Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Rep. Gosar Blasts Obama’s Expansion of Amnesty Program that Flies Unlawful Immigrants to America

2016/07/27

For Immediate Release

Date: July 27, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of State (State Department) announced plans to expand the Central American Minors (CAM) program which uses taxpayer dollars to fly unlawful immigrants from Central American countries to the United States:

“Rather than securing the border, the president continues to pour gasoline on our immigration crisis by making it easier for unlawful immigrants to enter the country. The Obama Administration admitted it has no clue how many unlawful immigrants from Central American countries will be flown into America as a result of expanding this unconstitutional amnesty program. This action blatantly violates federally mandated immigration caps as well as Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4 of the U.S. Constitution.

“The Obama Administration has tried to hide the truth about the CAM program from the American people since its inception. It has stonewalled Congressional inquiries after Americans were outraged to learn that their tax dollars were being used to fly unlawful immigrants from Central America to the United States. This expansion will allow any family member and virtually anyone claiming to be a ‘caregiver’ of an unlawful immigrant minor to receive amnesty and eventually U.S. citizenship.

“President Obama’s amnesty continues to undermine our national security and put the safety of the American people at risk. This obsession to erase our southern border is just another example of the president’s utter contempt for the Rule of Law and American sovereignty. Congress has never authorized or appropriated one penny for the CAM program. I call on House leadership to take action and terminate this unconstitutional program by passing the Central American Amnesty Termination Act.” 

Background: 

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

On July 26, 2016, the Obama Administration expanded the CAM program to allow entire Central American families and anyone claiming to be a “caregiver” to be admitted to the U.S through this unconstitutional amnesty program.  

On April 29, 2016, Congressman Gosar introduced H.R. 5141, the Central American Amnesty Termination Act, which terminates funding for the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program and any successor programs. The CAM program promotes lawlessness and incentivizes further illegal immigration. The full text of H.R. 5141 can be found HERE.

In March 2016, Congressman Gosar spearheaded an appropriations rider, supported by 20 members, calling on the House to defund the unconstitutional CAM program. To read more click HERE.    

The State Department reports that the CAM program has received applicants from more than 9,500 unlawful aliens, admitted 267 Central American alien minors and approved applications for another 2,880 unlawful immigrants. Furthermore, at least 16 parents who completed an Affidavit of Relationship under the CAM program were Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reported that more than 40,000 unlawful immigrant minors have been apprehended at the southwest border in fiscal year 2016 alone, a 62 percent increase from last year.

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

The Central American Amnesty Termination Act is endorsed by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and NumbersUSA.

H.R. 5141 currently has 21 cosponsors including: Representatives Brian Babin, Lou Barletta, Diane Black, Dave Brat, Mo Brooks, Scott DesJarlais, Jeff Duncan, Louie Gohmert, Glenn Grothman, Tim Huelskamp, Walter Jones, Steve King, Kenny Marchant, John Mica Steve Palazzo, Mike Rogers, Dana Rohrabacher, Matt Salmon, Austin Scott, Pete Sessions and Randy Weber.

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Rep. Gosar Introduces the Hunting, Education and Recreational Development (HEARD) Act

2016/07/15

For Immediate Release

Date: July 15, 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 introducing H.R. 5836, the Hunting, Education and Recreational Development (HEARD) Act:

“Throughout my home state of Arizona, I have heard repeatedly about significant challenges local communities face due to poor federal land management policies and the existence of large swaths of federal land within their jurisdiction. The HEARD Act addresses these issues and ensures the people of Arizona have a voice in the decision making process. By facilitating locally-driven solutions and injecting transparency, this legislation ensures that public lands will be utilized more efficiently while also yielding significant benefits for stakeholders.”

Andy Groseta, a rancher, past President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, and past President of the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association, who resides in Cottonwood, Arizona stated, “This critical legislation provides a unique opportunity for federal land management agencies to work closely with local stakeholders – including ranchers, sportsmen and municipalities – to improve land use and management throughout the West. The HEARD Act establishes an orderly process that makes better use of lands that the federal government has stated it no longer needs. This important bill will provide additional revenues for local communities, spur job creation and foster economic growth.”  

Tom Jones, Arizona resident and former CEO of Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association stated, “I applaud Congressman Gosar for sponsoring a bill that utilizes an innovative approach to address the wide-ranging land challenges facing western states. The HEARD Act will provide significant benefits for our nation’s youth, job creators and communities by empowering the people on the ground to be intimately involved in important decisions that affect their livelihoods.  K-12 schools, public higher education, land grant universities, agriculture and natural resource agencies, county governments, local cooperative extension services, recreational enthusiasts and sportsmen all win with this thoughtful proposal.”

