Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Support Grows for Rep. Gosar’s Transparency Bill Aimed at Shining a Light on the Bureau of Reclamation

2017/04/27

For Immediate Release

Date: April 27, 2017

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 Committee on Natural Resources unanimously passed legislation sponsored by the Congressman, H.R. 660 the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act, during a legislative markup:

“In the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, the president has made it clear that business as usual in Washington D.C. is over. No longer will the American people tolerate bloated government agencies that spend us into oblivion while dodging its moral responsibility to provide transparency. Time and time again, history has shown us that this lack of oversight has proven to be a recipe for rampant waste, fraud and abuse.

“Agencies, like BOR, wield an enormous amount of influence in managing the most important resource for Western states: water. Americans have a right to know if this agency is effectively utilizing our tax dollars in the most efficient way. My bipartisan bill will require a cost estimate and a detailed list of major repairs for BOR facilities and allow for meaningful steps to be taken to address the maintenance backlog. This transparency will ensure an abundant supply of clean water and power for future generations.”

Background

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

Wyoming Senator John Barrasso has introduced companion legislation in the Senate. 

There are 20 bipartisan cosponsors for this legislation including Representatives Mark Amodei, Andy Biggs, Diane Black, Matt Cartwright, Jim Costa, Jeff Denham, Blake Farenthold, Trent Franks, John Garamendi, Louie Gohmert, Jody Hice, Jared Huffman, Doug LaMalfa, Tom McClintock, Martha McSally, Dan Newhouse, Stevan Pearce, Kyrsten Sinema and Scott Tipton and David Valadao.

The Bureau of Reclamation was established in 1902 and much of the agency’s now aging infrastructure was built more than 50 years ago. Many of the facilities operated by BOR are in desperate need of repairs. This bill requires that the federal government make public the estimated cost of repairs for Reclamation facilities. For years, Congress and water users throughout the country have asked for such information, only to be rebuffed time and again.   

More specifically, this legislation would require 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 Condemns Partisan Attempt by Activist Judge to Protect “Sanctuary Cities”

2017/04/25

For Immediate Release

Date: April 25, 2017

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 U.S. District Judge William Orrick of San Francisco issued injunctions against President Trump’s executive order aimed at withholding federal funds from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities:

“Previous judges have repeatedly validated the Constitutional power granting the executive branch broad and exclusive jurisdiction to enforce immigration laws. Activist judges from far-left districts, including the Ninth Circuit, continue to blatantly choose partisan ideology over upholding the Rule of Law. This shameful attempt to prioritize politics over protecting the safety of U.S. citizens is unconstitutional, unwise and un-American. I will continue working with my House colleagues to support President Trump’s Executive Order and defund sanctuary city policies that are proven to be deadly and put the security of our communities at risk.”  

 

Background:

Earlier this month, Congressman Gosar joined his House colleagues Mo Brooks (AL-05), Steve King (IA-04) and Ken Buck (CO-04) in spearheading an appropriations language request to the House Appropriations Committee to prevent funds from going to “sanctuary cities” that prevent law enforcement officials from faithfully executing our immigration laws. Read more HERE.

This appropriations language request is also supported by the Federation for American Immigration Reform and NumbersUSA.

Sanctuary city policies, at their core, are a flagrant violation of the Rule of Law. A nation of laws must enforce established law, not seek ways to skirt enforcement. Sanctuary cities defy federal immigration laws by harboring untold numbers of illegal immigrants and providing safe havens for criminals, many of whom are violent offenders.

The House has voted and passed language that prohibits federal funds from going to sanctuary cities five different times in recent years.

Recent events in Maryland have highlighted this danger to our communities. Henry Sanchez-Milian, an 18-year-old illegal alien, has been charged with the first-degree rape of a 14-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Montgomery County High School, within a county that deliberately thwarts federal policy by refusing to work with federal immigration authorities to deport illegal immigrants. Despite having been apprehended in Texas by a U.S. Border Patrol agent and held for 12 days by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, Sanchez-Milian was arbitrarily released and put on a plane to be reunited with his father, who is also in the country illegally. Even though he had been ordered before an immigration court judge, after seven months, Sanchez-Milian’s hearing still had not taken place before this horrific event.

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Rep. Gosar Calls on White House to Withdraw from Unconstitutional Paris Climate Agreement

2017/04/18

For Immediate Release

Date: April 18, 2017

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) joined several of his House colleagues in calling on the White House to completely withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement:

“President Trump ran his campaign on the idea of putting America’s interests first. He can fulfill that pledge in a big way by using his authority to completely withdraw the United States from the misguided Paris Climate Agreement. This unconstitutional treaty is nothing more than an extension of the Obama Administration’s ideological war on affordable energy.  This liberal pipedream abdicates our sovereignty in favor of a global redistribution of wealth. Furthermore, this scheme was designed to favor our economic rivals like China and India by giving them until 2030 to reduce emissions while the United States front-loaded our costs at the expense of American jobs.

“President Obama had to pull off Olympic-level legal gymnastics to mislead Americans into thinking the Paris  Agreement wasn’t a treaty because he knew this charade would never pass the U.S. Senate. Spending nearly a trillion dollars per year to reduce the global average temperature in 2100 by a third of one degree defies common sense and is a terrible business decision. Thankfully, we have a new deal-maker in the White House who puts America first. It’s time to put this bad deal to bed once and for all.”

Background:

Congressman Gosar signed onto two separate letters calling on President Trump to completely withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Those draft letters can be found HERE and HERE.

(Courtesy of the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service) The Paris Agreement to address climate change internationally entered into force on November 4, 2016 and has been accepted by 112 parties, including the United States and the European Union.

The Paris Agreement is a subsidiary to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a broader, framework treaty entered into during the George. H. W. Bush Administration. Unlike the UNFCCC, which received the Senate’s advice and consent in 1992, President Obama never submitted the Paris Agreement to the Senate for approval. Instead, the Obama Administration appears to have treated the Paris Agreement as an executive agreement, which the President may unilaterally execute, rather than a treaty, which requires the advice and consent of the Senate. (The key distinctions are analyzed in this report and infographic.)  No legislation implementing the UNFCCC or the Paris Agreement into domestic law has been enacted, nor has the executive branch asserted that the provisions in either are self-executing, a term used to describe international obligations that have the force of domestic law without subsequent congressional action. Rather, the commitments made by the United States under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement have been carried out domestically through pre-existing legislation, including the Intermodal Surface Transportation Energy Efficiency Act of 1991 and the Clean Air Act.

Under domestic law, the requirements for withdrawal depend on the type of agreement. For executive agreements, the President has generally terminated such agreements without authorization from the legislative branch, and this practice has not been challenged by Congress or the Senate.

(Courtesy of the Washington Times) A peer-reviewed study [found] that implementing all provisions of all signers to the Paris Agreement would prevent only 0.306 degrees Fahrenheit of global warming by 2100.

What would it cost? Unofficial estimates by the United States, European Union, Mexico and China amount to $739-$757 billion per year.

Those parties account for about 80 percent of signatories’ emissions reduction pledges. Other pledges would have similar costs per unit, implying something in the range of $185-$189 billion.

All told, $924-$946 billion. Per year. Every year from 2030 to the end of the century. “And that’s if the politicians do everything right. If not, the real cost could double.”

So, for $65-$132 trillion, we might — if the alarmists are right — reduce global average temperature by a third of one degree by 2100. That’s $212-$431 billion per thousandth of a degree of cooling.

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Reps. Gosar, Pearce Cheer Decision to Withdraw Misguided Species Listing

2017/04/07

For Immediate Release

Date: April 7, 2017

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representatives Paul A. Gosar (AZ-04) and Steve Pearce (NM-02) released the following statements after the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) withdrew a proposal to list two Colorado River fish under the Endangered Species Act (ESA):

“I am hopeful that the announcement by the Service to withdraw the proposed listing of the headwater chub and roundtail chub signals a new dawn where commonsense and science drives decision-making within the agency,” stated Congressman Gosar. “For too long, unwarranted species listings—not supported by verifiable evidence—have been detrimental not only to local stakeholders, but also to the species themselves. I’m proud to have teamed up with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and several of my colleagues in the House to help prevent these misguided listing proposals that would have had significant consequences for Arizona and New Mexico.”

“I am pleased to see that the Service withdrew their ill-advised proposal to list the headwater chub and roundtail chub as Endangered Species,” stated Congressman Pearce. “I applaud the agency for listening to input from surrounding communities and for thoroughly examining the science before making their final decision. I look forward to working with the agency and communities in New Mexico going forward to balance environmental protections with economic opportunity.” 

 A spokesman for the Arizona Game and Fish Department released a statement saying, “The Joint Committee’s determination last year, along with today’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision, is a huge win for chub and for those who manage and conserve chub in the lower Colorado River basin. The taxonomic history of this species has been debated for decades, which has influenced our management strategies and our ability to implement conservation on a range-wide basis. The decision will open doors to more opportunities to protect and conserve chub in Arizona.”

