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