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November 6, 2019 Contributed Columns

WASHINGTON—Today, following reports that an American family living in Sonora, Mexico was ambushed and murdered, Congressman O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement:

“My heart breaks for those involved in yesterday’s senseless acts of violence in Sonora. As a former law enforcement officer that dealt directly with gang crimes and violence, I know the circumstances these groups take advantage of to establish control of an area. These include a lack of both proper law enforcement and an effective judicial system, as well as deep and prevalent corruption.

November 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, following reports that an American family living in Sonora, Mexico was ambushed and murdered, Congressman O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement:

“My heart breaks for those involved in yesterday's senseless acts of violence in Sonora. As a former law enforcement officer that dealt directly with gang crimes and violence, I know the circumstances these groups take advantage of to establish control of an area. These include a lack of both proper law enforcement and an effective judicial system, as well as deep and prevalent corruption.

October 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—In response to reports that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an American military operation this Saturday, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement:

“Today, I applaud our troops and U.S. intelligence agencies on their collaborative work to find and eliminate the threat of this dangerous ISIS leader. I am so grateful that none of the brave men and women in uniform who carried out this mission were lost. This is a critical development in the ongoing fight to defeat ISIS and eradicate their extremist acts of terror.”

October 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, legislation that would increase oversight and disclosure requirements to keep foreign actors out of American elections.

“Election security is not a partisan issue,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “Since I was elected to Congress, I have fought to remove the influence of dark money and bad actors from our democratic process. I cosponsored this legislation to ensure that the voting power of every American is respected and protected.”

October 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—In response to President Trump’s decision to pull back U.S. troops in Syria, despite knowledge of Turkey’s planned operation into the area, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement:

October 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Representatives Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ-01), John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-04), John Shimkus (R-IL-15), Dave Loebsack (D-IA-02), and Jenniffer González-Colón (R PR-AL) released the following statement about their visit to Ukraine:

September 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, following the release of the official whistleblower complaint to Congress, Representative Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement:

“Yesterday, I stated my support for the ongoing impeachment inquiry being taken up in the House of Representatives. I later voted against a resolution condemning the inquiry.

September 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, following the White House's release of a memorandum of a conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01), released the following statement:

September 5, 2019 In The News

The leaders of the House Blue Dog Coalition and the House Blue Dog Task Force on National Security on Thursday sent a letter to House and Senate leaders calling for action to prevent foreign interference in U.S. elections and to secure election systems.

The House Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 26 moderate Democrats, urged congressional leaders to “put politics aside and pursue bipartisan solutions” to bolster election security ahead of 2020. 

August 8, 2019 In The News

PHOENIX – A bipartisan Arizona congressional delegation has written the Pentagon asking for more aerial refueling tankers at a Phoenix-based Air National Guard unit.

A letter signed by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, and Martha McSally, a Republican, and eight of Arizona’s nine U.S. House members said the 161st Air Refueling Wing should get additional KC-135s because the demand for aerial refueling in the region was growing.

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