Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Rep. Gosar Blasts EPA's Clean Power Plan Rule

2015/08/03

For Immediate Release

Date: August 3, 2015

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 in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announced final “Clean Power Plan” rule seeking to dramatically reduce carbon emissions from power plants:

“Today, President Obama and his EPA minions continued their assault on jobs and affordable energy. Unfortunately, blatant overreaches and burdensome new regulations by this administration are par for the course these days. This unnecessary power grab is further evidence that the president is more concerned with appeasing extremist environmental groups than with protecting the interests of the American people.  

“This new regulation will do little to nothing to lower global carbon emissions and will only embolden global competitors. By forcing this fundamentally flawed rule down the throats of energy providers and consumers, the president is threatening to extinguish millions of good paying jobs, to cause energy prices to skyrocket and to further impoverish minorities who are already struggling to make ends meet.   

“Time and time again, Congress and the American people have repeatedly rejected cap-and-tax energy plans proposed by this president and his big-government allies. Yet, the Obama Administration continues its ideological war on energy and mistakenly believes the administration can regulate its way to prosperity. As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I am more emboldened than ever to put an end to the lawless ways of the EPA and the Obama Administration by defending commonsense policies that protect hard-working families and our nation’s energy security.”

Background

American families are projected to lose almost $600 billion in disposable income as a result of EPA’s “Clean Power Plant Rule”. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy, all of this economic harm and destruction for our economies will only result in a 1.8% reduction of global carbon-dioxide emissions by the year 2030.

On June 24, 2015, the House passed the Ratepayer Protection Act. Congressman Gosar offered an amendment to H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act, which prevented states from being forced to comply with EPA’s Clean Power plan until after a comprehensive judicial review.

Congressman Gosar also offered an amendment to H.R. 2042 which required formal withdrawal of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposed rule published on June 18, 2014 and the supplemental proposed rule published on November 4, 2014. The amendment also required the EPA to consult with local governments and small businesses to commission a report on ways to further the goals of the Clean Air Act without new regulations and required legislation to be passed by Congress before any new regulations for power plants can be implemented.

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In Case You Missed It: Senator Mike Lee Joins Rep. Gosar in the fight to Block Obama's Utopian Housing Regulation

2015/07/30

For Immediate Release

Date: July 30, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced  a Senate bill  similar to Congressman Gosar’s Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act, H.R. H.R. 1995, which would prohibit the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from implementing a new regulation known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).

After introducing the bill, Senator Lee stated, “Every American should be free to choose where to live, and every community should be free to zone its neighborhoods and compete for new residents according to its distinct values. The diversity of America’s neighborhoods – from dense cities to wide-open rural communities to suburbs in between – is a treasure that we need to preserve. We don’t need a National Zoning Board. Washington should let Americans ‘govern local.’”   Senator Lee was joined by Senators David Vitter (R-LA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) as co-sponsors of this legislation. 

Background

The full text of Congressman Gosar's Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act can be found HERE.

Congressman Gosar’s legislation rejects HUD’s overreach by requiring a withdrawal of the AFFH Rule and the Assessment Tool used to implement the rule. Furthermore, the bill includes an important federalism provision that requires HUD to consult with local governments and local communities for the purposes of furthering the Fair Housing Act of 1968 by means other than top-down federal regulations. More information about H.R. 1995 can be found HERE.

On July 8, 2015, the Obama Administration, through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), announced a new regulation known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. The final rule was subsequently published in the federal register on July 16, 2015, and will take effect 30 days after this publication.

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 by which communities must conform or face losing out on tens of millions of dollars in grant money annually. Furthermore, this new mandate will result in increased local taxes, depress property values and cause further harm to impoverished communities that urgently need these funds. The damage to local communities that will result from the AFFH rule is well documented and further evidenced in publications about the regulation including the PAHRA MonitorInvestor’s Business Daily and the New York Daily.

The House of Representatives has already voted twice to defund the AFFH rule by passing Congressman Gosar’s amendments during consideration of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bills for fiscal years 2015 and 2016 (Roll Call Vote no. 285 from the 113th Congress and Roll Call Vote no. 311 from the 114th Congress). More information on those votes can be found HERE and HERE.

