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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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash and Members of the Western Caucus released statements following the reinstatement of two Twin Metals Minnesota LLC-held hardrock mineral leases located on the Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota:

U.S. Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash: "Mining on public lands balances conservation strategies and policies with the need to produce minerals that add value to the lives of all Americans by providing raw materials used in the manufacture of medical aids, automobiles, smart phones and computers, and household appliances. Under President Trump’s leadership and direction from the Secretary, this action may reduce the vulnerability to disruption of critical mineral supplies if it leads to the development and production of critical minerals in an environmentally responsible, regulatory-consistent, and economically feasible manner. Mining strategic metals in the United States is beneficial to national security, national and local economies, and job creation."

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Paul A Gosar, D.D.S, (AZ-04), La Paz County Supervisors D. L. Wilson, Holly Irwin, Duce Minor, Yavapai County Supervisor Tom Thurman, Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady, and University President Dr. P. Barry Butler released the following statements applauding the signing of S.47, by President Trump that included seven bills that will benefit Arizona:

U.S. Representative Paul Gosar (AZ-04) said: "Today, is a great day for Arizona as President Trump signed five of my bills and two other bills that are good for the state into public law as part of a historic lands package. These victories are bottom-up initiatives brought to us by county supervisors and people on the ground. My five Arizona bills included in the package remove an outdated restriction limiting economic growth for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Yavapai County, convey nearly 6,000 acres back to La Paz county to allow for new economic development opportunities in a county with only 5% private land, benefit local communities and families in Cornville by allowing for expansion of Windmill Park, allow Bullhead city to provide new recreational opportunities and address the Bureau of Reclamation maintenance backlog to ensure an abundant supply of clean water and power for future generations.   more...