Grand Canyon Bison Might Become Hunting Trophies

Identical bills introduced in the House and the Senate this year by Rep. Paul Gosar and Sen. John McCain (both Arizona Republicans) would pave the way for state-licensed hunters to kill bison within the park’s boundaries and harvest the meat. The bills tout the hunts as a cost-saving measure that would expedite delayed action from the National Park Service. ‘We can’t afford to allow more devastation to be caused to the park while the Park Service twiddles their thumbs trying to come up with an expensive plan,’ Gosar said in a statement. ‘We have a plan, and it puts Arizona hunters to work doing what they love, accomplishing this important task for free.

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Jeff Small
Congressman Gosar warns fight over Refuge boating restrictions is not over

Congressman Paul Gosar didn’t come to Lake Havasu City on Wednesday to gloat. Following what he sees as a victory over the federal government’s proposed restrictions on the waterways surrounding Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, Gosar joined city leaders Wednesday morning at Makai Café to keep up on local issues.

Efforts by Gosar and Lake Havasu City officials, as well as the public, led to the suspension of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to limit recreational boating activities at the Refuge earlier this month. Fish and Wildlife suspended its plan in order to seek further discussion on the issue, which opponents say could threaten the economy of Havasu and other cities along the Colorado River.

“Gosar is an asset and a friend to Lake Havasu City,” said Havasu Mayor Mark Nexsen. “Every time he’s here, he reaches out to our citizens. This man led the charge (against Fish and Wildlife), and their proposed restrictions are a thing of the past.”

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Jason Roe
Gosar: Benghazi Report “Confirms That The Attack Was Completely Preventable

Rep. Paul Gosar said the report “confirms that the attack was completely preventable and that the Obama Administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, attempted to cover up their own incompetence by lying to the American people and the families of the victims.’ Gosar issued a statement saying that he will press for ways in which the House Select Committee can ‘hold this administration accountable for its disgraceful behavior.’”

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Gosar Highlights Potential BLM Land Available for Disposal

Rep. Gosar Secures Victory in Quest to Reduce Federal Footprint[…]in response to a request from the Congressman, has created a webpage that displays BLM managed public lands that are potentially available for disposal[…] ‘It’s been almost 20 years since the BLM last submitted a comprehensive report to Congress listing all land under the agency’s jurisdiction potentially available for disposal. Given the fact that the total federal estate exceeds more than 635,000,000 acres, it is irresponsible for the agency to continue to request nearly $90 million a year for more land acquisition without even conducting an inventory of the land already under the agency’s jurisdiction.

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Jeff Small
Rep. Gosar Invokes NumbersUSA on House Floor

The last time NumbersUSA was mentioned on the House floor during a debate, it was amnesty-champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) slamming us for supporting an end to the Visa Lottery. But Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) mentioned us in a more flattering way on Wednesday night during debate over his amendment to the Defense spending bill that would have blocked DACA recipients from enlisting in the military. […]Rep. Gosar has been a key ally in the effort to reduce overall immigration levels and stop illegal immigration since coming to Congress in 2013. He’s one of only 24 Members to receive an A+ grade from NumbersUSA in the current Congress […]Rep. Gosar has introduced legislation to block in-state tuition benefits for illegal aliens and a resolution that supports border enforcement. He’s also cosponsored bills to end Chain Migration, the Visa Lottery, and Birthright Citizenship

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Gosar claims victory over Fish and Wildlife proposal

In what is being hailed a victory for Lake Havasu, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will withdraw its draft recreational boating compatibility determination for the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. […]Gosar noted that according to the Service's own estimates, nearly 3 million visitors vacation at Lake Havasu each year and a typical holiday weekend draws nearly 50,000 boaters to the area. According to a 2008 Lake Havasu City Tourism Survey, nearly 75 percent of tourists are interested in water skiing, wakeboarding or boating while visiting Lake Havasu.

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FWS suspends proposal for refuge restrictions

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will suspend its proposal to limit boating activities at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, a decision hailed as a “victory for Lake Havasu” by Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar. Gosar had been one of the more vocal critics of the FWS’ draft recreational boating compatibility determination, which would have extended no-wake areas and restricted motorized boating and some other recreational activities in an area of the wildlife refuge. […] ‘This victory should put all overreaching federal agencies on notice: the American people are done with big government overreach,’ Gosar said. ‘We refuse to tolerate lawless, unelected bureaucrats imposing their own political agenda on our communities.’ […]The Fish and Wildlife Service has pledged to maintain an open line of communication with the public; the agency was criticized for not doing that prior to the release of the April 12 recommendations.

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Don’t allow bad policy in lame duck

By Rep. Paul A. Gosar, Washington Examiner.

Back in 1932, Will Rogers famously described the lame duck period in Congress to the New York Times: “It’s like where some fellows worked for you and their work wasn’t satisfactory and you let ’em out, but after you fired ’em, you let ’em stay long enough so they could burn your house down.” Nothing has changed and the American public should be extremely leery of a lame duck following the elections this November.

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Jason Roe
FWS suspends proposal for refuge restrictions

Today, the people of Lake Havasu City and its stakeholders scored a monumental victory in the fight against bureaucratic overreach,” Gosar said in a release distributed by his Washington office. “Standing together, as a unified community, we were able to block a terrible proposal put forth by the Fish and Wildlife Service that aimed to close significant areas on Lake Havasu to tubing, waterskiing, fishing and wakeboarding. Ultimately, the service could not hide from the thousands of voices demanding that the will of the people be heard.