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.

The 23 Cosponsors of H.R. 1995 that support the Gosar legislation include: Brian Babin, Marsha Blackburn, Jim Bridenstine, Steve Chabot, Rick Crawford, Scott DesJarlais, John Duncan (TN), Stephen Fincher, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Glenn Grothman, Doug LaMalfa, Mia Love, Cynthia Lummis, David Joyce, Thomas Massie, Tom McClintock, Ted Poe, Pete Sessions, Lamar Smith, Randy Weber, Lynn Westmoreland, Ted Yoho.

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Rep. Gosar Bill to Increase Transparency at Bureau of Reclamation Passes Senate Committee

2015/07/30

For Immediate Release

Date: July 30, 2015

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 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee successfully passed the Senate version of the Congressman’s Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Transparency Act of 2015 by voice vote:

“Many of the facilities operated by BOR are in desperate need of repairs. Unfortunately, Congress doesn’t know what the agency’s priorities are or what needs to be fixed as Reclamation has done a poor job of compiling and reporting this information to date.  

“I am pleased to see the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee take action today on the Barrasso/Gosar legislation which will resolve these issues and force the agency to get its affairs in order. Our legislation will allow for scarce federal resources to go to the most important projects and will empower states, localities and water and power users to make informed decisions.”

Background:

Congressman Gosar introduced the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act on February 26, 2015.

On June 25, 2015, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act. Click HERE to read more.

The full text of the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act can be found HERE.

The Senate unanimously approved this bipartisan bill during the 113th Congress, with Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) ushering its passage.

BOR provides essential services that benefit water and power users as well as our nation’s farmers. The agency delivers water to more than 30 million people and provides one in five Western farmers with water to irrigate their crops. BOR’s assets include more than 475 dams and dikes, and the agency is also responsible for the operations of 53 different hydroelectric power plants. 

The House version of the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act currently has 24 cosponsor including Representatives Mark Amodei, Joe Barton, Matt Cartwright, Mike Coffman, Jeff Denham, Trent Franks, John Garamendi, Chris Gibson, Crescent Hardy, Joe Heck, Jared Huffman, Ann Kirkpatrick, Ted Lieu, Cynthia Lummis, Tom McClintock, Martha McSally, Jeff Miller, Grace Napolitano, Steve Pearce, Mark Pocan, Matt Salmon, Kyrsten Sinema, Scott Tipton and Ryan Zinke.

The Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act would force the BOR to do an Infrastructure Needs Assessment Report every two years as part of the BOR’s existing Asset Management Plan reporting process. This Infrastructure Needs Assessment Report would be available to the public on BOR’s webpage. The report would include:

1) An itemized list of major repair and rehabilitation needs at all federally managed BOR facilities and projects. 2) A cost estimate of the expenditures needed to address those repairs. 3) A categorical safety rating, using BOR’s own existing categorical system, of the importance of addressing each item.

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Rep. Gosar Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Reform the Equal Access to Justice Act

2015/07/30

For Immediate Release

Date: July 29, 2015

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 joining five other original sponsors in introducing H.R. 3279, the Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act, which aims to strengthen the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) by reinstating the tracking and reporting requirements for how much money is being paid out by the federal government under this law:

“Given the rampant waste, fraud and abuse that has infected the federal government, increasing transparency of how taxpayer dollars are spent is more important than ever. The intent of the Equal Access to Justice Act was to help the average Joe fight back against an overreaching and oppressive federal government. Unfortunately, this well-intentioned law has been hijacked by environmentalists whose lawyers are billing taxpayers for rates as high as $750 an hour.”

“Environmental groups have abused EAJA and used it as a money-making tool to advance their far left agenda. Our bipartisan bill will restore common sense to this law and crack down on these abuses.”

Background:

The Equal Access to Justice Act, originally passed by Congress in 1980, was intended to reimburse veterans, small businesses and other American citizens for attorneys’ fees and costs incurred for suing the federal government.

