Forestry and Conservation

As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, I am committed to working with my colleagues to protect our forested lands. Congress must work find responsible, bipartisan ways to improve wildfire fighting and prevention.

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January 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced he would retain his seats on both the House Energy and Commerce and Agriculture Committees.

November 24, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON — As Lucid Motors gets closer to rolling out new vehicles at its electric auto manufacturing plant in Casa Grande, U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran is co-sponsoring legislation that would fund more vehicle charging stations.

This week O’Halleran, D-Ariz., and Rep. Michael C. Burgess, D-Texas, introduced HR 8807, the Electric Vehicle Mobility Area Planning Act. The bill would create a $10 million grant program to assist localities and electric utilities to identify the locations for electric vehicle charging stations in their communities.

October 5, 2020 In The News

As wildfires flare across the West, Arizona’s congressional leaders are calling once again on the federal government to press forward on an ambitious plan to reduce forest fires in the state.

Sen. Martha McSally (R) and Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D) led a bipartisan group of Arizona’s congressional members to send another request to the U.S. Forest Service to step up the pace on the second phase of a huge RFP. The RFP is part of a public-private partnership called the Fourth Forest Initiative, or 4FRI, whose goal is to restore 2.4 million acres in Northern Arizona.

October 2, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D- Ariz., criticized the U.S. Department of Agriculture during a recent House hearing on the western wildfires, saying “forest management has long been on the backburner at the federal level.”

Halleran made his observation during a hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry.

Earlier this month the representative called for the hearing to explore the federal role in wildfire response, recovery, and reduction of fire risk. 

September 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Last week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) participated in a House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry hearing on wildfire response and recove

September 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined members on both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act: a legislative package that takes concrete actions to work toward a clean energy economy, invests in updating American energy innovation infrastructure, creates new, good-paying jobs, and tackles the climate crisis.

September 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva asking that the pair work together to host a joint hearing between the two Committees to explore the federal role in reducing fire risk.

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 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.