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January 30, 2019 In The News

The Blue Dog Coalition of centrist Democrats on Wednesday announced that it is endorsing a bill that would require the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to prepare daily economic impact reports during government shutdowns.

"As Blue Dogs, we will do everything we can to ensure we never see another government shutdown again. That starts with creating incentives to prevent leaders from even considering shutting down the government," said Rep. Tom O'Halleran (D-Ariz.), who introduced the bill earlier this month and is the Blue Dogs' policy co-chair. 

January 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Co-Chair of the House Blue Dog Coalition, and House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (KY-03) today responded to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office on the economic costs of the Trump shutdown. According to CBO, the level of real GDP in the fourth quarter of 2018 was reduced by 0.1 percent ($3 billion),  and the level of real GDP in the first quarter of 2019 is expected to be reduced by 0.2 percent ($8 billion).   

January 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Co-Chair of the House Blue Dog Coalition, announced his support for a plan to reopen the federal government, pay furloughed employees, and begin negotiations for border security funding. O'Halleran, along with the co-chairs of the Blue Dog Coalition, announced a framework to re-open government and negotiate border security measures early in the week.

January 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran denounced comments made by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that furloughed federal employees should take out loans to cover the cost of missing multiple paychecks during the government shutdown.

“Once again, members of this Administration, many of whom are worth millions or billions of dollars, show how out of touch Washington is with the needs of the American people. Secretary Ross made it clear that he does not understand the realities of life outside the gates of his estate in the Hamptons.

January 22, 2019 Contributed Columns

As we begin the new year and a new Congress, I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass bipartisan legislation that invests in rural communities and holds elected leaders accountable to the American people. For too long, partisanship and political games have been the norm in Congress, and I want to see that end. This isn’t about political party; it is about doing what is right for our constituents.

January 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) was selected to continue serving on the House Committee on Agriculture. The committee is devoted to establishing farm policy related to agriculture and rural America and developing pragmatic solutions to issues that farmers, ranchers, and producers are facing.

January 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) introduced H.Res. 58, a resolution supporting higher teacher pay and calling for greater investments in public education.

January 15, 2019 In The News

Congressman Tom O’Halleran was appointed to the oldest committee in the House of Representatives last week, and said he hopes to use the position to bring more attention to rural and tribal communities.

The congressman, who represents the state’s first congressional district, including Flagstaff and huge swathes of eastern and northern Arizona, will be on the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee.

January 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—This week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined the bipartisan Safe Climate Caucus, spearheaded by Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08).

January 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Representatives Tom O'Halleran, Raúl M. Grijalva, Ruben Gallego, Ann Kirkpatrick, and Greg Stanton called on the U.S. Senate to pass the House of Representatives’ bipartisan funding bills and reopen the federal government before federal workers begin missing their paychecks.