Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar

ARIZONA's 4th DISTRICT

Strong Bipartisan Support for Gosar Grand Canyon Bison Management Act

2017/06/22

 

For Immediate Release

Date: June 22, 2017

Contact: Faith Vander Voort

Faith.VanderVoort@mail.house.gov

“This legislation should be the gold standard for developing practical, bipartisan solutions at the local level without spending a dime of taxpayer dollars.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3005, the bipartisan Grand Canyon Bison Management Act:

“The Grand Canyon has a bison management problem and we have the solution, said Congressman Gosar. “While the National Park Service has languished in analysis paralysis for years, we have worked the Arizona Game and Fish Department  and dozens of stakeholder groups to develop a commonsense plan. This bill addresses immediate population concerns and provides a long-term Management Plan to reduce bison numbers in the Park to a healthy level. By authorizing the immediate use of lethal and non-lethal methods, this bill will allow for the reduction of the bison herd, ensure its long-term sustainability and provide Grand Canyon National Park’s resources a respite from degradation and a chance to rejuvenate and heal.

“A coordinated effort with Game and Fish and the National Park Service will save taxpayer dollars and allow citizen hunters to participate in a fair and humane hunt. Successful citizen hunters will be allowed to retain the entire animal in an ethical way governed by Game and Fish rules and regulations, again in concert with the Park Service. Better still, this bill takes immediate steps to solve this growing population at no federal cost. This legislation should be the gold standard for developing practical, bipartisan solutions at the local level without spending a dime of taxpayer dollars.

“The Grand Canyon is a national treasure worth protecting, and the Grand Canyon Bison Management Act helps preserve the Park and wildlife diversity for future generations to enjoy.”

"The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is encouraged that Rep. Paul Gosar is striving to not only put the protection of the Grand Canyon and its resources first, but that he also considers utilizing Arizona's dedicated hunters as a part of the solution to this serious issue," Arizona Game and Fish Commission Chairman Pat Madden said. “This bill would provide hunters increased opportunities to harvest buffalo, feed their families, improve bison herd health and positively impact the entire habitat for all of the Park’s diverse wildlife.”

 

Background:

The complete text of H.R. 3005 can be found HERE.

Cosponsors of H.R. 3005 include: Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08), Rep. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-02), Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06)

The Grand Canyon National Park has a bison problem that has reached borderline epidemic proportions over the last few years as the National Park Service (NPS) has assessed and evaluated the problem to an exhausting degree, all the while ignoring a commonsense solution.

The bison residing in the Grand Canyon National Park are no ordinary bison. They are a crossbreed between bison and cattle that have migrated from the Kaibab National Forest and found sanctuary inside the Grand Canyon National Park, protected from hunters. The non-native animals are wreaking havoc on Park lands, eating native grasslands and polluting wetlands with their waste. A Fox News article documenting the devastation caused by the bison in the Grand Canyon National Park can be found HERE.

Through the Grand Canyon Bison Management Act, NPS is directed to collaborate with the Arizona Game & Fish Department (AZGFD) to not only manage a reduction in the number of bison but also bring relief to the Park’s beleaguered resources at the same time. With federal regulations in place restricting citizen hunters from helping reduce the herd size, the bison population has risen from approximately 200 animals to projections now reaching nearly 600 head. Absent a proactive effort by AZGFD and volunteer citizen hunters, this herd could grow exponentially to the further detriment of the Park.

This legislation advances a commonsense proposal that would cull this unmanageable herd and eliminate federal barriers by permitting volunteer hunters to take home the meat, head and hide.

The text of the 201-page NPS Environmental Assessment (EA) where the Park acknowledges the problem can be found HERE.

The EA proposes reducing the size of the herd to fewer than 200 animals by enlisting the assistance of skilled volunteers (supervised hunters) for humane lethal culling. The EA’s preferred alternative also allows for these skilled volunteers to keep the meat. Congressman Gosar has consistently pushed NPS to adopt these two policies. The preferred alternative also allows for reduction of the herd through sharpshooters and other nonlethal means which include corralling, hazing, herding, fencing and the use of attractants. 

It is estimated that the herd needs to be reduced by about 400 head to meet sustainable management levels. NPS estimates the target herd level can be achieved over the course of the next three to five years. NPS also estimates “that this bison herd could grow to nearly 800 bison in the next three years and as large as 1200 to 1500 animals within ten years if further management actions are not taken.”

On March 19, 2015, Congressman Gosar introduced the Grand Canyon Bison Management Act, a bipartisan and bicameral bill that authorizes volunteer hunters to cull bison inside Grand Canyon National Park and to take home the meat. Specifically, the bill directed the Park Service to use state-licensed skilled volunteers as part of the solution for addressing this invasive population.  The tags sold for these bison would result in significant revenues for state and conservation coffers. The bill also clarified that bison meat is not ‘federal surplus property’ and that the full bison is allowed to be removed from the park.