Background:

The full text of the legislation can be found HERE.  

The Hunting, Education and Recreational Development (HEARD) Act, establishes an orderly process for the sale, conveyance and exchange of federal lands not being utilized by public land management agencies that have been identified for disposal. The HEARD Act will yield significant benefits for education, sportsmen, agriculture and natural resource users, counties and states by establishing a revenue sharing mechanism that ensures a fair return for all.

H.R. 5836 distributes certain revenues derived through this Act by returning 15% to the state where the disposal takes place for K-12 and higher education; 15% to one or more land grant universities in the State where the disposal takes place; 10% to one or more counties and county extension offices where the disposal takes place; and 10% to a special account in the treasury in order to increase access for hunters, recreational fishing, recreational shooting, OHV use, and other purposes.

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), the total federal estate exceeds more than 635 million acres. CRS has also reported that the “BLM manages 247.3 million acres” and that the “Forest Service manages 192.9 million acres.”  Currently, only about 18 percent of the land in Arizona is privately held. The overwhelming majority of land is under the jurisdiction of state, federal and tribal governments and these entities control use, development and access. 77.2 percent of La Paz County is comprised of federal lands that are tax-exempt. Local municipalities face significant challenges funding education, infrastructure and emergency services as a result.

The BLM has identified hundreds of thousands of acres for disposal that the agency is not efficiently utilizing. However, existing law does not require the BLM to dispose of identified lands on a regular or frequent basis. As a result, lands identified as potentially available for disposal under valid resource management plans are rarely disposed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Forest Service has several authorities to dispose of Federal lands, but such authorities are rarely used.

H.R. 5836 is modeled after the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA). This federal law enacted in 1998 has a proven track record of success. To date more than 35,000 acres identified by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for disposal have been sold, conveyed or exchanged in Nevada and sales have generated nearly $3 billion in revenue. The revenue sharing mechanism instituted by this law has benefitted education, enhanced recreational opportunities and public access, and achieved better management of public lands.  SNPLMA is one of the few authorities that has allowed for an orderly process to make better use of lands not being utilized by the federal government.

Cosponsors of the HEARD Act include: Representatives Mark Amodei, Brian Babin, Ken Buck, Mike Coffman, Paul Cook, John Duncan, Trent Franks, Cresent Hardy, Jody Hice, Steve King, Raul Labrador, Tom McClintock, Dan Newhouse, Devin Nunes, Steve Pearce, David Schweikert, Pete Sessions, Chris Stewart, Scott Tipton and Don Young.

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Western Caucus Shapes First House-Passed Interior Bill in Seven Years

2016/07/14

For Immediate Release

Date: July 14, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

(Courtesy of the Congressional Western Caucus)WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, after working late into the night, the U.S. House passed H.R.5538: the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. Western Caucus Members secured a host of provisions reining in Obama Administration regulatory overreach and ensuring more responsible stewardship of western lands and natural resources.

 In response Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) and Paul Gosar (AZ-04) issued the following statements:

“The power of the purse is an effective way to send a message to all federal agencies; ‘Shape up or lose your funding,’” said Vice Chairman Gosar. “Given our skyrocketing federal debt, the House took a positive step this week in preventing federal dollars from going to lawless agencies, like the EPA, that care more about pursuing their own misguided political agenda than the well-being of the American citizens living in western states.”

“The West and all of America have scored a major victory with the passage of this Interior appropriations bill, the first of its kind to pass in seven years,” said Chairman Lummis. “The management of western public lands has suffered under the Obama Administration’s neglect and anti-West agenda, but this legislation marks a renewed effort to reinstate and reinforce state and local stewardship of our land, our water, our energy, and other natural resources crucial to our way of life in the West. This will make a stronger West and a stronger America, as will the bill’s intervention into the Department of the Interior and EPA’s regulatory onslaught that threatens our nation’s prosperity, energy security, and global competitiveness. America and the West have good reason to be proud of the House’s work through the late hours of several nights to pass this bill and send it to the Senate.”

Background:

H.R. 5538 included a number of Gosar victories from amendments and legislative initiatives which are listed below:

Blocking Funds for Boating Restrictions on Lake HavasuCutting $70 Million from EPA Bureaucrats, Redirects Resources to Wildfire Prevention.Prohibiting EPA’s Attempt to Expand Clean Water Act through Unlawful GuidanceDefeating Rep. Grijalva’s Land Grab AmendmentAllowing for Responsible State Management of Mexican Wolf PopulationsBlocking funds for the EPA’s Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS)Fully-funding the Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programProhibiting Funds for the “Social Cost of Carbon”Providing $2,000,000 for Quagga and Zebra Mussel Containment, Prevention, and EnforcementDirecting the BLM to Allow States to Assist with Managing Wild Burro PopulationsBlocking the President from Unilaterally Designating the Proposed Grand Canyon Watershed, Sedona and Expanded Sonoran Desert Monuments.

