Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Rep. Gosar Introduces Legislation to Restore Competition in the Health Insurance Market

2015/01/22

For Immediate Release Date: January 22, 2015

 

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 Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2015, H.R. 494, legislation that would amend the McCarran-Ferguson Act which exempted the health insurance industry from anti-trust laws:

“My legislation seeks to restore competition among health insurance companies and correct a historical error that allowed for an exemption from federal anti-trust and unfair competition laws. Over the decades, and rapidly since the passage of Obamacare, the health insurance market has expanded into one of the least transparent and most anti-competitive industries in the United States.

“After 70 years, it is apparent that the unbridled antitrust exemption created by Congress in the 1940’s was not wise. These antiquated provisions are no longer necessary and there is no reason in law, policy or logic for the insurance industry to have special exemptions that are different from all other businesses in the United States. 

“The government should not be picking winners or losers and the insurance industry should also have to comply with federal anti-trust laws. As a healthcare provider for more than 25 years I understand first-hand the importance of a competitive health insurance market. Hospitals, doctors and patients alike benefit when health insurers compete to provide quality coverage. The passage of my bill into law is an important first step towards ushering in real healthcare reform.”  

Background:

A form of this legislation passed the House during the 111th Congress 406 - 19 (Roll no. 64) and passed the 112th Congress by a voice vote.

This legislation would repeal a section of the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945, which exempted the insurance industry from the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act—acts that have the purpose of ensuring fair competition.  This broad exemption was intended to assist newly established insurance companies set sustainable premiums by permitting data sharing between insurance companies.

The current list of original cosponsors for H.R. 494 include Dan Benishek, Austin Scott, Brian Babin, Larry Bucshon, Markwayne Mullin, Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Scott DesJarlais, John Fleming, Phil Roe, Chris Smith (NJ), Walter Jones, Mike Simpson, Lloyd Doggett, John Duncan, Mo Brooks, Todd Rokita and Luke Messer.

The full text of the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act can be found HERE.

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Rep. Gosar Reacts to SOTU: Same Big Government Song and Dance, Different Year

2015/01/21

For Immediate Release Date: January 20, 2015

 

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 President Obama’s sixth State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress:

“Despite being responsible for the slowest recovery since the great depression, the president has made it clear that he intends to double down on his tax and spend policies that continue to grow Washington D.C. while crippling our economy. The experiment of big government is over. The American people aren’t fooled anymore. That is why they voted overwhelmingly for a new direction last November. We need a president that is for Main Street, not for big government.

“The solutions to our biggest problems aren’t going to come from Washington bureaucrats but rather from hardworking Americans on the front lines of our economy. It is time that we eliminate burdensome regulations and reduce tax rates so that our job creators and small businesses have the ability to empower themselves. That is why I have made it my priority to listen to my constituents and ask them ‘where does it hurt?’ and ‘how can I help?’

“The president’s ‘my way or the highway’ attitude is preventing him from understanding the real problems our country faces. I urge him to put down his veto pen as well as the campaign rhetoric and join House Republicans in advancing common sense solutions that empower all Americans. Our country cannot afford to be governed by ideological executive overreach any longer.”

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Rep. Gosar: House Acts to Fight Back against Amnesty, Executive Overreach

2015/01/14

For Immediate Release Date: January 14, 2015

 

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 236-191 in favor of H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act with the Congressman’s support: 

“I am pleased to see the House act today to pass legislation that prohibits a single penny from being used to carry-out President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty orders. For far too long, previous Congresses have simply failed to uphold the fundamental checks and balances which protect our Constitutional Republic. This rogue President needs to be reined in and held accountable for his violations of the rule of law. 

“Over the course of recent Democrat and Republican administrations, the executive branch has slowly and unilaterally expanded its ability to bypass Congress and impose its will without the consent of Representatives elected by the American people. Now, Congress is faced with President Obama’s egregious and unconstitutional executive amnesty order which threatens to create a precedent for ideological lawlessness which cannot be reversed. House Republicans acted boldly and aggressively today to fight back against this lawlessness on behalf of the American people and future generations. I hope the Senate will act swiftly and pass this commonsense legislation.”  

Background     (Courtesy of the Majority Whip’s Office)     

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, became law on December 16, 2014. It fully funds 11 of the 12 regular Appropriations bill through September 30, 2015 and funds the Department of Homeland Security under a Continuing Resolution (CR) until February 27, 2015. H.R. 240 will fund the Department of Homeland Security at $39.7 billion in discretionary funding through September 30, 2015. This funding level is $400 million over FY14 and ensures our nation's security needs are met while maintaining fiscal discipline.

Highlights of H.R. 240:

·       Prioritizes funding for border security with additional funds to prevent cuts to border patrol agents, provides additional funds for border fencing, infrastructure and technology, and maintains constant air, sea, and land surveillance.