Congressman Gosar initially attached his bill from the 114th Congress, H.R. 1443, to H.R. 2406 by passing an amendment during markup when the bill passed the House Committee on Natural Resources in October 2015. It was then included in Title XV of the SHARE Act, the 114th Congress’ Sportsmen’s Package, and passed the House on February 26, 2016. Read more HERE and HERE.

The following organizations have expressed their support for the Grand Canyon Bison Management Act: AZ Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation; Anglers United; AZ Antelope Foundation; AZ Bass Federation Nation; AZ Big Game Super Raffle; AZ Bowhunters Association; AZ Catfish Conservation Association; AZ Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation; AZ Chapter of Safari Club International; AZ Council of Trout Unlimited; AZ Deer Association; AZ Desert Bighorn Sheep Society; AZ Elk Society; AZ Flycasters Club; AZ Houndsmen; AZ Outdoor Sports; AZ Shooting Sports Education Foundation; Christian Hunters of America; Coconino Sportsmen; Kahuna’s Kida Mohave Sportsman Club; Outdoor Experience 4 All; South Eastern Sportsmen Club; Southwest Wildlife Foundation; SRT Outdoors; The BASS Federation; Valley of the Sun Quail Forever; Xtreme Predator Callers

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In Case You Missed It: Rep. Gosar Op-Ed | Just the Facts: ObamaCare is Generational Theft

2017/06/16

 

For Immediate Release

Date: June 16, 2017

Contact: Kelly Roberson

Kelly.Roberson@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar D.D.S. (AZ-04) penned the following op-ed for for The Hill that dispels some of the most egregious myths that surround the AHCA.

The HillJust the Facts: ObamaCare is Generational Theft By: Congressman Paul A. Gosar D.D.S. June 15, 2017

Even as ObamaCare continues to crumble under patients’ feet, there are partisan and special-interest groups that are hellbent on defending the broken system and spreading disinformation about conservative proposals that will create a functional, affordable and patient-centered health insurance market.

I would like to tell you why I voted for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and set the record straight about the bill without the emotional delirium the left is whipping up to muddy the waters of the policy debate.

Here are the facts:

The American Health Care Act is good for states. As a dentist in rural Arizona for more than 25 years before being elected to Congress, I understand healthcare from both the medical provider and policy maker perspective. This is why I am so passionate about passing reform that gets the federal government out of the way. The AHCA does this by increasing states’ authority to effectively repeal the most expensive ObamaCare regulations that superfluously drive up the cost of premiums. The healthcare needs of Arizonans are often different from those of Alaskans, Californians or New Yorkers. The AHCA respects those differences and permits individual state governments, not a disconnected federal bureaucracy, to make the critical decisions that impact healthcare regulation.

The AHCA reduces costs for every age group. AARP and other special-interest groups employ alarmist half-truths and gin up hysteria to promote their self-serving political agendas. One of the most nefarious myths perpetuated by these organizations is the bill’s so-called “age tax” on seniors. In reality, the American Health Care Act fixes the age rating rules to stop the generational theft ObamaCare imposed upon the nation’s young adults, and restores market balance to the premiums charged for each age group. ObamaCare tried to hide massive increases to the cost of care by requiring young, healthy adults to pay artificially inflated premiums in order to subsidize older Americans. This type of cost shifting onto the backs of our children and grandchildren is not only unfair, it is wrong. The AHCA lowers premiums for all ages by instituting reforms that actually lower the costs of care, not just hide them by making your kids pay for it. In fact, according to the Foundation for Government Accountability, seniors over 60 could see up to 45 percent lower premiums under the AHCA while young adults and other age groups would see savings of up to 50 percent. 

The AHCA covers preexisting conditions. Despite fear mongering from the Democrats and blatant lies from their allies in the media echo chamber, the AHCA does, in fact, maintain the federal standard that no individual may be denied insurance coverage due to a preexisting condition. Period. And it does so in a more effective and cost efficient manner than ObamaCare. Similar to the cost-shifting hijinks of the age rating, ObamaCare did nothing to actually lower the cost of care for the extremely ill, it just attempted to cover it up by charging everyone more. That is not smart or sustainable. Under ObamaCare, everyone was priced as if they were already sick. Under the AHCA, everyone is priced as if they are healthy, and the additional costs for those patients with known high risks (such as a preexisting condition), are subsidized by state and federal dollars through high-risk pools. This is a much smarter and cost efficient way to not only control costs for those with expensive medical needs, but also to prevent premiums for healthier patients from spiraling out of control due to a lopsided risk pool. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 50 percent of the nation’s healthcare costs come from just 5 percent of the population. The AHCA will provide the sickest patients with a variety of affordable insurance options and safety nets while keeping premiums low for the general population as well.

We must deal in facts. ObamaCare is not working. Not for Arizona or America. While I still support a full repeal and replacement of ObamaCare, the revised AHCA finally opens the door to free-market solutions that empower individuals to have more control over healthcare decisions. I look forward to continue working with my colleagues in Congress as well as President Trump to deliver the healthcare reform we were sent to Washington to deliver.

