Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Rep. Gosar Advances Legislative Action to Prohibit Funding for Common Core

2015/03/27

For Immediate Release

Date: March 27, 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 a funding rider request with 33 of his colleagues urging the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies to prohibit any funds in fiscal year 2016 from being used to fund Common Core:

“Over the last couple years, the Obama Administration has lured more than 40 states into adopting common core standards in order to receive significant grants and federal funds. Most states now have buyer's remorse as this extortion has been nothing short of a disaster. Unfortunately, as the federal government’s role in education has increased, test scores and performance have not improved. Common Core has led to boredom and complacency in classrooms throughout the country, shackling students and teachers as most days are now spent teaching to standardized tests. 

“Standards for education should be established by local communities, parents and teachers, not bureaucrats in Washington D.C. threatening to withhold funding. As a father of three, I know that a good education is critical to the future prosperity of our nation's youth. That is why I am committed to reforming our broken education system and ending Common Core once and for all. I urge the Appropriations Committee to adopt this commonsense rider that is consistent with federal law.”

Background:

Under federal law, the Department of Education is prohibited from establishing a national curriculum. 

The full text of the letter Rep. Gosar and 33 other members of Congress can be found HERE.

In the 113th Congress, Rep. Gosar was a cosponsor of H.Res.476, legislation that strongly denounced President Obama’s attempt to coerce states into adopting Common Core. Click HERE to read more.

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Rep. Gosar Continues to Lead Effort Prohibiting Funds for Implementing Obama's Executive Amnesty

2015/03/27

For Immediate Release

Date: March 27, 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 leading a legislative effort supported by 14 House colleagues to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security asking for a funding rider in the fiscal year 2016 appropriations act that would prohibit funds or collected fees from being used to implement President Obama’s numerous executive amnesty orders:

“Prior to November 20, 2014, President Obama stated 22 times that he did not have the authority to unilaterally change immigration policy. Yet that is exactly what he has done. His unconstitutional actions on immigration not only disregard the separation of powers, but they set a dangerous precedent of ruling by executive fiat against the will of the American people.

“The federal government already lacks the capacity to process immigration applications for those who seek to follow the rule of law. And though it is discouraging to see a massive, multi-million applicant backlog, the only thing more discouraging is that our government now wishes to prioritize application processing and waive processing fees for individuals who have entered the country illegally.

“The House of Representatives—indeed, the legislative branch—must take a stand against these overreaching actions. Our founders meant for this sacred body to be tied most closely to the will of the American citizenry. By choosing not to fully enforce our current immigration laws, the president has effectively invited a mass migration of illegal immigrants that puts our communities and families at risk. There is too much at risk to let this lawlessness continue. I will continue to fight this overreach and blatant misuse of power. Congress has the power to control spending. We can, and should, defund any unconstitutional, immoral and illegal executive orders and utilize this tool to prohibit the president’s dangerous actions.”

Background

The full text of the rider effort sent to Chairman John Carter and Ranking Member Lucille Roybal-Allard can be found HERE.

Specifically, the rider language seeks to prohibit DHS from utilizing funds in fiscal year 2016 for:

The memoranda known as the “Morton Memos” The memoranda issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security on November 20, 2014 The memoranda issued by the President on November 21, 2014 The new Crystal City facility and employees therein The DAPA and DACA initiatives

On November 21, 2014, just one day after the president made his announcement regarding his executive actions on immigration, DHS posted 1,000 job openings—many of them permanent positions—signaling that the plans to make expenditures had been in place well before the president’s announcement. The administration has also announced that they will lease a massive new office in Crystal City, Virginia to house the new employees. Media reports indicate that these actions alone will squander at least $48 million in taxpayer money

Rep. Gosar has lead several efforts to fight the President’s amnesty orders including organizing an effort call on the Government Accountability Office to investigate whether the president’s latest actions violated the Anti-Deficiency act. Click HERE to read more about that effort.

The other signers who joined Congressman Gosar include Representatives Rod Blum, Jim Bridenstine, BrianBabin, Bob Gibbs, Jeff Miller, Glenn Grothman, Lou Barletta, Tim Huelskamp, Mo Brooks, Steve King, Louie Gohmert, Dana Rohrabacher, Tom McClintock and Leonard Lance. 