H.R. 3279 requires important disclosure information relating to the amount of fees and expenses awarded by federal courts when the United States loses a case or settles with a non-federal entity to be published online in a searchable database.

EAJA is funded by a permanent appropriation and as a result Congress does not control the amount of money that that comes from this fund. EAJA claims are awarded from agency budgets as well as the U.S. Treasury. EAJA originally included tracking and reporting requirements but these were removed by Congress in 1995.

Prior to 1995, EAJA payments were approximately $3 million dollars annually. Unfortunately, EAJA has operated in the dark for more than 20 years and payments have skyrocketed. The Government Accountability Office recently confirmed that we don’t even know the totality of these costs as most federal agencies don’t even bother trying to compile this information.

This bipartisan legislation will track how much money is paid out under EAJA, and more importantly, from which agencies.

Endorsements of the bill include: the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation, Boone and Crockett, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Public Lands Council, the National Association of Conservation Districts, Safari Club International, National Rifle Association, American Motorcycle Association and many others.

Original Sponsors of the Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act are Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Rep. Paul Gosar (R- AZ) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN).

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Rep. Gosar Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Justice for “Downwinders” Exposed to Government Radiation Testing

2015/07/29

For Immediate Release

Date: July 29, 2015

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 the Downwinders Compensation Act of 2015 which will ensure partial restitution to victims who now have cancer and other serious medical issues as a result of being exposed to nuclear fallout and radiation during government testing:

“While important to ensuring the protection of the homeland, previous government weapons testing should have been conducted in a manner that minimized citizens’ exposure to cancer-causing carcinogens to the greatest extent possible. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Countless Americans have developed serious illnesses as a result of fallout from government atmospheric nuclear tests.

“Radiation exposure continues to negatively affect many Arizonans and last year I heard gut wrenching testimony from individuals who now have cancer or have lost loved ones due to federal government negligence. For Congress to deny these victims the right to even file a claim is both inconsistent and careless, while violating both the apology and the promise made by the original Act. These families have suffered enough, it’s now up to Congress to correct this injustice.”

Background:

The full text of the Downwinders Compensation Act can be found HERE

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) introduced similar legislation in the Senate today.

From 1945 to 1962 the United States government conducted nearly 200 atmospheric weapons development tests as part of our nation’s Cold War security strategy during an era when other hostile nations were also engaged in nuclear weapons testing and proliferation. These tests exposed thousands of innocent Americans to cancer-causing ionized radiation from nuclear fallout.

When the injuries were discovered, Congress subsequently provided an apology on behalf of the nation and passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act of 1990, or RECA, to establish a trust fund for partial restitution to individuals—commonly referred to as “Downwinders”—who have contracted certain cancers and other serious diseases that can be directly attributed to the radiation exposure from the nuclear weapons testing.

While the Act which established RECA was well-intended, there are serious boundary flaws that have prevented otherwise eligible Americans from receiving justice and the compensation to which they are entitled. Americans that reside in counties in close proximity to where the testing occurred are excluded from this program for no logical scientific reason, including people that reside in Mohave County, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada. This bill corrects this injustice and will provide compensation to qualifying individuals not included in the 1990 Act that deserve restitution. New claimants under this act are subject to the same burden of proof as all other claimants currently covered.

Last year, Congressman Gosar held a field hearing in Kingman, Arizona in regard to the Downwinders of Mohave County, Arizona. At the hearing, Congressman Gosar heard a range of testimony, from expert reviews on the law and medicine to the personal stories of actual Downwinders. Witnesses included a Congressional Research Service (CRS) analyst, Mohave County officials, the Chairwoman of the Hualapai Tribe and several local residents who either developed radiation-induced cancer themselves or have family members who died from radiation-induced cancer. Read more HERE.

The four original cosponsors that joined Congressman Gosar in introducing this legislation include: Mark Amodei (R-NV-02), Trent Franks (R-AZ-08), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-01) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-09). 

The bill is fully paid for and includes a bipartisan offset. 

