O’Halleran Advocates for Arizona Infrastructure Projects in American Jobs Plan
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK — Today, following President Biden’s announcement of the American Jobs Plan—a legislative proposal to invest in our nation’s roads, bridges, broadband deployment, community health centers, schools, and more, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement:
“Providing clean drinking water, rebuilding our nation’s roads, ensuring all Arizonans have access to high-speed broadband, investing in our aging energy systems, and rebuilding our health care infrastructure are essential to ensuring American competitiveness throughout the 21st century, especially as our communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic. I am eager to see the evolution of the American Jobs Plan and urge the president and Congressional leadership to prioritize the needs of long-overlooked rural and tribal areas like so many in Arizona’s First Congressional District.”
As the legislation is drafted, O’Halleran urged the inclusion of initiatives he championed in a letter to House leadership and the White House, including
- H.R. 1939, O’Halleran’s legislation that would provide $2.6 billion in funding to the Indian Health Service (IHS) Sanitation Facilities Construction Program to construct and improve critical sanitation projects across Indian Country, including providing clean water to communities for the first time;
- H.R. 2245, O’Halleran’s NEW PROMISE Act, a $1.25 billion proposal that provides support for communities that are experiencing the closure of coal-fired power plants, including workforce training, infrastructure investments, and replacement revenues for communities;
- H.R. 1783, the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, legislation O’Halleran cosponsored that would provide $80 billion to fund the deployment of secure and resilient high-speed broadband to expand access nationwide internet connections in unserved and underserved areas; and
- $600 million in funding for a rural and Tribal road safety grant program, with a $100 million Tribal set-aside, to support safety projects on high-risk rural roads, which face fatality rates 2.5 times higher than urban roads and rebuild rural and Tribal surface infrastructure.
O’Halleran also joined the Problem Solvers Caucus – a bipartisan group of lawmakers comprised of 29 Democrats and 29 Republicans—on a letter urging House leadership to work on both sides of the aisle to secure a strong infrastructure package for communities across the country.