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Rep. Gosar Introduces Bipartisan Legislation Improving Quality, Access of Dental Healthcare

2015/03/26

For Immediate Release

Date: March 26, 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 H.R. 1677, the Dental Insurance Fairness Act of 2015, supported by 21 bipartisan cosponsors:

“Too many American’s are still unable to get vital dental care ensuring good oral and overall health. As a practicing dentist for more than 25 years, and one of three dentists in Congress, I know firsthand that dental benefit plans are not serving the best interests of consumers. A rise in unfair practices which limit coordination of insurance benefits has resulted in dental beneficiaries not receiving the full coverage to which they are entitled.

“My legislation, introduced today, will provide uniform coordination of benefits as well as permit consumers to designate payment of dental benefits to a provider who is not participating in their network. This commonsense bill will ensure hard-working American families are receiving the full value of their dental coverage and payments. This will result in creating a more equitable system for dental patients and one that makes dental care more affordable and accessible for consumers.

“The biggest problem we face with healthcare today is the growth of policies and practices that impede patient access to care they need. This patient-centered legislation will improve access to quality dental care and empower consumers to make their own choices regarding oral health based on what is best for themselves and their families. My bill supports reforms that rightfully return the focus of healthcare to the patient, not their insurance company.”

Background

The full text of the Dental Insurance Fairness Act can be found HERE.

Congressman Gosar was joined by twenty-one other cosponsors in introducing this bipartisan legislation including Representatives: Mark Amodei, Brian Babin, Earl Blumenauer, William Lacy Clay, Sam Farr, Morgan Griffith, Joseph Heck, Jared Huffman, Walter B. Jones, Mike Kelly, Zoe Lofgren, Mark Meadows, Luke Messer, Ed Perlmutter, Phil Roe, Matt Salmon, David Scott, Steve Stivers, Scott Tipton, Ted Yoho, Don Young

The bill is supported by the American Dental Association.

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Hardy-Gosar Spearhead Bipartisan I-11 Expansion, Facilitate International Trade Corridor

2015/03/26

For Immediate Release

Date: March 25, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith (Gosar) Scott Knuteson (Hardy)

Steven.Smith@mail.house.govScott.Knuteson@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after joining Congressman Cresent Hardy (NV-04) in introducing the Intermountain West Corridor Development Act of 2015, H.R. 1612:

“With an additional 32 million people expected to be added to the population by 2030, the Intermountain region, which includes Arizona and Nevada, has established itself to be the fastest growing area in the entire country. In order for western states and communities to capitalize on this promising new growth, we must have timely and efficient infrastructure.

“Connecting American businesses and communities to a fully integrated international transportation system will create jobs and provide an economic boon to the West. Furthermore, the success of this powerful corridor will strengthen the invaluable relationship between Nevada and Arizona for many years to come.”

Congressman Cresent Hardy (NV-04) added, “An expansion of I-11 will serve as a strategic boost to our economy and Nevada’s long-term viability, enabling better collaboration with a more diverse array of trade partners.

“As a result of this bill, Nevada communities and businesses will reap the benefits of increased tourism, commerce and transportation made possible by better connectivity across the region. This effort is as important as anything to our economic stability and growth as a state.”

Congressman Hardy is the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit and Congressman Gosar is the co-chair of the I-11 caucus. 

Background:

The Intermountain West Corridor Development Act of 2015 extends the future Interstate 11 (I-11) beyond the Phoenix – Las Vegas region to connect the Mexico-US shipping ports in Southern Arizona through Northern Nevada to existing interstate networks that reach the Canadian border. The full text of the bill can be found HERE.

The MAP-21 Surface Transportation Authorization Act officially designated an Interstate route connecting Phoenix and Las Vegas – the largest metropolitan areas in the nation that are not connected via interstate. 

As Co-Chair of the I-11 Caucus, Congressman Gosar was instrumental in inserting this provision. Click HERE to read more about this effort.

