O’Halleran Outlines Five Asks for Next Coronavirus Package

April 30, 2020
Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a leader to Congressional leadership outlining five areas that must be prioritized in the next legislative package to address the coronavirus, expected in the coming weeks.

In the letter, O’Halleran names rural health care, small business assistance, tribal needs, high speed broadband expansion, and funding for state, local, and tribal governments as areas requiring the immediate attention of the federal government.

“This crisis has only further revealed and exacerbated America’s urban-rural divide,” wrote O’Halleran. “Unfortunately, many of the provisions secured in our first four packages to assist American families, businesses, state and local governments, and health systems have not provided the same positive impact on rural Arizona as they have on other parts of our country. Should drastic legislative fixes be omitted from the next COVID-19 package, Congress will once again leave rural Arizona, and rural America, behind.”

O’Halleran describes in detail program funding, legislative fixes, and new, needed allocations in his letter. View the full letter, here.

“I have spent the past weeks on calls and virtual meetings with rural Arizona health care providers and organizations, businesses, government officials, and families in my district to learn what is and is not working,” continued OHalleran. “I am committed to ensuring our next package works for them, not just for Washington.”