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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VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—This weekend, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) hosted two conference calls with northern Arizona mayors and the Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System to provide updates on the federal government’s recently passed CARES Act, legislation to address the negative effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and to hear from Arizona stakeholders about what will still need to be addressed in forthcoming legislation. Today, he released the following statement:
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, concerned with the lack of attention the Navajo Nation has received from federal agencies responsible for COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts. As of last night, there were 115 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the Navajo Nation, making up 12% of total cases in Arizona.
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), whose district encompasses the Grand Canyon, called on Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt to temporarily close Grand Canyon National Park to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health and safety of park employees, visitors, and families in nearby northern Arizona communities.
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) applauded President Trump’s signature of three O’Halleran-led telecommunications bills that will improve broadband access in rural areas and protect our growing national telecommunications infrastructure from foreign threats.
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-01) and Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE-03) sent a bipartisan letter signed by 36 members of Congress urging House and Senate leadership to prioritize a legislative solution to a critical flaw in the Medicare telehealth program that does not allow Medicare to cover telehealth services in many rural hospitals.
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—As more Americans begin working and learning from home to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), more people than ever before are using the internet as their primary mode of communication with jobs and schools.
VILLIAGE OF OAK CREEK— Today, in response to continued national disorganization among COVID-19 response and mitigation efforts, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement:
“When the administration’s Coronavirus Response Task Force was established, Vice President Pence stated that we need an all government, all American approach to combat this public health crisis. I completely agree.
“That is why I am confused and appalled by the lack of leadership and coordination from the administration during this national emergency.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema led a letter from the Arizona Congressional Delegation urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to stop a regulation that will harm the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid program, and jeopardize health care for vulnerable Arizonans.
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee, the top official at the Indian Health Services (IHS), voicing his concerns that tribal leaders and health officials are neither receiving adequate guidance from IHS, nor the resources that they need in a timely manner.
WASHINGTON—Tonight, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a supplemental appropriation to allocate billions in federal funding to continue to address the spread of the Coronavirus and the effects on American families.