(Courtesy of the Congressional Western Caucus) The Interior Appropriations bill sets the budget and policy for the Forest Service and Department of the Interior, who collectively own or manage roughly half of the western United States. The bill also sets the budget and policy for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which under nearly eight years of the Obama Administration has inflicted billions of dollars in economic damage on the American economy.

  • Cuts spending by $64 million, $1 billion below the President’s budget request.
  • Prevents the EPA from implementing greenhouse gas regulations on coal plants.
  • Prevents the Obama Administration from carrying out its campaign to keep energy in the ground by:
    •   time-limiting the indefinite federal coal lease moratorium,
    •  delaying the deeply flawed stream buffer rule that would heap unnecessary regulatory costs on coal mines,
    •  stopping efforts to increase taxes on federal coal, oil, and gas production,
    •  stopping offshore energy regulations that do little to nothing to improve safety in the course of harming our energy security.Prevents the BLM from implementing duplicative rules on hydraulic fracturing and methane emissions, which are already subject to state regulation.
  • Protects private water rights from federal water grabs in federal permitting processes.
  • Funds more effective wildland fire prevention.
  • Delays finalization of the BLM’s sweeping Planning 2.0 rule to allow for more public input, including public hearings in 11 Western states.
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House Takes Rare Step to Reprimand Feds on Arbitrary Lake Havasu Closure

2016/07/14

For Immediate Release

Date: July 14, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 (Click the picture above to watch Rep. Gosar defend his amendment late Wednesday night on the House floor.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after his amendment prohibiting funds for the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to continue restricting tubing, waterskiing and wake boarding in a ½ mile area on Lake Havasu passed the House and was successfully attached to the Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017:

“I’m pleased to see the House pass my bipartisan amendment and instruct the Service to reopen Lake Havasu for all users. The irresponsible and arbitrary boating restrictions made by the Service in May of 2015 should alarm all Americans who value the Rule of Law and a government that is accountable to the people it serves. It is unconscionable that an unlawful press release has closed an area on Lake Havasu for more than a year.

“There is no danger to wildlife or public safety by reopening an area utilized by recreational enthusiasts for decades. Arizona’s state wildlife management agency has stated that this closure was not warranted, that there is no safety issue and that the impacts to recreation from continuing this closure could be significant.

“This ½ mile area is a place where families taught their children to ski and wakeboard.  Several special needs children no longer have a safe place for these activities. Instead, these restrictions have created a safety risk as more people have been confined to a smaller space with boats traveling 70 miles per hour. The Lake Havasu community and the House of Representatives have spoken with a clear, bipartisan voice and demanded that the Service reopen our lake. I will not rest until the people’s voice is heard and the agency moves the buoys back.”

Background:

On May 20, 2015, the Service issued new motorized boating restrictions that arbitrarily expanded a no wake zone on Lake Havasu, effectively prohibiting tubing, waterskiing and wake boarding in an area utilized by recreational enthusiasts for decades. This action was taken behind closed doors, with no advance notice and without opportunity for public comment. These new mandates were announced and implemented just two days before Memorial Day Weekend – an economically vital weekend as tourists spend more than $200 million annually and support 4,000 full-time jobs. Further, 75% of tourists are interested in waterskiing and recreational boating activities while visiting Havasu.

The Service has attempted to justify the May 2015 “temporary restrictions” by stating they are necessary to address safety concerns. The Arizona Game and Fish Department recently submitted formal comments refuting this claim, stating there were only four incidents in the last three years in this area, three groundings and one swamping. The Department went on to state that “the temporary restriction imposed in May, 2015…includes a safe, traditional, very popular waterskiing and wakeboarding flat-area...[The Service] does not adequately justify this additional restriction and that the impacts to recreation could be significant...The reported events do not support the existence of a safety concern.”

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

Cosponsors of the Gosar amendment include Mark Amodei, Ken Buck, Paul Cook, Kevin Cramer, Jeff Duncan, Trent Franks, Joe Heck, Ann Kirkpatrick, Walter Jones, Tom McClintock, Matt Salmon, David Schweikert, Kyrsten Sinema and Ryan Zinke.

Endorsements of amendment include Americans for Limited Government, Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona, Arizona Association of Conservation Districts, Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association, Arizona Liberty, Arizona Pork Council, Arizona Rock Products Association, AZ BASS Nation, Bass Federation-AZ, Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, Concerned Citizens for America Arizona Chapter, Gila County Cattle Growers’ Association, Irrigation & Electrical Districts' Association of Arizona, Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, the New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc., and the New Mexico Federal Lands Council, Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, Yavapai County Cattlegrowers’ Association and the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, izona State Senator Sylvia Allen, La Paz County District 2 Supervisor King Clapperton, Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis, taxpayer Rory Van Poucke and Shake Rattle & Troll Radio.

On July 11, 2016, Congressman Gosar led an initial effort supported by 22 bipartisan members of the House calling on the Service to reopen this area. To read more click HERE

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House Passes Gosar-Pearce Amendment Allowing for Responsible State Management of Mexican Wolf Populations

2016/07/14

For Immediate Release

Date: July 14, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House passed the Gosar/Pearce amendment by a vote of 219-203 allowing for the responsible state management of the Mexican Wolf and successfully attached the amendment to the Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017:

“The Federal approach to managing the Mexican Wolf has been a lose/lose situation for everyone involved. Farmers, ranchers and families in New Mexico and Arizona face longer wait times for wolf disturbances and the species itself has seen its numbers decline under the flawed management of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Allowing States to responsibly manage the species back into recovery is a no-brainer. The status quo has resulted in the Mexican Wolf lingering on the Endangered Species list for 40 years. States have proven better at species conservation and management than a bloated bureaucracy that only responds to frivolous lawsuits.”

Following passage of the amendment, Congressman Steve Pearce (NV-02) stated, “FWS has consistently proven its inability to manage the Mexican Wolf program in New Mexico. This is clear in the recent Inspector General Report substantiating claims from Catron County that those at the top levels of the program at FWS tolerated a culture of lies, falsification, mismanagement and manipulation of scientific data, ultimately at the cost of public trust and species recovery.  I am pleased that the House passed this amendment. It is time to give this program back to the States.”

Background:

The full text of the amendment can be found HERE.

One of the main issues for wolf recovery is an extremely outdated recovery plan being utilized by FWS. The Mexican wolf was first listed as an endangered species in 1976. In 1982, Mexico and the United States signed the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan, which FWS is still currently utilizing today. As a result, this plan is significantly outdated and is not based on the best available science.

In January 2015, FWS drastically increased the recovery range for the wolves without requesting the proper resources needed to manage the program. Later that year in December 2015, FWS confirmed that the agency was again considering introducing the species into areas outside its historic range. This expansion effort is extremely misguided as 90% of the Mexican’s wolf’s historic range is in Mexico. The four Governors from the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah sent a bipartisan letter to Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell expressing serious concerns and opposition to this approach.

To make matters worse, just this week, the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General released a scathing report of the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program. The report revealed some serious structural issues with the program as well as disturbing actions taken by FWS staff overseeing the program.

On June 8, 2015, the Arizona Attorney General and the Arizona Game and Fish Department filed a lawsuit against the secretary of the Department of Interior and FWS “for failing their statutory duty to develop an updated recovery plan to guide Mexican wolf recovery.” In April 2016, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish also filed a lawsuit against FWS, claiming that the agency was ignoring the “laws and regulations of New Mexico” by releasing wolves without state permits. In June, a federal judge sided with the New Mexico State government and granted the state a temporary injunction preventing the FWS from releasing any more Mexican wolves into the wild.

Endorsements of the successful amendment included: American Farm Bureau Federation; Americans for Limited Government; the Public Lands Council; the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; Arizona Cattle Feeders Association; Arizona Farm Bureau Federation; Arizona Liberty; Action Analysis Partners, LLC; Concerned Citizens for America Arizona Chapter; Cedar Hills Electric; Dona Ana Soil and Water Conservation District; Gila County Cattle Growers’ Association; Idaho Recreation Council; M bar K Cattle Co.; Maricopa County Cattle Growers’ Association; Mule Shoe X Cattle co; Multiple Land Use and Access of Arizona/New Mexico; New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association; New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc.; New Mexico Federal Lands Council; OC Ranch Management; Payson Hoseman's Association; Potato Butte Ranch; Rafter P Ranch; Veritas Research; Yavapai Cattle Growers’ Association; Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe; Apache County District 3 Supervisor Barry Weller; Yavapai County Supervisor District 3 Chip Davis; Hidalgo County Commissioner Darr Shannon; Wildlife biologist Mary Darling; Taxpayers John Fowler, James Goughnour, Gary Kiehne, Therese Griffin Hicks, Becky Nutt, Peter Oddonetto and Jim and Sue Chilton.

