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Paul Gosar

Paul Gosar's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Paul Gosar
Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 4, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 4
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary Aug. 26, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Maude; 3 Children
Birth Date: 11/27/1958
Birth Place: Rock Springs, WY
Home City: Prescott, AZ
Religion: Catholic
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Paul Gosar. Arizona Right To Life Adds Dr. Paul Gosar to List of Endorsements. July 23, 2010. "There is no more important function of government than to protect its citizens. This should include the unborn. Life begins at conception and that is why I am Pro-Life." (www.gosarforcongress.com)
  • Paul Gosar. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Paul Gosar voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Paul Gosar voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. Dr. Gosar Blasts Congressperson Kirkpatrick for Abortion, Health Care Vote. November 10, 2010. "Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, taxpayers should not have to bear the burden of funding abortions," said Dr. Paul Gosar. To date, Gosar has amassed the most Republican and fundraising support in his effort to replace the incumbent Kirkpatrick." (www.gosarforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Paul Gosar. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Paul Gosar voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. Issue Position: Winning the War on Terror. "Jimmy Carter showed us the dangers of American weakness. I am concerned President Obama is going down that same path. America must be strong and that means winning the war on terror, especially in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded "We have spent our treasure and brave American lives to defend and support freedom in both countries. I don't like our strategy of nation building. It is not what the military is good at or should be good at. I want a military force that rapidly kills our enemies with overwhelming force and secures the territory. After that, we can send in diplomats and the peace corps. It is time to resolve our involvements." to the question: " The U.S. War on Terror is now more than 10 years old. Are you satisfied with its course or would you like to see a new direction? Please explain your position?" (www.azcentral.com)
  • Paul Gosar. Rep. Gosar comments on President Obama's troop removal in Afghanistan. June 23, 2011. ""President Obama's statements have once again shown the American people that his Administration puts politics ahead of threats to our national security abroad and fiscal crisis at home. I believe it is of utmost importance that any removal of forces is based on ground conditions and in line with the advice of our senior military leaders, not political expediency. Our brave men and women in uniform have made significant progress in Afghanistan and prematurely drawing down troops could compromise those efforts and inhibit our ability to transfer security responsibility over to the Afghans [¦] With that said, our country is broke. We simply cannot afford to fight a war that is costing us nearly $2 billion per week with no real plan. Whether it is Afghanistan, Libya, or here at home the Administration has failed to display the strategic leadership necessary in these difficult times. I am concerned that the President ignores professional advisors. He rejected legal advice on Libya and he is rejecting military advice on Afghanistan. This is a disturbing trend." (gosar.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Paul Gosar. Defense. 17 September 2012. "Dr. Gosar is a champion of a strong national defense, an advocate for the men and women of America's Armed Forces and their families, a top watch dog, fighting to return fiscal discipline to the Department of Defense. As a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Dr. Gosar has led the fight to expose waste, fraud, and abuse in all forms of government. All branches of government should be better stewards of taxpayer dollar, including the Department of Defense. Common-sense reforms would go a long way towards addressing our debt crisis" (www.gosarforcongress.com)
  • Paul Gosar. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Paul Gosar voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. Congressman Paul Gosar Votes to Fund the Troops. April 14, 2011. "Today I voted for H.R. 1473, a continuing resolution that funds the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011. This was not an easy decision, but there is one thing I will not do- I will not play politics with our troops. I am extremely disappointed that some in Congress wanted to use our brave men and women in uniform to gain political points. That is wrong and I will never leave our troops without the funding they need to do their job. Without this funding, our military would be defunded by tomorrow night. I could not accept this." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. The Path to Prosperity. April 15, 2011. "I voted for H.R. 1473, the continuing resolution that funds the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011. While I am disappointed that the cuts didn't do deeper, I refuse to play political games with our troops. The main reason I voted for this bill is so that our brave men and women putting their lives on the line around the world to defend our freedom could have peace of mind that they would be taken care of. If we did not pass this bill the military would have been defunded and used as leverage for future deals and that is unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. 