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

May 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, following House leadership’s introduction of the Heroes Act, a new $3 trillion legislative package to address the negative effects of the coronavirus, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement:

May 13, 2020 Contributed Columns

SACATON—Saturday, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) visited the Gila River Indian Community to see the Community’s new testing site and meet with tribal leadership to discuss concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

May 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON­­– Yesterday, the independent Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy released their 2019 Bipartisan Index. Last year, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) was the most bipartisan House member in the Arizona delegation, ranked 21st of all Members in the House of Representatives, and was the eighth most bipartisan Democrat in the House of Representatives.

May 12, 2020 In The News

TUCSON— Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva, Tom O’Halleran, and Ann Kirkpatrick sent a letter to Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza urging SBA to release data for small businesses that have received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program for Pima County. With the data, local officials will be able to ascertain the extent of COVID-19’s impact on area small businesses. The lawmakers wrote,

May 12, 2020 Contributed Columns

Guest column: Tribal communities need promised resources, not political games

Since we first learned of the serious threat the coronavirus poses to our communities, I have been concerned with the lack of attention the Navajo Nation has received from federal agencies responsible for COVID-19 response efforts.

May 11, 2020 In The News

A new bill before Congress aims to make it easier for federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs) to receive Medicare reimbursement for using telehealth.

The Improving Telehealth for Underserved Communities Act (HR 6792), filed last week by US Reps. Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), aims to amend language included in the CARES Act that expanded connected health coverage for RHCs and FQHCs, but also created a lot of paperwork and, in some cases, allowed providers to receive more for telehealth services than for in-person care.

May 11, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – Friday, Representatives Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ-01) and Adrian Smith (R-NE-03) introduced H.R. 6792, the Improving Telehealth for Underserved Communities Act, to improve the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) telehealth fix created by the CARES Act.

May 11, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK––Friday, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers as a cosponsor of H.R. 6697, the Local Chamber, Tourism, and 501(c)(6) Protection Act, legislation to expand Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) eligibility to local chambers of commerce, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), and other 501(c)(6) organizations.

May 7, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced $3,221,585 in Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding for COVID-19 testing at community health centers in Arizona’s First Congressional District.

May 6, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced over $950,000 in grant funding for the Navajo Nation’s Department of Health under the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program. This funding is part of allocated monies under the CARES Act that O’Halleran fought to secure for tribes.

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