Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Rep. Gosar Pushes for Full Funding of PILT, Rural Schools Program

2014/10/17

For Immediate Release Date: October 17, 2014

 

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

“Either give us our land or give us our PILT”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after signing onto a bipartisan letter with 40 other House colleagues calling on House leadership to allocate full funding for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs for Fiscal Year 2015:

The letter, addressed to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, goes on to say, “Without full funding of these programs, counties throughout our districts and across the nation will be unable to provide our constituents with essential services such as education, law enforcement, and road maintenance.”

Congressman Gosar has continually called for the full funding of programs vital to rural Arizona such as PILT. “Either give us our land or give us our PILT. Since it frequently falls on our local governments to provide safety operations on federal lands, they should be reimbursed for performing this critical work.”

Background:

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

Over 90% of federally owned land is located in the Western half of the United States. Local governments, including many in Arizona, miss out on substantial tax revenues from potential energy extraction, mining, timber harvesting, and various other forms of economic development. This lack of revenue often leads to a decrease in the quality of public services available in these communities especially in more rural areas where access to government resources is already more difficult than in larger cities.

In Fiscal Year 2013, the average PILT payment to counties in Congressman Gosar's district was $1.07 cents per acre of federally owned land. This figure pales in comparison to the amount of revenues that would be generated for states and local governments if economic development and value-based taxation were allowed to occur on these lands. 

SRS payments provide critical funding for more than 700 rural school districts and communities throughout the country. Historically, twenty-five percent of all timber harvest revenues went to counties with significant National Forest Lands within their borders to be used for education, roads and to offset property tax losses. Unfortunately, timber harvests are down 80% over the last 30 years, making SRS payments critically important until a point in time when the federal government allows for active management to take place within our nation’s forests.

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PILT and SRS Funding Letter to House Leadership

2014/10/17


In Case You Missed It: McCain: Why I'll Vote for Resolution Copper

2014/10/17

For Immediate Release Date: October 17, 2014

 

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

"This mining project would jump-start the economy without wrecking the environment"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John McCain (AZ-R) wrote an op-ed for the Arizona Republic this week supporting the development of the Resolution Copper project in Arizona. This project needs Congressional approval to begin and Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-04) is the sponsor of the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act (H.R. 687) which would greenlight this project and bring much needed jobs and economic growth to Arizona. The full text of the op-ed can found here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2014/10/15/resolution-copper-arizona-mccain/17325487/

Below are some of the highlights of Senator McCain's op-ed:

"The Resolution Copper project has the potential to utterly transform [communities]. At full capacity, the mine could create as many as 4,000 jobs and produce roughly 25 percent of our nation's domestic copper supply. Arizona as a whole will likely benefit from tens of billions of dollars in increased economic activity over the lifespan of the mine."

"Today, all that is required to bring this project to fruition is for Congress to pass a bill introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake, Congressman Paul Gosar and me that would let the mine expand its footprint onto land owned by the federal government."

"...the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, has support from both Republicans and Democrats — a rare feat in Congress today."

"I am committed to passing that bill, and I believe it's not a question of if our state will seize this tremendous opportunity, but when. It's past time for our state and nation to tap into this potential and help Arizonans..."

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Rep. Gosar: Step One for Combating Ebola - Remove CDC Director Frieden

2014/10/16

For Immediate ReleaseDate: October 16, 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 writing an op-ed calling for the resignation of the Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Thomas Frieden. That op-ed can be found by clicking the following link: http://gosar.house.gov/step-one-combating-ebola-fire-cdc-director-frieden

"While the recent Ebola outbreak poses a real threat to the United States, the incompetence and indecisiveness of the CDC and the Obama Administration is just as dangerous. Yesterday, it was reported that Dallas nurse Amber Vinson, who recently was diagnosed with Ebola and cared for Thomas Duncan, checked with CDC before boarding a flight from Ohio to Texas after running a slight fever. The CDC cleared Vinson for travel and failed to prevent her from getting on a plane with more than 100 passengers and traveling halfway across the country.

