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—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) introduced the Providing Recovery Opportunities and Mitigating the Industry’s Shifting Economics (PROMISE) Act, legislation that would provide economic development resources to communities affected by the closure of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) and the Kayenta Mine and establish job and skills training programs for displaced employees. The legislation is cosponsored by Representatives Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), and Greg Stanton (AZ-09).
Washington – Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) joined a bipartisan group to introduce the Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act. The legislation would address barriers that stand in the way of improving the efficiency of law enforcement agency data sharing and officer recruitment and retention, both of which are imperative to addressing the growing crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women.
House Democrats frequently complain about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocking bills they’ve passed, but 30 of the 56 measures that have been signed into law so far this Congress have been theirs.
Some of those bills include bipartisan, bicameral spending agreements needed to keep the government operational or extensions of critical government programs, while others represent policy needs members have identified.
The leaders of the House Blue Dog Coalition and the House Blue Dog Task Force on National Security on Thursday sent a letter to House and Senate leaders calling for action to prevent foreign interference in U.S. elections and to secure election systems.
The House Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 26 moderate Democrats, urged congressional leaders to “put politics aside and pursue bipartisan solutions” to bolster election security ahead of 2020.
CASA GRANDE—This week, Congressman O’Halleran (AZ-01) welcomed Rudy Cota III to join his Casa Grande office as a Veterans Services Representative.
“Our veterans served bravely, and when they return from defending our country, they deserve our support and respect,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “I’m pleased that Rudy will be joining our team to serve Arizona veterans and ensure they receive the benefits and honors they have earned.”
PHOENIX (AP) — Town hall-style public meetings that gave Arizona residents the opportunity to ask questions of their congressional representatives used to be common during the August recess but are becoming rare.
Avoiding those face-to-face events, most delegation members now visit workplaces, offer in-office meetings or hold tele-town halls.
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — United States Congressman Tom O’Halleran addressed members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at the Navajo Nation Council Chamber in Window Rock. Congressman O’Halleran’s report included updates on increasing federal funding for tribal projects, improving veterans’ services and his recent visits with Navajo communities.
“Your voice is being heard. Is it heard to the level that I want to see it? No, not yet. But we will continue in that direction,” said Congressman O’Halleran.
The president signed a bill making it possible for Flagstaff and Yuma to now hold federal court proceedings into the future.
The bill was able to make it through both the House of Representatives and the Senate and was signed by President Donald Trump late last week. The newly established law allows the federal court in Flagstaff to hold full cases in the city, which is centrally located in the northern region. Before the bill was signed into law, court could only be held in Globe, Phoenix, and Tucson.
PHOENIX – Arizona lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and President Donald Trump found something on which they can all agree.
Trump signed a bipartisan bill last week that improves access to the federal court system for Arizonans living outside major population centers.
The new law, which adds Flagstaff and Yuma to the list of Arizona cities permitted to hold United States District Court proceedings, was pushed by the state’s entire congressional delegation.
A bipartisan bill, backed by all Arizona members of Congress, that would expand access to federal courts for people in Flagstaff and Yuma, has been signed into law by President Trump. Congressman Tom O’Halleran introduced the bill in the House, which passed back in July. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Martha McSally and co-sponsored by Senator Kyrsten Sinema. The bill would amend Title 28 of the U.S. Code to add Flagstaff and Yuma to the list of Arizona cities authorized to hold federal district court proceedings.