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. 12 May 2012. "I remain exasperated by the failure of the "Super Committee' and like many throughout Arizona and our nation I fear that without immediate action there would have been unacceptable cuts to our armed services. This is why I supported today's bill which not only averts a $500 billion cut which would threaten our national defense and put those serving our nation at risk [¦] In addition to addressing the looming cuts to defense, this bill makes important reforms, fixes egregious loopholes, and cuts slush funds for government bureaucrats [¦] 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Paul Gosar voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2012. "While Congress must continue to fund programs that keep our citizens safe, it is my belief that every federal agency including, the Department of Defense, needs to be examined closely for waste, fraud, and abuse. Concurrently, the Pentagon is going to have to tighten its belt just like everyone else. I exemplified this belief when I voted for a particular amendment to the Continuing Resolution (CR)--meant to fund the federal government for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year--which was passed earlier in this Congress. The amendment reduced funding for the Research Test and Evaluation Fund for both the Navy and the Air Force by $225 million. This terminated funding for a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that the Department of Defense, under President Bush and President Obama, have stated it did not want or need. Those savings were transferred to the Spending Reduction Account, which is meant to pay off the national debt. These are the types of cuts we have to continue to make to get our fiscal house back in order. Fulfilling the federal government's obligations to national defense and getting our fiscal house in order are two missions that are not mutually exclusive. It is important Congress does not turn a debt crisis into a national security crisis." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Gosar signed Americans for Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Arizona and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (s3.amazonaws.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Paul Gosar. Letter to The Honorable John Boehner Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives and The Honorable Eric Cantor Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. June 6, 2011. "To ensure that spending cuts continue, we need statutory, enforceable total-spending caps to reduce federal spending to 18% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with automatic spending reductions if the caps are breached--an approach taken in a bill by Rep. Mack and in another bill by Reps. Kingston, Flake, and Graves." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. The Economy Lost 96,000 Jobs. October 8, 2010. "This stimulus has been an abysmal failure and has done nothing but add to the already staggering debt and deficit," said Gosar. "It is time that we change business as usual in Washington. We cannot tax and spend our way to prosperity; we must stop the Washington spending sprees and wasteful government programs. You cannot create jobs by growing government; you create jobs by empowering small businesses and easing the burden on overtaxed families. Ann Kirkpatrick stood lock-step with Nancy Pelosi and voted to spend $787 billion of taxpayer money on a program that has failed the entire nation. I will restore fiscal responsibility to Washington and put small businesses and hard-working families first." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. We Can't Borrow our Way to Prosperity. June 2, 2011. "Getting a hold on spending and borrowing was exactly the kind of vote I was sent to Washington to make. I was sent to rein in federal spending and stop the growth of the deficit. This vote was an important step in our fight to restore fiscal sanity. And it was an important message to the country, and to Wall Street, that this Congress is here to make changes and get our financial house in order. I find it completely unacceptable that the President is asking us to borrow money from foreign creditors in order to . . . pay back the interest on loans from foreign governments? Just like you and me, it is time the Federal Government re-learns, how to make a budget and then live within that budget. The government collects trillions in taxes; it does not need to borrow more." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. Dr. Gosar's Statement on Tort Reform. October 15, 2010. "There are many differences between Ann Kirkpatrick and me that frame the choice for voters in the race to represent the citizens of Congressional District 1 [¦] Ann Kirkpatrick has voted for wasteful stimulus and bailout spending that has given us nothing but crushing debt, but no jobs. I will vote to reduce spending and stop wasteful bailouts. Ann opposes SB 1070; I support it." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. Congressman Paul Gosar's Statement on the Two-year Anniversary of the "Stimulus" Bill. February 17, 2011. "Two years ago today we were made a lot of promises- if Congress passed over a trillion dollars in new spending we'd all have more jobs and more prosperity. We were promised "shovel ready" infrastructure. That is not what happened. Today our government is at a crossroads. We can no longer try to spend and borrow our way out of recession; rather, we must live within our means and learn to budget. We must tackle government's spending addiction. That is why I am working with my Republican colleagues to cut over $100 billion from the budget and find solutions to truly balance our budget." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Paul Gosar. Issue Position: Taxes. June 27, 2011. "This country was built on sound principles of 'free enterprise', 'small business' and 'community involvement'. Hard work, opportunities and timely resources are cornerstones to re-igniting American Business. We must return to an environment which fosters citizens to provide for, invest in, be responsible for and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Increased taxes, which are now under consideration, discourage self reliance and personal accountability. I will do my best to minimize your tax burden and l will fight to make sure that your tax dollars are used wisely, without prejudice." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. Congressman Paul Gosar Votes to Repeal the 1099 Provision. March 3, 2011. "Arizona's First District is struggling with skyrocketing unemployment, and the last thing small businesses need is more paperwork and bureaucratic red tape. These onerous provisions constitute a bureaucratic assault on small business. This provision would bury small businesses in piles of paperwork and additional tax forms. This is unacceptable- the government needs to get out of the way so that our businesses have an opportunity to create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. Issue Position: Small Business. June 27, 2011. "Small business is the backbone of our great country. As a small businessman I am tired of the federal government hindering my efforts to succeed and prosper. Our founders set forth a mandate that in America you can accomplish anything as long as you are willing to work for it. Unfortunately today small businesses have to fight government just to make ends meet. This has to end! In Congress I will work to ensure lower taxes and less government intrusion on small business." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. The Economy Lost 96,000 Jobs. October 8, 2010. "You cannot create jobs by growing government; you create jobs by empowering small businesses and easing the burden on overtaxed families [¦] I will restore fiscal responsibility to Washington and put small businesses and hard-working families first." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. Rep. Gosar Fights for Comprehensive Tax Reform. 2 August 2012. "Today, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) voted in favor of the Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act (H.R. 6169), legislation to streamline the path for comprehensive tax reform in the 113th Congress. The House approved the measure by a vote of 232 to 189 [¦] 'Remarkably, the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the free world. American competitiveness worldwide is extremely hampered as a result. I am committed to restoring America's competitive edge by lowering taxes and giving individuals a tax-code that is simple and clear' [¦] Specifically, the legislation would lower corporate tax rates from 35% to 25%, abolish the Alternative Minimum Tax, and consolidate the number of income tax brackets from six down to no more than two. As a small business owner, Congressman Gosar knows first-hand the detrimental impacts an unstable and complex tax environment has on our nation's job creators. He has been advocating to end the status quo and for comprehensive reforms." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Paul Gosar. Education. 17 September 2012. "He has been a leader in Congress advocating to get the federal government out of the way of the teachers and administrators on the ground. He is a cosponsor of the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act or A-PLUS Act (H.R. 2514) which would allow states to opt out of the harmful unfunded federal education mandate known as No Child Left Behind and would empower state and local officials to enact reforms that will be effective for their unique situations." (www.gosarforcongress.com)
  • Paul Gosar. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded "We need to eliminate the Department of Education and send that money to local communities so they can determine what is best for their children. Our education system has not gotten better with federal involvement, in fact it is failing! It is time to get the federal government out of the way and empower local stakeholders to engage in new and innovative models. That is where we recreate the building blocks of education" to the question: " What should the federal government's role in education be?" (www.azcentral.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Paul Gosar. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Paul Gosar voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Paul Gosar. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Paul Gosar voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Paul Gosar. Gosar's statement at Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on "Operation Fast and Furious: Reckless Decisions, Tragic Outcomes". June 15, 2011. "While I am second to no one in my support of Second Amendment rights, it is simply bad law enforcement and playing with fire for federal agents to be aware of these repeated purchases and do nothing. The Second Amendment allows for responsible gun ownership. What we see here is not a Second Amendment issue so much as negligent, perhaps even cavalier, law enforcement." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. Issue Position: Right to Bear Arms. June 27, 2011. "I strongly believe in the Second Amendment. In Congress, I will not vote for a bill that attempts to interfere with the rights of gun ownership by law abiding citizens. This includes limitations and control of ammunition or any other means of restricting the 2nd Amendment. Our right to keep and bear arms provides protection of our Constitutional rights and liberties." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. Gun Owners of America Endorses Paul Gosar for Congress. October 26, 2010. "Our right to keep and bear arms provides protection of our Constitutional rights and liberties." (www.gosarforcongress.com)