"The protection of the American people is the most important role of our government. CDC Director Thomas Frieden has failed to lead and has shown gross incompetence in his actions or lack thereof to prevent the spread of Ebola domestically. We cannot afford such mistakes when American lives are at risk. That is why I am calling for the immediate resignation of Director Frieden. At this critical moment, we need leaders who will act boldly and with foresight to prevent the threat of Ebola from spreading. Americans deserve real leadership and accountability."

Background:

On October 8, 2014, Congressman Gosar led an effort with 25 bipartisan House colleagues calling on President Obama to institute a travel ban and consider a possible quarantine for individuals traveling from West Africa countries with widespread Ebola infections to the United States. That bipartisan letter can be found HERE.

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Rep. Gosar: Latest Habitat Designation by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unacceptable

2014/10/07

For Immediate Release Date: October 7, 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 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed to list the yellow-billed cuckoo as a threatened species and to designate 546,335 acres of land as protected critical habitat despite a continued lack of transparency from the FWS on its justifications:

“This most recent overreach by the FWS is a blatant abuse of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and demonstrates once again that the FWS is no friend to the Arizona taxpayer.

“My home state of Arizona continues to be assaulted by government bureaucrats who use ambiguous laws and executive orders to seize more land and tie up our precious resources. Our citizens continue to lose out on essential economic growth and tax revenues because of these ridiculous land designations that are proven to be overreaching and not based on scientific facts.

“In my previous committee hearings with the FWS I can attest firsthand of its horrendous track record of decision making. The complete disregard by the FWS of the negative economic impact of its policies on local businesses and property owners must end. Even worse, this latest designation comes with NO public hearings and the FWS cites an outdated 2007 study on climate change as basis for its habitat designation. It is clear that the FWS, with its extreme environmentalist agenda, has no concern for the consequences of its misguided polices and will take whatever action is necessary to bypass the will of the American people.”

Background

Congressman Gosar joined 17 other members of Congress in sending a letter to FWS Director Dan Ashe opposing the habitat designation for the yellow-billed cuckoo and asked for public hearings to be held in order to better address the concerns of affected citizens. That letter can be found HERE.

In mid August of this year, the FWS proposed to designate 546,335 acres, including over 242,000 acres of private property as critical habitat in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The public comment period closes on October 14, 2014.  The habitat proposal would affect portions of 80 rivers and streams in 9 western states. 

The proposed designation by the FWS acknowledges that protected habitat would include areas where the cuckoo doesn’t currently exist and FWS cites climate change as a factor for its decisions citing a highly controversial 2007 IPCC study as its basis.

This proposed critical habitat designation would potentially affect agriculture, irrigation, grazing, mining, forest management and construction in western states. In Arizona, the designation would greatly affect the Salt River Project which provides water and electricity for millions of customers in central Arizona.

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Rep. Gosar: Litigation Discovery Shows Tohono O'odham Dishonesty

2014/10/06

For Immediate ReleaseDate: October 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 submitting important information for the Congressional Record to the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Doc Hastings, regarding the court case, State of Ariz. et al. v. Tohono O’odham Nation (T.O.). Court litigation was filed against T.O. after it announced its intention to acquire lands in trust for an off-reservation casino on a parcel of land in Glendale, Arizona:

“I submitted important documentation to the House Resources Committee in order to supplement the record on H.R. 1410, the Keep the Promise Act. My letter explains the details of evidence that documents how T.O. acted immorally and covertly against its fellow tribes, the State of Arizona and the general public.

“The court case against T.O. and their dishonest actions to secretly build a casino in Phoenix was dismissed on the doctrine of sovereign immunity. In other words, the court ruled that the tribe cannot be sued in court because ... It can't be sued in court. The merits of the case were never addressed, and that is why Congress’ oversight in these matters is so important.  