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Bipartisan Witnesses Testify in Strong Support of Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act

2016/07/13

For Immediate Release

Date: July 13, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

(Rep. Gosar meets with  Mohave County Supervisor,  Buster Johnson, who testified at today's committee hearing) 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-04) released the following statement after participating in a Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources legislative hearing on his bill, H.R. 2663, the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act:

“The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act presents a valuable, bipartisan opportunity to spur renewable energy development on public lands in a way that maximizes benefits to states, counties and the people who use public lands. This proactive solution brings wind and solar energy more in line with the way other forms of energy development are permitted, creating greater long-term certainty.

“All across the West there are public lands rich with potential for wind, solar and geothermal energy just waiting to transform how we power our communities. However, it is absolutely imperative that when we develop these homegrown sources that we account for the needs of our state and local governments and our outdoor sporting heritage. I was proud to see the Natural Resources Committee take action today to move this commonsense proposal forward.  I urge House leadership to act on this bipartisan bill and I hope it will be signed into law in a timely manner.”

At the hearing, Mohave County Supervisor for District 3, Buster Johnson, testified in support of H.R. 2663 stating, “[The Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act] will help create good-paying jobs, diversify rural economy’s and spur economic growth…In public lands counties, the single greatest barrier to project development is the protracted federal permitting process…This legislation creates a straightforward and streamlined permitting process for renewal energy development on federal lands…Simply put, there is no reason for the BLM to take several years to permit a project when our county offices can issue permits in weeks.”

Background:

At the hearing, there was unanimous support for H.R. 2663 from all witnesses and members on both sides of the aisle. More info about the hearing including witness testimony and video can be found HERE.  

H.R. 2663 aims to streamline the permitting process for wind, solar and geothermal development on public lands and establish a revenue sharing mechanism that ensures a fair return for all. Public land management agencies need a permitting process tailored to the unique characteristics and impacts of renewable energy projects. This bipartisan bill removes government red tape and develops a more efficient process that will drive investment towards the highest quality renewable sources.

Mohave County Supervisor for District 3, Buster Johnson testified at the hearing on behalf of Mohave County, the National Association of Counties, QuadState Local Government Authority and the Arizona/Utah Economic Coalition. Supervisor Johnson has chaired numerous State and National committees focusing on renewable energy development.  This includes the Western Arizona Council of Governments Economic Development District (WACOG) where he served as the inaugural president of the organization. 

The Senate held a hearing on the companion version of the bill on June 9, 2015. Click HERE to read more.

The full text of H.R. 2663 can be found HERE

H.R. 2663 currently has 68 bipartisan cosponsors in the House of Representatives. Sponsors and Cosponsors include: Paul Gosar, Jared Polis, Joe Heck*, Mike Thompson, Trent Franks, Raul Ruiz, Mark Amodei, Dan Benishek, Don Beyer, Rod Blum, Tony Cardenas, Matt Cartwright, Mike Coffman, Barbara Comstock, Gerald Connolly, Paul Cook, Jim Cooper, Jim  Costa, Ryan Costello, Kevin Cramer, Carlos Curbelo, Peter DeFazio, Diana DeGette, John Delaney, Susan DelBene, Jeff Denham, Jeff Duncan, Chaka Fattah, Ruben Gallego, Chris Gibson, Raul Grijalva, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Cresent Hardy, Alcee Hastings, Mike Honda, Jared Huffman, Ann Kirkpatrick, Raul Labrador, Doug LaMalfa, Barbara Lee, David Loebsack, Mia Love, Alan S. Lowenthal, Ben Lujan, James P. McGovern, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Martha McSally, Grace Napolitano, Dan Newhouse, Steve Pearce, Ed Perlmutter, Scott Peters, Collin Peterson, Marc Pocan, Todd Rokita, Matt Salmon, Kurt Schrader, David Schweikert, Mike Simpson,  Kyrsten Sinema, Chris Stewart, Steve Stivers, Scott Tipton, Niki Tsongas, Dina Titus, David Valadao, Don Young and Ryan Zinke

Multiple organizations have endorsed the bill including: Western Governors’ Association, National Association of Counties, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, American Fly Fishing Trade Association, American Sportfishing Association, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Dallas Safari Club, Mule Deer Foundation, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, Trout Unlimited and countless other organizations.

Last Congress, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals held a hearing on a previous version of the bill, H.R. 596, on July 29, 2014. Click HERE to read more.