Congressman Paul A. Gosar D.D.S. represents Arizona’s 4th District. He is a member of the GOP Doctors Caucus and has more than 25 years of experience as a healthcare provider.

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Rep. Gosar Celebrates Trump Administration Ending Obama-Era Amnesty Policy

2017/06/16

For Immediate Release

Date: June 16, 2017

Contact: Kelly Roberson

Kelly.Roberson@mail.house.gov

 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement in response to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly’s rescission of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program:

“Ending the DAPA program is a long overdue victory for the Rule of Law and our Constitution,” stated Congressman Gosar. “This amnesty program was yet another example of gross overreach by an out-of-control Obama Administration that trampled on the clear jurisdiction of Congress. One of the hallmarks of our Constitutional Republic is the separation of powers among the branches of our government. When President Obama took action by executive fiat in defiance of Congress, it was an affront to every bedrock principle of this country and opened the door to further expand a monolithic federal regime.

“I applaud Secretary Kelly and President Trump for rescinding this lawless program and their stalwart commitment to upholding the Constitution and heeding the will of the people. The list of federal judges, states and Members of Congress who have long-opposed the DAPA program is long and I am pleased that we can finally report a victory on this matter. However, our work is not done and we still need to rescind other lawless Obama immigration policies. The Central American Minors (CAM) program and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should be the next two amnesty schemes, created by the Obama Administration without the consent of Congress, terminated by the Trump Administration.”

Background

In his first six years in office, President Obama stated at least 22 times that he did not have the authority to unilaterally change immigration policy. Yet, that is exactly what he attempted to do by issuing unconstitutional executive actions in November 2014, creating the DAPA program and expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit which upheld Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction that temporarily blocks President Obama’s unconstitutional November 2014 executive amnesty orders. Click HERE to read the Supreme Court Opinion.

Congressman Gosar has been fighting President Obama’s executive amnesty orders since they were first announced. In March 2016, the Congressman submitted multiple appropriations riders to the House Appropriations Committee aimed at securing the border and defunding President Obama’s executive actions that sought to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Read more HERE.

In February of 2015, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction halting President Obama’s November 2014 executive amnesty orders from going into effect.

Judge Hanen’s injunction stemmed from a lawsuit led by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and 25 other states, including Arizona, which argues President Obama did not have legal authority when he bypassed Congress and took executive action to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and create the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program.

On May 11, 2015, Rep. Gosar and more than 100 members of Congress filed a bicameral amicus brief in support of the continued injunction. The amicus brief can be found HERE.

In November of 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction.

On March 17, 2016, Rep. Gosar voted for, and the House passed, H. Res. 639, legislation that authorized the Speaker to file an amicus brief on behalf of the entire House of Representatives and in defense of Congress’ Article I powers.

Courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security

On June 15, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, after consulting with the Attorney General, signed a memorandum rescinding the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) because there is no credible path forward to litigate the currently enjoined policy. 

The rescinded memo purported to provide a path for illegal aliens with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident child to be considered for deferred action. To be considered for deferred action, an alien was required to satisfy six criteria:

(1) as of November 20, 2014, be the parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident;

(2) have continuously resided here since before January 1, 2010;

(3) have been physically present here on November 20, 2014, and when applying for relief;

(4) have no lawful immigration status on that date;

(5) not fall within the Secretary’s enforcement priorities; and

(6) “present no other factors that, in the exercise of discretion, make [ ] the grant of deferred action inappropriate.”

Prior to implementation of DAPA, twenty-six states challenged the policies established in the DAPA memorandum in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The district court enjoined implementation of the DAPA memorandum, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision, and the Supreme Court allowed the district court’s injunction to remain in place.

The rescinded policy also provided expanded work authorization for recipients under the DACA program for three years versus two years. This policy was also enjoined nationwide and has now been rescinded. 

 

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Rep. Gosar Applauds Secretary Zinke Interim Report on Bears Ears

2017/06/12

For Immediate Release

Date: June 12, 2017

Contact: Kelly Roberson

Kelly.Roberson@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's submitted a 45-day interim report on Bears Ears National Monument to President Donald J. Trump and the Department released a statement:

“I applaud Secretary Zinke for recognizing President Obama acted inappropriately when unilaterally designating the massive 1.5 million acre Bears Ears national monument and for recommending that this bureaucratic monstrosity be reduced,” stated Congressman Gosar. “The Secretary put a lot of effort into this report and personally spent time listening and learning from those whose daily activities, livelihoods and traditions are hindered and directly jeopardized by this new monument in Utah. The Obama administration turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to these communities and blatantly trampled the spirit and letter of the Antiquities Act by designating more than 553 million acres as national monuments over the course of eight years with the stroke of a pen. A far cry from ‘the smallest area compatible’ required by the Antiquities Act, I have seen less gluttony at a hot dog eating contest.

