Agriculture, Climate, and Public Lands
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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WASHGINTON—Today, following the the House of Representatives’ failure to consider the O’Halleran-backed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-01) and Congressman Don Young (R-AK-AL) shook hands on a friendly wager for Katmai National Park’s Fat Bear Week, agreeing that whichever chosen bear went farther in this year’s competition would win said Congressman a district product from the other’s home state. Fat Bear Week is an annual tournament celebrating the success of brown bears at Brooks River in Katmai National Park, Alaska in gaining weight to prepare for winter hibernation.
WASHINGTON—Last night, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass H.R. 4350, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022, legislation to fund American military operations that includes a much deserved 2.7% pay increase for servicemembers.
CAMERON – Yesterday, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan and Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez to visit an abandoned uranium mine site in the Navajo Nation and discuss the environmental impacts of such sites with Navajo leadership.
CAMERON – On Thursday (September 16), Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan and Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez to visit an abandoned uranium mine site in the Navajo Nation and discuss the environmental impacts of such sites with Navajo leadership.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers and advocates said they were “blindsided” by the U.S. Forest Service’s abrupt announcement this week that it would halt negotiations on a proposed extension of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative.
Since 2010, the 4FRI has thinned more than 700,000 acres of national forests in eastern and northern Arizona with the goal of improving forest health and reducing the risk of wildfires.
FLAGSTAFF – On Saturday, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) visited Museum Fire flood-impacted homes in the Grandview and Sunnyside neighborhoods of Flagstaff to see damage and speak with residents about potential federal solutions.
FLAGSTAFF – Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in sending a letter to United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack urging the agency to quickly finalize a rule that would protect animals in weather emergencies such as flash floods and wildfires.
WASHINGTON – Fighting wildfires did not get any easier this month, but it did get a little more profitable for thousands of full-time and temporary firefighters employed by the federal government.
That’s because the departments of Agriculture and Interior bumped the minimum wage for federal firefighters from $13 an hour up to $15 an hour, a raise that was expected to show up in paychecks last week, the agencies said.