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Show Low can expect a $3.7-million windfall if the US Senate adopts the House-passed version of a $1.9-trillion COVID stimulus bill. Navajo County could get $22 million and Apache County some $14 million, according to figures released by the office of Rep. Tom O’Halleran.
The state of Arizona will get $7.5 billion in additional federal aid, although the state actually bolstered its reserve fund during the pandemic and the proposed state budget includes both school funding cuts and a fresh round of tax cuts.
The federal government must immediately knock loose the $13 million needed to design the White Mountain Apache dam and water system and get the long-promised project back on track, top Arizona representatives say.
U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran and Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema wrote a joint letter calling on the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to find the money needed to deal with cost overruns and keep the project running — either with leftover money this year or with a new allocation.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Feb. 11 three contract awards for cleanup efforts at more than 50 abandoned uranium mine sites on and around the Navajo Nation, including at least 10 sites in Arizona and others in New Mexico.
The Navajo Area Abandoned Mine Remedial Construction and Services Contracts (AMRCS), worth up to $220 million over the next five years, were awarded to Red Rock Remediation Joint Venture, Environmental Quality Management Inc. and Arrowhead Contracting Inc.
WASHINGTON — Early this morning, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion package to address the public health and economic fallout caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
WASHINGTON – The House voted Friday to permanently ban new mining claims on more than 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, with supporters calling protection of the landmark canyon a “moral issue.”
The bill would make permanent a current mining moratorium that is scheduled to run through 2032. Supporters said a permanent ban is needed because the Grand Canyon is too valuable to risk possible damage from future mining.
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced that $3,935,531 in funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) was awarded to the Indian Health Service (IHS) in Window Rock, AZ to fund diabetes treatment and prevention.
PAGE – Wednesday’s Page City Council meeting began with a discussion about infrastructure.
Counselor Brian Carey said, “We haven’t seen it yet on the federal level, but during the campaign, there was (a) promise of an infrastructure bill.”
Carey reminded the council, “The last time we went through this in 2009, shovel-ready projects were the ones that got funded.”
Three congressional Democrats from Arizona are calling on federal officials to fully fund a major water system for the White Mountain Apache Tribe. The long-delayed project has kept many residents without safe and reliable drinking water. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.
In 2008, Congress approved $12 million to design the tribe’s Rural Water System and perform an environmental impact statement and other requirements. But the project still came up about $13 million short for infrastructure because of cost overruns and has gone unfinished.
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Rep. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) is demanding answers from Gov. Doug Ducey on Arizona’s vaccination rates and requesting additional resources be sent to rural and underserved areas. In a letter sent this morning, O’Halleran reiterated his unheeded request for regular Member-level and staff-level briefings, calling an open stream of communication between the state and Arizona’s federal delegation “necessary”.
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – This week, in a House Energy and Commerce Full Committee markup on legislative recommendations for the FY 2021 Budget Reconciliation process, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to advance billions in funding for COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and public health infrastructure and resources.