Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Rep. Gosar: Despite Challenging Times, I’m Thankful for the American Spirit

2014/11/26

For Immediate ReleaseDate: November 26, 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 prior to the Thanksgiving holiday:

“As we approach the holiday weekend, I am extremely grateful to be home with my family and neighbors in Arizona. During this time away from our nation’s capital, I always enjoy meeting with my constituents, local community leaders and small business owners who are committed to building a stronger, more prosperous Arizona.  

“These hard working Arizonans are quick to share their thoughts and opinions about today’s biggest challenges and quite frankly, there is a lot that should be of concern. However, despite the ongoing chaos that surrounds our world, their spirits are never broken and their faith in the fundamental principles that have always guided our great country cannot be extinguished. I am thankful for this eternal American spirit that I see in my constituents and am grateful to serve them as their Representative in Congress. I want to wish them and all Americans a happy and safe Thanksgiving Day.”

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Rep. Gosar Rallies House Members to take Action against Obama’s Executive Amnesty

2014/11/25

 

For Immediate ReleaseDate: November 25, 2014

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after spearheading a letter calling on House leadership to take action and stop President Obama’s recent executive order which granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants:

“Following President Obama’s sweeping and unconstitutional executive order, the American people want to know what their elected Representatives are going to do to rein in this abuse of power. It is important that we clearly communicate our complete and absolute rejection of the president’s illegal actions and layout our plan of how the Constitution grants Congress the ability to reign in this executive overreach. Our constituents want to know what we are going to do, so several members in the House and I developed three action items that we call on House leadership to take as soon as possible.

“First, the House should immediately pass a short-term spending bill that defunds the entirety of President Obama’s executive order. Second, our body should pass H.Res.757 which would authorize the House to sue the President for any actions in violation of the Constitution in regards to immigration enforcement. Finally, the House must prohibit any funds from being used to provide work permits or green cards to illegal immigrants who are unlawfully living in the United States.

“This is an important moment where the House can demonstrate how the power of the Constitution trumps the rogue actions of a lawless president. There is just too much at risk for this executive amnesty to go unchallenged.”

Background:

The full text of the letter sent to House leadership can be found HERE.

NumbersUSA, one of the nation's largest immigration enforcement advocacy groups with more than two million members, has endorsed Congressman Gosar's letter.

The other original cosigners are Reps. Mo Brooks (AL-05), Ted Poe (TX-02), Cynthia Lummis (WY-AL), Bill Posey (FL-08), Steve Stockman (TX-36) and Paul Broun (GA-10).

H.Res.757 is similar to House-passed resolution H.Res.676 and litigation filed last week by the House against President Obama’s unilateral actions on healthcare.

On November 13th, 63 members of the House, including Rep. Gosar, sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting the House prohibit any funds to be used for work permits or green cards for illegal immigrants. This letter was led by Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05).

                                          

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Rep. Gosar: New Round of IRS Bonuses Proves No Accountability at Agency

2014/11/25

For Immediate ReleaseDate: November 25, 2014

 

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

 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner, John Koskinen, told agency employees, including senior management employees, earlier this week that they will receive bonuses amidst ongoing IRS scandals:

“The IRS is currently under Congressional investigation. The agency has destroyed hard drives and withheld information from Congress. The House has voted to hold the former supervisor of the IRS division Lois Lerner in contempt. The House passed legislation demanding special counsel be appointed to investigate and prosecute the IRS's targeting of conservative groups and the House passed my bipartisan amendment by a large margin to prohibit bonuses for IRS senior executive service employees for this fiscal year. 

“Despite these ongoing scandals and sanctions, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is still planning to reward managers and senior executives within this rogue agency with bonuses paid for by taxpayer dollars. This action is a slap in the face to the American people. The IRS needs a dose of reality because in the private sector, people not only don’t get bonuses for corrupt actions, but they are fired as well. 

“There is no accountability at the IRS and this new round of bonuses confirms that fact.  These bonuses defy the will of the House and are unmerited in most instances. Commissioner Koskinen needs to get a clue or he should be the next Obama Administration official to resign.”

 

 Background:

On July 16, 2014, the House passed an amendment offered by Congressman Gosar prohibiting bonuses for senior executive service employees at the IRS. The amendment passed with a bipartisan vote of 282-138-1, with one member voting present, and was attached to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015.

According to recent media reports: ““IRS managers will get a similar size bonus — around 1 percent of an employee’s salary base — while awards for senior executives are still being finalized...”

IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, gave out nearly $63 million in bonuses last year to “boost morale” at the agency.  

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Rep. Gosar Letter on Amnesty Executive Order

2014/11/25


In Case You Missed It: Rep. Gosar Spearheads Action against Obama’s Lopsided Climate Change Deal with China

2014/11/24

For Immediate Release Date: November 24, 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 spearheading a letter to President Barack Obama, signed by twenty of his Congressional colleagues, calling on the president to rescind  the recent U.S.-China joint announcement on climate change:

“The president’s continued efforts to unilaterally mandate his far left environmentalist ideology have taken a turn for the ridiculous. The international community is laughing at the United States for believing that China, one of the world’s largest global economic powers, currently building one coal-burning energy plant almost every month, would actually adhere to a climate change agreement that would harm their growing economy.

