We value clean air and are proud that nationally ozone-forming emissions have been cut in half since 1980, leading to a 33% drop in ozone concentrations. The EPA’s current proposed ozone NAAQS revisions are premature and unnecessary as the agency just updated the ozone standards six years ago and these standards are still being implemented by states. EPA’s stringent ozone standards could limit business expansion in nearly every populated region of the United States and impair the ability of U.S. companies to create new jobs and attract and develop business.”
Arizona’s Generation and Transmission Cooperatives strongly supports the Gosar bill writing, “The revised ozone standards, if fully implemented, would be the most expensive mandate in our nation’s history. The National Association of Manufacturers projects that this new mandate will reduce U.S. GDP by $1.7 trillion from 2017 to 2040 and kill 1.4 million jobs per year. The impact on many rural communities would be particularly profound… Rural communities served by AEPCO, where in some areas up to a third of the population we serve live at or below the federal poverty level, already face economic hardship. Job losses in every sector of the local economy have been staggering, and most communities where people receive our power have yet to recover. The cost of this proposal to the rural Arizona worker is real and immediate, while the benefits are unverified and uncertain. We thank you for your leadership in blocking the implementation of the new ozone standard, which threaten the livelihood of rural communities throughout the U.S. and Arizona.”
Jack Gerard, President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute has said, “Job creation is about to get more difficult in America. New ozone regulations released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will place one-third of U.S. counties out of attainment…Ozone levels have already dropped 18 percent since 2000 even though the current standards haven’t been fully implemented yet…Very costly. Virtually overnight, EPA’s new rule increased the number of counties facing non-attainment status from 217 to 958 – a fourfold increase…Unfortunately, the EPA has chosen to ignore the science and move ahead with unachievable regulations that could be the most costly in history despite ample evidence that new standards are not necessary to protect public health. Further tightening the standards will not improve air quality any faster. What it will do is stifle job growth and harm the economy.”
Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers has stated, “the Obama Administration finalized a rule that is overly burdensome, costly and misguided…the new ozone standard will inflict pain on companies that build things in America—and destroy job opportunities for American workers. Now it’s time for Congress to step up and take a stand for working families.”
Current endorsements for Congressman Gosar’s legislation include: American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Farm Bureau, Americans for Limited Government, Associated General Contractors of America, Eagle Forum, Freedom Works, Concerned Citizens for America, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Mason Contractors Association of America, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Farm Bureau, Arizona Generation and Transmission Cooperatives, Arizona Liberty, Arizona Manufacturers Council, Arizona Mining Association, Arizona Pork Council, Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, Cactus & Pine Golf Course Superintendents Association, Gila County Growers Association, Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, New Mexico Wool Growers, New Mexico Federal Lands Council, Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Co-op, Town of Fredonia, AZ, Veritas Research Consulting, Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, Apache Junction City Councilman Jeff Serdy, La Paz County Supervisors King Clapperton; Yavapai County Supervisors Chip Davis, Jack Smith and Thomas Thurman; taxpayers Jordan Rose and Jim Salscheider
71 Original Cosponsors joined Congressman Gosar in introducing this legislation including: Representatives Ralph Abraham, Mark Amodei, Brian Babin, Andy Barr, Joe Barton, Dan Benishek, Rod Blum, Charles Boustany, Mo Brooks, Ken Buck, Earl Carter, Steve Chabot, Jason Chaffetz, Kevin Cramer, Rick Crawford, Scott DesJarlais, Jeff Duncan, John Duncan, Blake Farenthold, John Fleming, Trent Franks, Bob Gibbs, Louie Gohmert, Garret Graves, Morgan Griffith, Glenn Grothman, Cresent Hardy, Tim Huelskamp, Bill Johnson, Mike Kelly, Steve King, Sam Johnson, Walter Jones, David Joyce, Mike Kelly, Raul Labrador, Doug Lamborn, Frank Lucas, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Cynthia Lummis, Luke Messer, Tom McClintock, David McKinley, Martha McSally, Candice Miller, Alex Mooney, Randy Neugebauer, Dan Newhouse, Gary Palmer, Steve Pearce, Mike Pompeo, Bill Posey, Reid Ribble, Tom Rice, Dana Rohrabacher, David Rouzer, Matt Salmon, Austin Scott, Jim Sensenbrenner, Pete Sessions, John Shimkus, Lamar Smith, Marlin Stutzman, Glenn Thompson, David Trott, Jackie Walorski, Randy Weber, Ted Yoho, Don Young, Joe Wilson and Ryan Zinke.
Senator Jeff Flake introduced the companion bill, S.J.Res.25, with 30 original cosponsors.
For Immediate Release
Date: November 18, 2015
Contact: Steven D. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House successfully adopted the Congressman’s amendment requiring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to analyze the costs and potential negative impacts to veteran-owned businesses before putting forth future overreaching mandates and attached the amendment to H.R. 1737, the Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act:
“Exactly one week ago, we celebrated Veterans Day and the patriotic service that so many men and women have heroically given to this great nation. While kind words of support are nice, our veterans need and deserve bold action from Congress, including protecting their businesses from unnecessary regulations that threaten their livelihoods. It is outrageous that our nation’s heroes are capable of surviving dangerous combat situations, but many of their small businesses are not capable of surviving overreaching new mandates from the Obama Administration.