“The people of Utah do not want this monument that wrestles both state and private land from their hands in an overt attack on federalism. And tribes in Utah certainly do not want to see their sacred lands converted into federal lands that are sure to be threatened by mismanagement. I encourage the Trump Administration to fully rescind this gross overreach by the Obama administration, go back to the drawing board on Bears Ears and work with Congress as well as local stakeholders  to find a viable and carefully crafted solution.”

 

Background

On April 26, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) 13792 directing Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) Ryan Zinke to conduct a review of the 1906 Antiquities Act and massive monuments designated in recent years. Members of the Western Caucus praised this review in a press release found HERE.

As a result of the president’s EO, DOI identified 27 National Monuments eligible for review.

The EO directed the Secretary to provide an interim report within 45 days addressing the Bears Ears national monument (BENM) and a final report summarizing the findings of the review for all other monument designations covered by the EO.  

The 45-day Bears Ears interim report can be found HERE.

A press release from the Department of the Interior on the interim report and announcing extension the formal public comment period for Bears Ears through July 10th can be found HERE.

On December 16, 2016, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop and Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar sent then President-Elect Trump a letter raising serious concerns and recommending the last-minute monument be repealed.

On May 5, 2017, Rep. Gosar wrote an op-ed discussing President Trump’s EO, Bears Ears and past abuse of the Antiquities Act, which can be found HERE.

On May 26, 2017, the Utah Delegation sent a letter to Secretary Zinke urging “a full rescission of Utah’s most excessive monument”, including Bears Ears.

On December 28, 2016, President Obama signed Proclamation No. 9558.

Last Congress, Rep. Gosar introduced H.R. 3946, the Protecting Local Communities from Executive Overreach Act, legislation which sought to reform the 1906 Antiquities Act in order to protect property rights, water rights and jobs from presidential abuse.

The president’s ability to set aside land for monuments and national parks comes from the outdated Antiquities Act of 1906, which was originally intended to protect prehistoric Indian ruins and artifacts on federal lands in the West. More than one hundred years later, the original intent of this law, which included language to limit these designations to “the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects,” has been significantly abused. Compared to early application of the Antiquities Act, where the average size of a national monument was merely 422 acres, in recent years it became commonplace for a monument to exceed a million acres in size.

President Obama exceeded the intent of the Antiquities Act more than any other president in the history of this nation. With designation of the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and the 300,000 acre Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada, President Obama designated or expanded 34 national monuments, more than any other president in history. These unilateral declarations locked-up 553,555,000 million acres of land and water.

National monument designations under the Antiquities Act typically have significant consequences that negatively affect grazing rights, water rights, wildfire prevention and other land management activities. These declarations also result in some of the most restrictive land-use regulations possible and also greatly impact hunting, fishing, OHV and other recreational activities.

Unilateral designations that circumvent Congress typically result in devastating consequences for rural America and our future economic prosperity. For every new acre claimed for the federal government, there is an acre of private land lost. Such actions exacerbate challenges for local communities to fund things like education and infrastructure as lands that are added to the federal rolls can no longer be taxed.

Courtesy of the Department of the Interior

In May, Secretary Zinke traveled to Utah and held a four-day listening tour across the state to learn more about Bears Ears National Monument and the neighboring Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. When accounting for state and private land within the boundaries, the perimeter of Bears Ears encompasses almost 1.5 million acres. This is four times larger than the Canyonlands—the largest national park in Utah. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is 1.7 million acres.

“I spent a lot of time on the ground in Utah, talking with people and understanding the natural and cultural significance of the area. There is no doubt that it is drop-dead gorgeous country and that it merits some degree of protection, but designating a monument that - including state land- encompasses almost 1.5 million-acres where multiple-use management is hindered or prohibited is not the best use of the land and is not in accordance with the intention of the Antiquities Act,” said Secretary Ryan Zinke. “I’ve submitted my 45-day interim report to President Trump expressing my belief that the monument needs to be right-sized and that it is absolutely critical that an appropriate part be co-managed by the Tribal nations. I also recommend that Congress take action to protect some areas.”

“Having conducted the review set forth in section 2 of the Order, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and based on information to date, I find the designation of the BENM does not fully conform with policies set forth in section 1 of the Order.”

“Specifically, the review shows that rather than designating an area encompassing almost 1.5 million acres as a national monument, it would have been more appropriate to identify and separate the areas that have significant objects to be protected to meet the act, including that the area reserved be limited to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objectives."

