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Congressman Tom O´Halleran

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

O’Halleran Proposes Amendment to Create American Steel and Iron Jobs

July 19, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives voted against Rep. Tom O’Halleran’s (AZ-01) amendment to the Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act requiring any iron and steel products used in border-crossing pipelines and other energy infrastructure to be American-made.

“In my seven months in Congress, I have seen firsthand the failure to address the actual problems our constituents are facing,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “Today, Congress put politics ahead of the American people once again and voted against my commonsense amendment that would have created good paying jobs by requiring all of the iron and steel products used in any cross-border pipelines be produced in the United States before they can be approved.”

The Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act, which passed the House of Representatives today, eliminates presidential permitting requirements for energy infrastructure that crosses the U.S. border with Mexico or Canada and limits the existing environmental review process for such projects. The O’Halleran amendment attracted Republican support but ultimately failed in a 193-232 vote.

“I am disappointed that my colleagues voted against American steel and iron jobs,” continued O’Halleran. “I will continue to fight for our workers and rebuild our country with reliable, American-made materials.”

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order instructing the Secretary of Commerce to develop a plan that would require any company building a pipeline within U.S. borders to use American-made materials and equipment.

Watch Rep. O’Halleran’s floor speech here.