“Veterans already face tough challenges finding work when they return from service and earlier this year, post-9/11 veterans unemployment numbers were as high as 7.2%. In recent years, veteran’s unemployment numbers have been some of the highest in the country and at times have even been in double digits. I’m proud that the House took action today to protect the livelihoods of American heroes from future job-killing regulations that will be put forth by a rogue agency created under Dodd-Frank.”
Congressman Gosar’s amendment ensures that any costs and negative impacts to veteran-owned business are analyzed and included in the study required by this bill before any future auto financing guidance can be put forth by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The three main categories that the SBA utilizes for set-aside government contracts are women-owned, minority-owned and veteran-owned business. The base bill requires that CFPB commission a report and consider any costs or negative impacts for minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses before putting forth new mandates for auto lending guidance. It only makes sense to also require that the agency consider any negative repercussions for our nation’s heroes and veteran-owned businesses before putting forth new regulatory-like mandates that will cause them harm.
From the Republican Study Committee: H.R. 1737, the Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act, would nullify the CFPB bulletin 2013-02, the Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and would amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to provide requirements for guidance issued by the CFPB pertaining to indirect auto lending.
For Immediate Release
Date: November 17, 2015
Contact: Steven D. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy testified at a joint hearing held by House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency and the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management that agency employees who illegally accessed private information about Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Jason Chaffetz, will be disciplined:
“The actions of these Washington paper-pushers are despicable. Government employees should never abuse their authority in order to blackmail whistleblowers. Violating Chairman Chaffetz’s privacy and accessing restricted databases in order to retaliate against him for merely seeking government accountability is atrocious. While these desk-jockeys should have been disciplined a long time ago, I’m pleased that Director Clancy finally caved to Congressional pressure and decided to hold these nearly 50 Secret Service agents accountable for breaking the law and agency protocols.
“While the announcement at today’s hearing is a step in the right direction, there is still a lot of trash in Washington that needs to be taken out. Corruption and horrific behavior continue to plague the Secret Service and Obama Administration. I will continue to hold rogue bureaucrats accountable when they choose to violate the privacy and trust of the American people. A nice win today for the good guys.”
Director Clancy testified at the joint hearing that 42 Secret Service employees will be disciplined for their actions relating to the information breach of Chariman Chaffetz personal information. Director Clancey stated that each of these agents will receive three to 12 day suspensions, and that some could even possibly be fired.
On October 26, 2015, Congressman Gosar spearheaded a bipartisan letter signed by 30 members of Congress to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy demanding that corrective action be taken against all Secret Service employees who broke the law by improperly accessing and leaking private information about House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz.
The full text of Congressman Gosar’s letter to DHS Secretary Johnson and Secret Service Director Clancy can be found HERE.
Congressman Gosar’s letter was signed by 30 bipartisan members in the House including: Democrat Ranking Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee Elijah Cummings, Reps. Ralph Abraham, Brian Babin, Rod Blum, Dave Brat, Ken Buck, Buddy Carter, Kevin Cramer, Scott DesJarlais, Ron DeSantis, Jeff Duncan, Trent Franks, Morgan Griffith, Glenn Grothman, Andy Harris, Jody Hice, Cynthia Lummis, Walter B. Jones, Mark Meadows, Richard Nugent, John Ratcliffe, Matt Salmon, David Schweikert, Lamar Smith, Mark Walker, Randy Weber, Peter Welch, Bruce Westerman, and Ted Yoho.
This Office of Inspector General issued a press release on September 30, 2015, summarizing an investigation that was initiated in response to “the allegation that one or more United States Secret Service (Secret Service) agents accessed, through restricted Secret Service databases, the employment application of an individual who later became a member of Congress, which was then published by the media.”
A September 25th memorandum on the investigation into this matter by IG Roth revealed that more than 40 employees at the Secret Service improperly accessed information in Chairman Chaffetz’s file. While the investigation was unable to conclude how many of these employees disclosed this information to others, IG Roth “did conclude that the disclosure was widespread.” He also found that “each employee who accessed the Chairman’s application and disclosed it to another without an official purpose in doing so violated the Privacy Act, Secret Service policy and DHS policy.”
The IG investigation also “identified 18 supervisors — including the Acting Chief of Staff and the Deputy Director — who knew or should have known that Chairman Chaffetz’s personal information was being accessed. Yet, with a single exception, there was no evidence that any of the managers attempted to inform up the chain or to stop or remediate the activity.”
Finally, the IG investigation revealed retaliatory motives for this data breach in an email from Secret Service Assistant Director Edward Lowery in which Director Lowery said of Chaffetz, “some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out. Just to be fair.”
The Washington Post further reported that on the day after a contentious July hearing, Chairman Chaffetz’s sensitive personal information “was spread to nearly every layer of the service” and that “staff members in the most senior headquarters offices, the president’s protective detail, the public affairs office, the office of investigations, and field offices in Sacramento, Charlotte, Dallas and elsewhere accessed Chaffetz’s file—and many acknowledged sharing it widely.” The Post also reported that “the day after the March 24 hearing, one agent who had been sent to New York for the visit of the president of Afghanistan recalled that nearly all of the 70 agents at a briefing were discussing it."
In an addendum to the September 25th Memorandum, IG Roth issued more revelatory evidence that was particularly damaging to Director Clancy stating, “We are unable to reconcile Director Clancy’s October 2nd statement to investigators – that he had no independent recollection of events, but was simply relying on what others had told him – with his statement released to the media the day before…We do know that Director Clancy was told of the information from three different sources – Deputy Director Magaw, the former Directors at the luncheon, and Deputy Assistant Director Biermann. We also know that no agency-wide affirmative steps were taken to stop access to the record until after the information was reported in the media.”
For Immediate Release
Date: November 12, 2015
Contact: Steven D. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) and upheld the agreements codified by the Congressman’s legislation, H.R. 4924 , the Bill Williams Water Rights Settlement Act, Public Law No: 113-223, paving the way for the settlement of certain claims within the Bill Williams River Watershed among the Hualapai Tribe, the United States, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and Freeport-McMoRan:
“Today’s opinion by the Arizona Supreme Court upholds state water rights and affirms ADWR’s critical role in protecting these rights. I’m disappointed that the plaintiffs in the original case asserted a number of baseless claims at taxpayer expense in seeking to prevent a private water rights settlement which has significant benefits for local waters users and the State of Arizona. This unnecessary legal challenge could have easily been avoided but unfortunately the Mohave County Supervisors have potentially put Arizona taxpayers on the hook for even more fees resulting from this frivolous lawsuit and today’s loss in court.
“Moving forward, I believe this case can serve as a teachable moment for Arizona’s citizens, water users and Supervisors throughout the state. Rather than trying to upend a water rights settlement paid for with private money and involving private property, we should all work together and encourage commonsense solutions that benefit all parties. Above all else, today’s ruling is a win for private property owners, the Hualapai Tribe and the people of the great state of Arizona.”
The Arizona Supreme Court Opinion can be found HERE.
There were several key findings in the decision including:
(1) The Opinion was a unanimous 5-0 decision.
(2) The Mohave County Supervisors were found not to be an “interested person” that had a right to contest the water rights transfer because—they had no vested or existing rights, as Congressman Gosar stated from the outset.
(3) The Court affirmed that physical water will not be transferred out of the County stating, “No water would be physically moved from Planet Ranch to the Bagdad Mining Complex.”
(4) The Court affirmed an Administrative Law Judge’s finding that Mohave County Supervisors “had not identified any water rights held by the County that would be affected by the granting of applications ...”
(5) All frivolous legal arguments made by the Mohave County Supervisors were ultimately rejected.
(6) ADWR’s right to have attorney's fees paid was granted, the amount to be determined by the Superior Court in future proceedings.
H.R. 4924, the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement, was signed into law by the President on December 17, 2014.
This legislation asserts Congress’s authority under Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 which grants Congress the power to regulate matters of commerce amongst Indian Tribes and under Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2 which gives Congress the power to make all rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States.
Public Law No: 113-223 facilitates the achievement of a fair and equitable settlement of certain claims within the Bill Williams River watershed among the Hualapai Tribe, the U.S. Department of the Interior acting on behalf of itself and as trustee for the Tribe, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, and Freeport McMoRan Minerals Corporation. The legislation ratified the Big Sandy River-Planet Water Rights Settlement Agreement and the Hualapai Tribe Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Agreement. The Congressional Budget Office determined that the bill would have no effect on the federal budget and would not require new appropriations.
On June 26, 2015, the non the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a legal review of Congressman Gosar’s legislation, the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement, validating his previous assertions and affirming that his legislation is good for private property owners, will result in a significant net water benefit to the basin and will not result in a loss of any tax revenue to Mohave County. The full report can be found HERE.
There are numerous benefits for Arizona, Mohave County and the Hualapai Tribe from the Gosar-Flake legislation. H.R. 4924 provides certainty for the Bagdad Mine, which has an annual economic impact of $339.1 million to the state of Arizona, and sustains nearly 4,000 direct and indirect jobs. The Hualapai Tribe benefits from this legislation by securing certain water rights from two non-federal contributions by Freeport-McMoRan for an infrastructure fund and an economic development fund. Mohave County benefits from this law by keeping 175 mining jobs and $16 million in economic benefit. Furthermore, the State of Arizona will pay Mohave County in full for all property tax revenue lost as a result of the legislation (just over $2,000 per year). Arizona and Mohave County both benefit from the bill as the as this legislation will result in an overall net water use reduction in the basin of nearly 30,000 acre-feet per year. This reduction could also benefit residents in Lake Havasu and Bullhead City as this water can now be put to use in future water and economic development projects. There is also a provision in the bill that allows for new public access for hunting and fishing. Congressman Gosar has posted a fact sheet on his website for this law which can be found HERE.
Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced S.2503, the Senate companion to Congressman Gosar’s bill, and ushered H.R. 4924 through the Senate.
For Immediate Release
Date: November 5, 2015
Contact: Steven D. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3946, the Protecting Local Communities from Executive Overreach Act, legislation which updates the 1906 Antiquities Act in order to protect property rights, water rights and jobs from presidential abuse of the Antiquities Act:
“While originally created in good faith, the Antiquities Act has been repeatedly abused in order to appease special-interest groups and bypass the legislative process. Shamefully, President Obama has exceeded the intent of this law more than any other American president, designating or expanding 19 national monuments and locking up more than 1.25 million acres of land. Unfortunately, he isn’t done yet, and I expect several more overreaching declarations in the next 14 months.
“Regardless of political affiliation, presidents on either side of the aisle shouldn’t have unilateral authority to create massive new national monuments by executive fiat without local public input. It is, after all, the people living near these national monuments who will be the most affected by their creation. These folks deserve to have a strong voice regarding the use of public land near their communities.
“Unilateral designations that circumvent Congress typically result in devastating consequences for local communities and negatively impact future economic prosperity. The livelihoods of thousands of Americans are at stake. Our nation’s public resources are best managed when the public is intimately involved in the process. It is far past time that Congress reform this abused executive privilege by requiring local stakeholder input and approval before blocking off massive swaths of land. I will continue to do everything in my power to oppose the misguided effort to lock up 1.7 million acres in the Grand Canyon Watershed. The strong showing of support for this bill provides further evidence that the American people agree.”
National monument designations under the Antiquities Act typically have significant consequences that negatively affect grazing rights, water rights, wildfire prevention, and other land management activities. These declarations also result in some of the most restrictive land-use regulations possible and also greatly impact hunting, fishing, OHV, and other recreational activities.
The Protecting Local Communities from Executive Overreach Act contains six commonsense provisions, the majority of which have had broad, bipartisan support from members of Congress in the past which includes:
•Requires written consent from private property owners before including their private property. (H.R. 1459 last Congress) •Ensures declarations don’t increase the amount of funds appropriated in any fiscal year. (H.R. 1459 last Congress) •Prohibits designations in counties where there is significant local opposition. (Hardy-Gosar Amdt. to H.R. 2822 this Congress) •Water Rights language that ensures designations won’t negatively impact private water rights. (S.1416 this Congress) •Limits designations under this law to 5,000 acres or less. (Mirrors provision in H.R. 1459 last Congress) •Requires local consultation and concurrence before any declarations. (Mirrors concurrence language in H.R. 1555 this Congress)
On July 8, 2015, the House successfully passed an amendment by recorded vote spearheaded by Congressman Gosar, Congressman Cresent Hardy (NV-04) and Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (WY-AL) to prohibit public land management agencies from carrying out declarations under the Antiquities Act in counties where there is significant local opposition, including the proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument. Read more HERE.
On February 18, 2015, Congressman Gosar spearheaded an effort with 24 members of the House discouraging the president from unilaterally designating 1.7 million acres in the Grand Canyon Watershed as a National Monument. Read more HERE.
There were 25 original cosponsors that joined Rep. Gosar in introducing the Protecting Local Communities from Executive Overreach Act, including: Representatives Mark Amodei, Brian Babin, Ken Buck, Kevin Cramer, Paul Cook, John Duncan, Trent Franks, Cresent Hardy, Tim Huelskamp, Walter Jones, Steve King, Raul Labrador, Doug LaMalfa, Doug Lamborn, Cynthia Lummis, Patrick McHenry, Martha McSally, Dan Newhouse, Richard Nugent, Steve Pearce, Steve Russell, Matt Salmon, David Schweikert, Chris Stewart and Ryan Zinke.
Endorsements of H.R. 3946 so far include: the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC); the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA); Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA); Arizona Farm Bureau Federation; Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association; Arizona Cattle Growers' Association; Arizona Liberty; Arizona Mining Association, Arizona Rock Products, Arizona Small Business Association; Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce Concerned Citizens for America; Ellsworth Ranch; Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association; La Paz County Stockmen's Association; Mohave County Board of Supervisors; New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association; New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc.; New Mexico Federal Lands Council; New Mexico Stockman magazine; Livestock Market Digest Newspaper; Town of Fredonia; Veritas Research; Whitewater Cattle CO.; Apache County Supervisor Barry Weller; Pinal County Supervisors Cheryl Chase, Stephen Miller and Anthony Smith, Yavapai County Supervisors Craig Brown, Jack Smith and Thomas Thurman; Gold Canyon Republican Chairman Pam Burks; Citizen Ms. Gail Montanye Golden.
H.R. 3946 is supported by all five Arizona Republicans and blocks two misguided monument efforts in the Grand Canyon Watershed and the Sedona Verde Valley, both of which have significant local opposition. The bill accomplishes this task by explicitly prohibiting declarations in Coconino, Mohave and Yavapai counties by executive fiat.
Congressman Gosar’s bill requires concurrence from local communities and the State before any future declarations can be made under the Antiquities Act.
For Immediate Release
Date: November 5,2015
Contact: Steven D. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House approved his amendment early this morning which will greatly assist with streamlining the federal permitting process for Critical Infrastructure and Economic Development Projects, and attached it to the Senate Amendments to H.R. 22, the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act (DRIVE) Act:
“The EPA’s reign of obstruction and incompetence continues to impose costly new regulations that defy commonsense and threaten thousands of good-paying jobs across the country. Despite not being a primary reviewing or permitting agency, intentional actions from the EPA continue to impose unnecessary permitting delays and kill jobs through the country. Our communities can’t afford to have critical infrastructure projects sabotaged by an agency that does not share the same values and priorities as the American people.
“If the intent of the Federal Permitting Improvement Council established by this bill is to actually improve the federal permitting process, then the EPA, which is not a principal permitting or reviewing agency, should not be allowed a vote to obstruct the expedited process for projects that already have a $200 million investment. Fortunately, my colleagues in the House agreed and I was pleased to see unanimous support for my amendment that will assist with the creation of thousands of jobs across the country if enacted into law. Today was a win for commonsense and put the EPA on notice that Congress and the people of this great nation will fight back against the agency’s continued overreach.”
H.R. 22 establishes a new Council for the purpose of helping streamline the federal permitting process. As constructed, the EPA is given far too big a voice on this Council—an EPA that is known for being the primary obstructionist to every significant infrastructure and economic development project in the United States. The Gosar Amendment to the Senate Amendments to H.R. 22 will assist with streamlining the federal permitting process by decimating EPA influence in the process as well as preventing this rogue agency from having a vote on the Federal Permitting Improvement Council.
It is important to note that nothing in the Gosar amendment prevents the EPA from being invited to be a participating or cooperating agency and providing information throughout this process to the Council. The Council established by this bill will be compromised by a minimum of 16 members and it takes a vote by the majority of members of the Council in order for a covered project to be entitled to expedited review. Covered projects are essentially defined in the bill as those projects with investments of $200 million or more.
A new report issued by the National Association of Environmental Professionals released last week found, that “It took agencies an average of 1,709 days to get from a notice of intent -- the first step in preparing an EIS -- to publication of a final EIS…That's four days longer than the previous record set in 2013 and up from fewer than 1,200 days in 2000.”
In January 2014, the EPA sent a letter to Wyoming couple Andy and Katie Johnson claiming that the stock pond they built on their own property violated the Clean Water Act. The EPA threatened the couple with fines of $75,000 per day, even though these homeowners received approval from the state and their permit was in good standing.
The nonpartisan Congressional Research service reports that the EPA has continuously abused its veto authority by blocking permits that were already approved by the primary agency, the Corps of Engineers. EPA vetoes of Section 404 permits have occurred at least 13 times. These continued abuses and agency overreach are only a foreshadowing of things to come under the EPA’s new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
The Gosar amendment is endorsed by: Eagle Forum, Americans for Limited Government, Concerned Citizens for America, Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Liberty, Arizona Small Business Association, the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, Gila County Cattle Growers Association, the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce, La Paz Stockmen's Association, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, New Mexico Wool Growers, New Mexico Federal Lands Council, Town of Fredonia and Veritas Research.
For Immediate Release
Date: October 3, 2015
Contact: Steven D. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument Act which would designate 1.7 million acres near the Grand Canyon as a new national monument:
“It’s absolutely shameful that Rep. Grijalva would try to use tribes as political pawns to implement the misguided agenda of extremist environmental groups. His double-dealing bill isn’t even worth the paper it was printed on and has no chance of passing Congress. Instead, it is a deceitful attempt to provide political cover for the president should he fail to recognize significant opposition from local Arizona communities and once again abuse his power with one stroke of a pen under the Antiquities Act.
“Rep. Grijlava’s bill, pandering to extremist environmental groups, will kill jobs, stifle development, permanently prevent mining and future grazing leases, impose significant OHV road closures and significantly restrict hunting, timber harvesting and commercial recreational activities on 1.7 million acres in northern Arizona. I encourage the southern Arizona Congressman to focus on killing jobs and locking up millions of acres of land in his own district.”
Western Caucus Chairwoman Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large), issued the following statement after hearing of introduction of the Girjalva bill: “Too often, presidents have forced monument designations on communities over local objections and disrupted economies and locally-driven conservation efforts alike. Today Representative Gosar is making it loud and clear to the White House that there is considerable opposition to Representative Grijalva’s monument proposal by those on the ground who will feel the brunt of its impact. Unfortunately, President Obama has a track record of shutting out local voices in its monument designations. It is long past time for Congress to rein in Antiquities Act abuses in favor of collaborative, locally-driven, boots-on-the-ground conservation that is better equipped to protect our natural resources.”
Jim Unmacht, President of the Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation, issued the following statement after hearing of introduction of the Girjalva bill: “Representative Grijalva’s bill is yet another effort to ‘solve’ a perceived problem that doesn’t exist. There is already a moratorium on mining, timber harvests are managed, grazing is regulated, travel management has already closed miles of roads and Arizona's wildlife doesn't need more bureaucracy to manage and conserve it. Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation opposes this bill.”
Since 2010, extremist environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, have been pushing an extreme proposal that explicitly seeks to prevent hunting, mining, timber harvesting and grazing. Earlier this year at their behest, three Democrats from Arizona’s delegation sent a letter to the President requesting he make this massive, 1.7 million acre designation under the Antiquities Act.