  • Paul Gossar. Facebook: About me. June 27, 2011. "For conservative principles. For fiscal sanity. For the Second Amendment. For life." (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Paul Gosar. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Paul Gosar voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Gosar. Kirkpatrick's Voting Record Favors Amnesty, Less Funding for Border Security. October 19, 2010. "As a supporter of SB 1070, Dr. Paul Gosar continues to fight for secure borders and against the pro-amnesty policies that liberals like Ann Kirkpatrick have championed." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. Issue Position: Immigration. June 27, 2011. "Legal immigration helped define the character of our country. However, we need to examine current policies and clearly define acceptable means of obtaining citizenship. I have called on Congress to get serious about true immigration reform and finally pass H.R. 1868 (Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009). Introduced in 2009 by Rep. Nathan Deal (GA-9), the legislation is similar to legislation drafted and championed by our own Congressman Bob Stump for many years. It would limit citizenship to children born to parents who are (1) a U.S. citizens or nationals; (2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States; or (3) an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Gosar. Immigration. 17 September 2012. "The United States is a nation of immigrants but more importantly is a nation of laws. The country needs to start immigration reform by enforcing our current laws. Dr. Gosar opposed President Obama's efforts to grant administrative "backdoor" amnesty and has cosponsored a bill, the Halt Act, that will legislatively stop his efforts." (www.gosarforcongress.com)
  • Paul Gosar. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded " I can tell you one thing for certain: I support the rule of law. I am astounded that President Obama unilaterally decided to ignore federal law by granting amnesty by executive order. Our federal officials, including the President (under Article II, Sec. 3, Clause 5) "shall" take care "that the Laws be faithfully executed." This is mandatory, and part of the President's oath of office. The President cannot pick and choose what laws he likes and does not like. Such behavior makes this a nation of men, not of laws. So I strongly object to the President's unconstitutional and reckless method for granting amnesty. Putting that aside, we are not ready to address amnesty until we control and secure our borders. That is the first priority" to the question: " Would you support some sort of a pathway to legal status for illegal immigrants who are already in the country and in many cases have been here for years?" (www.azcentral.com)
  • Paul Gosar. Dr. Gosar Calls on Congress to Enact Law Limiting Citizenship. April 30, 2010. "The 14th Amendment was never intended to be used as a ploy to grant citizenship to children of parents who illegally enter this country," said Dr. Gosar. "Restoring a correct understanding of citizenship should be a key element in implementing a broader, more aggressive national immigration policy." (www.gosarforcongress.com)
  • Paul Gosar. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Paul Gosar. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress. Responded "I oppose same-sex marriage. I do not believe any government should discriminate against people, but same-sex marriage is a redefinition of the historic institution of marriage. The Defense of Marriage Act is the law, and again, Attorney General Holder committed malfeasance by ignoring it. If President Obama and his administration do not like the law, they can work to change it. But they can't pick and choose what to enforce." to the question: "Do you support or oppose gay marriage? And should the federal government maintain or repeal the Defense of Marriage Act?". (www.azcentral.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Paul Gosar. Weekly Column from Congressman Gosar "Chaining the Dogs of War"The Rule of Law and The Libya Failure". June 24, 2011. "Had the President made a compelling case to bomb Libya, had he shown our national interest there, I would have considered backing this. But he failed to do so and has continued to fail in his leadership role. I will remain committed to our rule of law and expect all government officials to do the same." (gosar.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Paul Gosar. Issue Position: Protecting Social Security. June 27, 2011. "I oppose the privatization of Social Security. Unfortunately, my opponent -- Ann Kirkpatrick and her liberal friends from Washington, D.C. -- are trying to mislead voters about my position. In addition to opposing the privatization of Social Security, I believe the retirement age should not be raised. We must protect benefits while keeping our agreement with seniors by not raising taxes. It is the never-ending spending policies of Democrats that has accelerated the threat of insolvency. We must get our country's spending under control and balance the federal budget while keeping our commitment to seniors." (votesmart.org)

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