***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Rep. Gosar to Host Public Listening Session in Kingman, AZ: “Government Land Grabs, Exposing the Truth”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-04) will hold a public listening session in Kingman, Arizona on Monday April 11, 2016, to hear testimony from more than 20 Arizona witnesses on abuse of the Antiquities Act and the negative impacts that could result from the current effort by special-interest groups encouraging President Obama to unilaterally lock up 1.7 million acres in the Grand Canyon Watershed as a new National Monument.
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Date: April 6, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-04) will hold a public listening session in Kingman, Arizona on Monday April 11, 2016, to hear testimony from more than 20 Arizona witnesses on abuse of the Antiquities Act and the negative impacts that could result from the current effort by special-interest groups encouraging President Obama to unilaterally lock up 1.7 million acres in the Grand Canyon Watershed as a new National Monument. 

The public and media are welcome to attend. The entire listening session will be available to watch live on Congressman Gosar’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/repgosar).

 Click HERE to download flyer. 

A list of confirmed witnesses is below:

Kurt Davis, Chairman, Arizona Game and Fish Commission
Tyler Carlson, CEO, Mohave Electric Cooperative
Pamela Hill, Executive Director, American Clean Energy Resources Trust
Jim Parks, President, Coconino County Farm Bureau on behalf of the Arizona Farm Bureau
Kelly Norton, President, Arizona Mining Association
Emmett Sturgill, Arizona Cattlemen’s, Federal Lands BLM Chairman
Glenn Hamer, President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce
Gary Watson, Mohave County Supervisor, District 1
Jim Unmacht, President, Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation
Alvy Johnson, Mayor, Town of Fredonia
Harold Roberts, Executive V.P. & COO, Energy Fuels Resources Inc.
Shari Farrington, on behalf of U.S. Congressman Trent Franks, 8th Congressional District
Richard Anderson, Mayor, City of Kingman
Eric Duthie, Town Manager, Town of Tusayan
Joe Bardswich, P.E. of L. J. Bardswich Mine Consultant Inc.
Bob Thorpe, State Representative, Arizona House of Representatives, Legislative District 6
Frank McNelly, Williams City Council Member
Mike Macauley, Chairman, Coconino NRCD, Arizona Association of Conservation Districts
Craig Wiita, President, Wiita Mining and Exploration
Dwight Kadar, Arizona Liberty
Mike Schroeder, Arizona Liberty


MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

PUBLIC LISTENING SESSION: 
GOVERNMENT LAND GRABS - EXPOSING THE TRUTH
TIME: 8:00AM- 11:00AM
LOCATION: Beale Celebration Center
201 N. Street
Kingman, AZ 86401

** Media attending the listening session should RSVP with Steven Smith (Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov) by Friday April 8, 2016. 
 


Background:

In November of 2015, Congressman Gosar introduced legislation, H.R. 3946, the Protecting Local Communities from Executive Overreach Act, which updates the 1906 Antiquities Act in order to protect property rights, water rights and jobs from presidential abuse of the Antiquities Act. More information HERE.

H.R. 3946 is supported by all five Arizona Republicans and blocks two misguided monument efforts in the Grand Canyon Watershed and the Sedona Verde Valley, both of which have significant local opposition. The bill accomplishes this task by explicitly prohibiting declarations in Coconino, Mohave and Yavapai counties by executive fiat. 

Groups in Opposition to the Grand Canyon Watershed Monument: American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; Public Lands Council;  Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC); the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA); Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA); Americans for Limited Government; Archery Trade Association; Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; Boone and Crockett Club; Camp Fire Club of America; Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; Eagle Forum; Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation; Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports; Dallas Safari Club; Delta Waterfowl Foundation; Heritage Action, Houston Safari Club; Masters of Foxhounds Association; Mule Deer Foundation; National Association of Forest Service Retirees; National Rifle Association; National Shooting Sports Foundation; National Wild Turkey Federation; North American Bear Foundation; Orion: The Hunter’s Institute; Quality Deer Management Association; Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; Ruffed Grouse Society; Safari Club International, Tread Lightly!; Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership; Wildlife Management Institute; Wild Sheep Foundation; Whitetails Unlimited; U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance; Anglers United of Arizona; Arizona Antelope Foundation; Arizona Bass Federation Nation; Arizona Big Game Super Raffle; Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association; Arizona Cattle Growers' Association; Arizona Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation; Arizona Chapter Safari Club International; Arizona Deer Association; Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society; Arizona Elk Society; Arizona Farm Bureau Federation; Arizona Flycasters Club; Arizona Game and Fish Commission; Arizona Houndsmen; Arizona Liberty; Arizona Mining Association; Arizona Outdoor Sports; Arizona Rock Products; Arizona Small Business Association; Arizona Wildlife Federation; Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce; the Mayor and City Council of Bullhead City; Catron County; City of Williams; Cochise /Graham Cattle Growers Association;  Coconino County Farm Bureau and Cattle Growers Association, Coconino Sportsmen; Concerned Citizens for America; Ellsworth Ranch; Gila County Cattle Growers Association; Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association; Greenlee Cattle Growers Association; La Paz County Stockmen's Association; Livestock Market Digest Newspaper; Maricopa County Cattle Growers Association, Mohave County Board of Supervisors; Mohave Livestock Association, Mohave Sportsman’s Club; Navajo/Apache Cattle Growers Association; New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association; New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc.; New Mexico Federal Lands Council; New Mexico Stockman magazine; Outdoor Experience 4 ALL; Prescott’s HWY69 Group; South Eastern Arizona Sportsmen; Southern Arizona Cattlemen's Protective Association; SRT Outdoors; Shake, Rattle and Troll Radio; The Bass Federation; Town of Fredonia; Veritas Research; Whitewater Cattle Co.; Xtreme Predator Callers; Yavapai Cattle Growers Association; 1.2.3.Go… 

In addition, the following members of Congress have joined Congressman Gosar in opposing the National Monument designation in the Grand Canyon Watershed: U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, U.S. Representatives Mark Amodei, Brian Babin, Ken Buck, Paul Cook, Kevin Cramer, John Culberson, John Duncan, John Fleming, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Bob Goodlatte, Crescent Hardy, Tim Huelskamp, Walter Jones, Mike Kelly, Steve King, Raul Labrador, Doug LaMalfa, Doug Lamborn, Mia Love, Cynthia Lummis, Patrick McHenry, Martha McSally, Tom McClintock, Dan Newhouse, Richard Nugent, Stevan Pearce, Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, Steve Russell, Matt Salmon, David Schweikert, Chris Stewart, Glenn Thompson, Scott Tipton, David Valadao, Daniel Webster, Bruce Westerman, Don Young and Ryan Zinke.

The following state officials from Arizona also oppose the monument designation: Governor Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Former U.S. Senator John Kyl, Arizona State Land Commissioner Lisa Atkins, Speaker of the House David Gowan, Senate President Andy Biggs, State Senator Gail Griffin, State Senator Sylvia Allen, State Senator Steve Pierce, Apache County Supervisor Barry Weller, Pinal County Supervisors Cheryl Chase, Stephen Miller and Anthony Smith, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, La Paz County Supervisor King Clapperton, the five-member Arizona Game and Fish Commission and 10 former commissioners.

In addition, Resolutions opposing the monument passed in the Arizona State House and State Senate. 

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