“This non-binding agreement would destroy thousands of U.S. jobs, increase electricity rates for American families and U.S. manufacturers and cause more American jobs to be displaced overseas. Asking our major economic competitor to merely consider making a commitment to cap carbon emissions at a point some 16 years in the future, while making major U.S. concessions that will do little to nothing to reduce global carbon emissions, will have disastrous repercussions for America.

“This deal does not help our planet, cripples our economy and supports China’s efforts to overtake the U.S. as the world’s leading economic superpower. This substantially flawed and lopsided agreement should be immediately rescinded.”

Background:

This unbalanced agreement allows China to increase their greenhouse gas emissions without restrictions until 2030. At that point, China is supposed to consider capping their greenhouse gas emission levels and consider making other minor concessions. In exchange, President Obama, without the consent of the U.S. Senate, agreed that the United States will reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025 from 2005 levels.

The Congressional Research Service estimates that the Obama Administration has spent $77 billion from FY2008 through FY2013 studying and trying to develop global climate change policies.

The full text of Congressman Gosar’s letter to President Obama can be found HERE.

   

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Rep. Gosar Responds to President Obama’s Unlawful Executive Amnesty Order

2014/11/21

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Nov. 20, 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 announced late on Thursday night his plans to take executive action and grant amnesty to over five million illegal immigrants:

“Tonight’s announcement by President Obama to unlawfully grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants solidifies his reputation as ‘Commander-in-Deceit.’ The president had two years of a filibuster-proof majority in both the House and Senate giving him the ability to legally pass immigration reform with little resistance. Much like most of the decisions he has taken, this insincere executive order is a political stunt of the highest degree.

“This lawless action violates Article II, Section 3 of our Constitution, a provision that demands that the president ‘…take care that the laws be faithfully executed...’ This clearly states that Congress makes our laws, not President Obama.

“This blatant abuse of executive power will ripple throughout the course of American history, threatening our sacred system of checks and balances. By choosing not to fully enforce our current immigration laws, the president has effectively invited a mass migration of illegal immigrants across our border states including my home of Arizona. President Obama’s statement that we currently have the smallest number of illegals trying to cross our border since the 1970’s is a barefaced lie and my constituents, living on the front lines of unsecured borders, can verify that falsehood. Additionally, for the president of the United States to say that his actions are necessary because we owe it to ‘the people who pick our fruit and make our beds’ is both demeaning and racist.

“Now is the time for the House to do the will of the people that elected us and fight back against this lawlessness. Specifically, I call on House leadership to act on three measures. First, the House must immediately pass a short-term spending bill that defunds the entirety of President Obama’s executive order. Second, the House must pass H.Res.757 which would authorize the House to sue the president for any actions in violation of the Constitution in regards to immigration enforcement. Finally, the House must prohibit any funds from being appropriated to provide work permits or green cards to illegal immigrants who are unlawfully living in the U.S.

“The House has the responsibility to act quickly and decisively to stop an out-of-control president and administration from deliberately violating the Constitution any further. There is too much at risk for this lawlessness to go unchallenged.”

 

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Rep. Gosar Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Capture ISIS Terrorists

2014/11/20

For Immediate Release Date: Nov. 20, 2014

 

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

Rep. Gosar Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Capture ISIS Terrorists“Their days are numbered. I want them to know that when you harm innocent Americans, justice will follow close behind”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing legislation amending the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program to require the Secretary of State to offer a $5,000,000 cash reward to individuals who provide information leading to the arrest or conviction of any person involved with the kidnapping and murder of American citizens:

“The horrific publicized murders of our citizens is unacceptable. We need to find these thugs and bring them to justice. This reward money will give incentive for these terrorists to turn on each other. The first to come to us will be rewarded well so we can bring the others to justice.

“Their days are numbered. I want them to know that when you harm innocent Americans, justice will follow close behind. In order to take the fight to those who commit such evil, I have introduced legislation that will put a bounty on the heads of anyone involved with the kidnapping and murder of American citizens—including the ISIS soldiers who murdered Americans James Foley, Peter Kassig and Steven Sotloff.

“This legislation has two primary purposes. The first is to incentivize any person living in tyranny and oppression who may be brave enough to stand up for what is right and help the U.S. bring these terrorists to justice. The second is to deter ISIS and other foreign terrorist organizations from continuing their murderous, deranged ways. The kidnapping and murdering of our citizens will not be tolerated and Congress must pass effective legislation that will ensure swift punishment for those who harm innocent Americans.” 

Background:

The full text of Congressman Gosar’s legislation can be found HERE.

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a similar bill, S. 2778, on September 18, 2014, with Senators Rubio (Florida), Ayotte (New Hampshire), Cruz (Texas), Nelson (Florida) and Shaheen (New Hampshire) ushering its passage. 

