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May 6, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON — Arizona lawmakers are calling on Congress to prioritize rural Americans in the next round of coronavirus legislation.

The pandemic has widened America’s “urban-rural divide,” according to Rep. Tom O’Halleran, a Democrat who represents the sprawling 1st District in the eastern half of the state. If Congress doesn’t take drastic steps to support rural Americans, it will “once again leave rural Arizona, and rural America, behind,” he wrote in a recent letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). 

Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego agreed. 

May 5, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, following calls from Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), as well as the voices of many concerned Arizonans, the U.S. Treasury announced that the first round of aid allocated for tribes under the CARES Act over a month ago would finally begin to be distributed to tribes.

May 1, 2020 Contributed Columns

Americans are facing an invisible enemy and one of our greatest challenges ever as a nation.

To date, Congress has passed, and the president has signed into law, four legislative packages to mitigate the public health and economic impacts of the coronavirus.

Unfortunately, many of these new programs and provisions to assist families, businesses, local governments, and health systems have not provided the same positive impact on rural Arizona as they have on other parts of our country.

April 30, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a leader to Congressional leadership outlining five areas that must be prioritized in the next legislative package to address the coronavirus, expected in the coming weeks.

In the letter, O’Halleran names rural health care, small business assistance, tribal needs, high speed broadband expansion, and funding for state, local, and tribal governments as areas requiring the immediate attention of the federal government.

April 29, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined a group of colleagues, including representatives Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) in calling on the Treasury Department to immediately release CARES Act funding to Tribes.

April 27, 2020 In The News

Small casinos that had to close due to the pandemic are now eligible to receive financial help through the Paycheck Protection Program. Several members of Congress are calling this a win for tribal casinos.

The U.S. Small Business Administration clarified that legal gaming businesses can qualify for the program in an interim final rule Friday.

April 24, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced that, under Congressional pressure, the U.S. Treasury updated its interim rule to allow casinos and tribal gaming enterprises with under 500 employees to apply for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

April 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Ahead of tomorrow’s House vote on the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a $484 billion interim emergency legislative package to address the economic fallout and public health emergency caused by the coronavirus, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement:

April 21, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, following reports that funding for state, local, and tribal governments would not be included in the next legislative package that Congress is expected to consider this week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging leaders on both sides of the aisle to reconsider this decision prior to formal introduction of the next legislative package.

April 21, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON – The Blue Dog Coalition urged the Trump administration Tuesday to fix problems community-based financial institutions are encountering as they try to access the Paycheck Protection Program.

In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Small Business Administration, the coalition asked that community banks, credit unions and community development financial institutions be provided with clear and concise instructions on how to access SBA loan programs.