Multiple-use recreation and other important activities currently take place on these lands and have for generations. Rep. Grijalva’s bill, or a unilateral designation of the nearly two million acres in the Grand Canyon Watershed as a National Monument, would erode the extensive cooperation and success that federal and state agencies in Arizona have achieved to date.
Rep. Grijalva’s bill even contains an obscure provision which states if there is a conflict between his bill and the laws the bill amends, then “the most restrictive provision shall control… management of the federal lands within the National Monument.”
Arizona already has 18 national monuments, more than any other state. Nearly 50 percent of all land in Arizona is already under federal management and more than 77 percent of Arizona’s lands are restricted from public access and recreation.
Some of the concerns that have been expressed by local communities and organizations about this proposal include:
“The creation of a National Monument by President declaration does not allow for input from local communities…; could result negative impacts… for grazing, hunting, water development and forest restoration…which would result in negative economic and public health impacts to the City of Williams.”
“The Town Council of the Town of Fredonia is concerned that the impact from the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument “on the Town and its citizens includes but is not limited to: (a) the closing of three businesses…(b) the impairment of small independent businesses…(c) expected reduction or even extinction of local ranching efforts…(d) loss of recreation and tourism…”
“In closing, we believe the proposal is a clear attempt to by-pass the ongoing planning and management efforts that serve wildlife, wildlife habitat, and the public well with the intent of satisfying a few special interest groups.”
“This proposed designation would almost double the amount of acreage designated as national monuments in Arizona and would be the nation's second largest national monument…the proposed monument designation would severely impact thousands of acres of state trust lands locked up within its boundaries and deny their beneficial use to the trust…”
On July 8, 2015, the House successfully passed an amendment by recorded vote spearheaded by Congressman Gosar and Congressman Cresent Hardy (NV-04) to prohibit public land management agencies from carrying out declarations under the Antiquities Act in counties where there is significant local opposition, including the proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.
The Gosar-Hardy amendment prohibited pending presidential designations of a National Monument in specified counties including Mohave and Coconino in Arizona; Modoe and Siskiyou in California; Chaffee, Moffat, and Park in Colorado; Lincoln, Clark and Nye in Nevada; Otero in New Mexico; Jackson, Josephine and Malheur in Oregon; Wayne, Garfield and Kane in Utah. Read more HERE.
The Gosar-Hardy amendment which rejected this monument designation under the Antiquities Act had significant support from organizations and citizens throughout Arizona and the country including: American Farm Bureau, Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA), Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), Americans for Responsible Recreation Access (ARRA), Eagle Forum, Arizona Cattleman’s Association, Arizona Farm Bureau, Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association, Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association, the Arizona Mining Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Association, the Colorado Snowmobile Association, the Trails Preservation Alliance, Colorado Wool Growers Association, Arizona Rock Products, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Americans for Limited Government, Coconino County Farm Bureau and Cattle Growers Association, Yavapai Cattle Growers Association, Navajo/Apache Cattle Growers Association, Greenlee Cattle Growers Association, La Paz Stockmen’s Association, Mohave Livestock Association, Gila County Cattle Growers Association, Maricopa County Cattle Growers Association, Cochise /Graham Cattle Growers Association, Southern Arizona Cattlemen's Protective Association, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, La Paz County Supervisor King Clapperton, City of Williams, Mohave Sportsman Club, Town of Fredonia, Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation, Anglers United, AZ Antelope Foundation, AZ BASS Nation, AZ Big Game Super Raffle, AZ Bowhunters Association, AZ Chapter of Safari Club International, AZ Deer Association, AZ Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, AZ Elk Society, AZ Houndsmen Association, AZ Outdoor Sports, Coconino Sportsmen, Outdoor Experience 4 All, South Eastern AZ Sportsmen’s Club, SRT Outdoors, The BASS Federation, Xtreme Predator Callers, 1.2.3.Go…
On February 18, 2015, Congressman Gosar spearheaded a letter to President Obama with 24 cosigners asking the president not to unilaterally designate 1.7 million acres in the Grand Canyon Watershed as a National Monument. Click HERE to read the full letter to President Obama from Congressman Gosar and his colleagues.
The other cosigners of Congressman Gosar’s letter to President Obama included: Representatives Mark Amodei, Paul Cook, John Culberson, John Fleming, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Bob Goodlatte, Crescent Hardy, Mike Kelly, Steve King, Doug LaMalfa, Doug Lamborn, Cynthia Lummis, Tom McClintock, Stevan Pearce, Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, Matt Salmon, David Schweikert, Glenn Thompson, Scott Tipton, Daniel Webster, Bruce Westerman, Don Young and Ryan Zinke
Additionally, Congressman Gosar introduced the Arizona Land Sovereignty Act during the 113th Congress which sought to prohibit designations in Arizona without express consent of Congress. Read more HERE.
The text of Rep. Grijalva's draft bill that was released 10/13/15 is available HERE. The map of Rep. Grijalva's massive 1.7 million acre land grab that was released 10.13.15 can be found HERE. Rep. Grijlava’s bill would also provide tribes with federal grant money in a deceitful attempt to buy their support.