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Rep. Gosar to EPA Administrator McCarthy: “Shame on You for Disregarding Rule of Law”

2015/07/29

For Immediate Release

Date: July 29, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after submitting revelatory evidence into the Congressional Record after participating in a full Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing titled “EPA Mismanagement Part II” where he questioned EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, on recent reports that senior Army Corps of Engineer (Corps) employees expressed serious legal and scientific deficiencies with the final draft of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:

“This week, newly uncovered memos document senior Corps employees confirming what many of us have known for a long time; the EPA forced its WOTUS rule down the throats of the American people with total disregard for any scientific basis or adherence to the rule of law. We now have clear evidence that the bureaucratic minions at the EPA are more concerned about enacting the president’s far-left environmental agenda at any cost over the well-being of the American people.

“This federal water grab personifies the Obama Administration’s relentless efforts to control how Americans are allowed to live their lives. I am genuinely unable to comprehend the ignorance required to continue pushing this regulation despite multiple Supreme Court rulings explicitly declaring the EPA’s actions to be unconstitutional. This fundamentally flawed and illegally conceived regulation must never see the light of day. I continue to call on EPA Administrator McCarthy to terminate the WOTUS rule, and if not, Congress should use its Constitutional ‘power of the purse’ to ensure not a single dime is appropriated for its implementation.”

Video of Congressman Gosar’s questions for Administrator McCarthy from today's Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing can be viewed by clicking the picture below.

Background:

The memo's from the Corps that Congressman Gosar submitted can be found at the Oversight and Government Reform website HERE.

Yesterday, July 28, 2015, Environment & Energy Publishing reported on two recently uncovered memos written by senior Army Corps staff which details legal and scientific flaws with the final version of the WOTUS rule. The memos have not yet been released to the public. According to Environment & Energy Publishing, who first reported on the documents, at least two congressional oversight committees have also obtained copies of the memos. Congressman Gosar also obtained a copy of the memos and submitted them today into the Congressional Record.

 

On March 25, 2014, the EPA and the Corps released a proposed rule that would assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction over nearly all areas with even the slightest of connections to water resources, including man-made conveyances.

On May 1, 2014, Congressman Gosar and 230 of his colleagues sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the EPA, and John M. McHugh, Secretary of the Army, urging them to withdraw the proposed rule. The full text of that letter can be found HERE.

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

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

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

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Rep. Gosar & 34 Members Make Bipartisan Push to Move Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act

2015/07/29

For Immediate Release

Date: July 29, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after being joined by 34 members of the House in formally requesting the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources hold a hearing on H.R. 2663, the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015:

“Since federal lands are not taxable, state and local governments deserve a fair share of the revenues from the sale of energy production on lands within their borders. Furthermore, this commonsense bill supports a true all-of-the-above domestic energy policy and will streamline the permitting process for energy on public lands.

“Public land management agencies need a permitting process tailored to the unique characteristics and impacts of these energy sources. This bipartisan bill removes government red tape and drives investment towards the highest quality wind, solar and geothermal development projects. I am honored to be joined by so many colleagues in formally requesting that this groundbreaking legislative effort continue to move forward.”

Background:

The 35 members that signed the H.R. 2663 hearing request letter include: Mark Amodei, Rod Blum, Tony Cardenas, Matt Cartwright, Paul Cook, Jim Costa, Suzan DelBene, Jeff Duncan, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Cresent Hardy, Joe Heck, Jared Huffman, Ann Kirkpatrick, Doug LaMalfa, Alan S. Lowenthal, Ben Lujan, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Martha McSally, Steve Pearce, Ed Perlmutter, Marc Pocan, Jared Polis, Raul Ruiz, Matt Salmon, David Schweikert, Mike Simpson, Kyrsten Sinema, Chris Stewart, Mike Thompson, Dina Titus, Scott Tipton, Dina Titus, Niki Tsongas, Don Young and Ryan Zinke.   

H.R. 2663 currently has 45 bipartisan cosponsors in the House of Representatives.

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

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.