 

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Western Caucus Members Support Ozone Rule Delay

2017/06/07

For Immediate Release

Date: June 7, 2017

Contact: Kelly Roberson

Kelly.Roberson@mail.house.gov

(Courtesy of the Congressional Western Caucus)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul A. Gosar D.D.S. (AZ-04) and Executive Vice-Chairman Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Western Caucus members Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04)Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05) and Rep. Jason Smith (MO-08) issued the following statement in response to the delay of the October 2015 Ozone Rule promulgated by the Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“When pristine national parks like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Rocky Mountain are in danger of being in nonattainment under the proposed Obama standard, there is a serious problem with the numbers,” said Chairman Gosar. “I am glad to see common sense finally prevail at the EPA with the announcement that the agency is postponing and reevaluating the job-killing Ozone Rule promulgated by President Obama and former Administrator Gina McCarthy. By delaying this out-of-touch standard, the EPA can fully consider what levels of ozone occur organically, the amount of background ozone from international sources and the impacts of exceptional events. The currently proposed 70 parts per billion standard is unattainable for numerous counties throughout the country. Furthermore, it is not based on sound science and would absolutely decimate states, killing tens of thousands of jobs and costing our economy tens of billions of dollars annually.”

Congressman Tipton said, “Instead of performing the scientific due diligence to tailor ozone standards to fit the naturally occurring conditions of each state, President Obama’s EPA rushed through an unworkable standard that would have a severe impact on the U.S. economy. I am pleased that Administrator Pruitt took action to provide states with more time to meet the proposed standards. It is critical that the EPA take into account naturally occurring atmospheric ozone formation in mountainous states like Colorado and give the West the opportunity to continue to improve air quality and support jobs and the economy.”

"The mishandling of the EPA's proposed Ozone Rule is a prime example of out-of-touch, Washington bureaucrats making costly decisions with no regard for how they may adversely affect hard-working Americans. I applaud the new EPA Administrator's decision to delay the implementation of the Ozone Rule and look forward to further reducing government red tape," said Congressman Johnson.

“I am pleased the EPA will delay the Obama Administration’s implementation of the October 2015 Ozone Rule,” said Congressman Biggs. “For eight years, Arizona and many other states suffered under the nefarious, regulatory eye of the Obama Administration – most significantly under the EPA. President Trump has wisely surrounded himself with leaders, like Scott Pruitt, who place a premium on listening to states and respecting their 10th Amendment rights. Under Secretary Pruitt’s direction, the era of politically-motivated and job-killing environmental policies is finally over.”

“While I would take the air in Missouri over that of the coastal cities any day, the standards of this Obama era rule were so strict, that even the fresh air in a place like Mark Twain National Forest would not be compliant,” said Congressman Smith. “Stopping this rule and keeping jobs and revenue in rural areas is one of the things Administrator Pruitt and I talked about in our meeting last week. I am glad to see President Trump’s EPA taking action to make sure rural areas are no longer going to be held to unattainable standards or suffer the economic costs of trying to meet those unattainable standards.” 

 

Background:

Courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA announced this week through letters to each Governor that the agency is extending by one year the deadline for promulgating initial area designations for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), from October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2018.

The National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone is an outdoor air regulation under the Clean Air Act.  As part of the process to determine what areas of the country are able to meet the current air quality standards, states are currently submitting their proposals for area designations under the 70 parts per billion (ppb) standard, which was lowered from 75 ppb in October of 2015. This additional time will also provide the Agency time to complete its review of the 2015 ozone NAAQS, prior to taking the initial implementation step of designation. 

Areas designated as being in “nonattainment” of the standard face consequences, including: increased regulatory burdens, restrictions on infrastructure investment, and increased costs to businesses.

Since 1980, total emissions of the six principal air pollutants have dropped by 63 percent and ozone levels have declined by 33 percent.

The full EPA press release and full statements from EPA Administrator Pruitt can be found HERE.

 

Courtesy of the Congressional Western Caucus

Most states are just beginning to adopt the 75 parts per billion ozone standard proposed in 2008 as the EPA didn’t announce implementation guidance and a final rule until March 6, 2015.

Rather than allowing time for that standard to be implemented, the Obama Administration moved the goal posts and unilaterally sought to dramatically lower the ozone standard once again to 70 parts per billion in October of 2015. 

More than 260 organizations representing businesses of all sizes oppose reducing the ozone standard to 70 parts per billion.

 

Courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The revised 70 ppb standard will cause significant portions of the country to fall into nonattainment.  Compared to the previous 75 ppb standard, which had 28 areas classified as nonattainment, according to EPA data 241 counties violate the 70 ppb standard.  Industry analysis projects a significantly higher number, with an estimated 958 counties falling into nonattainment under the 70 ppb standard. Counties and areas classified as nonattainment can suffer stringent penalties;  including: (1) EPA overriding states on permitting decisions; (2) new facilities and major modifications having to install the most effective emission reduction technologies without consideration of cost; and (3) federally supported highway and transportation projects being suspended.

In the Regulatory Impact Analysis released with the final rule, EPA estimated a cost of $1.4 billion for the revised 70 ppb standard.  However, a year prior in 2014, EPA estimated that a 70 ppb standard would cost $3.9 billion.  Going back to 2010, EPA projected that a 70 ppb standard would cost $19 to 25 billion annually.  Industry cost estimates have also differed drastically from Agency projections, EPA's cost estimates for a 60 ppb standard was as high as $90 billion but industry projections placed the real cost at closer to $1 trillion.