This Thursday, November 5, during the final vote series, Congressman Gosar plans to introduce the Protecting Local Communities from Executive Overreach Act. Congressman Gosar’ draft bill contains six commonsense provisions, the majority of which have had broad, bipartisan support from Members of Congress in the past:
-Requires written consent from private property owners before including their private property. (H.R. 1459 last Congress) -Ensures declarations don’t increase the amount of funds appropriated in any fiscal year. (H.R. 1459 last Congress) -Prohibits designations in counties where there is significant local opposition. (Hardy-Gosar amdt. to H.R. 2822 this Congress) -Water Rights language that ensures designations don’t negatively impact private water rights. (S.1416 this Congress) -Limits designations under this Act to 5,000 acres or less. (Mirrors provision in H.R. 1459 last Congress) -Requires local consultation and concurrence before new declarations. (Mirrors concurrence language in H.R. 1555 this Congress)
Endorsements so far for Congressman Gosar’s draft bill include: Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA), Arizona Farm Bureau Federation, Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association, Arizona Cattle Growers' Association, Ellsworth Ranch, La Paz County Stockmen's Association, Mohave County Board of Supervisors, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc., New Mexico Federal Lands Council, New Mexico Stockman magazine, Livestock Market Digest newspaper, Town of Fredonia, Whitewater Cattle CO., Yavapai County Supervisors Jack Smith and Thomas Thurman.
Original Cosponsors of Congressman Gosar’s draft bill as of today include Reps. Mark Amodei, Kevin Cramer, Paul Cook, John Duncan, Trent Franks, Walter Jones, Steve King, Cynthia Lummis, Steve Pearce, Matt Salmon and Chris Stewart.
For Immediate Release
Date: November 3, 2015
Contact: Steven D. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after waiting more than 6 months for a pathetic response from the Obama Administration to pointed legal questions from 38 members of Congress including Congressman Gosar about the Central American Minors (CAM) program, which uses taxpayer dollars to fly illegal immigrants from Central American Countries to the U.S. for the purposes of providing an “orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some... are currently taking to the United States”:
“It is outrageous for the self-proclaimed ‘most transparent administration in history’ to take over half a year to provide a pathetic response to questions about the status of a potentially unconstitutional program. The fact is the Obama Administration has established a shameful record of stonewalling Congressional inquiries while attempting to hide the truth behind its executive amnesty attempts. Fortunately, a federal judge has issued an injunction on the president’s executive action which granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Shockingly, a recently leaked DHS memorandum reveals that the Obama Administration is preparing to circumvent this injunction.
“The Department of Homeland Security is still moving forward with its Central American amnesty flight program, despite demands from nearly 40 members of Congress to cease operations. Even more outrageous, the administration failed to respond to detailed questions about the status and costs of this new program. President Obama previously used executive fiat to give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. Now he is sending planes to go and pick up their family members in Central American countries and won’t tell us how much these flights are costing American taxpayers. This is outrageous and Congress must take action to block this rogue program.”
On April 27, 2015 Congressman Gosar led an effort supported by 37 of his House colleagues calling on President Obama to immediately terminate the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program and asking pointed questions about its costs and operations. The full text of Congressman Gosar’s letter calling on President Obama to end this amnesty program can be found HERE.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services finally responded to Congressman Gosar’s letter on October 30, 2015. Their response can be found HERE.
In the response that took more than 6 months, the Obama Administration failed to answer more than a dozen questions from Members of Congress including:
∙An explanation as to the evolution of the CAM program including any and all potential updates to the CAM program that are currently being considered. ∙How many total applications for the CAM program have been received to date? ∙How many individuals have entered the United States as a result of the CAM program to date? ∙Please further define what “help with travel plans” entails and an estimated cost of these expenditures over the life of the CAM program. ∙For the loans for their travel to the U.S., what percentage of these loans will be required to be repaid and what is the maximum loan to each individual? ∙State Department spokesperson Marie Harf recently responded during a press briefing that she did not know the price tag, but she “was happy to look” into these expenditures. What is the estimated cost to U.S. taxpayers from the new CAM program? ∙DHS’ website states that after arriving, illegal immigrants participating in this program “will be eligible for medical and cash assistance.” What is the estimated total cost of cash assistance for refugees over the life of the CAM program? ∙What is the estimated total cost of the medical benefits for refugees over the life of the CAM program? ∙DHS’ website also indicates there is “no fee to apply for refugee status.” and that the information provided “will not be shared with your home country.” Why is there not a fee? ∙Why not share some relevant information with the country of origin to confirm important information about these potential CAM participants? ∙DHS’ website states, “There is no fee to participate in this refugee/parole program and it is prohibited for anyone to charge a fee for completion of the form.” ∙What statutory authority, Presidential executive order or memo from the Office of the Secretary allows for this type of discrimination and prohibits charging a fee for completion of the form for the select qualifying individuals? ∙How many applicants are eligible and have applied for the CAM program as a result of an associated relative receiving deferred action from either the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent residents (DAPA) program?