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Rep. Gosar Defeats Grijalva Amendment, House Upholds Gosar Provision Blocking 1.7 Million Acre Arizona Land Grab

2016/07/13

For Immediate Release

Date: July 13, 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 defeated an amendment by Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) that would have removed a Gosar sponsored provision included in the Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act which prohibits funds from being used to make a presidential declaration of a national monument under the Antiquities Act where there is significant local opposition:  

“Today, the House sent a clear message to Congressman Grijalva and far-left special interest groups: the American people reject deceptive efforts to lock-up land through unilateral National Monument designations. Local communities deserve to have a voice in this process before President Obama bars them from even more land with the stroke of his pen.  

“Instead, Congressman Grijalva would rather silence the 71% of Arizonans that oppose his proposal to designate 1.7 million acres in the Grand Canyon Watershed as a new national monument. Arizonans overwhelmingly reject this misguided land grab because they have witnessed firsthand the harmful consequences that unilateral land designations have on grazing rights, water rights and wildfire prevention. I’m proud to stand with the people of Arizona, as well as a majority of my House colleagues, in defeating government land grabs in counties where there is significant local opposition.”

Background:

On June 15, 2016, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Gosar-Stewart amendment that blocks the proposed Grand Canyon Watershed and Sedona National Monuments. Additionally, the amendment prohibited the president from designating new national monuments under the Antiquities Act in other counties where there is significant local opposition and was successfully included in the Interior and Environment Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The text of the Gosar-Stewart amendment can be found HERE. The amendment passed the full Appropriations Committee 27-22.

The Gosar-Stewart amendment language was included in Section 453 of the Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Grijalva amendment #41 attempted to strike this provision. Congressman Gosar led the charge to defeat the Grijalva amendment which included circulating a dear colleague in opposition, speaking against the amendment on the House floor and recruiting opposition from stakeholders.

In Arizona, the Gosar-Stewart language prohibits the designation of any national monument under the Antiquities Act in Coconino, Maricopa, Mohave and Yavapai counties. Designations would still be allowed in these counties if authorized by Congress and signed into law by the president.

Arizona already has 18 national monuments, more than any other state. Only about 18 percent of the land remaining in Arizona is privately held. 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, Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) and other recreational activities.

In November of 2015, Congressman Gosar introduced 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 overreach. More information HERE.

Congressman Gosar has also passed another amendment and submitted an appropriation’s rider to prevent further abuse of the Antiquities Act. In February of 2015, Congressman Gosar led his initial effort that was supported by 24 members of Congress to oppose declaration of the Grand Canyon Watershed under the Antiquities Act. 

Congressman Raul Grijalva has claimed that the 1.7 million acre proposed Grand Canyon Watershed came from tribes. This proposal was put forth by the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Wilderness Society because they specifically want to prevent mining, retire grazing permits, close roads to OHV users, and prevent forest thinning activities.

There is widespread opposition to the proposed Grand Canyon Watershed Monument and the Americans for Responsible Recreational Access issued a press release on a scientific poll that found 71.6% of Arizonans are opposed to the proposed Administrative designation of 1.7 million acres in Northern Arizona as a National Monument.

This proposed 1.7 million acre land grab would undermine the Four Forest Restoration Initiative Program and make Arizona more vulnerable to wildfires. Attorneys have testified that this proposed monument could tie up future surface water use and future groundwater use. The proposed monument also includes 64,000 acres of Arizona State Trust lands and almost 28,000 acres of private land.

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House Passes Gosar Amendment Prohibiting EPA’s Attempt to Expand Clean Water Act

2016/07/13

For Immediate Release

Date: July 13, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House passed his amendment prohibiting the use of funds to carry out the draft EPA-USGS Technical Report entitled ‘‘Protecting Aquatic Life from Effects of Hydrologic Alteration”, unlawful guidance that aims to expand the scope of the Clean Water Act, and successfully attached the amendment to the Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017:

“The EPA’s never-ending obsession to extort private water rights from the American people is bordering on insanity. The management of water rights from all natural streams, lakes and other collections is an authority clearly enshrined in state constitutions and compacts across the West – legal protections explicitly designed to prevent infringement by the federal government.

“Sadly, for water users across the country, these federal water-grabs have been par for the course under the Obama Administration. EPA bureaucrats have proven that they will stop at nothing to push an economically disastrous agenda at the expense of science, the Rule of Law and basic common sense. I’m pleased to see the House join me in taking a stand against this rogue agency. Congress must block this unlawful guidance that aims to expand the scope of the Clean Water Act and federal control over waters currently under the jurisdiction of states.”

Background:

The full text of the amendment can be found HERE.