Background:

Congressman Gosar and Congressman Pearce spearheaded an effort to Service Director Dan Ashe raising serious concerns about the process and asking for the Service to withdraw the proposed rule to list the headwater chub and a district population segment of the roundtail chub as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. That letter can be found HERE.

The letter to Director Ashe was cosigned by Representatives Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Trent Franks (AZ-08) and David Schweikert (AZ-06).

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service responded favorably to the Congressmen’s request by publishing a notice to withdraw the proposed rule to list the headwater chub and roundtail chub under the ESA. That notice can be found HERE.

“For the purposes of our determination, we accept the 'single species' finding by the Societies described above and, consequently, withdraw the proposed rule to list the headwater chub (Gila nigra) and a [distinct population segment] of the roundtail chub (Gila robusta) from the lower Colorado River basin as threatened species under the Act,” the Service wrote in the notice.

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Rep. Gosar Champions Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act

2017/04/06

For Immediate Release

Date: April 6, 2017

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 becoming a cosponsor of H.R. 112, the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act which aims to combat an invasive citrus disease HLB, also known as “greening” effecting all 32 American commercial citrus producing counties:

“Every single child growing up in the Grand Canyon State can recite the ‘5 Cs’ of Arizona’s economy, and with good reason. As one of only four states that produce citrus, this industry continues to be one of the pillars of Arizona’s unique agricultural identity delivering untold prosperity for our local communities.

“Recently, growers have been confronted with a rare invasive disease that threatens to undermine the massive economic impact that citrus brings to Arizona. Proactive solutions are necessary from Congress to reduce the tax burden on growers who lose their crops so that they have an opportunity to reinvest and replant. In the meantime, the Department of Agriculture must prioritize funds for researching scientific remedies to end ‘greening’ once and for all. If we fail to take action now, Arizona could lose more than just one of our state’s ‘5 Cs’ but also countless jobs and economic growth that go with it.”

Background:

The full text of the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act can be found HERE

Congressman Gosar is a member of the Congressional Citrus Caucus which “provides a forum for Members of Congress and their staff to discuss current challenges and avenues to pursue potential areas of positive federal support for our nation’s citrus industry.”

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Reps. Gosar, Brooks, Buck and King Lead Effort in the House to Defund Sanctuary Cities

2017/04/04

For Immediate Release

Date: April 4, 2017

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representatives Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Mo Brooks (AL-05), Steve King (IA-04) and Ken Buck (CO-04) released the following statements after leading and submitting an appropriations language request to the House Appropriations Committee to prevent funds from going to “sanctuary cities” that prevent law enforcement officials from faithfully executing our immigration laws:

“The concept of ‘sanctuary city’ policies is in direct opposition to the Rule of Law and our Constitution. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4, gives Congress clear jurisdiction on immigration matters,” stated Congressman Paul Gosar. “I’m pleased to see President Trump and Attorney General Sessions lead on this issue, but the House must also act by using the power of the purse. It’s long past time for Congress to crack down and defund sanctuary city policies that are proven to be deadly and put the security of our communities at risk.”

“Congress has an opportunity to work with the Trump Administration and enforce our nation’s immigration laws with respect to sanctuary cities,” said Congressman Mo Brooks. “Cities and localities who have refused to comply with federal immigration laws and knowingly shield dangerous felons from removal by ICE present a clear danger to our Republic. According to an ICE report from March of 2017, there are an estimated 300 cities and counties obstructing federal immigration agents from doing their jobs to deport dangerous criminals, thereby intentionally endangering Americans.”

“Sanctuary cities force the federal government to spend more money on immigration enforcement,” stated Congressman Ken Buck. “We must assert federal authority on federal issues and cut off funding for cities that violate the rule of law, which is what this appropriations request does.”

“The immigration system in the United States has an enforcement problem,” said Congressman Steve King. “The lawlessness of the Obama Administration has trickled down to at least 340 local so-called ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions that openly defy federal law and release dangerous criminals. It is an absolute disgrace that a year and a half has passed since Kate Steinle was tragically murdered by an illegal alien who had several felony convictions, had been deported from the United States five times and yet was being harbored in a ‘sanctuary city.’ That is why I introduced ‘Kate’s Law’ back in January in an effort to amend federal law to impose a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for any illegal reentry offense. It is time Congress acts to protect Americans from 100% preventable crimes, and we can start by enforcing our federal immigration laws.”