 

Courtesy of American Action Forum

The 2008 Ozone standards resulted in a loss of $56.5 billion in earnings for workers in nonattainment counties ($690 per worker). In addition, nonattainment counties lost 242,000 jobs between 2008 and 2013. This has implications for the recently-promulgated 2015 standards.

 

Courtesy of the Arizona Chamber Foundation and Prosper Foundation Policy Brief

The EPA’s new ozone standard of 70 ppb will be virtually impossible for Arizona to meet due to Arizona’s high levels of background, limited local sources, and unique geography….Implementation of the current rule in Arizona is not reasonable, based in sound science or achiev­able.

The cost and feasibility of compliance will simply prove too great for many businesses, forcing them to shut down, relocate operations, or forgo growth and expansion. This says nothing of the businesses that will simply choose not to come to Arizona due to the uncertainty of obtain­ing necessary permits to operate, an unfortunate consequence that has already come to fruition. The full text of the Arizona Chamber Foundation and Prosper Foundation Policy Brief can be found HERE.

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Rep. Gosar Introduces Land Exchange Bill to Foster Economic Development and Job Creation in Rural Arizona

2017/05/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 2630, which would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land to La Paz County, Arizona, in order to create economic development opportunities and facilitate renewable electricity generation for the Western United States:

“I have long been an advocate of a true all-of-the-above energy strategy, and solar power is an integral part of a diverse, market-based energy mix. This bill will allow La Paz County to take advantage of one of their best assets, sunshine.”

“Because the immense federal footprint in the County leaves only roughly six percent of land available for taxable use, a land transfer is necessary for the County to secure enough space for this type of development. H.R. 2630 allows the County to secure title to 8,000 acres from the BLM for fair market value. The County can put this otherwise under-utilized land to more effective use by partnering with private renewable energy developers to create good-paying local jobs and build a diverse tax base to support basic public services. Supervisor Irwin and the County have done amazing work in helping craft this commonsense legislation.”

Following the introduction of H.R. 2630, La Paz County Supervisor Holly Irwin stated, “Congressman Gosar has his finger on the pulse of rural America to help jump start the economy of a western Arizona county in conveying a disturbed parcel of property that could instead act as an anchor to attract jobs and stimulate our local economy as we struggle under federal ownership that leaves less than 6% of private property available to support government-mandated services."

 

Background:

The full text of H.R. 2630 can be found HEREOriginal cosponsors of the bill are Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05) and Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08).

The BLM-prepared map depicting the site of the proposed land conveyance can be found HERE.

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

La Paz County currently is working with Congressman Paul Gosar, from the Fourth Congressional District in Arizona, to facilitate the purchase of 8,000 acres of property from the BLM with the intent to develop large scale, solar generation facilities. The La Paz County Board of Supervisors’ intent is to create long-term, lease contracts with renewable energy project developers that respond to national demand to increase renewable power generation while also helping to create new sources of revenue to address the economic challenges inherent to a jurisdiction with almost 95% of the County’s property owned by Federal, State or Tribal governments.

There are a number of precedents setting examples of other Western Counties using legislation to seek the conveyance of federal lands to stimulate economic development in rural locations. La Paz County proposes to use a similar process to acquire a large parcel of property that could interconnect with the Ten West Link currently proposed to transect La Paz County.  

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Rep. Gosar Continues to Support Veterans as House Passes Important Legislation

2017/05/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House passed a collection of legislation to benefit our veterans with his support:

“We owe our veterans a great debt for their service,” said Congressman Gosar. “In our nation’s darkest hours, the members of our armed services have bravely fought to protect what we as Americans hold most dear—our freedom. Now, in their time of need, we owe it to them to make sure they receive the benefits they so rightfully deserve. The legislation the House passed this week takes great strides in addressing a broken Veterans Administration, holding them more accountable than ever and reforming a system in desperate need of repair, among other critical veteran issues. We can never fully repay those who have sacrificed so much for our country. Nevertheless, the eight bills we passed this week will undoubtedly improve the quality of life our veterans deserve.”

The following eight bills were passed Tuesday and will now go to the Senate for consideration:

  • H.R. 467, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act;
  • H.R. 1005, a bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans;
  • H.R. 1162, No Heroes Left Untreated Act;
  • H.R. 1329, Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017;
  • H.R. 1545, VA Prescription Data Accountability Act;
  • H.R 1725, Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017;
  • H.R. 2052, the PRIVATE Act; and
  • H.R. 2288, Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017.

