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, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted in favor of H.R. 133: new legislation to address the public health and economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic and to fund the government through September 30, 2021.
WASHINGTON—Last night, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass S. 1811, the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2020. The comprehensive water legislation improves our water infrastructure, strengthens America’s competitive edge by investing in our ports, harbors, and waterways, increases federal coordination with tribal communities, and makes updated water, wastewater, and groundwater infrastructure more affordable.
As wildfires flare across the West, Arizona’s congressional leaders are calling once again on the federal government to press forward on an ambitious plan to reduce forest fires in the state.
Sen. Martha McSally (R) and Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D) led a bipartisan group of Arizona’s congressional members to send another request to the U.S. Forest Service to step up the pace on the second phase of a huge RFP. The RFP is part of a public-private partnership called the Fourth Forest Initiative, or 4FRI, whose goal is to restore 2.4 million acres in Northern Arizona.
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.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined members on both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act: a legislative package that takes concrete actions to work toward a clean energy economy, invests in updating American energy innovation infrastructure, creates new, good-paying jobs, and tackles the climate crisis.
WASHINGTON—Yesterday, House leadership announced the introduction of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, a legislative package to fund research and development needed to work toward a clean energy economy, invest in updating American energy innovation infrastructure, and work to reduce harmful carbon emissions to net-zero pollution. The
Republican Sen. Martha McSally and Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran have proposed a bill to expand the boundaries of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument in Flagstaff to include the visitor center that is located on Coconino National Forest land.
The bill would transfer about 97 acres of land to the National Park Service.
Sunset Crater is currently on National Park Service land; however, the associated visitor center, bunkhouse, and other outbuildings are located on Forest Service land.
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva asking that the pair work together to host a joint hearing between the two Committees to explore the federal role in reducing fire risk.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey last week announced Gila County will receive a $21 million federal grant to build the Tonto Creek Bridge. In January, Governor Ducey called on the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund the bridge project, which was included as a policy priority in the Governor’s State of the State address. Announcement of the BUILD grant was welcome news to Gila County’s District 2 Supervisor, Tim Humphrey, who represents Tonto Basin.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-01) and U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced bipartisan legislation to modify the boundary of the Sunset Crater