Background

 The full text of the appropriations language request can be found HERE.

The list of 35 House members who cosigned this language request include Representatives Abraham, Arrington, Babin, Barletta, Brady, Brat, Mo Brooks, Buck, Cramer, DeSantis, Duncan, Farenthold, Franks, Gosar, Grothman, Hensarling, Hice, Hunter, Sam Johnson, Jones, Kelly, Steve King, Lamborn, Marino, McCaul, McClintock, Meadows, Olson, Ratcliffe, Rooney, Rouzer, Schweikert, Wagner, Webster and Yoho.

This appropriations language request is also supported by the Federation for American Immigration Reform and NumbersUSA.

Sanctuary city policies, at their core, are a flagrant violation of the Rule of Law. A nation of laws must enforce established law, not seek ways to skirt enforcement. Sanctuary cities defy federal immigration laws by harboring untold numbers of illegal immigrants and providing safe havens for criminals, many of whom are violent offenders.

The House has voted and passed language that prohibits federal funds from going to sanctuary cities five different times in recent years.

Recent events in Maryland have highlighted this danger to our communities. Henry Sanchez-Milian, an 18-year-old illegal alien, has been charged with the first-degree rape of a 14-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Montgomery County High School, within a county that deliberately thwarts federal policy by refusing to work with federal immigration authorities to deport illegal immigrants. Despite having been apprehended in Texas by a U.S. Border Patrol agent and held for 12 days by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, Sanchez-Milian was arbitrarily released and put on a plane to be reunited with his father, who is also in the country illegally. Even though he had been ordered before an immigration court judge, after seven months, Sanchez-Milian’s hearing still had not taken place before this horrific event.

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Reps. Marshall, Gosar and Yoho Continue Effort to Ensure Job-Killing WOTUS Rule is Permanently Sunk

2017/03/30

For Immediate Release

Date: March 30, 2017

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representatives Roger Marshall (KS-01), Paul Gosar (AZ-04) and Ted Yoho (FL-03) released the following statements after leading and submitting an appropriations language request to the House Appropriations Committee to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) from using appropriated funds for the “Waters of the United States (WOTUS)” rule, or any substantially similar rule:

“The WOTUS rule is one of the most egregious rules of the Obama regulatory regime,” said Rep. Roger Marshall. “WOTUS has been a thorn in the side of the Kansas farmer, and those across the country, who know better than a bureaucrat in Washington as to how to maintain their land. This remains a top issue for farmers in Kansas, and across the country, and I am proud to be a part of returning control from the federal government back to the farmer.” 

“While we have great confidence in President Trump and Administrator Pruitt protecting farmers, ranchers and property owners from this lawless water grab, Executive Branch actions will still take time and there could be subsequent legal proceedings,” stated Rep. Paul Gosar. “Congress must once again utilize the power of the purse and take a clear position against WOTUS by including our funding rider. I applaud Congressmen Marshall and Yoho for their excellent work and have enjoyed leading this fight with them.”

“WOTUS is an ill-conceived, destructive, rule that stands in the way of job creation and economic growth for farmers and ranchers in North Central Florida and across America. The WOTUS rule is the child of the Obama administration and was a regulation that amounted to nothing more than a federal power grab,” said Rep. Ted Yoho. “I am honored to join with Reps. Marshall and Gosar, in working to see the elimination of WOTUS.”

Background

The full text of the appropriations language request can be found HERE

This appropriations rider request ensures that no funds will be spent to expand the Clear Water Act through WOTUS. The request is consistent with President Trump’s Executive Order, allowing for a review yet still requiring compliance with federal law and United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion in Rapanos v. United States, 547 U.S. 715 (2006).

In total, 22 members of the House submitted this appropriations request to block WOTUS including: Reps. Babin, Cramer, Dunn, Gosar, Hartzler, Hice, Hudson, Hunter, LaMalfa, Marshall, McClintock, McSally, Olson, Pearce, Ratcliffe, Rokita, Sessions, Tipton, Wagner, Weber, Yoho and Don Young.

WOTUS was slated to go into effect August 28, 2015. Fortunately, the Sixth Circuit issued a nationwide stay and temporarily blocked implementation of this rule.

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.

