As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and Chair of the Blue Dog Special Task Force on Rural America, I'm focused on giving rural Arizonans and our ag producers a voice in Washington. Read more about my work below.

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October 2, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D- Ariz., criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture during a recent House hearing on the western wildfires, saying “forest management has long been on the backburner at the federal level.”

Halleran made his observation during a hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry.

Earlier this month the representative called for the hearing to explore the federal role in wildfire response, recovery, and reduction of fire risk. 

August 21, 2020 In The News

Arizona Senators Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema joined Representatives Tom O’Halleran, Greg Stanton, Debbie Lesko, Andy Biggs, David Schweikert, Ruben Gallego, and Raul Grijalva in urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to protect “free, fair, and reciprocal trade” with Mexico.

The letter comes amid discussions among Trump Administration officials over whether to implement a new “seasonal trade remedy” to protect growers in the Southeast U.S., which the delegation argues will hurt Arizona importers and shoppers. 

July 20, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – Tomorrow, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), a member of the House Agriculture Committee will participate as in a Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Hearing on the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

April 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Ahead of tomorrow’s House vote on the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a $484 billion interim emergency legislative package to address the economic fallout and public health emergency caused by the coronavirus, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement:

April 20, 2020 In The News

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The economic fallout from COVID-19 is hitting many in our state hard and rural communities are facing more funding challenges than urban areas.

“Of course they’ve been hit hard. Their businesses have been decimated. We don’t have the numbers New York does, but we still have the side effects of this virus,” said Rep.Tom O’Halleran, Yavapai County (D).

Federal funding through the CARES act is headed to states, cities and counties—including in Arizona and Pima County.

April 15, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Yesterday, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined a bipartisan group of 14 lawmakers on a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging the agency to support dairy farmers facing economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 12, 2020 Contributed Columns

In December 2019, I voted to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a new North American trade deal that will improve international trade with our neighbors to the north and south, protect our workers and environment, and create enforcement provisions to ensure all that trading partners are held accountable.

Last month, I was pleased to see the agreement move through the Senate and to the president’s desk for a signature.

January 30, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON — Arizona businesses and elected officials hailed Wednesday’s signing of the new United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement that they say preserves markets worth more than $20 billion in trade and 228,000 jobs in the state in 2018.

President Donald Trump, flanked by hard-hatted workers in a White House signing ceremony, hailed the “colossal victory” of the deal, that replaces the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, following the President’s signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement:

“Arizonans I talk to are focused on growing our rural communities and bringing good-paying jobs to our state. Ratifying the USMCA will help us do both.

“The agreement signed by President Trump today will improve trade with Canada and Mexico, protect our workers and environment, and create enforcement provisions to ensure all that trading partners are held accountable.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to vote to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a new North American trade deal that would promote economic growth, strengthen protections for laborers and our environment, promote international trade, enhance compliance monitoring, and create enforcement provisions that would increase accountability for all trading partners.