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PAGE – On Friday, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) introduced the National Energy Workforce and Providing Recovery Opportunities to Manage the Industry’s Shifting Economics (NEW PROMISE) Act, legislation that would provide economic development resources to communities affected by the closure of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS)—and those like it across the United States—establish job and skills training programs for displaced employees, and invest in cities, towns, and tribal areas that have suffered economic downturn as a result of a closing coal-generation plant.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-01) joined Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-04) to re-introduce the House component of the Flexible Funding for Rural America Act: bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would allow electric cooperatives to refinance USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) loans at lower interest rates, saving co-ops and their consumers as much as $10 billion.
The quest for improved infrastructure in rural Apache and Navajo counties — especially broadband — remains at the top of newly re-elected Rep. Tom O’Halleran’s agenda.
His quest to bolster rural internet coverage was bolstered last week with his appointment as co-chair of a bipartisan caucus focused on broadband deployment and an all-out effort to close the “digital divide” that separates urban and rural areas.
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) helped to introduce the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s new infrastructure package, the Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s (LIFT) America Act, comprehensive legislation that will help rebuild American infrastructure through significant investments in combating climate change, expanding broadband access, and protecting public health and the environment.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass the Senate-amended version of H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a comprehensive legislative package to address the public health and economic crises caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The legislation now heads to President Biden’s desk for his signature.
Show Low can expect a $3.7-million windfall if the US Senate adopts the House-passed version of a $1.9-trillion COVID stimulus bill. Navajo County could get $22 million and Apache County some $14 million, according to figures released by the office of Rep. Tom O’Halleran.
The state of Arizona will get $7.5 billion in additional federal aid, although the state actually bolstered its reserve fund during the pandemic and the proposed state budget includes both school funding cuts and a fresh round of tax cuts.
Washington, D.C. – Today the American Library Association (ALA) welcomed the introduction of the Build America’s Libraries Act in the House of Representatives by Reps. Andy Levin (D-MI-9), Don Young (R-AK-at large) and 52 cosponsors. The legislation would provide $5 billion to support long-term improvements to library facilities, including addressing needs that have arisen due to COVID–19. The bill would enable libraries to better serve rural, low-income and underserved areas, as well as people with disabilities and other vulnerable library users.
WASHINGTON — Early this morning, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion package to address the public health and economic fallout caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
PAGE – Wednesday’s Page City Council meeting began with a discussion about infrastructure.
Counselor Brian Carey said, “We haven’t seen it yet on the federal level, but during the campaign, there was (a) promise of an infrastructure bill.”
Carey reminded the council, “The last time we went through this in 2009, shovel-ready projects were the ones that got funded.”
In a letter, members of the Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus urged President Joe Biden to prioritize investments in broadband infrastructure as the administration develops its infrastructure proposal.
As the letter states, “In the 21st Century, high-speed broadband is no longer a luxury amenity, but rather an essential service for homes and businesses in this interconnected world.”