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—Today, as some states, including Arizona, begin the first phases of reopening procedures, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, urging the federal government to clearly articulate how the government will adequately scale and deploy COVID-19 testing, antibody testing, and contact tracing resources to deal with potential “hot spots.”
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK — Today, as some states, including Arizona, begin the first phases of reopening procedures, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, urging the federal government to clearly articulate how the government will adequately scale and deploy COVID-19 testing, antibody testing, and contact tracing resources to deal with potential “hot spots.”
WASHINGTON — Arizona lawmakers are calling on Congress to prioritize rural Americans in the next round of coronavirus legislation.
The pandemic has widened America’s “urban-rural divide,” according to Rep. Tom O’Halleran, a Democrat who represents the sprawling 1st District in the eastern half of the state. If Congress doesn’t take drastic steps to support rural Americans, it will “once again leave rural Arizona, and rural America, behind,” he wrote in a recent letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego agreed.
Americans are facing an invisible enemy and one of our greatest challenges ever as a nation.
To date, Congress has passed, and the president has signed into law, four legislative packages to mitigate the public health and economic impacts of the coronavirus.
Unfortunately, many of these new programs and provisions to assist families, businesses, local governments, and health systems have not provided the same positive impact on rural Arizona as they have on other parts of our country.
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a leader to Congressional leadership outlining five areas that must be prioritized in the next legislative package to address the coronavirus, expected in the coming weeks.
In the letter, O’Halleran names rural health care, small business assistance, tribal needs, high speed broadband expansion, and funding for state, local, and tribal governments as areas requiring the immediate attention of the federal government.
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer extend their appreciation to all of the Congressional members who have voiced their support for the Navajo Nation and other federally-recognized tribes by calling on the U.S. Department of the Treasury to immediately release $8 billion in CARES Act funding to tribes.
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined a group of colleagues, including representatives Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) in calling on the Treasury Department to immediately release CARES Act funding to Tribes.
PHOENIX – Environmentalists are blasting a Trump administration call for “bold action to revive and strengthen the uranium mining industry,” an industry whose history they say has left a “toxic trail” through the Grand Canyon.
They are responding to a report last week by the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Fuel Working Group, which called for the government to support both uranium mining and nuclear power technology to preserve national security.
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, in response to the administration’s release of new guidelines that seek to expand and deregulate uranium mining operations across the desert Southwest, including lands surrounding the Grand Canyon, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement: