Transparency is not a partisan issue. The American people deserve accountability from their elected officials in Washington. I am committed to bringing transparency to my work by sharing information about each of my meetings on my website, introducing and supporting legislation to strengthen independent watchdog groups, and work to ensure that our government is accountable to the American people.
- Clean Legislating and Ethical Accountability Now (CLEAN) Act: makes the Office of Congressional Ethics a permanent body, protecting it from politically motivated changes, and giving it the tools it needs, including subpoena power, to investigate ethics violations.
- No Ongoing Perks Enrichment (NOPE) Act: prohibits first-class flights for members of Congress and staff, freezes Congressional pay, withholds pay unless a budget is passed, and increases the lobbying ban for members of Congress and staff from two years to five years.
- Government Shutdown Accountability and Economic Report Act of 2017: withholds Congressional pay during a government shutdown and requires daily reports on the impact and cost of the shutdown on the economy.
Government By the People Act of 2017: reforms the financing of congressional elections by broadening participation by small dollar donors.
Protecting Our Democracy Act: creates the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election to examine any attempts or activities by the Russian government or other governments, persons or entities to use electronic means to influence, interfere with, or sow distrust in the 2016 elections.
No Budget, No Pay Act: withholds Congressional pay after October 1 of any fiscal year in which Congress has not approved a concurrent resolution on the budget and passed the regular appropriations bills.
Establishing a Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress: Establishes an ad hoc committee to study the organization, operations, functions, and relevant interactions of the Members of Congress and to make recommendations to make such operations and organization more effective and efficient; make Congress and its Members more accountable; improve the orderly, timely, and effective consideration and disposal of legislation
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Washington, DC – Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) applauded the passage of legislation that will now require all Members, staff, and employees of the U.S. House of Representatives to successfully complete a workplace rights and anti-harassment training.
SEDONA - Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran released this statement following the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates:
The indictments from the Special Counsel’s office reinforce the need for a complete and independent investigation that provides answers for the American people. I have long advocated for greater transparency and accountability in every branch of government, and I will do all I can to ensure this investigation can continue until its conclusion.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran introduced an amendment to the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 to provide greater whistleblower protections to federal employees who disclose information on the improper use of aircrafts by government officials.
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement in response to the horrific shooting that took place in Las Vegas:
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Reps. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) and Kurt Schrader (OR-05) introduced the Taxpayers Don’t Incur Meaningless Expenses (Taxpayers DIME) Act, which ensures no taxpayer money is spent on government air travel that violates rules applied to senior federal officials, increases transparency and oversight of government travel, and calls for the independent Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to report on ways to strengthen existing rules.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter, signed by Reps. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), James McGovern (MA-02), William Keating (MA-09), and Betty McCollum (MN-4), demanding Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue explain the recent hiring of political operatives who lack experience within and knowledge of the departments they are assigned to oversee.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressmen Tom O’Halleran sent a letter, signed by 35 other members of Congress, to President Donald Trump, urging him to appoint a qualified, independent Director of the Office of Government Ethics.
SEDONA, AZ – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released a statement following the resignation of Walter Shaub Jr., Director of the Office of Government Ethics:
Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) and Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08) sent a letter, signed by 58 additional members of Congress, to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney expressing concern and disapproval over the Trump Administration’s refusal to publicly disclose ethics waivers for high-ranking officials.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to President Donald Trump regarding his administration’s lack of transparency on ethics waivers issued to political appointees.
“As a former law enforcement officer, I know that a community’s faith in the institutions that serve them are critical for the safety and wellbeing of all,” wrote Rep. O’Halleran in the letter. “That’s why I am extremely concerned about reports indicating ethics waivers for political appointees in your Administration are being issued in secret and no longer published online.”