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, following the holiday weekend release of a climate report, Congressman Tom O’Halleran urged the Administration to take a more serious role in addressing the causes and consequences of climate change on our nation.
The City of Flagstaff hosted a tour of the Rio de Flag Flood Control Project Wednesday for Congressman Tom O’Halleran, the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. General Todd Semonite and the commander of the Los Angeles District of the Army Corps, Colonel Aaron Barta. It was the first visit by a commander from the Army Corps to Flagstaff to review the project firsthand. The Army Corps allocated one-million dollars in federal fiscal year 2017 and one-point-three million dollars in fiscal year 2018.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday let stand an Obama-era moratorium on new uranium mines on about 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon, declining to hear a challenge to the ban by mining groups.
The 20-year ban on new mines was imposed in 2012 by then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to protect the air and water around the canyon. But opponents called the move overreach by government bureaucrats who should have been subject to congressional veto.
HOLBROOK – A Canadian energy company will add to its helium operation with more than 3,000 acres of newly leased federal land near Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona.
But an environmental group and Arizona U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran worry that operations could threaten key water sources and at least two endangered species.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass the FY 2019 Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations Minibus. Included in the appropriations bill is language championed by O’Halleran that prevents $23 million from being moved out of the Upper Colorado River Basin Fund.
WASHINGTON – Today, during the first Farm Bill Conference Committee’s public hearing, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) urged House and Senate members to draft a bipartisan Farm Bill that supports Arizona farmers and ranchers, working families, and rural communities.
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) demanded answers following the recent announcement that the Administration would cancel a pay raise for federal employees, including civilian employees who support Arizona’s public lands, protect our communities, and serve our veterans.
WASHINGTON – The House gave final approval Monday to a bill that would let the White Mountain Apache proceed on desperately needed improvements to their water system, ending two years of back-and-forth debate in Congress on the issue.
The measure was ultimately approved on a voice vote with no opposition after just five minutes of discussion Monday.
Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran, a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and chair of the Blue Dog Special Task Force on Rural America, was named as a conferee for the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee.
WAHSINGTON - Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01), whose district includes much of the Grand Canyon National Park, sent a letter signed by Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) requesting official documentation from Secretary Ryan Zinke about the Department of the Interior's plan to support the Grand Canyon Mineral Withdrawal Order. This request for official documentation follows news reports that Secretary Zinke has 'no intention' of revisiting the mining ban in the Grand Canyon area.