 

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Rep. Gosar Bill to Curb Waste, Fraud and Abuse at WAPA Moves Forward

2017/05/18

For Immediate Release

Date: May 18, 2017

Contact: Kelly Roberson

Kelly.Roberson@mail.house.gov

     

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on two bills to increase federal transparency, safeguard private and state water rights, and provide certainty to water and power users. One of the bills examined was Congressman Gosar’s Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act, H.R.2371, which requires the administrator of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to establish a pilot project to increase transparency of the agency’s costs and rates:

“For far too long, the Western Area Power Administration has demonstrated an utter lack of transparency and accountability with regards to costs, rates and expenditures – that ends now,” stated Congressman Gosar. “No longer will this unbridled agency continue to rack up millions of dollars in wasteful expenses leaving ratepayers and customers to foot the bill without so much as a receipt. That dog just don’t hunt. I am proud to team up with Ranking Member Huffman, Congresswoman Sinema, Senators Flake and McCain as well as countless other stakeholders and colleagues in the West to inject much-needed transparency into the agency. Even WAPA supports the bill. Let’s give the customers what they want – good customer service.”

Patrick Ledger, CEO of the Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, testified at the hearing in support of H.R. 2371 saying:

“WAPA’s rates are developed through a process that does not invite in-depth review of the actual rate components. With better information broken down in key components – and with a historical perspective – customers can have a better dialogue with [WAPA],” said Ledger. “The promise to be transparent is not fully met simply by having a meeting.”

Background

An archived broadcast of the hearing can be found HERE.

During the question and answer period of the hearing, Acting Chief Financial Officer Dennis Sullivan confirmed that WAPA supports H.R. 2371.

The Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act, H.R. 2371, can be found HERE.

H.R.2371 Sponsors and Cosponsors: Paul Gosar*, Kyrsten Sinema*, Andy Biggs, Trent Franks, Jared Huffman, Doug LaMalfa, Martha McSally, Kristi Noem, Tom O’Halleran and David Schweikert.

Senators Flake, McCain and King have introduced companion legislation in the form of S.930.

WAPA is one of four Power Marketing Administrations that delivers hydropower and related services from federal facilities to nearly 700 preference customers that include federal and state agencies, cities, electric cooperatives, tribes, as well as public utility and irrigation districts. Specifically, WAPA markets power from 56 hydropower plants to more than 40,000,000 people in 15 states.

A 2015 GAO study found that WAPA’s unobligated balances exceed the levels it needs to execute its mission. Additionally, questionable and potentially fraudulent spending by WAPA triggered numerous audits by the agency’s Inspector General and made several recent news stories.

In response to calls for increased transparency, WAPA created an online repository with financial information. While this is a step in the right direction, power customers and Members of Congress have been calling for a more detailed understanding of how WAPA is spending its money. The establishment of this pilot program answers that call and could result in significant savings.

SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Requires the WAPA Administrator to establish a publically available website containing:

  • Rates charged to customers by power system
  • Amount of energy or capacity sold by power system
  • For headquarters and by region, a detailed accounting of expenditures, capital costs, and staffing
  • Capital expenditures expended including the sources of capital for each investment

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Reps. Gosar, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Rein In Waste, Fraud and Abuse at the Western Area Power Administration

2017/05/10

For Immediate Release

Date: May 10, 2017

Contact: Kelly Roberson

Kelly.Roberson@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-02) released the following statements after introducing H.R. 2371, the Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act, which requires the administrator of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to establish a pilot project to increase transparency of costs and rates:

“Despite repeated demands from power customers and Congress, WAPA has refused to be transparent about the agency’s expenditures,” stated Congressman Gosar. “More recently, numerous audits and news reports have surfaced documenting millions of dollars of waste and fraudulent activity.  I’m proud to team up with Congresswoman Sinema, Senators Flake and McCain, as well as countless other colleagues and stakeholders in the West to inject some much-needed transparency into the agency.”  

“Arizonans expect and deserve a government that works for them and roots out waste, fraud and abuse,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “Nonpartisan audits show WAPA misused millions of dollars, which calls into question the necessity of recent cost and rate increases that get passed on to Arizona families and small businesses. Our bipartisan bill improves transparency and accountability at WAPA. I will continue working with Congressman Gosar and Senators Flake and McCain to move this and other efforts forward.”

Background

The Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act, H.R. 2371, can be found  HERE.

Sponsors and Cosponsors: Paul Gosar*, Kyrsten Sinema*, Andy Biggs, Trent Franks, Jared Huffman, Doug LaMalfa, Martha McSally, Kristi Noem, Tom O’Halleran and David Schweikert.

Senators Flake, McCain and King have introduced companion legislation in the form of S.930.

WAPA is one of four Power Marketing Administrations that delivers hydropower and related services from federal facilities to nearly 700 preference customers that include federal and state agencies, cities, electric cooperatives, tribes, as well as public utility and irrigation districts. Specifically, WAPA markets power from 56 hydropower plants to more than 40,000,000 people in 15 states.

A 2015 GAO study found that WAPA’s unobligated balances exceed the levels it needs to execute its mission. Additionally, questionable and potentially fraudulent spending by WAPA triggered numerous audits by the agency’s Inspector General and made several recent news stories.