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Reps. Gosar, King, and Sessions Push for Passage of Amendments Blocking DACA Recipients from Enlisting in the Military

By NumbersUSA

Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Steve King (R-Iowa), and Pete Sessions (R-Texas) pushed for passage of the Gosar and King amendments to the National Defense Appropriations Act on the House floor Wednesday evening.

The Gosar Amendment (#26) to the National Defense Authorization Act specifically prohibits the enlistment of DACA recipients through the MAVNI program, and the King Amendment (#25) also prohibits the military enlistment of DACA recipients. Rep. Sessions, who chairs the House Rules Committee which is tasked with determining what amendments come to the House floor for a vote, not only ruled both amendments in order, but also spoke on the House floor in support of the Gosar amendment.

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House Members Unite to Read Stanford Rape Victim’s Letter

People need to learn from this,’ Mr. Gosar said. ‘I’m a father too. I have two daughters. This should matter to everyone.’ Mr. Gosar said that he was not sure whether adding a rape victim’s testimony to the Congressional Record would lead to legislation to better address campus sexual assault, but that he thought it would at least help promote awareness.

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Privacy Advocates Aim to Use Defense Spending Bill to Protect Encryption

A bipartisan effort is underway in the House to use the Defense appropriations bill to protect the use of encryption in electronic devices. Eighteen House lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, are backing an amendment to the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2017 spending measure that would prohibit any agent of the National Security Agency or Central Intelligence Agency from requiring or requesting a company or person to “alter its product or service” to assist the federal government’s intelligence operations.

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Amendment calls out Fish and Wildlife Service for proposed boating restrictions near Lake Havasu

Rep. Paul Gosar said Calvert worked with his office when introducing the amendment to the committee.

 “Today’s action by the House Appropriations Committee sends a strong message to the Service and puts the agency on notice that the Committee who controls the purse strings is watching,” Gosar said. “I will continue to use every resource available to reject this job-killing proposal that threatens the livelihood of an entire community. Bureaucratic overreach on Lake Havasu must come to an end.”

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House slated for immigration fight in defense bill

House GOP leaders decided late Tuesday night to grant floor time to two GOP-authored amendments to a defense spending bill. The amendments would ensure that no funds can be used to enlist in the military young illegal immigrants granted work permits under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The amendments authored by conservative Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) are sure to cause uproar among Democrats and some centrist Republicans who believe DACA recipients should be allowed to serve in the military.

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Jason Roe
House: Keep using term ‘illegal alien’

The House spent several hours in bitter debate before approving a Republican-backed bill Friday that will force the Library of Congress to continue using the term ‘illegal alien’ in its catalog instead of the library’s preferred ‘noncitizen.’

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On College Admission, Military Recruitment, and Illegal Aliens

In its recent vote on the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund troops, materiel, operations, and readiness, Congress had a chance to ditch a program called ‘Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest’ (MAVNI), which is a deliberately obscure name for the Pentagon’s directive to its recruiters to sign up ‘legal non-citizens with in-demand skills to join the [military] in exchange for expedited U.S. citizenship.’…Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) introduced a floor amendment to kill the program during debate on the NDAA in mid-May…]Despite promises to open up debate and end the dubious bottle-stopping tactics of his predecessor whenever disliked or inconvenient motions or amendments were put forward, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), true to his open borders agenda, quickly, quietly, and effectively put a stake through the heart of the outrageous notion that the military is no place to experiment with immigration policy or push amnesty agendas.

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Gosar urges Army Corps of Engineers to help eradicate salt cedar

Historic drought and significant water demands continue to plague Western communities and Arizona,” Gosar said. “Unfortunately, invasive salt cedar only exacerbate these challenges as these non-native plants can consume up to 200 gallons of water per day per plant. … The 18-mile stretch along the Gila River is one of our greatest challenges. I expect the Corps to take action and assist with this problem by responding favorably to our request and the proposal submitted by local stakeholders.

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Amendment calls out Fish and Wildlife Service for proposed boating restrictions near Lake Havasu

The committee approved an amendment to the Interior and Environment Appropriation Bill that specifically pointed to the proposed boating restrictions near Lake Havasu. The bill lays out funding for several federal agencies for fiscal year 2017 and addresses other environmental rules. […]Interior Subcommittee Rep. Chairman Ken Calvert, a Republican from California, introduced the amendment. It did not mention Fish and Wildlife’s $1.5 billion of funding, but did stress the importance of collaboration with local communities before enacting changes. […]Rep. Paul Gosar said Calvert worked with his office when introducing the amendment to the committee. ‘Today’s action by the House Appropriations Committee sends a strong message to the Service and puts the agency on notice that the Committee who controls the purse strings is watching,’ Gosar said. ‘I will continue to use every resource available to reject this job-killing proposal that threatens the livelihood of an entire community. Bureaucratic overreach on Lake Havasu must come to an end.

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Jeff Small
Arizona leaders urge Army Corps to help remove invasive trees affecting floodplain

U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) recently sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy urging the Army Corps of Engineers to respond to Maricopa County Flood Control District’s request for assistance with its ecosystem restoration project, which could also help control flooding.

The letter states, in part, “As you may know, a recent floodplain designation of the Gila River area by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) found that salt cedar growth has increased the 100-year floodplain size by seven square miles — requiring thousands of farms, homeowners, and businesses in Goodyear and Buckeye to purchase expensive flood insurance policies. There are also concerns that fires, due to a highly combustible oil found in the salt cedar, threaten existing and future infrastructure in these communities.”

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