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—After recent announcements that the U.S. Census Bureau’s enumeration process would be cut short by one month, and reports that these changes will leave many Americans uncounted, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce Wilbur Ross requesting answers about plans that must be in place to ensure that all Americans are properly counted and recorded in 2020.
CASA GRANDE—Yesterday afternoon, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) hosted a listening session with members of the Casa Grande Union High School and Elementary School Districts to take questions and concerns from educators and administrators, learn what is and is not working, and what Arizona schools need from the federal government to help kids succeed safely this fall.
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, following reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had announced a plan to open an “Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains” in Colorado that will focus on tracking and cleaning up abandoned mines in Western states, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement:
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) led the Blue Dog Coalition to launch its first-ever virtual Rural Opportunity Roundtable series starting with a discussion with local and tribal leaders about the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on rural and tribal communities.
Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., made a little history on Monday by launching the Blue Dog Democrats’ first-ever virtual rural opportunity roundtable series. The discussion with local and tribal leaders focused on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on rural and tribal communities.
“There’s no better place to start these discussions than with those who best know these communities and who are leading the fight against the crisis: our local and tribal leaders,” said O’Halleran, the Blue Dog Coalition’s co-chair for Policy.
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services had awarded over $3.5 million in grant funding to support Gila River Indian Community Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined the voices of Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer in calling on the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) to honor tribal sovereignty and adhere to the Navajo Nation’s position that all federally operated schools under the control of BIE remain closed for face-to-face and in-classroom instruction for the entirety of the Fall 2020 semester.
WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Delivering for America Act: legislation cosponsored by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) that prohibits the Postal Service from implementing or approving any changes to the operations or service levels in effect on January 1, 2020, that would impede prompt, reliable, and efficient service. The prohibition would remain in effect for the duration of the coronavirus crisis or through January 2021.
WASHINGTON—At a roundtable earlier this week, Representatives Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) and Greg Stanton (AZ-09) heard from local leaders about how changes to the United States Postal Service will impact their communities. The congressmen were joined by a diverse group representing postal workers, tribes, seniors, veterans, and small business owners.
Video of the discussion is available here.
PAYSON - Congressman Tom O’Halleran issued a statement saying he’s “outraged” by the Republican Senate’s refusal to respond to House Democrat’s passage of a second, $3.4 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill that would extend unemployment benefits, provide help for schools and local government, provide a second $1,200 check for every taxpayer and support other programs to cope with the pandemic.
Senate Republicans did not pass a bill of their own before the House and Senate went on recess to hit the campaign trail.