Congressmen Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Mike Thompson (D-CA) Trent Franks (R-AZ), Joe Heck (R-NV), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Raul Ruiz (D-CA) introduced the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015 on June 4, 2015. Click HERE to read more.

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 and the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association.

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House Votes to Put the Brakes on Runaway Regulatory Policies of Obama Administration

2015/07/28

For Immediate Release

Date: July 28, 2015

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 H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, an important step in reeling in Washington’s out-of-control regulatory machine:

“Sadly, over the past few decades, Congress has been complicit in relinquishing its Constitutional ability to put the brakes on the executive branch. Today, under the Obama Administration, we have seen an unprecedented level of regulations enacted by unaccountable, bureaucratic federal agencies with little to no input from Congress. This regulatory nightmare is killings jobs, causing significant harm to our economy and causing  more and more small businesses to have to shut their doors.

“This dangerous precedent should scare all Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike. It’s far past time for Congress to take a stand and take back its Constitutional power. This administration continues to diminish our Republic by circumventing Congress and ruling by executive fiat. We need bold action from our elected leaders in order to buck the status quo and I intend to continue working tirelessly to see this important legislation signed into law.”

Background:

From the Republican Study Committee: H.R. 427 would amend the Congressional Review Act of 1996 (CRA) to require a joint resolution of approval signed into law within 70 days before an executive branch agency’s major rule can take effect.

By 2014, the new regulations issued under President Obama filled 486,500 pages of the federal register. An additional 2,375 rules were proposed by the Administration in 201 alone.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that over the last five years, the Obama Administration has issued 82 “major rules” – or rules with more than $100 million in economic impact – each year.

The price businesses pay to comply with complicated regulations is around $1.86 trillion each year, according to a 2014 report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute. 

H.R. 427 passed the House 243-165.

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House Votes to Provide Veterans with Cost-of-Living Adjustment, Streamline VA Claims Process

2015/07/28

For Immediate Release

Date: July 28, 2015

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 unanimously passed H.R. 675, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2015, which includes numerous provisions aimed to increase support to veterans with service-connected disabilities, improve the veterans disability compensation appeals process and increase efficiencies as well as transparency within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):

“Ensuring our veterans get COLA increases at the same rate as Social Security recipients is just common sense. Many of the veterans that will benefit by this legislation suffered debilitating injuries in combat and deserve the full care and benefits they earned.

“Furthermore, reports still show that waiting times for disability claims are outrageously long. Until the VA can prove that it is capable of living up to the standards our veterans deserve, Congress will continue to push for greater accountability and reforms from this department that has failed so many of our nation’s heroes. The VA still has a long way to go in order to regain the trust of our nations veterans, but today’s actions in the House will greatly assist with keeping this department honest while streamlining the veterans claims process.”

Background:

H.R. 675 was introduced on February 3, 2015, by Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-LA). The full text of the bill can be found HERE.

The bill contains important provisions that mandate the disclosure of the average processing times for claims as well as the percentage of claims submitted for which benefits are awarded.

The Congressional Budget Office reported that enacting H.R. 675 will decrease mandatory spending by $4 million over a 10-year period.

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Rep. Gosar and 17 Members Request Hearing to Examine Radical Obama Housing Regulation

2015/07/28

For Immediate Release

Date: July 28, 2015

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 formally requesting, along with 17 other members of Congress, that the House Judiciary Committee  hold a hearing on the Congressman’s sponsored legislation, H.R. 1995, the Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act:

“The Obama Administration continues to unleash a flurry of new regulations that seek to circumvent Congress and impose his ideological agenda by any and all means necessary. The president’s ‘assault on the suburbs’ may be his biggest overreach yet and this new mandate is not grounded in law or reality. The House of Representatives has already voted twice to defund the president’s latest attempt to control where people can live but more must still be done to prevent this dangerous new regulation.

“American citizens should be free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to neighborhood engineering and gerrymandering at the behest of an overreaching federal government. Congress must remain vigilant in opposing this new edict and I am pleased to be joined by so many colleagues who recognize the perils associated with this looming threat that will negatively impact homeownership.”

