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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WASHINGTON—Today, Representatives Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) and John Curtis (R-UT), members of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus, introduced the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission Act of 2021, bipartisan and bicameral legislation to establish a commission of federal and non-federal stakeholders—including city and county level representation—to study and recommend fire prevention, mitigation, management, and rehabilitation policies for forests and grasslands.
The U.S. Senate subcommittee on National Parks took testimony on a bill, Wednesday, that would make the Chiricahua National Monument in Cochise County a national park.
In the Senate, the proposal is sponsored by Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly.
Kelly told committee members that the change in designation has broad support.
“I also have a letter from the San Carlos Apache Tribe that wants to ensure the legislation would not open the park to mining or impact visitation by tribal members,” said Kelly.
So what do wildfires really cost?
Sure, the Forest Service now spends between $2 billion and $4 billion each year fighting fires. But how about the buildings the flames consume, the watersheds they destroy, the heat-trapping gases they waft into the atmosphere, the fatal asthma attacks they provoke and the economic dislocations they create?
Fact is, we’re not sure.
WASHINGTON – As the Mescal, Telegraph, Slate, Pinnacle, Salt, and Cornville fires burn in and near Arizona’s First Congressional District, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) urged constituents impacted by wildfires to contact his Arizona offices as they seek information and resources.
PAGE – U.S. Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema, along with Congressman Tom O’Halleran sent a letter to Col. James J. Handura at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on May 26.
Representatives at USACE said, “As Memorial Day approaches, it is imperative that boaters are able to access the marinas at Lake Powell.”
WASHINGTON – Today, during a Pro Forma session of Congress, Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-01) led Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) in introducing bipartisan legislation that directs the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Department of Interior (DOI) to determine both the direct and indirect costs wildfires have on federal, state, and local governmental entities, as well as ag producers, property owners, evacuation centers, and more.
As a heat wave builds in the midst of an epic drought, fires have broken out across the state. The fire danger will remain high at least into July, according to the US Weather Service.
Fortunately, the weather service still predicts a near-normal monsoon will dampen the “significant wildland fire potential” expected to grip the southwest for the balance of May and all of June.
On the other hand, AccuWeather’s forecast now suggests we have just a 50/50 chance of a wet monsoon while still facing the prospect of another hot summer.
U.S. Congressman Tom O’Halleran, who represents Arizona’s 1st District, recently submitted 10 funding requests for community projects to the House Appropriations Committee, and two of those requests involved a project in Globe.
Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO) and Congressman John Curtis (R-UT) are leading members of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus in a letter to Appropriators in Congress urging them to include robust funding to programs in the Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill that will support improved wildfire preparedness, mitigation, and response across the United States.
WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined members of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus in a letter to Appropriators in Congress urging them to include robust funding to programs in the Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill that will support improved wildfire preparedness, mitigation, and response across the United States.