A March 1, 2016, “Scientific Investigations Report” from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) argues that the Clean Water Act (CWA) gives the EPA the authority to regulate not just the quality of the Waters of the U.S. but also the quantity, or amount, of water in the nation’s river and water systems.

Under the expanded scope of authority, the EPA suggests in their report the federal government could require an individual private water owner or local municipality to obtain a federal permit anytime they alter the amount of water available in streams or other water systems.

In their statement endorsing the Gosar amendment, Americans for Tax Reform stated, “American citizens cannot afford more economic hurdles and the commandeering of state powers over precious water supplies from an overzealous, unaccountable federal government. States, local governments, and private water rights holders should not be subjected to such costly and burdensome federal overreach.”

In their comments on the draft report, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce stated, “The Chamber is concerned that the agencies will use these arguments to further expand federal jurisdiction over land and water features without proper Congressional authority.”

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) echoed that sentiment stating, “NACD believes that the report attempts to expand the [Clean Water Act] beyond Congress’ original intent.”

The American Petroleum Institute stated, “The Draft Report constitutes Rulemaking in the guise of guidance…The Draft Report is vague and ambiguous… [And] Owing to these concerns EPA and USGS should withdraw the draft report and not finalize it.”

The Arizona Farm Bureau Federation stated, “Not only is this federal overreach, but it becomes a bureaucratic and logistical nightmare for individuals and businesses...”

The Mohave Livestock Association summed up the issue best when they stated, “The last thing our producers need is another layer of costly and time consuming permitting. The states understand water use in their respective ecological territories better than any centralized bureaucracy from Washington, DC.”

Cosponsors of Congressman Gosar’s amendment include Representatives Trent Franks, Steve Pearce and Ryan Zinke.

Endorsements of the amendment include American Farm Bureau Federation, Americans for Limited Government, American Public Power Association, Americans for Tax Reform, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Family Farm Alliance, National Association of Conservation Districts, National Water Resources Association, Services Group of America, Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona, Arizona Association of Conservation Districts, Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arizona Farm Bureau, Arizona Liberty, Arizona Mining Association, Arizona Pork Council, Arizona Rock Products Association, AZ BASS Nation, Bass Federation-AZ, Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, Colorado River Energy Distributors Association, Concerned Citizens for America Arizona Chapter, Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, Irrigation & Electrical Districts' Association of Arizona, Gila County Cattle Growers’ Association, Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce, the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, the New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc., the New Mexico Federal Lands Council, Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, Valley Partnership, Veritas Research, Yavapai County Cattlegrowers’ Association, Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen, La Paz County Supervisor King Clapperton, Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis, taxpayer Rory Van Poucke and Shake, Rattle & Troll Radio. 

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House Passes Gosar Amendment Cutting $70 Million from EPA Bureaucrats, Redirects Resources to Wildfire Prevention

2016/07/13

For Immediate Release

Date: July 12, 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 his amendment to cut funds from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Program and Management account and redirect those revenues to the Forest Service’s Hazardous Fuels account in order to prevent dangerous wildfires was successfully attached to the Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017:

“The power of the purse is an effective way to send a message to all federal agencies; ‘Shape up or lose your funding.’ With our skyrocketing federal debt, it is long past time that Congress prevent unnecessary federal dollars from going to lawless agencies, like the EPA, that care more about pursuing their own misguided political agenda than the well-being of the American people.

“Instead of squandering more taxpayer money paying the salaries of unnecessary EPA bureaucrats, I’m pleased to see the House pass my amendment redirecting scarce resources to important wildfire prevention activities. Thinning overgrown forests and removing hazardous fuels creates good-paying jobs and increases overall forest health. I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate proactive fiscal policy, while reining in a lawless agency, than passage of this commonsense amendment.”

Background:

The full text of the amendment can be found HERE.

The 2015 fire season set a new record burning 10,125,149 acres throughout the country. In fiscal year 2015, the fire season appropriations request was approximately $4 billion for all wildfire programs. Shamefully, the president requested only $356 million of those funds go toward hazardous fuels reduction activities.

Lack of funding for wildfire prevention also negatively impacts education and rural communities. Historically, 25 percent of the receipts from timber harvests by the federal government go towards schools and important infrastructure projects.The failure to prioritize hazardous fuels reduction activities is also bad for our environment, as sound data from NASA concludes that one catastrophic wildfire can emit more carbon emissions in a few days than total vehicle emissions in an entire state over the course of a year.

As it currently stands, the Forest Service consistently raids its own treasury when firefighting costs exceed their estimated yearly allotment, taking money from programs that clear brush and remove dead trees.  This represents yet another classic example of Washington’s misguided prioritization of federal funds.

