Bipartisan group of 31 Senators request two-year reauthorization for PILT and SRS programs

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and 30 of her Senate colleagues today requested that any end-of-year legislation include at least a two-year re-authorization of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs.

In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the senators wrote, “Congress has an obligation to ensure counties with large swaths of federally-owned, tax-exempt forests and rangelands can adequately provide essential services for their residents.   more...
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing the Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act:

"The Western Area Power Administration has shown a complete disregard for transparency and accountability. Arizona consumers deserve to know the factors increasing their rates. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Capitol to rid this agency of waste, fraud, and abuse."

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Paul A. Gosar has released the following statement after Western Caucus spearheaded an Amicus Brief in support of President Trump's 2018 Venting and Flaring Rule:

"For too long President Obama weaponized federal agencies against American energy producers under the guise of environmental stewardship. The 2016 venting and flaring rule was among the most egregious acts of federal overreach. Thankfully, President Trump has revised this rule to provide certainty to energy producers, create jobs, and keep energy costs low for all Americans."

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President Donald Trump has signed into law H.R. 1327, The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) (VCF Permanent Authorization Act). The Act extends the VCF’s claim filing deadline from Dec. 18, 2020, to Oct. 1, 2090, and appropriates such funds as may be necessary to pay all approved claims.

Attorney General William P. Barr noted the Department’s strong support for the VCF and its continuing commitment to providing compensation to those who have suffered as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “The VCF is an extraordinarily successful program, having awarded over $5.2 billion in compensation on more than 23,000 claims from individuals who have suffered physical health conditions, or from families of those who have died, as a result of exposure at the sites in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville. With 20,000 claims currently awaiting consideration, and more certain to be filed in the months and years ahead, today’s action ensures that the VCF can continue in its successful effort to compensate every deserving individual impacted by the tragic events of September 11,” said Attorney General Barr.

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Chairman Gosar Releases Top 20 Reasons to Reject H.R. 1373, Rep. Grijalva's One Million-Acre Land Grab

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar released the Top 20 Reasons to Reject H.R. 1373, Rep. Grijalva's one million-acre land grab:

Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04): "We already know that the House Science Committee found Russia funneled cash to extremist organizations to intentionally undermine important American energy projects. It should come as no surprise then, that many of those same groups are strong supporters of Rep. Grijalva's one million-acre land grab and are seeking to make the U.S. reliant on unstable American adversaries, namely Russia & Kazakhstan, for 99% of our domestic uranium needs. Rep. Grijalva’s bill is an anti-mining, anti-American attack on my district that aims to prevent development of the highest grade and largest quantity uranium reserves in the country. The real Russia collusion involves Rep. Grijalva and his desire to make the U.S. dependent on Russian uranium."

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Munich Germany
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thank you for the gracious introduction. It is wonderful to be here in Munich on German-American Data Protection Day with such a distinguished audience.

At the U.S. Department of Justice, I serve as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division overseeing cybercrime and child exploitation issues. In this role, I have seen up close how far-flung criminals can, with a few keystrokes, inflict devastating harm across the globe, and how criminal investigations today increasingly entail cross-border evidence and witnesses. Working efficiently and collaboratively with foreign law enforcement partners has proven to be an absolute necessity. Dismantling major criminal networks cannot be accomplished by one country; it depends increasingly on intensive joint operations by our police and our prosecutors.

Europe and the United States, perhaps more than the rest of the world, together face unprecedented challenges to combat crime in the 21st Century. These are challenges that are compounded by dramatic advances in technology and the exponential rise of electronic evidence. And such challenges are compounded still further by the unprecedented proliferation of platforms and the globalization of companies, which are increasingly storing their data in other countries. From text messages between plotters of a terrorist attack, to cell phone location records of a murderer, to chat sessions capturing the sexual exploitation of a child – virtually every serious threat we investigate today requires access to electronic evidence.

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