Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Meet and Greet - Lake Havasu City and Kingman

2014/09/25


Rep. Gosar: Eric Holder Leaves Behind a Legacy of Lawlessness

2014/09/25

For Immediate Release Date: Sept. 25, 2014

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder that he would step down from his position at the Department of Justice once a replacement is confirmed by the Senate:

“It's a sad day when America rejoices about the news that the Attorney General of the United States is set to resign. His place in history will be marked by shameful violations of the rule of law and despicable circumvention of the Constitution. The integrity of our government, our Republic, fundamentally relies on the principle that no person, not even the president or the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, is above our laws.

“Over the past 6 years this Department of Justice has been defined by its failures and complete disregard for accountability. From the death of Brian Terry in the Fast and Furious gun running operation, to spying on journalist James Rosen, to tapping the phone records of the Associated Press, and most recently the unconstitutional Bergdahl prisoner exchange as well as the IRS scandal, there is no question that Eric Holder leaves behind a legacy of lawlessness, incompetence and hyper partisanship. 

“I have been relentless in my pursuit to hold Eric Holder accountable for his actions and will not rest until the door officially hits him on his way out. The American people and U.S. Senate must ensure his replacement is a strict constitutionalist and not a partisan hack. Moving forward, our challenge begins now with rebuilding the trust of the American people and a return to fully upholding the laws of our country.”

Background:

Congressman Gosar was the first member of Congress to call for the resignation of Eric Holder. A Daily Caller article documenting the Congressman’s actions can be found HERE.

Most recently, on January 18, 2013, Congressman Gosar introduced H.RES.35 calling for the resignation of the Attorney General. His resolution currently has 142 cosponsors. He also introduced similar legislation in the 112th Congress.

The Congressman recently produced two videos documenting Eric Holders lawlessness titled ANARCHY and A BROKEN OATH. They can be viewed by clicking on the titles.

 

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Lake Havasu Invasive Species Roundtable

2014/09/24


Rep. Gosar Votes to Promote Job Growth, Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires

2014/09/18

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Sept. 18, 2014

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act, which passed the House by a vote of 253 – 163. This legislation contained provisions introduced by Rep. Gosar including the Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act:

“Today the House gave the Senate another chance to take up legislation that will promote job creation and economic growth for Americans across the country. The Jobs for America Act contains some of the 383 bills stuck in the Senate awaiting action, including important provisions of my Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act. Unfortunately, this legislation has lingered in the Senate for nearly a year.

“As a medical professional for over 25 years, I know firsthand that preventative care is a much cheaper and effective treatment as opposed to dealing with an illness or disease after it has already been diagnosed. This must be the same approach we take to forest health and wildfire prevention.Unfortunately, President Obama and his administration continue to play games and waste billions of dollars on the backend on suppression.

“There is absolutely no room for politics here—the Senate must join the House and adopt policies that allow for active management of our forests. It’s time for Harry Reid’s do-nothing Senate to take action and pass the Jobs for America Act. I’m sick of being a victim of catastrophic wildfires and suffering from the consequences of bad policies.”

Background:

Congressman Gosar’s legislative contribution to H.R. 4 includes text from title 2 of his Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act which was included in H.R. 1526. This legislation passed the House by avoteof 244-173 on September 20, 2013. H.R. 1526 requires the Forest Service to significantly increase the volume of timber it offers for sale each year. In recent years, timber harvests have dramatically declined due to federal overregulation and harmful lawsuits.

Previously this year, H.R. 2642 was signed into law and contained some important provisions of Rep. Gosar’s Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act. These provisions include reauthorizing important stewardship contracting, good neighbor authority as well as important insect and disease infestation designations. Click HERE to read more.

 

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Rep. Gosar Introduces TRAILS Act to Ensure Community Access for Public Lands

2014/09/18

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Sept. 18, 2014

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing the Travel and Resource Access Including Local Stakeholders (TRAILS) Act:

“This legislation puts local communities and stakeholders in the driver seat for developing travel management plans that affect their livelihoods on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) acreage. The country’s vast and unique outdoor landscapes are a fundamental component of our national identity. Whether it is for fishing, hunting, off-highway vehicle recreation, mining, hiking, or any of a myriad of other uses, public lands are an integral part of the life and livelihood of millions of Americans.

“Unfortunately, access to public lands has been hampered by decisions from bureaucrats within the BLM and has a detrimental impact to local communities across the country. I heard about this issue first hand from my constituents when the BLM Yuma office proposed to close nearly 50% of the trails in the area with the release of the draft La Posa Travel Management Plan.

“OHV recreation contributes nearly $4 billion annually to Arizona’s economy, supports 40,000 jobs and generates nearly $200 million in sales taxes. Local communities are the first to be affected by changes in travel and access management decisions, yet, are routinely left out of the development discussion. The BLM shouldn’t be harming local communities and limiting access to public lands all in the name of pursuing a misguided agenda. I will continue to fight this overreach.”

After hearing of introduction of the bill, D.L. Wilson, Chairman of the La Paz County Board of Supervisors stated, “Local development and agreement on federal land management plans is critical for La Paz County to protect our tourism economy and its extensive reliance on access to public lands.”

Background:

The TRAILS Act would require the BLM to incorporate the needs, uses and input of affected communities when developing travel management plans. The TRAILS Act would further strengthen local input by requiring the BLM to obtain the concurrence of affected communities before taking any travel management action affecting access to public lands. This legislation provides Congressional oversight to a mismanaged process that was initiated by bureaucrats within the executive branch.

The full text of the TRAILS Act can be found HERE.

The letter from Congressman Gosar to the BLM Arizona Director, Raymond Suazo can be found HERE.

An article from the Parker Pioneer about the town hall Rep. Gosar held on this issue back in April can be found HERE.

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Rep. Gosar Votes against Business as Usual, Arming Syrian Rebels

2014/09/17

Rep. Gosar Votes against Business as Usual, Arming Syrian Rebels

"I could not support this panicked reaction to "do something" that is not thought out and lacks a winnable strategy"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after voting against H.J.Res.124, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, which included the McKeon Amendment, also known as Authorizing Assisting, Training and Supplying Syrian Opposition. H.J.Res.124 ultimately passed the House with a vote of 319-108 despite Congressman Gosar’s opposition:

"The Continuing Resolution (CR) is another admission that the Senate has again failed to pass a budget. I voted against it because of the inappropriate time line that punts the budgeting issue to a lame duck Congress. I also opposed this stopgap measure because it contains no spending reforms. Additionally, this flawed legislation reauthorizes the Ex-IM Bank, a form of crony capitalism we need to phase out. I was not sent to DC to continue business as usual, and I will continue to fight against it.

"The House has made an honest effort to return to a normal order of creating and appropriating a budget in an open manner that encourages a dialogue with the American people. In fact, the House passed 7 different appropriations bills in 2014. Shamefully, the Senate did not pass a signal appropriations bill. For my part, I introduced 27 amendments, with 21 of them successfully passing the House and positively affected almost one billion dollars in federal spending. This short term punt of the CR undermines the work done to root out federal waste, fraud and abuse in federal spending.

"Furthermore, the McKeon Amendment which approved of the President’s plan for dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a poor strategy. I voted against arming violent death squads that have no loyalty to the United States or our values. We have no allies in Syria. We should not be spending precious taxpayer money and jeopardizing the lives of our soldiers to help one terrorist group fight another terrorist group. Further, Congress has not declared war, as is required under the Constitution. We cannot fund a war that we have not officially declared. Several generals and foreign policy experts have stated that it will take American boots on the ground to finish the job and dismantle ISIS. The President continues to make clear this is not an option, even contradicting military advisors within his own administration. I have serious concerns about the President’s plan or lack thereof. As such, I could not support this panicked reaction to "do something" that is not thought out and lacks a winnable strategy."

Background:

The Senate did not pass a budget resolution, as required by law, for the fourth time in the last five years and the Senate did not pass a single appropriations bill for the third year in a row.

A list of Rep. Gosar’s amendments for the FY 15 Appropriations bill can be found HERE.

The current authorization for Ex-Im Bank expires on September 30, 2014. The last reauthorization, H.R. 2072, passed the House by a vote of 330-93 on May 9, 2012 without Rep. Gosar’s support. 

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

2014/09/16

For Immediate Release Date: Sept. 16, 2014

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that found insurers selling Obamacare plans do not segregate funds to cover abortion from their Obamacare subsidies:

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

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

Additional:

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

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

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

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

 

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Gosar Votes to Support Arizona/California Land Exchange

2014/09/15

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Sept. 15, 2014

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House successfully voted to pass H.R. 3006, legislation authorizing a land exchange involving the acquisition of private land adjacent to the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona for inclusion in the refuge in exchange for certain Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in Riverside County, California.

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

Background:

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

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

 

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

2014/09/10

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Sept. 10, 2014

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing titled The Status of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Responses to Committee Subpoenas and the Continued Lack of Transparency about Its Implementation and Enforcement of American Wildlife Laws, and Oversight of the Department of the Interior’s Solicitor’s Office:

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

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

Background:

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

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

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

 

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

2014/09/10

For Immediate Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House voted in favor of H.RES.644, condemning and disapproving of the Obama administration's failure to comply with the statutory requirement to notify Congress before releasing the Taliban five. The Resolution successfully passed by a bipartisan vote of 229-179:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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