House Passes O'Halleran Amendments to Interior Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON – This week, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass two amendments introduced by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) to H.R. 6147, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2019. The bill passed the House today.
The first amendment, which passed unanimously through the House, sets a $36 million funding level for the replacement and new construction of public safety facilities on tribal lands. Previous language in the appropriation bill set funding at $18 million.
The second amendment, which passed in a bipartisan floor vote, secures funds meant for the Office of Navajo-Hopi Indian Relocation, allowing the office to fulfill its mission of building homes for the Navajos and Hopis forced to move away from their homes by the federal government’s mandated changes of reservation boundaries.
“Tribal communities throughout Arizona and across Indian Country face unique challenges. We have a treaty obligation to step up and act to address many of these issues, so I am pleased to have the bipartisan support of my colleagues in Congress as we work to address them,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “These two commonsense amendments ensure that communities in my district, and across the country, have access to resources they need to make their communities and homes safer. I thank my colleagues for joining me to support law enforcement officers and our fulfill our obligation to these communities.”