In the formal hearing request, the requesting members of the House stated: “This new Washington mandate has nothing to do with race, as housing discrimination has been illegal for more than 40 years. This overreaching new regulation is an attempt to extort communities into giving up control of local zoning decisions and reengineer the makeup of our neighborhoods.”

Background:

The formal hearing request to Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Subcommittee Chairman Trent Franks can be found HERE.

On July 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a new regulation known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). 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 by which communities must conform or face losing out on tens of millions of dollars in grant money annually. Further, this new mandate will result in increased local taxes, depress property values and cause further harm to impoverished communities that urgently need these funds. 

Congressman Gosar’s bill, the Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act, rejects this overreach and prohibits HUD from implementing this new regulation and the accompanying assessment tool. The full text of the Local Zoning and Property Rights Protection Act can be found HERE.  Furthermore, the bill includes an important federalism provision that requires HUD to consult with local governments and local communities for the purposes of furthering the Fair Housing Act of 1968 by means other than top-down federal regulations. More information about H.R. 1995 can be found HERE.

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.

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 (Roll Call Vote no. 285 from the 113th Congress and Roll Call Vote no. 311 from the 114th Congress). More information on those votes can be found HERE and HERE.

Signers of the formal hearing request include: Paul Gosar, Louie Gohmert, Marsha Blackburn, John Duncan, Glenn Grothman, Steve Chabot, David Joyce, Cynthia Lummis, Trent Franks, Lynn Westmoreland, Brian Babin, Jim Bridenstine, Scott DesJarlais, Doug LaMalfa, Thomas Massie, Tom McClintock, Pete Sessions and Randy Weber.

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

2015-07-29 17:34:49


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

2015-07-16 20:20:11


Ignacio Servin Ceremony

2015-06-11 20:33:54


Feedback Friday with Rep. Paul Gosar

2015-06-05 22:55:06


Rep. Paul Gosar speaking in favor of the Brooks Amendment to NDAA 5/14/15

2015-05-14 19:27:53


Rep. Paul Gosar speaking in support of the Keep the Promise Act 5/14/15

2015-05-14 19:23:25


Rep. Paul Gosar Testimony on the Keep the Promise Act - House Resources Committee 3/24/15

2015-03-25 15:32:23


Rep. Gosar Encourages New BOR Commissioner to Facilitate Hydropower Development

2015-03-24 21:57:36


Message from Rep. Paul Gosar to EANGA Conference

2015-03-20 15:45:02


Rep. Paul Gosar at Natural Resources Subcommittee Hearing on Energy and Mineral Resources 3/18/15

2015-03-18 20:11:17


Rep. Paul Gosar Rock Climbing at Queen Creek Coalition

2015-03-09 19:01:59


Rep. Paul Gosar leads House in a moment of silence for Kayla Mueller

2015-02-11 22:01:23


Rep. Paul Gosar Questions - House Oversight Hearing 02/03/15

2015-02-03 19:32:33


Rep. Gosar questions "Obamacare architect" Jonathan Gruber

2014-12-09 22:45:01


Pearl Harbor Survivor Edward Sowman on Morning Scramble

2014-12-07 05:47:06


Rep. Paul Gosar KJZZ radio interview 12/4/14

2014-12-05 16:17:49


H.R. 4924 2014 09 Sept 19 W&P

2014-10-29 15:35:07


Rep. Gosar 2nd Round of Questions 9.10.14 Natural Resources Oversight Hearing

2014-09-10 20:08:52


Rep. Gosar 1st Round of Questions 9.10.14 Natural Resources Oversight Hearing

2014-09-10 20:02:54


Rep. Gosar Line of Questions at 7/29/14 Hearing

2014-07-29 20:35:22


Contact Information

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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.


Serving With

Martha McSally

ARIZONA's 2nd DISTRICT

Matt Salmon

ARIZONA's 5th DISTRICT

David Schweikert

ARIZONA's 6th DISTRICT

Trent Franks

ARIZONA's 8th DISTRICT

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