On October 26, 2011 the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Paul Gosar's (R-AZ) major job legislation, H.R. 1904 with bipartisan support. The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011, facilitates a land exchange that will bring into federal stewardship 5,500 acres of high-priority conservation lands in exchange for 2,600 acres of national forest system. This exchange would then allow the largest copper mine in the country to proceed.
After more than a year of inaction by the U.S. Senate on this bill and an estimated billion dollars of investment into the project, Resolution Copper, the company managing the mine, announced that due to the delay in Senate approval, they were forced to begin layoffs today.
Congressman Paul Gosar issued the following statement upon hearing the news:
"We have never been closer to seeing this important bipartisan jobs initiative enacted. I urge members of both parties in the U.S. Senate to come together and work with Senators Kyl and McCain, to find a path forward and finish the job we were sent to Congress to do. Enough rhetoric, Arizonans need results. We cannot waste another moment; send the bill to the President. Allow Arizona and America to realize the over 3,700 jobs, 61 billion dollars worth of economic activity, and vast natural resources that would result from its enactment."