Gosar Proposes Amendments to Improve the Great American Outdoors Act
Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) proposed 8 amendments to the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation that will be considered by the House of Representatives next week.
“Congress is on the verge of passing permanent legislation, spending billions of dollars, without either the House or Senate considering a single amendment. In fact, the House has never considered this legislation in any form. Yet House leadership will not give us a chance to fix it even when we know there are major flaws within this legislation” said Rep. Gosar. “I am offering amendments to fix what are clear problems and address real concerns that must be solved if we want this legislation to be a success.”
“Unfortunately, House leadership appears poised to do the bidding of the Senate and ram this legislation through the House without any amendments being allowed to be offered. The amendments I offered would have made this bill better. One was a bipartisan amendment with 4 democrats and 3 republicans asking that we ensure the billions of dollars spent in the bill on infrastructure is done with American sourced materials, which would aid domestic manufacturing. I offered amendments which would have increased funding for Indian education and expanded the bill to cover the Indian Health Service, the omission of which is unacceptable during this time of COVID-19. Finally, I offered amendments to support our nation’s counties with full funding of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, while expanding transparency and accountability in the program.” Gosar continued.
“It is simply inconceivable that Congress will enact permanent legislation without members of either body having the opportunity to amend legislation, particularly when that legislation is seriously flawed.”