In response to calls for increased transparency, WAPA created an online repository with financial information. While this is a step in the right direction, power customers and Members of Congress have been calling for a more detailed understanding of how WAPA is spending its money. The establishment of this pilot program answers that call and could result in significant taxpayer savings.

SPECIFIC PROVISIONS

Requires the WAPA Administrator to establish a publicly available website containing:

  • Rates charged to customers by power system
  • Amount of energy or capacity sold by power system
  • For headquarters and by region, a detailed accounting of expenditures, capital costs, and staffing
  • Capital expenditures expended including the sources of capital for each investment

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Rep. Gosar Comments on New Park Service Plan to Address Invasive Beefalo in the Grand Canyon

2017/05/09

For Immediate Release

Date: May 9, 2017 

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

Rep. Gosar Comments on New Park Service Plan to Address Invasive Beefalo in the Grand Canyon

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the National Park Service (NPS) released an Initial Bison Herd Reduction Environmental Assessment (EA) and announced commencement of a 30-day public comment period on a new plan to address the invasive “beefalo” population within Grand Canyon National Park (the Park):

“The Park Service has been twiddling their thumbs for more than three years trying to develop a plan to address the ‘beefalo’ population in the Park. Today’s proposal was supposed to be published last summer. Unfortunately, the NPS has continuously pushed out half-cocked and costly management suggestions a day late and more than a few dollars short, failing to reduce the herd to sustainable levels and protect the Park from utter devastation,” stated Congressman Gosar. “After years of badgering, the NPS has finally warmed up to our proposal to put Arizona hunters to work and allow these skilled volunteers to keep the meat. While this is encouraging, the plan announced today is far from perfect. Legislation is still likely necessary as this proposal fails to provide a long-term management plan, creates a new 1:1 sex ratio goal to encourage future breeding, provides too much flexibility for the NPS to scrap lethal culling, and fails to allow skilled volunteers to keep the entire bison.”

Background

The text of the 201 page EA published today by the NPS can be found HERE.

The EA proposes reducing the size of the herd to fewer than 200 animals by enlisting the assistance of skilled volunteers (supervised hunters) for humane lethal culling. The EA’s preferred alternative also allows for these skilled volunteers to keep the meat. Congressman Gosar has consistently pushed the NPS to adopt these two policies. The preferred alternative also allows for reduction of the herd through sharpshooters and other nonlethal means which include corralling, hazing, herding, fencing and use of attractants. 

Over the last 10 to 15 years, the cross-breed of cattle and bison, “the beefalo”, have migrated from the Kaibab National Forest and found sanctuary inside the Grand Canyon National Park, protected from hunters. The estimated 600 head of beefalo are wreaking havoc on the parklands, eating native grasslands and polluting wetlands with their waste. A Fox News article documenting the devastation caused by of the beefalo in the Grand Canyon National Park can be found HERE.

It is estimated that the herd needs to be reduced by about 400 head to meet sustainable management levels. The NPS estimates that the target herd level can be achieved over the course of the next three to five years. The NPS also estimates “that this bison herd could grow to nearly 800 bison in the next three years and as large as 1200 to 1500 animals within ten years if further management actions are not taken.”

These bison are not the genuine, iconic American buffalo seen roaming Yellowstone National Park or the Great Plains. They are actually the brood of a bison-­cattle crossbreeding experiment that was abandoned in the 1900’s.

On March 19, 2015, Congressman Gosar introduced the Grand Canyon Bison Management Act, a bipartisan and bicameral bill that authorizes volunteer hunters to cull bison inside Grand Canyon National Park and to take home the meat. Specifically, the bill directed the Park Service to use state-licensed skilled-volunteers as part of the solution for addressing this invasive population.  The tags sold for these beefalo would result in significant revenues for state and conservation coffers. The bill also clarified that bison meat is not ‘federal surplus property’ and that the full bison is allowed to be removed from the park.  

The bill sought to allow hunters and conservationists to play an important role in addressing the beefalo population problem. This legislation required compliance with all federal environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act.

Congressman Gosar’s bill, the Grand Canyon Bison Management Act, was included in Title XV of the SHARE Act, the 114th Congress’ Sportsmen’s Package and passed the House on February 26, 2016. Read more HERE.

Congressman Gosar initially attached H.R. 1443 to H.R. 2406 by passing an amendment during markup when the bill passed the House Committee on Natural Resources in October 2015. Read more HERE.

The Senate version of the bill, S.782, passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on November 19, 2015.

The NPS will also host three in-person meetings to receive public comments on the EA. To review the EA and provide comments click HERE. The 30-day comment period will conclude on June 7, 2017.

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Contact Information

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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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Martha McSally

ARIZONA's 2nd DISTRICT

Andy Biggs

ARIZONA's 5th DISTRICT

David Schweikert

ARIZONA's 6th DISTRICT

Trent Franks

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