I was sent to our nation’s capital with a clear message from hard-working Arizonans living throughout the 4th district: End the status quo of business as usual in Washington D.C. That means taking bold action to stop out-of-control federal spending and fighting for commonsense solutions to expand economic opportunities for Arizonans.
Looking Back at 2016
We had a big win back in October of 2016 when the Fish and Wildlife Service held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the new water intake system and that operations of the rainbow trout stocking program will resume at the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery.
In November 2013, the Fish and Wildlife Service tried to terminate this program and threatened 1,700 jobs and $75 million in associated economic output in Mohave County. I fought for you to reverse this terrible bureaucratic decision and we were successful.
The loss of the trout stocking program would have had a devastating economic effect on local communities. In fact, the state’s sport fishing industry relies on the national hatchery system for more than 97 percent of sport fish stocked in Arizona. Click HERE to read more.
Another big victory came in Lake Havasu City, where we were able to lead a grassroots effort to keep Lake Havasu open for all users.
When the Fish and Wildlife Service attempted to close down significant areas on Lake Havasu to motorized boating activities, I led the charge to get the agency to withdraw its 2016 proposal and passed an amendment through the House to reopen the part of the reservoir that was shut down for no good reason in 2015. Click HERE to read more.
Previous Victories at the Local Level
Previous National Victories
2015 Legislative Year in Review
During 2015, I was able to get eight of my legislative initiatives signed into public law and passed 27 amendments through the House. I also held 45 town halls and public meetings, completed 940 constituent requests for assistance with government agencies, and sent over 49,000 letters to constituents.
My Intermountain West Corridor Development Act of 2015 was included in the Transportation bill and signed into law. This legislation extends the future I-11 beyond the Phoenix – Las Vegas region. Extending I-11 and allowing it to become the main transportation corridor in the West will be an economic boon for our communities, creating jobs, allowing for an easier flow of goods and services and authorizing the construction of much needed infrastructure. My WAPA Report language aimed at bringing transparency to this massive bureaucracy.
Retention of one of my riders prohibited funds for an unconstitutional National Roadside Survey. I was able to secure important resources for the Lower Santa Cruz Feasibility Study. Retention of another of my riders saved taxpayer money and prohibit wasteful spending on Scrims. Another one of my amendments adopted into law blocked Obama's $500 million request for a wasteful new bus program and leaves those dollars in the Highway Trust Fund to be spent on roads and bridges. Another one of my amendments passed into law saved taxpayer money and prohibited funds from being used on Government Travel Charge Card expenses for gaming, or entertainment that includes topless or nude entertainers. Finally, I was able to secure an increase for SCAAP, an important grant program that reimburses states and local governments for the cost of incarcerating illegal immigrants convicted of crimes.
2015 Constituent Services Year in Review
I never forget that I was elected by the people and strive to ensure you all have access and that your needs are being met. Whether it's helping resolve an issue with a government agency, responding to a letter you wrote me, or holding a town hall meeting in your city, my staff and I always give 110%. I'm more fired up than ever and look forward to serving you in 2016. Pictured above are the totals from my constituent services from 2015.
In the 113th Congress, I had more success than any other member of Congress, with six bills signed into law by Obama, 12 other of my legislative efforts becoming law, 24 of my amendments passing the House, and positively affecting almost one billion dollars in federal spending. Most of my successful amendments targeted wasteful spending and government overreach. I successfully passed amendments that cut $345.6 million for the IRS budget and prohibited bonuses for IRS executives, blocked funds from going towards an unconditional roadside survey, and blocked Obama's request for $29 million for a new, duplicative climate change program.
Rep. Paul Gosar 113th Congress Legislative Accomplishemets
Short Summary: Six bills signed into law. 12 amendments/additional legislative efforts became law. Six bills passed the full House. Six bills passed full Committee. Passed 25 amendments/legislative efforts through the House. Cut nearly 1 $billion in spending with own initiatives in House Appropriations bills. Positively affected at least 217,400 jobs with own initiatives.