WOTUS directly contradicts two Supreme Court decisions. The Heartland Institute has stated, “In reality, the language of the EPA rule is so vague this ‘clarification’ could grant Washington, D.C. jurisdiction over any body of water anywhere. It was to apply to any water or wetland deemed to have a ‘significant nexus’ to any navigable waterway, with the significant nexus, as described by a Wall Street Journal editorial, so widely interpreted as to include ‘any creek, pond or prairie pothole’ and ‘any land within a 100-year floodplain and 1,500 feet of the high water mark or, alternatively, within the 100-year floodplain and 4,000 feet of waters within their claimed jurisdiction.’ Essentially, the WOTUS rule would put EPA in charge of every piece of land occasionally containing any amount of concentrated water, practically down to the puddle level.’”

On February 28, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order requiring the Administrator of the EPA and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works to review the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States Rule and rescind any aspect of WOTUS inconsistent with federal law in order to ensure economic growth, restore the Rule of Law and minimize regulatory uncertainty. Click HERE to read more. 

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Why I opposed the American Health Care Act

2017/03/29

Click HERE to read the op-ed originally published by the Prescott Daily Courier. 

Last week, the debate over the American Health Care Act dominated the news cycle. There was and remains a lot of misinformation surrounding this legislation, the worst being its claim to “repeal and replace Obamacare,” and I want to take a moment to cut through the noise and give you this doctor’s perspective.

Before getting to the substance of this bill, it’s important to mention the flawed process used to try and pass this legislation. Republicans rightly condemned Nancy Pelosi when she infamously declared that “we have to pass Obamacare to find out what’s in the bill.” It wasn’t OIK when Democrats did it, and it shouldn’t be OK for Republicans either. For a law that impacts nearly 20 percent of the American economy, Congress typically would hold hearings and listen to experts who have reviewed the text of the bill. Yet, there were almost no public hearings for the American Health Care Act. To make matters worse, I was told, along with the rest of Congress, that this bill was the best we were going to get and we could “take it or leave it.” Arizonans didn’t send me to Congress to “take it or leave it.” I was sent to end the status quo and fulfill the promises made to fix our broken health care system.

Obamacare remains an unmitigated disaster, with no other domestic policy failing with such spectacular ineptitude. When it was first enacted unilaterally by the Democrats in 2009, millions of Americans across the country lost their doctors, lost their insurance plans and paid dramatically more for premiums and deductibles. Every key promise of Obamacare turned out to be a lie. Obamacare’s chief architect, Jonathan Gruber, admitted that “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter” helped Congress approve the bill.

Sadly, no state has suffered more under Obamacare than Arizona. We are being battered on two fronts: skyrocketing premiums and fewer insurance choices. In some cases, Arizonans are seeing an increase in premiums of 116 percent and only one insurance company remains in several counties. To many, it is very simple: Obamacare must be repealed, not modified. Government-mandated health care has proven to be just as big of a failure as government-run health care at the VA. Historic Republican wins in the 2010, 2014 and 2016 elections have given Republicans a clear mandate to throw this bad law out. Virtually every elected Republican promised to repeal this disaster.

Unfortunately, the American Health Care Act failed to accomplish this goal. This bill still left in place too many of the big-government Obamacare mandates and regulations that are responsible for the rising cost of premiums and limited competition. No progress can be made without addressing those issues from the ground up. Additionally, the bill created new entitlements at a time when we are already $20 trillion in debt while requiring insurance providers to charge a 30 percent penalty to any individual who had a lapse in coverage — eerily similar to the individual mandate.

In short, the American Health Care Act modified Obamacare; it did not eliminate it. Rather than accepting the narrative that this bill was “the best we were going to get,” I joined my colleagues in the House Freedom Caucus and banded together to call a

TIMEOUT on the American Health Care Act. Arizona families deserve better than this legislation, and I will not break my promise that I made to deliver a full repeal of Obamacare. Now is the time to start from square one in building collaborative health care solutions that focus on putting patient choice first, allowing free market competition and fixing the inefficiencies in our current system.

Just because the American Health Care Act failed to pass the House last week doesn’t mean it’s the end of our Obamacare repeal effort — far from it. The days of rubber-stamping bad legislation are over. We are committed to putting people over politics and getting this bill done right in an open and transparent process.

Rep. Paul Gosar represents Arizona’s 4th Congressional District and is a member of the House Freedom Caucus.

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In Case You Missed It: American Motorcyclist Association Honors U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar

2017/03/27

For Immediate Release

Date: March 27, 2017

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

AMA Hero recognition goes to a federal legislator who supports motorcycling  

U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) receiving the American Motorcyclist Association Hero Award from AMA Vice President for Government Relations Wayne Allard

(Courtesy of the American Motorcyclist Association)PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Arizona Congressman Paul A. Gosar has earned the AMA Hero Award, presented by the American Motorcyclist Association for his support of motorcyclists' rights and issues of importance to motorcycling.

The award was presented today at the Washington, D.C., office of Rep. Gosar.

Gosar, a Republican from Prescott, Ariz., was the only member of the 114th Congress to achieve a 100 percent score on motorcycling issues, including co-sponsorships for key bills and a vote.

“Rep. Gosar demonstrated an interest in and support for the issues that most directly affect the motorcycling community, and we take great pleasure in honoring him for his efforts,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “The AMA appreciates federal legislators who support America’s motorcyclists and the freedom to ride.”

First elected in 2010, Gosar is serving his fourth term in Congress representing Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

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416-7: House Passes Bipartisan Gosar Bill Restoring Competition in the Healthcare Market

2017/03/22

For Immediate Release

Date: March 22, 2017

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 voted 416-7 in favor of legislation he sponsored H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017, a bill that would amend the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945 to restore the application of federal anti-trust laws to the business of health insurance:

“Today, an overwhelming bipartisan majority in the House joined me in taking a historic step to begin rebuilding America’s healthcare market. As a dentist for over 25 years, I know first-hand that restoring the application of federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance is the key to unlocking greater competition in the marketplace. Making health insurance companies compete in a free-market will result in huge benefits for hospitals, doctors and most importantly, patients. History has always shown us that when we put the patient first and demand that health insurance companies compete for their business, premiums go down while quality goes up. I’m proud to have led this effort in the House and call on Senate leaders to take up this bipartisan legislation in a timely matter.”

“There are very few antitrust exemptions in this country, and for good reason. For decades, insurance companies have lived under a different set of rules than everyone else, and today the House has voted to bring health insurers back under the umbrella of our federal antitrust laws,” said Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08). “While this is not an end-all be-all to fixing our broken health care system, I strongly believe this piece of legislation is a big step forward in untangling the mess our health insurance marketplace has become and fulfilling our promise to create a marketplace that works for all Americans. ”

“The House today took an important step in ensuring robust competition among health insurance plans,” said American Dental Association President Gary Roberts. “Free market competition leads to lower costs, greater innovation and variety in the insurance marketplace. I have long appreciated Paul Gosar for his steadfast commitment to patient advocacy, and I thank him for his work on reforming the McCarran-Ferguson Act. Further, I want to thank every one of the 416 members of Congress who voted for H.R. 372 today.”

Background:

The full text of the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 can be found HERE.

Original Cosponsors (14): Brian Babin, D.D.S.; Dave Brat; Mo Brooks; Scott DesJarlais, M.D.; John Duncan; Walter B. Jones; Drew Ferguson, D.D.S.; Louie Gohmert; Steve King, Phil Roe, M.D.; Austin Scott; Lamar Smith; Robert Wittman; Ted Yoho.

The Congressman’s legislation is endorsed by: American Dental Association, American Optometric Association and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

The White House has released an official statement in support of The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act HERE.

The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 amends 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. These antiquated exemptions are no longer necessary. 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.

Repeal of the specific sections of the McCarran-Ferguson Act which apply to health insurance has bipartisan support. A form of this legislation passed the Democratic-controlled House during the 111th Congress 406 - 19 (Roll no. 64) and passed the Republican-led House in the 112th Congress by a voice vote.

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Rep. Gosar Questions Interior Secretary Jewell about "transparency"

2016-03-02 17:35:13


Rep. Gosar Full Opening Statement for Water Resources Hearing 2.24.16

2016-02-24 18:20:35


Rep. Gosar toast for Water Resources Hearing 2.24.16

2016-02-24 18:02:04


Rep. Gosar Questions at "Examining the Flint Water Crisis" Hearing

2016-02-03 18:38:04


Congressman Paul Gosar Addressing the 2015 States & Nation Policy Summit

2015-11-19 16:23:05


Prescott Valley 2015 Jobs Fair

2015-10-07 15:55:40


Rep. Paul Gosar Investigating Planned Parenthood

2015-09-29 20:25:34


Rep. Gosar questioning EPA Admin. Gina McCarthy on Animus River Spill 9/17/15

2015-09-17 18:06:31


In Remembrance, 9/11 - 14 Years Later

2015-09-13 17:10:08


Contact Information

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.


Serving With

Martha McSally

ARIZONA's 2nd DISTRICT

Andy Biggs

ARIZONA's 5th DISTRICT

David Schweikert

ARIZONA's 6th DISTRICT

Trent Franks

ARIZONA's 8th DISTRICT

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