Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) released a statement today after the Guatemalan Supreme Court (Corte Suprema de Justicia) upheld a July 15, 2015 provisional injunction against Reno-based company Kappes, Cassiday and Associates (KCA) and its subsidiary Exploraciones Mineras de Guatemala (EXMINGUA). That ruling ordered the suspension of the company’s mining activities at El Tambor mine in La Puya, Guatemala. The ruling clearly states that EXMINGUA has been operating without a valid permit from the municipal government, did not consult with affected communities before the project began in accordance with Guatemalan and International law, and that the company’s Environmental Impact Assessment was plagued with serious deficiencies
, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04), Vice Chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans, offered the following toast before his opening statement at the subcommittee hearing examining “The 2016 California Water Supply Outlook During the El Niño and Three Years of Restricted Water Deliveries”:
Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) joined 34 Senators and 171 total House Members in filling an amicus brief in the case of State of West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al. supporting petitions filed by 27 states, including Arizona, seeking to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Clean Power Plan.”
Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) released the following statement congratulating the Tohono O’odham tribe for receiving two grants totaling more than $7 million dollars. On Friday, the T.O. received $2,750,000 million in the Indian Community Development Block Grant. Today, they received an addition $4,459,588 in Indian Housing Block Grant funding.
U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., has secured $1.7 million in funding in the president’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget for three flood-control projects critical to rural Arizona
In Case You Missed It: Natural Resources Panel Discusses Federal Conflicts Involving Fisheries Predation
Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing titled, “The Costly Impacts of Predation and Conflicting Federal Statues on Nature and Endangered Fish Species.”
Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Tucson) released the following statement today after helping to open two veteran housing complexes this week. On Wednesday, Grijalva joined La Frontera Arizona to speak at the grand opening of their Rally Point Apartments. Prior to that, he attended the ground breaking of La Frontera’s Sunnyside Point Villas – a project that he helped secure grant money to help fund. On Thursday, Rep. Grijalva spoke to a crowd of approximately 400 at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System’s Fisher House dedication ceremony.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court granted an application for a stay blocking the EPA Clean Power Plan from going into effect. Arizona is part of a 26-state coalition led by West Virginia and Texas fighting against federal overreach.
Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09), Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), Congressman Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18), and Congressman Mick Mulvaney (SC-05) introduced the Senior$afe Act, bipartisan legislation to protect seniors from financial fraud. The bill helps individuals and financial institutions communicate with appropriate agencies when they suspect financial exploitation of seniors. It also encourages firms to train employees to identify and stop financial fraud.
U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court issued a stay blocking implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan while 26 states, including Arizona, challenge this overreaching regulation in federal court
Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Arizona homeowners will receive approximately $2.6 million dollars in direct payments and more than $4 million in loan modifications as a result of a national settlement with mortgage servicer HSBC. The repayment is part of a $470 million joint state-federal settlement due to abusive foreclosure and loan servicing practices
U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 4473, the Cottonwood Land Exchange Act, at the request of Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, in order to facilitate a land exchange between the County and Coconino National Forest near Cottonwood, Arizona for the purposes of connecting separated tracts and consolidating land
U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after participating in a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing titled, “Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan” where the Congressman questioned Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Assistant Administrator Joel Beauvais
Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema voted with a bipartisan majority to pass the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act (H.R. 3700) to improve programs helping low and moderate income home buyers and renters
U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) today introduced an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act that would require the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to establish a pilot project online database of its budgetary costs and rates. The searchable online database would be broken down by region and customer services office in order to increase transparency and accountability for how WAPA manages its funds.
U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) today introduced an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act that would require the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to establish a pilot project online database of its budgetary costs and rates. The searchable online database would be broken down by region and customer services office in order to increase transparency and accountability for how WAPA manages its funds
Refined Desert Haven, a Spanish-style-inspired home in Scottsdale, Ariz., has been selected as Home of the Year in the 2015 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Following a national recruitment and competitive selection process, City Manager Michael Ortega has selected Timothy M. Thomure to be the Director of the City of Tucson’s Water Department, effective February 15, 2016. Mr. Thomure is a water professional with 21 years of work experience in the public sector, private industry, and consulting. Mr. Thomure comes to the City from HDR Engineering, Inc. where he has been employed since 2007 as an Area Water Operations Manager and Water Reuse Practice Lead. He holds a master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Arizona and is a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a State Grand Jury indicted a former employee at the Phoenix Rescue Mission on allegations of stealing social security benefits from a homeless man. Sergio Solorzano is facing four felony charges of Fraudulent Schemes & Artifices, Theft, Taking the Identity of Another, and Unlawful Use of an Access Device. Special Agents with the Attorney General’s Office believe there could be additional victims who have yet to come forward
U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed S.J.RES.22, a resolution of disapproval to vacate the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule submitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by a vote of 253-166