6 Bills Signed into Law, all passed through House in the 113th Congress alone
1. H.R. 687—Southeast Arizona Land Exchange (Included in H.R. 3979) READ MORE
2. H.R. 1216—Designating the Prescott Vet Center for Dr. Cam McKinley READ MORE
3. H.R. 1345—Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act (Included in H.R. 2642) READ MORE
4. H.R. 3027—Designating the Post Office in Prescott for Sen. Barry Goldwater READ MORE
5. H.R. 4924—Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act READ MORE
6. H.R. 862—Coconino National Forest Land Conveyance Act (Gosar-Kirkpatrick bill) READ MORE
12 Amendments/Additional Legislative Efforts Became Law
1. Unconstitutional Roadside Survey Rider— Prohibits funds for National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Roadside Survey READ MORE
2. Scrim Rider— Prohibits funds for life-size photographs of building facades on scrims READ MORE
3. Climate Model Development and Validation Program Rider—Prohibits funds for “new initiatives” on climate model development and validation READ MORE
4. Portrait Rider—Prohibits funds government-wide to paint official portraits. READ MORE
5. Cut $345.6 million for the IRS. Gosar amendment that passed House cut $353 million READ MORE
6. Cut $8 million from Department of Justice bureaucrats and transferred that money to bolster Prescription Drug Monitoring activities READ MORE
7. Full funding for the PILT program in fiscal year 2015 READ MORE
8. Sufficient funding for the Combating Terrorism Tech Support Program READ MORE
9. Sufficient funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) READ MORE
10. Secured $1.6 million for the Rio de Flag flood control project READ MORE
11. Secured $100,000 for the Lower Santa Cruz River Watershed Project READ MORE
12. Court confirms Gosar amendment to protect 2nd amendment on Corps of Engineers' land READ MORE
6 Stand-Alone Bill Passed through Committee
1. H.R. 687—Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act READ MORE
2. H.R. 1345—Catostrophic Wildfire Prevention Act (Included in H.R. 1526) READ MORE
3. H.R. 3027—Designating the Post Office in Prescott for Sen. Barry Goldwater READ MORE
4. H.R. 4924—Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act READ MORE
5. H.R. 5026—Fish Hatchery Protection Act (Natural Resources and Administration has pledged to restart rainbow trout program) READ MORE
6. H.R. 862—Coconino National Forest Land Conveyance Act (Gosar-Kirkpatrick bill) READ MORE
Passed 25 Amendments/Additional Legislative Efforts through the House
1. H.AMDT.296—Chu Memo READ MORE
2. H.AMDT.633—Prohibits Unofficial Record Systems at VA READ MORE
3. H.AMDT.635—Redirects funds to Vet IT Services READ MORE
4. H.AMDT.644—Reduces funds to House Botanic Garden READ MORE
5. H.AMDT.716—Redirects funds from DOJ Legal Activities to Prescription Drug Mon. Program READ MORE
6. H.AMDT.721—Redirects funds from ATF to Vet Treatment Courts READ MORE
7. H.AMDT.726—Redirects funds to Byrne-JAG program READ MORE
8. H.AMDT.813—Prohibiting implementation of HUD’s AFFH proposed rule READ MORE
9. H.AMDT.814—Prohibits funds for NHTSA Roadside Survey READ MORE
10. H.AMDT.850—Redirects funds from USDA CFO to USDA OIG (*bill pulled*) READ MORE
11. H.AMDT.852—Redirects funds from USDA-OGC to Spending Reduction (*bill pulled*) READ MORE
12. H.AMDT.921—Prohibits funds to pay for storage of certain unused patrol boats READ MORE
13. H.AMDT.925—Prohibits funds to procure A2CU uniforms READ MORE
14. H.AMDT.944—Prohibits funds to PA, Iran, Syria, ISIS, and Hamas READ MORE
15. H.AMDT.1045—Prohibits DOE’s Climate Model Development Program READ MORE
16. H.AMDT.1046—Prohibits funds for high-efficiency toilets READ MORE
17. H.AMDT.1061—Cuts funds for IRS READ MORE
18. H.AMDT.1064—Redirects funds from to US Courts from GSA Rental Money READ MORE
19. H.AMDT.1068—Redirects funds from SBA salaries & expenses to entrepreneurial development READ MORE
20. H.AMDT.1079—Prohibits funds to pay bonuses to IRS employees READ MORE
21. H.AMDT.1146—Forces EPA to make scientific info used to propose their rules available online READ MORE
22. En Bloc Amendment to NDAA (2014)—Expressing Congress’ Support for Israel’s Right to Self-Defense READ MORE
23. En Bloc Amendment to NDAA (2014)—All Resources Projects Must Comply with INRMP, Not Just On-Installation Projects READ MORE
24. Leg Branch Approps Request— Prohibits funds for life-size photographs of building facades on scrims READ MORE
25. En Bloc Amendment to NDAA (2013) —Expressing Congress’ Support for Israel’s Right to Self-Defense READ MORE