Previous amendments to the Rewards for Justice Program required no new spending. According to the FY2015 Budget Request, “funding for the expansion of the Rewards Program is provided from currently available resources and [existing] transfer authorities.” 

Congressman Gosar’s legislation has fourteen original cosponsors including Trent Franks (AZ-08), Brad Sherman (CA-30), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Ron DeSantis (FL-06), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Mick Mulvaney (SC-05), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Chris Stewart (UT-02), Jim Bridenstine (OK-01), Paul Cook (CA-08), Steve Stockman (TX-36), Ted Yoho (FL-03) and Robert Hurt (VA-05).

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House Passes Gosar Amendment Calling for EPA Transparency, Accountability

2014/11/19

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Nov. 19, 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 his amendment to the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014, requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make all scientific and technical information relied upon for rulemaking available online, successfully passed the House by unanimous consent:

“For far too long, the EPA has used secret studies and so-called peer-reviews from biased sources to justify regulations that fit their job-killing agenda. Not only does this practice result in a lack of transparency, it also leads to hundreds of thousands of jobs being destroyed across the country by unreasonable and unnecessary regulations. Additionally, hardworking taxpayers are left to pick up the tab for these expensive, and often worthless, regulations.

“The best way to reign in this rogue agency is to make them publish the science supporting their regulations online. Furthermore, I strongly support the Secret Science Reform Act of  2014, and I’d like to congratulate my good friend and fellow Arizonan David Schweikert (AZ-06) on passage of this commonsense legislation.”

Background:

The Congressional Budget Office determined that Congressman Gosar’s amendment would not score and would not affect direct spending or revenues. Congressman Gosar’s amendment is supported by the Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21).

The Secret Science Reform Act would require the Environmental Protection Agency to utilize actual science when formulating regulations and requires that the science be made available for peer-review and reproduction.

The text of the Gosar amendment can be found HERE.

The Congressional Research Service estimates the Obama Administration has already squandered $77 billion from FY2008 through FY2013 studying and trying to develop global climate change policies. If the EPA is implementing regulations that cost our economy billions of dollars every year, at minimum, the science used to justify these regulations should be based on actual science that is made available online in order to allow independent analysis and reproduction.  

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Gosar Sponsored Water Rights Settlement Unanimously Passes Resources Committee

2014/11/19

For Immediate Release Date: Nov. 19, 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 his sponsored legislation, H.R. 4924, the Bill Williams River Water Settlement Act passed the House Natural Resources Committee by unanimous consent:

“I am very pleased to see this important, bipartisan water rights settlement pass unanimously through the House Committee on Natural Resources. Thousands of Arizonans, including the Hualapai Tribe, are one step closer to benefiting from this legislation which will result in a significant net water benefit to the region. In addition, this bill allows for additional public access for hunting and fishing while the local counties benefit from the good paying jobs and tax revenue associated with continued use of the Bagdad Mine.

“Water is critical to our continued economic stability in Arizona and is a limited resource on which there are many existing demands that need to be met. This settlement sets a positive example for public/private partnerships to advance a cooperative resolution for long-standing water disputes. Furthermore, it will provide clarity and certainty of water resource availability to other water users in the State of Arizona. This bill clearly has overwhelming support and I will continue to push for this legislation to be brought to the House floor for a vote as soon as possible.”

Background:

H.R. 4924 would facilitate the achievement of a fair and equitable settlement of certain claims within the Bill Williams River watershed among the Hualapai Tribe, the U.S. Department of the Interior acting on behalf of itself and as trustee for the Tribe, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, and Freeport McMoRan Minerals Corporation. The bill would ratify the Big Sandy River-Planet Water Rights Settlement Agreement and the Hualapai Tribe Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Agreement.

The Congressional Budget Office has determined that the bill costs nothing to the federal government. Additionally, The Hualapai Tribe benefits from this legislation by securing certain water rights from two non-federal contributions by Freeport-McMoRan for an infrastructure fund and an economic development fund.

Congressman Gosar has posted a fact sheet for H.R. 4924 on his website which can be found HERE.

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Rep. Gosar Cosponsors Resolution to Fight Back Against Executive Amnesty

2014/11/18

 

For Immediate ReleaseDate: Nov. 18, 2014

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after signing on as a cosponsor of H.Res.757 which would authorize the House to sue the President or other executive branch officials for actions that are inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution, with respect to immigration laws:

“As the president continues to threaten the American people with an executive order granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, House Republicans are taking the necessary steps on behalf of an overwhelming majority of Americans who want to stop the president’s unconstitutional overreach.

“H.Res.757 sends a clear message that Congress will use every power vested to us from the Constitution to successfully block any executive order that violates our current immigration laws. Even if the president decides to use ‘prosecutorial discretion’ to actively disregard immigration laws passed by the legislative branch, it is important that the House act NOW to rein in this rogue President threatening our fundamental system of checks and balances while disregarding the rule of law.”

Background:

The full text of H.Res.757, which was introduced by Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) on Monday November 17, can be found HERE.

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Washington, DC 20515
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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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