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Gosar votes to cut DOJ, protect defense, honor Brian Terry

Posted: May 11, 2012 at 11:25 am   /   by

Congressman Gosar Votes To Address Sequestration and Protect Vital Services for Men and Women of the Armed Services

Bill Contains Nearly $333 Billion in Long Term Cuts 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (R-AZ) issued the following statement today about his vote to end sequestration.

“I remain exasperated by the failure of the ‘Super Committee’ and like many throughout Arizona and our nation I fear that without immediate action the effects on our military would have been devastating. Our Secretary of Defense warned that the planned across the board cuts would have removed 200,000 troops from the armed services, leaving our nation with the smallest ground forces since before World War II. In addition, wide reaching base closures would have put thousands out of work and devastated local communities.  This is why I supported today’s bill which adverts a national security crisis, but does the job we asked the Super Committee to do: implement common sense spending reforms to change the disturbing trajectory of our national debt.”

Gosar went on to say, “In addition to addressing the looming cuts to defense, this bill makes important reforms, fixes egregious loopholes, and cuts slush funds for government bureaucrats. This bill also ends the bailouts that Americans are crying out to Washington to stamp out. We have a lot more work to do when it comes to balancing our budget, but this bill makes important spending reforms without compromising our national security and letting down our troops.”

Included in today’s bill are reductions of over $236 billion in wasteful spending as well as recommendations which would raise $97 billion in additional revenue.  These adjustments over ten years are a net deficit reduction of $333 billion.


Gosar Votes for $1.6 Billion in Savings and to Keep Department of Justice Honest 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (R-AZ) voted to reduce the budget by $1.6 billion through the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Act 2013, H.R. 5326.

“With this appropriations bill, as with most, I am left with the daunting feeling we can do more and we must. However, I recognize that we did not get into this fiscal crisis overnight and we cannot get out of it overnight.  This bill reduces spending by $1.6 billion from last year’s budget and is $731 million below the President’s request.  It makes these cuts while preserving the resources needed to fight crime and terrorism and boost U.S. innovation and job creation.”

Gosar went on to note that, “Also, included in today’s cuts were provisions to stop Attorney General Holder and more of his ‘bureaucrats gone wild’ unconstitutional actions including using taxpayer resources to lie to and evade Congressional oversight or stop states from using personal identification requires to protect the voting process.  Additionally, I strongly supported the provision included in this legislation to stop the Department of Justice from instituting additional reporting requirements for the purchase of long riffles.”


Statement by Congressman Gosar on Legislation to Honor Fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry Passing U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (R-AZ) issued the following statement on the passage of the Brian A. Terry Memorial Act, H.R. 2668, by the U.S. Senate.

“Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry paid the highest price that one can pay serving our nation: he gave his life in the line of duty.  His sacrifice and that of his family and loved ones is a constant reminder that we must cherish, not just the freedoms of our nation, but also the brave men and women who protect those freedoms.”

“The death of any law enforcement officer is a tragedy, but that of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry weighs more heavily on the hearts and minds of each of us because of the role that the federal government played in facilitating the sale of firearms found at the crime scene.  As the only member of the Arizona delegation on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I resolve to find answers from the Department of Justice for Operation Fast and Furious  that provided the weapons found at the scene of Agent Terry’s death.”

The Brian A. Terry Memorial Act, H.R. 2668, which passed with unanimous support from the U.S. Senate, honors the memory of Agent Brian Terry by renamingthe United States Border Patrol Station in Bisbee, AZ.