The Obama Administration has been taking applications for an amnesty program since December 1, 2014 that will fly illegal immigrants from Central American Countries to the U.S. for the purposes of providing an “orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some... are currently taking to the United States.”
The Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program requires parolees to pay for their flights and medical care but will provide cash, loans, as well as help with travel and medical assistance to refugees participating in the program at taxpayer expense. Media reports further indicate that parolees participating in the program could include felons and immigrants that were previously deported.
Shockingly, DHS’ website states, "There is no fee to participate in this refugee/parole program and it is prohibited for anyone to charge a fee for completion of the form." Worse yet, an agency official indicated in a hearing in April of this year that some CAM program participants are eligible because they have a family member living in the U.S. who was one of the beneficiaries of President Obama’s previous deferred action amnesty executive orders.
The 37 members of the House who joined Congressman Gosar in calling for termination of the CAM program and asking detailed questions about the program’s operations include: Representatives Brian Babin, Lou Barletta, Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Rod Blum, Charles Boustany, Jim Bridenstine, Mo Brooks, Doug Collins, Mike Conaway, Scott DesJarlais, Jeff Duncan, John Duncan, Bill Flores, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Tim Huelskamp, Lynn Jenkins, Sam Johnson, Walter Jones, Steve King, Doug LaMalfa, Doug Lamborn, Cynthia Lummis, Kenny Marchant, John Mica, Pete Olson, Steve Palazzo, Scott Perry, Mike Rogers, Matt Salmon, David Schweikert, Pete Sessions, Lamar Smith, Randy Weber and Ted Yoho.
The effort to terminate this program has also received the support of NumbersUSA, Eagle Forum and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
For Immediate Release
Date: November 2, 2015
Contact: Steven D. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after 14 of his House colleagues joined him in calling for House and Senate Committee Chairman to include a Gosar amendment, blocking President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, in the final Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 bill or omnibus appropriations package:
“The American people voted in Republican majorities to both the House and Senate in 2014 so that we would put the brakes on an out-of-control administration. In order to do that, Republicans must act boldly and follow through on our promises of blocking nonsensical new regulations enacted under this president by executive fiat.
“The Obama Administration’s new housing rule is no different. This terrible new regulation is an attempt to extort communities into giving up control of local zoning decisions and will reengineer the makeup of our neighborhoods. Important grants for local communities will be stripped away if communities do not conform and implement illogical standards concocted by D.C. bureaucrats. Just as the president has used the DOJ, IRS and DHS as a political weapon, he has now expanded his arsenal to include HUD, as he seeks to fundamentally transform America.
“Twice, the full House of Representatives has passed my amendment to protect American communities from this overreach. It’s time that appropriators heed our call and block Obama’s utopian housing regulation.”
The appropriations rider request was sent to:
Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY) Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) Subcommittee Chairman on Transportation Housing and Urban Development Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) Chariman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) Chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing transportation and Community Development
The full text of Congressman Gosar’s appropriations rider request can be found HERE.
The list of the 15 House co-signers that asked appropriators to block this new regulation include: Congressman Paul Gosar, Trent Franks, Brian Babin, D.D.S., Marsha Blackburn, Steve Chabot, Scott DesJarlais, Stephen Fincher, Louie Gohmert, Glenn Grothman, David P. Joyce, Cynthia Lummis, Thomas Massie, Lamar Smith, Lynn Westmoreland and Ted Yoho.
The AFFH rule seeks to use the disparate impact legal theory to justify social engineering of local neighborhoods. It would do so by withholding Community Development Block Grant funds from towns and cities unless they meet utopian standards of integration based on sex, income, religion, race, and other federally protected demographics. HUD is essentially creating a set of rules and regulations to which communities must conform, or face losing out on tens of millions of dollars in grant money annually. Further, the rule will result in increased local taxes, will depress property values, and will cause further harm to impoverished communities that actually need these funds.
The House of Representatives has already voted twice to defund the AFFH rule during consideration of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bills for fiscal years 2015 and 2016 (please see Roll Call Vote no. 285 from the 113th Congress and Roll Call Vote no. 311 from the 114th Congress).
Americans for Limited Government supported the Gosar amendment each time stating, “Housing discrimination based on race has been illegal since the 1960s, and people should be allowed to choose for themselves where they live without D.C. bureaucrats nationalizing zoning decisions for political reasons.”
In addition, Congressman Gosar’s bill, the Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act, H.R. 1995, rejecting this overreaching regulation is currently cosponsored by 20 members in the House.
According to reports, in 2012, this mandate would have negatively impacted more than 1,200 municipalities throughout the country, costing these communities to forfeit millions that are meant help the neediest families.
A trial run of the new AFFH regulation already took place in the State of New York. The result was a failure and a local county was initially forced to forego $12 million in funds that would have benefited the community due to the impractical and unrealistic requirements associated with misguided agency regulation. The county had intended to use a large portion of these block grant funds to establish public housing for individuals in need.
Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and writer for National Review, has been following this issue for years and published an article prior to the vote entitled, Obama’s Next Transformation: And How to Stop It.
Congressman Gosar wrote and op-ed for Investor’s Business Daily titled Latest Federal Mandate On 'Fair Housing' Is Anything But, which can be read HERE.
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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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