Congressmen Hardy and Gosar were joined by Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) in introducing this bipartisan legislation. A bipartisan companion version of this bill was introduced in the Senate by Arizona Senators McCain and Flake, and Nevada Senators Heller and Reid. 

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Rep. Gosar Pressures Feds to Fulfill PILT and SCAAP Obligations to Western States

2015/03/25

For Immediate Release

Date: March 25, 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 leading three legislative requests calling on Congressional leaders to support Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and  the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) in fiscal year 2016:

“Western states like Arizona face unique challenges that other parts of the country are not required to withstand. These challenges are not a result of poor financial management but rather a result of the federal government owning massive swaths of land and not enforcing the rule of law. As Vice Chairman of the Western Caucus, I have a civic duty to hold the federal government accountable for promises made to states in the West and demand it provide adequate support for critical rural programs like PILT and SCAAP.

“More than 90% of federally owned land is located in the Western half of the United States. Local property and sales taxes typically fund county governments allowing them to provide essential services like law enforcement, infrastructure and education needs. The inability for counties to collect local taxes on federal lands is particularly burdensome, especially when counties often provide critical services on these very lands. PILT funding helps offset the losses of these critical revenues and allows for the continuation of essential services. This practice has been done for nearly 40 years and should continue until the federal government returns these lands to the states and private ownership.

 “By law, the federal government is responsible for immigration enforcement, including the incarceration of undocumented criminal offenders. When this is not possible, the law requires the federal government to compensate state and local governments for their incarceration costs. Compensation to local law enforcement agencies under SCAAP typically covers less than 18% of the actual cost of incarcerating undocumented criminal offenders. Further reducing federal SCAAP reimbursements is irresponsible and forces state and local law enforcement agencies to absorb a greater portion of the costs of a federal responsibility.”

Background:

Congressman Gosar submitted a letter with Congressman Scott Tipton to the House Appropriations Committee and signed onto a bipartisan letter with 94 House colleagues calling on House leadership to allocate full-funding for PILT for Fiscal Year 2016. Those letters can be found HERE and HERE respectively.

Congressman Gosar led a bipartisan legislative effort and was joined by 47 of his House Colleagues in seeking to ensure resources for SCAAP are maintained in the Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations Bill. That letter can be found HERE.

Listed below are the PILT Payments and Acreage

 

 

Fiscal Year: 2014

 

 

Arizona's 4th Congressional District

 

 

COUNTY

PAYMENT

TOTAL ACRES

GILA COUNTY

$3,426,420

1,771,484

LA PAZ COUNTY

$1,928,269

1,848,763

MARICOPA COUNTY

$3,011,264

2,434,825

MOHAVE COUNTY

$3,469,643

6,421,638

PINAL COUNTY

$1,223,747

618,750

YAVAPAI COUNTY

$3,177,599

2,599,553

YUMA COUNTY

$3,476,376

1,556,650

TOTAL

19,713,318

17,251,663

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Rep. Gosar Leads Effort in House Resources Committee for Passage of Keep The Promise Act

2015/03/25

For Immediate Release

Date: March 25, 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 Natural Resources Committee voted favorably in support of the passage of H.R. 308, the Keep the Promise Act:

“I am pleased to see the House Natural Resources Committee swiftly approve important legislation that halts a precedent that may lead to an expansion of off-reservation casinos and dangerous changes to the complexion of tribal gaming in other states across the country.

“The Tohono O’odham Nation dismissal of its promise to build no additional casinos in Phoenix is not something that Congress can ignore when the result will be so harmful for Indian gaming nationwide. I fully support Indian gaming, if done under the rule of law, both in letter and spirit. However, no entity, governmental or otherwise, should be rewarded for deceptive conduct that violates a compact and is contrary to the will of voters. I congratulate my good friend and colleague Trent Franks, and it has been an honor to work closely with so many good people that strongly support this legislation.”

Upon hearing of passage of the bill, Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08), the sponsor of H.R. 308 and representative for Glendale said, “I commend the Natural Resources Committee for passing H.R. 308, the Keep the Promise Act. This bill halts a precedent that may lead to an expansion of off-reservation casinos and dangerous changes to the complexion of tribal gaming in other states across the country.  Tribes across the nation, including many of the other Arizona tribes that played an integral role in the 2002 gaming compact, strongly support this legislation due to the impact this situation could have on tribal gaming enterprises nationally. 