·       Increases funding for immigration enforcement to address the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border with additional staffing and detention beds.

·       Deters future illegal migration, facilitates removal, fully funds E-Verify, and combats human trafficking, drug smuggling, and gang activity.

The final bill also included these amendments, all of which Rep. Gosar supported:

Reps. Aderholt / Mulvaney / Barletta Amendment: 

1)     Prevents any funds from whatever source to be used to carry-out (1) the Executive actions announced on November 20, 2014 to grant deferred action to certain unlawful aliens and for other purposes, and (2) four of the “Morton Memos” on prosecutorial discretion and immigration enforcement priorities issued in 2011 and 2012 that effectively prevent certain classes of unlawful aliens from being removed from the country. 2)     Provides that no funds may be used to grant any Federal benefit to any alien as a result of the policies defunded.

Rep. Blackburn Amendment: Provides that no funds may be used to consider new, renewal or previously denied DACA applications. 

Reps. DeSantis / Roby Amendment: Requires that DHS treat any alien convicted of any offense involving domestic violence, sexual abuse, child molestation, or child abuse or exploitation as within the categories of aliens subject to DHS’s highest civil immigration enforcement

Reps. Salmon / Thompson (PA) Amendment: Sense of Congress that the Executive Branch should not pursue policies that disadvantage the hiring of U.S. citizens and those lawfully present in the United States by making it economically advantageous to hire workers who came to the country illegally.

Rep. Schock Amendment: Sense of Congress that the Administration should stop putting the interest of immigrants who worked within the legal framework to come to the US behind those who came here illegally.

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Congressional Town Hall with Rep. Gosar and Rep. Kirkpatrick

2015/01/14

CONGRESSIONAL TOWN HALL The public is invited to attend, listen and participate Featuring Congressman Paul Gosar and Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick January 23, 2015 2:00-3:30 PM 775 North Main Street, Florence, AZ 85132 Read More

In Case You Missed It - Watchdog.org: Congressional Leaders Charge ‘potentially deceptive sales tactics’ by SolarCity, others

2015/01/08

For Immediate ReleaseDate: January 8, 2015

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) was featured in a Watchdog.org article highlighting his efforts to investigate potentially harmful sales tactics by solar panel leasing companies throughout the Southwestern United States. 

From Watchdog.org:

Spurred by consumer complaints that the massive savings they were promised never materialized, 12 Republicans and four Democrats have asked two federal regulatory agencies to investigate concerns that “these leases are not offered in good faith or with accurate disclosures.”

Recent letters by the GOP to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and by Democrats to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau come on the heels of a year-long Watchdog.org investigation into SolarCity, one of the nation’s largest solar contractors.

“I do not want the future of solar energy harmed if there are consumer scams going on that will cause thousands of people to question the entire solar industry based on their own bad experience,” U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, told Watchdog.org. “A free market depends on fairness, openness and honesty.”

Gosar, an advocate of solar, initiated the GOP probe after receiving complaints from constituents… The letters by Gosar and U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, contain several pointed questions with the same theme:

·        What protections exist for customers entering into a solar contract?·        What safeguards are in place to ensure customers have full disclosure pertaining to the contract?·        What is being done about consumer complaints?

Additional

On December 16, 2014 Congressman Gosar spearheaded a letter to the Chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Edith Ramirez urging the Commission to investigate the sales practices of companies offering third-party leases for rooftop solar systems. The Congressman’s letter to FTC Chairwoman Ramirez can be found HERE.

You can read the June 24, 2014 Bloomberg article titled “Rooftop Solar Leases Scaring Buyers When Homeowners Sell” by clicking HERE.

You can read the November 22, 2014 op-ed by Sean Paige, senior fellow with the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, by clicking HERE.

Other signees of the Congressman’s letter include Reps. Lamar Smith, David McKinley, Jeff Miller, Cynthia Lummis, Andy Harris, Morgan Griffith, Mo Brooks, Matt Salmon, Ted Poe, Alan Nunnelee and Trent Franks.

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Rep. Gosar Supports Arizona’s Intent to Sue USFWS over Failure to Update Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan

2015/01/08

For Immediate Release Date: January 7, 2015

 

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 Arizona Game and Fish Department served a Notice of Intent with the secretary of the Department of Interior and director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The action was taken in an effort to support development of an updated recovery plan:    “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has been using the same flawed recovery plan for the Mexican Wolf since the early 1980’s. This plan is not based on the best available science and is significantly out of date. Officials in Arizona have been calling for an updated plan for years which includes matrices that if met, will allow for delisting. The agency has failed to comply with an updated plan despite acknowledging that the current plan is not in compliance. The State had no choice but to issue a notice with intent to sue.

