Congressman Ben Quayle Opposes Proposition 204

Warns Taxpayers of the Negative Impact a Permanent Sales Tax Increase Will Have on Arizona’s Economic Development

PHOENIX —Today, Arizona Congressman Ben Quayle joined State Treasurer Doug Ducey in opposition to Proposition 204. The unintended consequences of Prop 204 has the list of community and business leaders rallying against the largest permanent sales tax increase in Arizona’s history growing by the day.

“This tax increase will not only hurt all hard working Arizonans, it will also make Arizona a less attractive place to do business,” said Congressman Quayle. “We have the ability to stop a permanent sales tax increase that will force current and future generations to pay a $1 billion annual tax. Voting ‘NO’ on Proposition 204 will stop this special interest tax increase that has no accountability and offers no real reform for our education system.”

Congressman Quayle has spent his tenure in Washington fighting for smart tax policies that reward, rather than punish, Americans. Prop 204’s permanent tax increase on Arizona families sends the message that not only that Arizona is closed for business, but also that the state does not care about the families that continue to struggle during this economic recovery.

“Congressman Quayle has fought tirelessly against policies that burden families,” said Doug Ducey, Chairman of the No New Taxes, No on 204 committee. “Raising sales taxes 18 percent on every purchase will not help families, not attract new business to our state, and not help promote existing business growth throughout Arizona.”

To learn more about Proposition 204, please visit www.VoteNoOn204.com.

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Herman Cain to Visit Tucson, Endorse Gabriela Saucedo Mercer for Congress in AZ-03

TUCSON, AZ – The campaign for Gabriela Saucedo Mercer is pleased to announce former Presidential Candidate Herman Cain will be visiting Tucson on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. Cain will be attending an event supporting Gabby’s candidacy for the U.S. House Of Representatives in Arizona’s congressional District 3. The event will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Viscount Hotel located at 4855 E. Broadway in Tucson.

Gabriela Saucedo Mercer endorsed by Arizona State Representative Brenda Barton

TUCSON, AZ – The office of Congressional Candidate Gabriela Saucedo Mercer announced she has received the endorsement of Arizona State Representative Brenda Barton.

Rep. Barton released the following statement today:

“Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, a naturalized citizen carries on that torch of freedom that brought so many to our shores. Outspoken, feisty Gabby disarms you with her easy laugh and willingness to listen. She’ll work hard for Arizona; she’ll work hard for the country she chose as her own. I am quite pleased and honored to lend my name as endorsing Gabriela Saucedo Mercer for Congress. She’ll make us proud and she won’t boycott Arizona!!” 

Candidate Saucedo Mercer has released the following response:

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of State Legislator Brenda Barton. She has been serving the people of Arizona and understands what it takes to represent the people. She has been an inspiration to me. She also encouraged me to apply to the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series program which prepared me to run for office. Again, I am honored and very grateful for her support.”

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett Endorses Gabriela Saucedo Mercer for Congress

TUCSON, AZ – The following statement was delivered by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett:

“If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, voters should elect Gabriela Saucedo Mercer to Congress and stop the madness. Gabby understands the issues that matter most to the residents of southern Arizona. From education to jobs and the economy, it is time that we have a new advocate in Washington.

“Gabby’s candidacy offers southern Arizona voters a real opportunity to end a decade of ineffective representation. Unbelievably, Congressman Grijalva led the charge for an economic boycott of his own state two years ago. Don’t we need a voice in Washington to fight for us, not against us? Let’s send Gabby to Washington to be a part of the solution, not the problem.”

Gabriela Saucedo Mercer welcomes the endorsement by Secretary of State Ken Bennett and responded to the announcement earlier today.

“I thank Secretary of State Ken Bennett for his announcement today to endorse my campaign for Congress. Indeed, it is time for new leadership in Congressional District 3. For ten years, the district has been misrepresented by the incumbent. The Secretary of State recognizes the need for southern Arizonans to have their voices represented in our United States Congress. It is an honor to have his support, and I thank Ken Bennett for helping to lead our state toward better days ahead.”

Rep. Ben Quayle’s Regulatory Reform Bill Passes the House

WASHINGTON (DC) – Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement after his bill, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act passed the House of Representatives as part of the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation package.

“Over-regulation is one of the biggest impediments to the growth of our nation’s small businesses, and the job creation that comes from that growth. Harmful regulations have been piled on during the Obama Administration, and many of these rules were promulgated without public knowledge or input as a result of the regulation-by-litigation tactics employed by special interest groups.

“My bill shines a light on the murky ‘sue and settle’ process that has led to costly consent decrees like Utility MACT, Cement MACT and the regional haze rules which threaten power plants in Arizona and around the country. As things stand, the American people are being bound by costly rules made behind closed doors, but they are rarely offered the opportunity to take part in the creation of these rules. My bill will open the process to public comment and make these decrees more flexible to meet changing circumstances.

“With this package, the House has taken a major step in fighting back against the regulatory onslaught on our nation’s small businesses.”

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Rep. Ben Quayle Discusses Border Security on Fox and Friends

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Rep. Ben Quayle Discusses Need to Cut Red Tape on the House Floor

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ICYMI: Ben Quayle on Fox America’s Newsroom and 3-TV Discussing Immigration

Congressman Ben Quayle was on Fox America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer yesterday to talk about immigration enforcement issues. Congressman Quayle attacks the White House’s blatant double standard in choosing which states cooperate with immigration enforcement.

ALRA Releases Its Primary Candidate Endorsements

MESA, ARIZONA (July 11, 2012) – In light of the unprecedented importance placed on the 2012 electoral cycle, the Executive Board of the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA) decided to break with its former practice and officially vet and endorse some primary candidates.

After a review of the candidacies and political platforms of the Republicans in various key races, the ALRA Executive Board has taken formal votes to decide which candidates are most in line with our conservative platforms and values. The result of those votes is as follows:

  • Maricopa County Sheriff – Joe Arpaio
  • Congressional District 3 – Gabriela Saucedo Mercer
  • Congressional District 5 – Matt Salmon
  • Legislative District 8 Representative – T J Shope
  • Legislative District 13 Representative – Steve Montenegro
  • Legislative District 21 Representative – Rick Gray
  • Legislative District 21 Representative – Debbie Lesko
  • Legislative District 25 Senator – Russell Pearce
  • Gilbert Justice of the Peace – James Estrada

Congratulations to all on receiving ALRA’s endorsement of their respective campaigns. We look forward to working with all of them to strengthen the conservative representation that is vital to the future dignity, security and prosperity of the people of Arizona.

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Rep Ben Quayle Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare

WASHINTON (DC) – Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” on a 5-4 majority.

“I believe that today’s decision was a disaster for the American people and the American healthcare system. Even before full implementation, Obamacare costs drastically more than promised, raises the costs of healthcare for American families and harms the ability of businesses to offer health insurance, or even hire new workers. 

“I will continue to fight every day for the full repeal of this government takeover of healthcare. The fight against Obamacare doesn’t end today – it’s just getting warmed up”

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Rep. Ben Quayle Reiterates Call for Holder Resignation Following Hearing

WASHINGTON (DC) – Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement after a House Judiciary Committee hearing where he questioned Holder directly about the fundamentally flawed “Operation Fast and Furious”.

“Once again, Attorney General Holder tossed away an opportunity to cooperate with the Congressional investigation into the tragic ‘Operation Fast and Furious’. Once again, he did not come clean with the American people about who authorized the operation; who knew about the operation; or when officials at the Justice Department became aware of the operation.”

“I have previously called for Attorney General Holder’s resignation, and more recently called for an immediate floor vote on a contempt of Congress resolution against him. I have long felt that this Attorney General does not garner the confidence and respect demanded of the nation’s top law enforcement officer. I certainly do not believe he’s demonstrated the forthrightness and transparency we expect to see from a person in that post. Today’s hearing unfortunately did nothing to erase my concerns, and in fact strengthened them.

“Attorney General Holder must resign immediately. ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ was ill-conceived and the victims of it deserve to see those responsible held accountable. Attorney General Holder has stood as a roadblock to accountability since this operation came to light. The foot dragging must end, and this Attorney General must go.”

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Rep. Ben Quayle Responds to Disappointing Jobs Report

WASHINGTON (DC) – Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement in response to the May jobs report, which showed the unemployment rate rising to 8.2% and just 69,000 jobs being added.

“Today’s poor jobs report is yet another sad testament to the failure of President Obama’s economic policy. Well into a supposed economic recovery, the unemployment rate is still above 8%. The President’s policies have failed to energize our economy and bring security and opportunity to struggling families in Arizona and across America. 

“The President has tried debt-driven stimulus measures. He’s tried tax-code gimmicks and subsidy stunts. It’s time he tried simplifying the tax code, reining in regulation and red tape and scrapping his disastrous healthcare bill. For Arizona, where our unemployment rate exceeds the national average, the time for smart economic policy can’t come soon enough.”

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Rep. Ben Quayle Pays Tribute to Our Fallen Soldiers

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Wil Cardon: Congressman Jeff Flake Continues to Waste Money for Travel

Phoenix, Arizona – A recent study by CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, found that Congressman Jeff Flake has no shame when it comes to the amount of government money he is willing to waste. Phoenix’s KPHO-TV highlighted the study’s findings in which Congressman Flake has reimbursed himself $20,000 for travel, meals and other expenses. In a time when our country faces over $15 trillion of debt and 14 million Americans are unemployed, Congressman Flake thinks we should be footing the bill for his extravagant congressional lifestyle. When KPHO-TV reached out to Congressman Flake for an answer on why he finds it appropriate to waste $20,000, the sixth term congressman had no response.

Arizonans can’t afford Congressman Flake!

In case you missed it…

KPHO CBS Channel 5

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Study: Some AZ Reps. Use position to benefit themselves

PHOENIX (CBS5) – Do you ever wonder how much money your lawmakers give to groups?

A new study spells it all out for the United States House of Representatives.

Of Arizona’s seven representatives, only three are mentioned in the study.

The group behind it is CREW, or Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

It decided to look into how many U.S. representatives used their positions to benefit themselves or their families.

The group claimed the answer is more than half.

People like Rep. Ron Paul, who’s campaign paid more family members than any other representative, the study said.

You’ll also see Congressman Jeff Flake, Ben Quayle and Ed Pastor mentioned.

Quayle seems to be the lightest offender in the report.

It said he gave $250 to his dad’s company for facility rental and staffing services.

The report claimed Flake reimbursed himself nearly $20,000 for travel, meals and other expenses.

Then there’s Rep. Ed Pastor.

According to the report, his wife and nephew used to work with Chicanos Por La Causa, and CREW claimed Pastor has earmarked more than $1.8 million to the group from 2008 to 2010.

The report also said Pastor gave his daughter a big one up on the competition getting her a job at South Mountain Community College.

It said Pastor earmarked nearly a million dollars in 2008 and 2009 to the school’s ACE program and steered over a million dollars in federal grants to the program four months after his daughter was hired.

Coincidentally, her salary was at the very top of the pay scale.

CBS 5 News reached out to Quayle, Flake and Pastor for this story.

The only one who responded was Pastor.

His office said he has declined to comment.

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Rep. Ben Quayle Legislation Wins Committee Passage

WASHINGTON (DC) – Congressman Ben Quayle issued the following statement after his bill, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2012 (H.R. 3862) passed out of the House Judiciary Committee. H.R. 3862 would increase the transparency and fairness of federal rulemaking by allowing public input and requiring notice when activist groups seek to impose new rules and regulations on the public through lawsuit settlements with regulatory agencies–a process known as sue-and-settle regulation.

“The Obama Administration’s regulatory onslaught has done more than saddle America’s small businesses with thousands of new rules and regulations. It has also opened the door to pro-regulation environmental and other interest groups to use sue-and-settle agreements to impose even more, and harsher rules. To make matters worse, this is being done behind closed doors with little or no public input. 

“I’m grateful that the House Judiciary Committee has taken action on this bill and passed it on for a vote of the full House. The real world consequences of backroom regulation are great. Arizonans’ electricity costs may soon increase by 20% as a result of a regulation created through the “sue and settle” process. It’s time to restore transparency and fairness to federal rulemaking, and slow the onslaught of sue-and-settle regulation.” 

Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith praised Rep. Quayle’s work on the bill and congratulated him on committee passage:

“I thank Mr. Quayle for his introduction of H.R. 3862 and congratulate him on its passage by the House Judiciary Committee. America’s small businesses and job creators need relief from the flood of new regulations and red tape made in Washington. A heavy contributor to the burden of new regulation is the use of consent decrees and settlement agreements to force federal agencies to issue new rules. This bill makes sure that those to be regulated have a fair opportunity to participate in the resolution of litigation over the regulatory process. And it provides needed transparency on the ways agencies conduct their business.”

BACKGROUND ON HR 3862

An avalanche of federal regulations is burying America’s job creators. The Small Business Administration recently estimated the annual federal regulatory burden to reach $1.75 trillion—equal to $15,586 per year for each U.S. household. According to a recent Gallup survey, “small-business owners in the United States are most likely to say complying with government regulations . . . is the most important problem facing them today.” Yet the Obama Administration’s current regulatory agenda has 3,118 regulations in the pipeline, 167 of which will have a major impact on the economy—on top of 1,010 regulations already completed, including 45 with major impacts.

A critical, growing driver of the regulatory onslaught—particularly environmental regulation like EPA’s Utility MACT and Greenhouse Gas rules—lies in consent decrees and settlement agreements that force new regulations to be promulgated. In what is known as “sue-and-settle” regulation, pro-regulatory interest groups often sue agencies that have not yet promulgated rules authorized or required by statute. In these cases, plaintiffs and the agencies agree behind closed doors to fast-moving deadlines for new rules, then propose consent decrees and settlement agreements that back the deadlines with judicial authority. These decrees and settlements often blindside states and regulated entities that will be affected by the new regulations, provide little time for public notice and comment or assessment of small business impacts, and short-circuit White House review of costs and benefits. Even the text of proposed rules is sometimes pre-negotiated by the sue-and-settle parties—foreordaining the regulations under which everyone else will have to live.

H.R. 3862, the “Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2012,” introduced by Rep. Ben Quayle (R-AZ), contains strong reforms against collusive sue-and-settle regulation, including terms that:

  • force agencies to inform the public and Congress of all sue-and-settle consent decrees, settlement agreements, judicial complaints, and attorneys’ fee awards;
  • prohibit sue-and-settle parties from proposing consent decrees and settlement agreements until intervenors have had a chance to enter the case and participate in settlement negotiations;
  • require decrees and settlements to go through public notice and comment before they can be filed with the court;
  • allow public commentors presumptive amicus curiae status when the parties move the court to approve the decrees and settlements;
  • require the court to consider the agency’s competing mandatory duties before approving a decree or settlement;
  • assure that the decree or settlement allow sufficient time and procedure for the agency to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable statutes and executive orders that govern rulemaking; and
  • make it easier for subsequent administrations to seek modification of sue-and-settle consent decrees due to obligations to fulfill other duties or changed facts and circumstances.

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Ben Quayle Decries President Obama’s Duplicity and Weakness

WASHINGTON (DC) – Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement regarding President Obama’s comments to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev which were caught on an open microphone. President Obama asked for “space” on the issue of missile defense until after he is reelected:

“It is hard to believe that a President of the United States could demonstrate as much duplicity, weakness and cynicism as President Obama did in his open-mic comments to President Medvedev. For the leader of the free world to communicate to another nation that he would say one thing to the American people and do another as a reelected President is absolutely stunning.

“The purpose of American missile defense is to protect America and its allies from the terror of nuclear weapons—no matter their source. The President’s willingness to compromise that security in any way is a gross dereliction of duty.

“Since the President was caught on tape admitting he will say one thing and do another on a vital national security matter, I have to wonder what other issues he would shift positions on if he were elected to a second term. America needs a President that will lead with clarity and conviction. We need a leader that will negotiate from a position of strength—not a leader who will negotiate away our strengths.

“President Obama has shown that his word cannot be trusted either by the American people, or America’s allies. That alone should disqualify him from the second term he hopes will liberate him from his duty to stand up for America’s interests.”

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Guest Opinion: Has Raul Grijalva Finally Met His Match?

By Andy Kirchoff

It’s time for another round of America’s favorite political quiz game, “Who’s that Politician?”

Blanca GuerraFor 100 points and a trip to Arizona: “This Grand Canyon State resident was one of 31 congressmen to vote to refuse to certify Ohio election results in 2004, and in 2008 was rated the most liberal congressman in the country by the National Journal. He even co-chairs the House Progressive Caucus with Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN).”

The correct answer is Rep. Raul Grijalva (minus 100 point for anyone who answered Gabrielle Giffords. She’s far more moderate in both her politics and persona). In spite of this deeply liberal worldview (and voting record to match), he has handily won re-election in his D+6 District since his first foray into Congress back in 2002. There are various reasons for his electoral success. I would speculate that part of his success is simply due to his visible contrast to the rest of the Arizona political class. In a political climate defined by the politics of immigration restriction, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is an anomaly. Rather than embrace the “stand with Arizona” motto of the tea party, he opted to organize a “big-business” boycott of the very state he represents in Congress. When SB1070 author and now former State Senator Russell Pearce (R-AZ) was pandering to neonazis and racists, Grijalva was organizing for the pro-reconquista group MEChA. If nothing else, Grijalva has been the voice of the disaffected fringe left of Arizona – such political posturing is bound to attract some political support, even as it alienates other potential allies.

A more likely (admittedly partial) explanation of Grijalva’s political success is his strong support from Veteran’s Groups. His record on veteran’s issues is indeed very commendable; he’s filed and/or supported many bills on behalf of Veterans over the years, including the popular REVAMP Act, a bill designed to repair crumbling Veteran’s facilities. Certainly, focusing constituent services on veteran’s assistance is a praiseworthy trait. Alas, “one-issue” voters do not a Republic make, and Grijalva’s attention to this issue can’t conceal his far left-of-center beliefs on other issues.

Enter Blanca Guerra, Arizona co-leader of Café Con Leche Republicans. She’s pro-immigration reform, but doesn’t embrace Rep. Grijalva’s economic extremism. She’s socially conservative with private sector experience and business acumen. She’s even able to neutralize Grijalva’s pro-veteran bona fides, as Blanca is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Grijalva’s renown and the overall partisan nature of the 7th CD will certainly be difficult to overcome. Nonetheless, Grijalva’s intemperate and ill-fated response to SB1070, when combined with his virulently left-wing ideology, could allow a Republican the opportunity to oust him from his seat. Needless to say, we’re very proud of Blanca here at CCLR, and we’d love nothing more than to see Blanca’s campaign send shockwaves throughout the Arizona political establishment. Here’s your chance, Arizona GOPers: let’s give Blanca the support she needs to win this thing!