“This bill is not about a vendetta. Nor is it about ending gaming in Arizona. It is, very specifically, about ensuring that the limits on casinos specifically promised back in 2002 during debate on Proposition 202 are realized.”

Congressman Gosar pictured with Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community President Delbert Ray (right ) and Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Lewis (left) , supporters of H.R. 308, following passage of the bill

Background

The video of Congressman Gosar’s testimony before the Natural Resources Committee in support of H.R. 308 can be found HERE.

Rep. Gosar submitted evidence obtained from underlying litigation discovery in State of Arizona v. Tohono O’odham into the Congressional Record in order to supplement the record on H.R. 308 which can be found HERE.

In return for exclusivity in Arizona, the state tribes agreed to a cap on the number of casinos in the state and in the Phoenix metro area, to restrict the number of machines in the state and to share machine revenue with rural non-gaming tribes so all could benefit.

Every urban tribe, except for Tohono O’odham, agreed to this initial proposal. Tohono refused, citing the need for a new casino in Tucson or on the rural part of the tribe’s reservation.  The state and all other tribes agreed to the restrictions on gaming being pushed by Arizona’s Governor and others, but also yielded to Tohono’s stated need. 

After the agreement was reached, the tribes and state promoted their model compact by saturating the airwaves with press releases, voter handouts, billboards, and in television and radio interviews. T.O. alone spent $1.8 million dollars urging Arizona voters to rely on the limitation which included no additional casinos in the Phoenix area.

Shockingly, a few months after the voters approved the compact, Tohono finalized a multiyear effort to purchase land in Glendale for a casino, in violation of the 17-tribe coalition compact that was approved by voters, and used a shell corporation to conceal its identity.  .

Previously, Congressman Gosar testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on the future of Indian gaming and the need for passage of the previous version of H.R. 308. Video of that testimony can be found HERE.

H.R. 308 is sponsored by Congressman Gosar’s Arizona colleague Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) and is cosponsored by Representatives Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Co-Chair of the Native American Caucus Betty McCollum (D-MN), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Dan Kildee (D-MI) and John Conyers (D-MI).

An identical bill, H.R. 1410, passed overwhelmingly out of the Natural Resources Committee last Congress by a 35-5 margin, and passed the House by voice vote on September 17, 2013.

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Gosar to New Commissioner: Golden Opportunity to Facilitate New Hydropower, Job Creation

2015/03/24

For Immediate Release

Date: March 24, 2015

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Vice Chairman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after participating in an oversight hearing for the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans where he questioned Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Commissioner, Estevan López, on the agency’s lack of  development and installation of new,  small hydropower projects:

“I’m discouraged by the lack of progress that was made by the previous BOR Commissioner to fully implement the Tipton-Gosar Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, H.R.678. Recently, several industry experts informed me that BOR has only facilitated 4-5 small hydropower projects in the entire country since this bill was passed. Meanwhile, these same experts tell me that the FERC has been aggressively pursuing Small/Low-Impact Hydropower Projects since enactment of the bill. In fact, FERC indicates on its website that they have issued 25 licenses and 93 preliminary permits since the Tipton-Gosar bill became law.

“Today, I strongly advised new BOR Commissioner López to encourage new, small-scale hydropower generation with a similar amount of vigor. Fully implementing H.R. 678 will create jobs and expand the use of this renewable, emissions-free source of energy that provides low-cost electricity.”

Background

The video of Congressman Gosar questioning BOR Commissioner López can be found HERE.

The text of Vice Chairman Gosar’s opening statement can be found HERE.

H.R. 678 was signed into public law on August 9, 2013. A previous statement Rep. Gosar gave on the floor when the bill passed the House can be found HERE.

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2015/03/24

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Rep. Gosar Rips New Job Killing Regulations Aimed to Prevent Fracking on Federal Lands

2015/03/23

For Immediate Release

Date: March 20, 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 President Obama released new regulations for Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on federal and Indian lands:

“Among credible energy experts, there is no question that the development and utilization of fracking has directly led to the recent U.S. energy revolution. This technology has been responsible for pulling our nation out of the 2008 economic recession as well as opening up endless possibilities for strengthening our energy independence from foreign nations. Furthermore, data shows that fracking has significantly contributed to lowering carbon emissions in the United States over recent decades.

“Yet despite President Obama’s former Energy Secretary Steven Chu assuring the public that fracking is a safe technology for extracting natural gas, today’s announcement of new fracking rules are a continuation of this administration’s irrational war on fossil fuels and disproportionately hurts rural western states like Arizona. Make no mistake; the casualties of this blatant attack on reasonable energy production will include thousands of American jobs on tribal and federally owned lands where energy development of natural gas has been suppressed by this administration.

“These overreaching regulations are not warranted or based on actual science and were imposed to appease environmentalist extremists. There is no other legitimate justification. It is tragic that partisan ideology and a lack of common sense are threatening an incredible opportunity for the future of sustainable energy development in the United States. American families cannot afford to let this irresponsible overreach go left unchecked and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to stop these harmful policies.”  

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Rep. Gosar Introduces the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment

2015/03/19

For Immediate Release

Date: March 19, 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 H.Con.Res.26, the Compact for a Balanced Budget Amendment:

“For far too long, Washington politicians have recklessly squandered taxpayer money and spent beyond our nation’s means. The federal government has racked up a staggering $18 trillion plus debt and has surpassed our own annual gross domestic product. This insurmountable  burden  is already shackling future generations and will continue to do so until we demonstrate real leadership and  take bold action  to put an end to this irresponsible behavior.

“In the past, members of Congress have introduced a variety of Balanced Budget Amendments and I have supported almost all of them. Unfortunately, there is not enough agreement in Washington to make those important efforts a reality. Now, the time has come for states to have a true voice in this process and for America to utilize an innovative approach to our budgetary challenges that does not require the president’s signature. 

“When Washington fails to stop out-of-control spending, the Constitution empowers the states to act. Using an agreement among the states called an ‘interstate compact,’ the Compact for a Balanced Budget treats our nation’s spending problem as the constitutional crisis it is and advances a powerful Balanced Budget Amendment.  My legislation effectuates this agreement and  ensures the state-initiated constitutional amendment process exclusively advances a balanced budget amendment and nothing else.

“Our founders empowered the states with the unique ability to initiate the amendment process if Congress is incapable of doing so on its own. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to have the courage and commitment to ensure that the future prosperity of this great nation  is not stifled by the debts of our past.”

Background

The full text of the Compact for a Balanced Budget can be found HERE.

The Compact for a Balanced Budget consolidates everything Congress and the states do into two overarching pieces of legislation—one congressional resolution and one interstate compact joined by thirty-eight states. This approach dramatically reduces the time and resources needed to achieve a Balanced Budget Amendment.

An interstate compact is the proper vehicle to advance this effort as it transforms the otherwise cumbersome state-initiated amendment process into a ‘turn-key’ operation. The Compact empowers states and streamlines the actions necessary so all elements can be passed nationwide in a single session.

The Compact does require congressional consent to work, but such consent is achieved by simple majority passage of a resolution, which consolidates everything Congress must do in the Article V process into a single bill that includes  the necessary safeguards.

At least twelve states have filed or will file legislation to join the Compact for a Balanced Budget, which was initially formed by Alaska and Georgia last year. These states include but are not limited to: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. Recently, the Wyoming State House passed the Compact for a Balanced Budget 45-15.

Original cosponsors that joined Rep. Gosar in introducing this legislation include: Representatives Jeff Duncan, Walter Jones, Matt Salmon, Ryan Zinke, Kevin Cramer, Don Young, John Culberson, Cynthia Lummis, Jim Bridenstine, Barry Loudermilk, Joe Wilson, David Schweikert, Dan Newhouse and Mo Brooks.

The following organizations support the Compact: Americans for Tax Reform, Cato Institute, Goldwater Institute, Heartland Institute, Federalist Society, American Legislative Exchange Council, John Locke Foundation and the Foundation for Economic Education. 

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504 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2315
Fax 202-226-9739
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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