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Congressman Tom O´Halleran

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

Accountability

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.

Introduced Legislation:

Cosponsored Legislation:

  • 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

More on Accountability

March 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON- The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) today announced that Representative Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) is a finalist for the Democracy Awards, CMF’s honors program recognizing non-legislative achievement in operations and constituent service by congressional offices and Members of Congress. Rep. O’Halleran is recognized for excellence in Transparency, Accountability, and Innovation.

March 11, 2019 Contributed Columns

There is nothing more important to the future of our state and the entire southwest region of our country than our access to water. I have spent most of my time in public service, as a state legislator, concerned citizen and community leader, and now in the United States House of Representatives, working extensively on Arizona water issues. I understand just how important this resource is to Arizona.

March 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the United States House of Representatives unanimously adopted three amendments to H.R. 1 introduced by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01). H.R. 1 is a package of major election reforms that strengthen our democracy, get dark money out of politics, and close ethics loopholes. Final passage of H.R. 1, including the O’Halleran amendments, will occur tomorrow.

March 1, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — One of Pinal County’s congressional representatives has introduced a group of bills that would disclose President Donald Trump’s travel costs, prevent lawmakers from traveling during a government shutdown and curb first-class flights for politicians.

U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Sedona, introduced five pieces of legislation this week aimed at increasing transparency and reducing abuse of military resources.

February 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) introduced five ethics and transparency bills aimed at cleaning up corruption in Washington and restoring faith in Congress. The legislation cracks down on lawmakers’ and bureaucrats’ use of private jets and first-class flights, helps end the revolving door from Congress to lucrative lobbying jobs, protects Department of Defense funds from being used for unethical travel, ends special perks for members of Congress, prevents government shutdowns, and protects the independent Office of Congressional ethics from political threats.

February 25, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), cosponsored a resolution to end President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, in accordance with the process described in the National Emergencies Act.

February 21, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Tom O'Halleran joined the entire U.S. House delegation from Arizona to co-sponsor Congressman Andy Biggs' Phoenix VA Congressional Oversight Act, which authorizes a pilot program to improve constituent services in Arizona. 

February 19, 2019 Contributed Columns

For 35 days, thousands of hardworking Arizonans – park rangers, border patrol and prison agents, and scientists – went without their paychecks. Across the country, private businesses suffered, national parks were irreparably damaged, and air travel was threatened. All for a dispute over the merits of a policy proposal.

This is not how governing works.

February 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) called on the president to reverse his decision to divert resources from the Department of Defense and law enforcement programs to fund a border wall.

February 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement regarding the bipartisan appropriations deal to avert a government shutdown: