On October 26th, Representative Paul Gosar was successful in passing his major jobs legislation, H.R. 1904, through the U.S. House of Representatives with bi-partisan support. The bill, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011, will create 3,700 jobs and generate nearly $1 billion annually to the state of Arizona.
H.R. 1904 authorizes a federal-land exchange in which Resolution Copper would get 2,600 acres in the Oak Flat area of the Tonto National Forest in return for giving 5,500 acres of environmentally sensitive land to the federal government.
The total economic impact of the project to the state over the 50-year life of the mine is estimated to be over $61.4 billion and another $19 billion in federal, state, county and local tax revenue.
Representative Gosar is the first lawmaker to successfully navigate the initiative through the legislative process and get it approved by the full House of Representatives in its six-year history.
"During my first campaign for Congress, I made a promise to do all I can to help create jobs in Arizona," Gosar said. "This legislation does just that and is a great start to boosting the economy and putting Arizona back to work."
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