“Without an updated plan that includes recovery criteria, the Mexican Wolf will remain on the Endangered Species list in perpetuity. To make matters worse, a recent proposal to increase the geographic boundaries for the Mexican Wolf will result in huge swaths of lands becoming blocked off for other uses and in most cases prevent things like energy extraction, mining, timber harvesting and various other forms of economic development. Additionally, the proposed designations would negatively impact ranchers, businesses and residents throughout Arizona by posing increased threats to livestock and forcing our citizens to miss out on substantial tax revenues.

“The Mexican gray wolf population has increased by 10% in recent years, including increases in population in each of the last three years. Furthermore, nearly 90% of the wolf’s original habitat was within the borders of Mexico. It defies commonsense that we are tying up precious resources in America to protect a wolf that is not native to the country and there is not a realistic plan for recovery of an animal that was first listed in 1976. I support the Game and Fish Department’s efforts as we must ensure these listing decisions are warranted and made using the best available science. We must have a plan for recovery for those species that are listed as required under law.”

Additional

The press release from the Arizona Game and Fish Department can be found HERE.

The Department’s Notice of Intent to sue the USFWS for Failure to Develop a Recovery Plan for the Mexican Wolf can be found HERE.

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Rep. Gosar Accepts Position as Vice-Chairman of Congressional Western Caucus

2015/01/08

For Immediate ReleaseDate: January 7, 2015

 

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

“I am honored to have been selected as part of the leadership team for the House Western Caucus. I look forward to working on pragmatic initiatives to protect the traditions of Western states while promoting reform goals that will positively impact our constituents. The mission of the Caucus outlines clear goals for developmental and transformative measures to address the concerns of Americans in Western and rural communities. I believe we have a group of bold and strategic individuals with the mindset to invoke commonsense changes.

“There is an attack on the West from bureaucrats in Washington D.C. who want control of our land, water and other resources. I will continue to do everything in my power to preserve the uniqueness of our Western and rural cultures as well as make sure our communities are not shortchanged by out-of-touch politicians who know little to nothing about our way of life. The abundance of natural resources possessed in the West gives distinct advantages for new and abundant growth and I’m very optimistic about the future. I look forward to this new leadership opportunity representing the interests of Western and rural communities in the 114th Congress.”

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Rep. Gosar Comments on Obama’s Veto Threat of Keystone XL Pipeline

2015/01/07

For Immediate Release Date: January 6, 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 President Obama issued a veto threat for proposed legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline:

“President Obama’s hollow promise of working together with the new Republican led House and Senate lasted a total of one hour into the 114thCongress. It took approximately 60 minutes for the president to issue a veto threat on the overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation which would finally pave the way for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“With this action, the president has effectively vetoed the possibility of 42,000 good paying jobs, an increase of $3 billion in GDP growth and a vital infrastructure project. More importantly, this veto threat squanders a realistic opportunity to bring Republicans and Democrats together and compromise on legislation that has the support of the vast majority of Americans. Instead, President Obama continues to pander to the extremist environmental wing of his party instead of focusing on fostering a positive environment for job creation and economic growth.”

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Rep. Paul Gosar Comments on Election of House Leadership

2015/01/07

For Immediate ReleaseDate: January 6, 2015

 

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 to re-elect John Boehner as the Speaker of the House:

“It is no easy job to hold the important position of Speaker of the House and I understand the challenges Speaker Boehner has faced since 2011. While I have my disagreements with the Speaker, ultimately I intend to work with House Leadership to fulfill the promise we made to the American people of changing the process by which business is done in Washington.

“Voters sent a clear message to Congress that they are fed up with the status quo and have called for bold action to stand against the Obama Administration's lawlessness. I share those feelings and that is why I am thankful for the open and honest discussion we had about new leadership in the House. I am proud to be a member of the people’s House and will continue working with all of my colleagues to restore liberty and economic prosperity.”

 

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Rep. Gosar Calls for New Direction of House Conference

2015/01/05

For Immediate Release Date: January 4, 2015

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) in advance of the vote for House Leadership this week, released the following statement about his decision to vote for a new Speaker of the House amid concerns with the direction of the House Republican Conference:

“Trust is a series of promises kept; my vote for new leadership reflects a promise I made to voters when they elected me. I cannot stand beside the same leadership that has offered up bills too large to read, used parliamentary tricks to bring bills to the floor and has refused to take swift action against the president and his Administration’s unconstitutional actions.

“My vote will reflect not just my convictions but the will of so many across the nation. Since coming to D.C. in 2011, I have attended hearings, briefings and meetings about the serious problems facing our country. I travel home to my district every week and I have listened to the people and their concerns.

“The common theme wherever I go is that we can't just keep doing things the way they ‘always’ have been done. We can't continue to operate with a lack of transparency and with a blind eye to the will of the people.

“America needs bold leadership from the House of Representatives that breaks from the status quo and embraces an open and transparent legislative process. Our country deserves getting back to regular order and holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions. This will require courage, not fear. It is time for leadership that will stand up for America and the Constitution.” 

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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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