O'Halleran talks about child credit in Eloy

July 14, 2021
In The News

ELOY — U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran hosted a Families and Kids Resource Fair and Town Hall on July 13 in Eloy to highlight family resources in Pinal County and answer questions about the new Child Tax Credit that went into effect July 15.

Representatives of agencies such as the Eloy Police Department and the Casa Grande Alliance were in attendance to meet with the representative as well as provide information on programs they hold for the people of Eloy and the area.

Mayor Micah Powell discussed what it means to have citizens of the Eloy area to be aware of these resources to help make their lives just a bit easier.

“We were reached out to by the congressman’s office to host this event, and our doors are always open to anybody who wants to come over here, especially anyone from the federal side with Congressman O’Halleran,” Powell said. “I think this is a great opportunity for people to know who we are, see what we are and see what resources we have out there for not only Eloy residents but everyone in between. So this is a great idea and a great opportunity.”

O’Halleran, D-Sedona, made it clear that he came to Eloy to understand the needs of the people he represents and make sure that they know who he is, and how he can best support them on Capitol Hill.

“We were reached out to by the congressman’s office to host this event, and our doors are always open to anybody who wants to come over here, especially anyone from the federal side with Congressman O’Halleran,” Powell said. “I think this is a great opportunity for people to know who we are, see what we are and see what resources we have out there for not only Eloy residents but everyone in between. So this is a great idea and a great opportunity.”

O’Halleran, D-Sedona, made it clear that he came to Eloy to understand the needs of the people he represents and make sure that they know who he is, and how he can best support them on Capitol Hill.

“First of all, I have to meet my constituents, and I have to get to know their issues. That is why I am out here, I respect their opinions,” O’Halleran said. “I have tons of mayors and supervisors and everything like that, but if I don’t meet with them and the public they serve, I can’t do my job appropriately in Washington. That’s the overriding issue, we have to listen to people and try to bring reality and a sense of calm to issues.”

After the resource fair wrapped up, O’Halleran and Powell ushered the public into the council chambers, where citizens were able to ask the congressman questions about the Child Tax Credit.

The credit, which is a part of the American Rescue Plan Act that was signed into law back in March, will increase the amount working families receive yearly to $3,000 per child, and up to $3,600 for any child under the age of 6. The expanded tax credit will also be fully refundable.

“Most of these families can’t afford child care, and that means that one of the spouses, or someone else in the family, has to stay home and not go out there and work, and we need workers in America,” O’Halleran said during the town hall. “This started out as a bipartisan idea in the 1990s. Now for some reason, it’s tied up in political problems, but we need to get over this. Our families have to be strong, we are going into a time where we as Americans have to overcome.”

Families received their first payment July 15 and will continue to get monthly payments on the 15th of each month, which will help roughly 10 million children.