Economy

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August 10, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded $1.2 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to three EDA Economic Development District organizations in Arizona to assist economically-distressed communities in responding to the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic. $400,000 in awarded funding will go to the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) in Flagstaff, Arizona.

August 7, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK -- Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-01) and Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH-05) introduced the Rural Connectivity Advancement Program (RCAP) Act of 2020, bipartisan legislation that would facilitate broadband buildout in rural communities by capturing a portion of the proceeds from spectrum auctions conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through September 30, 2022.

July 31, 2020 In The News

Congress last week approved a bill that will provide nearly $1 billion annually to maintain national parks and buy additional land to protect wildlife, scenery and natural resources.

Arizona Congressman Tom O’Halleran co-sponsored the Great American Outdoors Act and hailed its passage by a 310 to 107 vote in the House. O’Halleran’s a Democrat whose district includes Flagstaff, the Navajo and Hopi reservations and the White Mountains.

July 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) led a letter to the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) regarding reports from constituents about unemployment claims being flagged as potentially fraudulent, despite there being no obvious reason for DES to suspect this, and often giving constituents no outlet to contact DES to rectify the situation. This interruption in benefits has the potential to completely undermine the intent of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program and risks families being unable to pay their bills.

July 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 7092, the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation cosponsored by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually and create the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, which will provide funding to the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S.

July 22, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package.

The bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provide permanent funding at $900 million per year for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports natural areas and recreation activities.

July 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): bipartisan legislation that fully funds our military operations at home and abroad, continues to address the coronavirus pandemic, and addresses harmful uranium mining operations near the Grand Canyon.

July 20, 2020 Contributed Columns

O’Halleran bill to expand electricity in Indian Country passes out of committee

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – Last week, during a full House Energy and Commerce Committee markup, members voted to pass H.R. 5541, the Tribal Power Act, out of Committee to the full House of Representatives for a vote. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ-01) and co-sponsored by Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-02).

July 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) introduced bipartisan legislation that would extend the coverage of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments allocated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to tribal governments from December 30, 2020 to December 30, 2022. The bill is cosponsored by Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA-08).

July 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ-01) and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-04) introduced the Flexible Financing for Rural America Act of 2020. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Hoeven (R-ND), Boozman (R-AK), and Smith (D-MN), have introduced the companion bill in the Senate. The legislation allows certain rural utility service (RUS) borrowers to take advantage of current low- interest rates without hefty fines and penalties.

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