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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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.

November 26, 2019 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK— Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) applauded the recent announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to award nearly $29 million in funding to 19 tribes in Arizona to invest in environmental protection programs and water infrastructure. 

November 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), along with Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) introduced the bipartisan Drought Relief Through Innovative Projects (DRIP) Act, legislation to address drought conditions and protect the water supply of the southwest by removing and replacing invasive, non-native salt cedars.

October 31, 2019 In The News

The Arizona congressional delegation is once again working to ensure that fresh tomatoes from Mexico can be imported into the United States duty-free.

U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally and U.S. Reps. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, and Tom O’Halleran, D-Casa Grande, sent a letter to U.S. International Trade Commission Secretary Lisa Barton underscoring the importance of international produce trade to Arizona’s economy.