Cosponsors of Congressman Gosar’s amendment include: Representatives Trent Franks, Doug LaMalfa, Tom McClintock and Ryan Zinke.

Endorsements of Gosar Amendment #16 include: American Farm Bureau Federation, Americans for Limited Government, Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Services Group of America, Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona, Arizona Association of Conservation Districts, Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association, Arizona Liberty, Arizona Mining Association, Arizona Pork Council, Arizona Rock Products Association, AZ BASS Nation, Bass Federation-AZ, Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, Concerned Citizens for America Arizona Chapter, Gila County Cattle Growers’ Association, Irrigation & Electrical Districts' Association of Arizona, Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc., New Mexico Federal Lands Council, Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, Veritas Research, Yavapai County Cattlegrowers’ Association, Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen, La Paz County District 2 Supervisor King Clapperton, Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis, taxpayer Rory Van Poucke and Shake, Rattle & Troll Radio. 

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Rep. Gosar Applauds House Passage of Bill Reining in Bureaucratic Overreach

2016/07/12

For Immediate Release

Date: July 12, 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 successfully passed H.R. 4768, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act, which aims to restore the original balance of power between the three branches of government and puts a stop to the expansion of federal bureaucracy:

“Few states across the country have experienced the harmful consequences that out-of-control federal agencies have inflicted on hard-working citizens the way Arizona has. From the EPA’s lawless water grab to the VA Scandal in Phoenix, to Obama’s executive amnesty orders, unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats have taken on a power that was not granted to them by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution. Sadly, the blame for this overreach ultimately falls on Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, which over the course of many decades has slowly abdicated its legislative power.

“We see this relinquishment every time Congress fails to pass a budget or follow regular order. Federal agencies have taken advantage of Congressional inaction and hijacked the power of the legislative branch to make and implement endless regulations with no accountability. Therefore, it only makes sense that Congress fix this problem and rein in the legal precedent that established the ‘Chevron doctrine.’ The power to determine ambiguous laws should always rest in the hands of the Judicial branch, not in the hands of lawless bureaucrats like Lois Lerner, Eric Holder or Gina McCarthy. The Separation of Powers Restoration Act boldly reclaims our system of checks and balances and puts a stop to overreaching executive orders and lawless regulations that infringe on our Constitution.”

Background:

Congressman Gosar is an original cosponsor of the Separation of Powers Act which has 113 cosponsors. The full text of the legislation can be found HERE.  

(Courtesy of the House Judiciary Committee)  Since the Supreme Court case of Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, 467 U.S. 837 (1984), the courts have regularly deferred to agency interpretations of any ambiguities or gaps in statutes the agencies administer. 

Taking things one step further in the wrong direction, the Auer v. Robbins, 519 U.S. 452 (1997) case deferred to agencies when they write vague regulations and then reinterpret them at their whim.

The bottom line effect of this is to further accelerate the overreach of the Executive branch, because the Judiciary provides no real check and balance on overreaching agencies.  

The Separation of Powers Restoration Act overturns Chevron, which requires the courts to review afresh all questions of law involving the interpretation of statutes.

Overturns Auer, which requires the courts to review anew all pure questions of law involving interpretations of agency regulations.

Explicitly extends the coverage of these requirements to judicial review of agency actions under the Administrative Procedure Act and to judicial review under the various mini-APAs scattered across the U.S. Code (e.g., the Clean Air Act’s mini-APA, 42 U.S.C. sec. 7607).

Together, these reforms will assure that the Judiciary once again provides a vigorous check and balance against overreaching federal regulatory agencies. 

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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
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gosar.house.gov

Congressman Paul A. Gosar, DDS hails from Prescott, Arizona and is serving his second term in Congress as the Representative from Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District.  As a health care provider and small business owner, Gosar is focused on bringing jobs back to the district, reforming health care, reining in government spending, and ensuring that the American people are involved in the solution making process.

Before being elected to Congress in 2010, Gosar owned his own dental practice in Flagstaff for twenty-five years.  His experience in Dentistry earned him the recognition of the Arizona Dental Association’s “Dentist of the Year,” and he was also inducted into the Arizona Dental Association’s Hall of Fame.  His experience in working to reform health care first came when he served as the President of the Arizona Dental Association and as the Vice-Chair of the American Dental Association Council on Governmental Affairs.

Whether Gosar is in Washington fighting for his constituents, or back home in Arizona listening to the people and working together to find solutions to the problems that face Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District, he remains committed to ushering in a new era of government that empowers individuals and reforms the bureaucratic procedures that stifle job creation and innovation.


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