Dr. Gosar sits on the House Natural Resources Committee, an incredibly important committee for Arizona 4th Congressional District. The committee has jurisdiction over federal water, land, energy, and Native American policies.
As a son of a geologist, Dr. Gosar knows the vast economic and mineral security benefits increased mining would provide. He has strongly advocated for increased, but environmentally sound mining as a method to spur the rural Arizona economy.
Dr. Gosar is the first member of the Arizona Congressional Delegation to ever navigate the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act to House-passage. The Gosar mining jobs bill (H.R. 1904) would facilitate the development of North America’s largest copper mine in Pinal County, allowing private industry to create over 3,700 high-paying jobs, lessen U.S. dependence on foreign sources of minerals, and generate revenue for federal and state treasuries. It is estimated this project will generate over a billion dollars of economic activity annually in our state.
Seeing first-hand the devastating impacts the federal government’s failure to properly maintain our nation forests can have, Dr. Gosar has emerged as a leading voice for forest health policy reform in Congress. He strongly feels pro-active thinning, grazing, and ecological restoration will spur the rural economy, enhance public safety, protect wild life, and save the government millions of dollars.
Dr. Gosar introduced legislation, the Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act to expedite thinning work in areas vulnerable to wildfire. He also fought the federal bureaucracy to loosen regulations and speed up the selection of a timber contract that will bring over 1,000 forest jobs and allow Arizona to protect its natural resources.