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.

More on Agriculture, Climate, and Public Lands

June 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) applauded an announcement made early this month by the Army Corps of Engineers to provide an additional $1.3 million in funding to complete the design of the Rio de Flag flood control project in Flagstaff.

June 21, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, following passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Chair of the Blue Dog Special Task Force on Rural America, released the following statement confirming his continued opposition to the flawed legislation.

June 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Last night, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted against a measure that would strip funding from the Children’s Health Insurance Program, critical agriculture programs, and community development and job creation programs.

May 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, following the failure of the 2018 Farm Bill vote, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Chair of the Blue Dog Special Task Force on Rural America, released a statement calling for a bipartisan effort to craft a bill that works for rural America.

April 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, the House Committee on Agriculture marked up the recently released Farm Bill, which was drafted by the leadership of the Committee with no input from members. Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), during his remarks, expressed his disappointment in the unprecedented partisanship of the Farm Bill and the cuts it makes to rural communities struggling to rebuild their economy following the recession:

April 5, 2018 In The News

The 77,000 agricultural workers living in Arizona may soon have an outlet for the stress that comes with their occupation. 

On March 13, Minnesota Representative Tom Emmer introduced the Stemming the Tide of Rural Economic Stress and Suicide (STRESS) Act to Congress. The bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by Arizona representative Tom O’Halleran, proposes programs like hotlines and counseling for struggling farmers who see suicide as their only option. 

March 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) applauded a bipartisan spending bill that prioritizes rural America, strengthens our national defense, and improves background checks for legal gun purchases, among other things.

“Congressional leaders did something no one expected. They worked together to create a bipartisan funding bill that focuses on the needs of our communities. This funding bill will make our communities safer and invest in the future of our nation. It is a step in the right direction.

March 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, as communities across the country celebrate America’s farmers during National Ag Day, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Chair of the Blue Dog Special Task Force on Rural America and member of the House Agriculture Committee, expressed his disappointment in Congressional leaders’ failure to work together on a bipartisan Farm Bill that supports rural communities and families.

March 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to turn the tide on the unacceptably high rates of suicide among farmers, Reps. Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ), Tom Emmer (R-MN), Rick Nolan (D-MN), David Young (R-IA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), John Katko (R-NY), John Faso (R-NY) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced the Stemming the Tide of Rural Economic Stress and Suicide (STRESS) Act (H.R.

February 28, 2018 Contributed Columns

Since 1933, Congress has passed a bipartisan farm bill that supports America’s agriculture producers every five years. With the next farm bill due before the end of September, I invited my colleague, Congressman Collin Peterson, of Minnesota, to join me for two listening sessions in Casa Grande and Tucson earlier this month.

Rep. Peterson is the ranking member and former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and he is a fierce advocate for America’s agriculture producers.

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