“In order to remedy this situation I cosponsored H.R 1410, The Keep the Promise Act, which is narrowly crafted to address those claims that are shielded by T.O.’s assertion of sovereign immunity. Previous Court rulings demonstrate that Congress is the only institution that can hold T.O. accountable for its fraud, misrepresentation and broken promises.

“I believe it is important for the truth to be known. This incident and breach of trust has proven that T.O. can’t be trusted in the future relative to business dealings, tribal matters and commercial relations. I urge Congress to resolve this issue and reaffirm its authority by providing proper oversight of commerce amongst tribes such as the T.O.”  

Background:

Congressman Gosar’s letter to Chairman Hastings 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 T.O., agreed to this limitation. T.O. refused, citing the need for a new casino in Tucson or on the rural part of the tribe’s reservation. The state and other tribes finally agreed to the restrictions on gaming being pushed by Arizona’s Governor and others, but also yielded to T.O. 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.

However, in 2001, while negotiations were ongoing and unbeknownst to everyone, T.O. had begun efforts to find land in the Phoenix area to open their fourth casino in violation of the 17-tribe coalition compact.

Congressman Gosar is a member of the House Gaming Caucus, a group of Congressional leaders focused on educating Members on gaming-related issues and working to identify key policy areas that can be advanced to enhance the economic impact of gaming around the country.

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October Meet and Greets

2014/10/02

Check out the flyer to see my upcoming Meet and Greets around the district. These are great events that offer me a chance to speak with YOU about the important issues facing Arizona.

QUEEN CREEK - Friday Oct. 3rd - 5-6 PM - The Olive Mill 25062 S. Meridian RoadBUCKEYE - Tuesday Oct. 7th - 8-9 AM - Tempo Urban Bistro & Coffee Bar 21067 W. Main St.YUMA - Wednesday Oct. 8th - 5-6 PM - Yuma GOP HQ 276 S. Orange Ave.

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Meet and Greet - Lake Havasu City and Kingman

2014/09/25


Rep. Gosar: Eric Holder Leaves Behind a Legacy of Lawlessness

2014/09/25

For Immediate Release Date: Sept. 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 the announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder that he would step down from his position at the Department of Justice once a replacement is confirmed by the Senate:

“It's a sad day when America rejoices about the news that the Attorney General of the United States is set to resign. His place in history will be marked by shameful violations of the rule of law and despicable circumvention of the Constitution. The integrity of our government, our Republic, fundamentally relies on the principle that no person, not even the president or the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, is above our laws.

“Over the past 6 years this Department of Justice has been defined by its failures and complete disregard for accountability. From the death of Brian Terry in the Fast and Furious gun running operation, to spying on journalist James Rosen, to tapping the phone records of the Associated Press, and most recently the unconstitutional Bergdahl prisoner exchange as well as the IRS scandal, there is no question that Eric Holder leaves behind a legacy of lawlessness, incompetence and hyper partisanship. 

“I have been relentless in my pursuit to hold Eric Holder accountable for his actions and will not rest until the door officially hits him on his way out. The American people and U.S. Senate must ensure his replacement is a strict constitutionalist and not a partisan hack. Moving forward, our challenge begins now with rebuilding the trust of the American people and a return to fully upholding the laws of our country.”

Background:

Congressman Gosar was the first member of Congress to call for the resignation of Eric Holder. A Daily Caller article documenting the Congressman’s actions can be found HERE.

Most recently, on January 18, 2013, Congressman Gosar introduced H.RES.35 calling for the resignation of the Attorney General. His resolution currently has 142 cosponsors. He also introduced similar legislation in the 112th Congress.

The Congressman recently produced two videos documenting Eric Holders lawlessness titled ANARCHY and A BROKEN OATH. They can be viewed by clicking on the titles.

 

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Lake Havasu Invasive Species Roundtable

2014/09/24


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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.


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