Fostering a healthy educational environment at a young age is critical for future academic achievement for Arizona students. We must also continue to invest in our elementary and secondary education, and ensure our students are receiving the best education. I support legislation that makes college, vocational programs, and other skill training opportunities more accessible to people who seek higher education.

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July 15, 2021 Contributed Columns

Guest commentary: Tax relief coming to families with kids 17 and younger

The coronavirus pandemic put hardworking American families through the wringer. Countless mothers, fathers, and caretakers lost jobs through no fault of their own, and, amid one of the most acute public health and economic crises of our lifetimes, worked tirelessly to make ends meet and adjust to a drastically different way of work, school, and life.

July 14, 2021 In The News

ELOY — U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran hosted a Families and Kids Resource Fair and Town Hall on July 13 in Eloy to highlight family resources in Pinal County and answer questions about the new Child Tax Credit that went into effect July 15.

Representatives of agencies such as the Eloy Police Department and the Casa Grande Alliance were in attendance to meet with the representative as well as provide information on programs they hold for the people of Eloy and the area.

July 2, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The San Carlos Apache Tribe could see more than three-quarters of a million dollars for a new college library center.

U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., submitted the request to the House Appropriations Committee along with nine other funding requests. Each member of Congress is entitled to submit up to 10 request for funding of governmental or qualified non-profit projects in his or her district.

O’Halleran’s request for the San Carlos Apache College is for $871,500, and would be designated to renovate, equip and staff a library and computer center.

June 9, 2021 In The News

U.S. Representative Tom O’Halleran, Arizona LD-1, came to Miami last week to talk about education, and the need for broadband took center stage.

The congressman was here for a Town Hall in the Miami Junior/Senior High School auditorium, along with area educators and representatives. School Principal Glen Lineberry served as host; he and O’Halleran were joined by Gila County School Superintendent Roy Sandoval, Miami Mayor Sammy Gonzales and Pima Unified School District Superintendent Sean Rickert.

June 4, 2021 In The News

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to improve benefits for Native American service members at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).

The Native VetSuccess at Tribal Colleges and University Pilot Program Act or HR 2878 passed on May 19. The proposed legislation has now been forwarded to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs without any amendments. 

June 3, 2021 In The News

Congress aims to support Native American veterans with a bill that would bring benefits to Tribal Colleges and Universities. 

June 2, 2021 In The News

A bill sponsored by a Marine veteran in Congress could bring Department of Veterans Affairs benefits closer to Native American veterans at Tribal Colleges and Universities, or TCUs.

May 28, 2021 In The News

THATCHER — Eastern Arizona College will receive more than $8 million as a result of the American Rescue Plan.

“Approximately half of that money — $4.1 million — has to go directly to students,” said Charmaine Chidester, director of grants for EAC.

The funds will be turned into COVID-19 Emergency Aid Grants of $1,000 a semester to qualified students.

The other half of the money is required to be used to cover COVID-related expenses.

May 25, 2021 In The News

The US House of Representatives earlier this month passed H.R. 2878: a legislative package to support veterans which includes the Native VetSuccess at Tribal Colleges and Universities Pilot Program Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.), Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) to better connect Native American veteran students and their families to VA services.

May 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced more than $471 million in emergency funding for colleges, universities, and students in Arizona would be distributed under the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help institutions cope with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and navigate future challenges. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardship.