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Congress must work to pass bipartisan legislation that improves the health and wellbeing of Americans by expanding access to insurance coverage, bringing down the cost of prescription drugs, and investing in rural hospitals.

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February 12, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it will award contracts worth up to $220 million to three companies for the cleanup of some of the hundreds of abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation.

Work could start later this year following the completion of assessments for mining sites coordinated between the EPA and the Navajo Nation’s environmental agency, the federal agency said.

February 10, 2021 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – This week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined a group of over 40 colleagues on a letter to House leadership urging the inclusion of $350 billion for state and local governments in a budget reconciliation package.

February 9, 2021 In The News

Following the support of Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and Arizona Representatives Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), Andy Biggs (AZ-05), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), and Greg Stanton (AZ-09), the administration approved Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez’s request for a Major Disaster

February 8, 2021 In The News

While Pima County widens vaccine eligibility, it’s receiving a reduced vaccine supply that makes it difficult to keep up with demand.

Last week, the Pima County Health Department announced those over 70 are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines by signing up for appointments beginning Monday.

February 5, 2021 In The News

PHOENIX -- All five of Arizona’s House congressional Democrats have signed a letter urging Gov. Doug Ducey to spend more of the state’s allocation of federal relief funds related to the coronavirus pandemic — and explain why it used $400 million of the money to offset existing government spending instead of fighting COVID-19.

Ducey’s administration came under fire late last year when it came to light that $400 million in CARES Act funds had been funneled to state agencies in an effort to alleviate operating costs.

February 4, 2021 In The News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is under pressure from moderate Democrats, whose votes will be needed to pass any stimulus bill along party lines, to split a vaccination-funding package from President Joe Biden’s broader Covid-19 relief bill.

The Blue Dog Coalition of Democrats wrote in a letter to Pelosi released Thursday that the current plan to pass the administration’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill through a special budget process could take “months.” But funding for the patchy U.S. vaccination effort is needed right away, they argued.

January 22, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 -- Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-California, issued the following news release on Jan. 21:

January 1, 2021 In The News

President Donald Trump this week finally signed a $900 billion pandemic bailout bill that split the two representatives for Rim Country and the White Mountains in Congress.

December 30, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON — Members of the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden Tuesday requesting that he “prioritize bipartisan legislation” dealing with novel coronavirus pandemic response and recovery. 

The letter highlighted the coalition’s policy priorities for the 117th Congressional session, including fiscal responsibility, pandemic crisis relief, job creation, government reform and holding “foreign adversaries” accountable, according to the text of the letter. 

December 29, 2020 In The News

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — U.S. Rep. Tom O’ Halleran voted to approve funding for the $900 billion coronavirus aid bill. The measure passed the House of Representatives and Senate, and President Donald Trump signed the bill Dec. 27.

The measure approves sending $600 to every adult and every child; a family of five would get $3,000. People would get less if an individual made $75,000 or more and couples would get less if they made $150,000 or more.

The bill would also help with funding for businesses and the unemployed.

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