O’Halleran Secures Critical Funding and Champions Programs for Arizona Communities, American Servicemembers
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass an appropriations minibus that includes funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Energy and Water Development, State-Foreign Operations, and Defense.
Included in the funding package are amendments introduced by O’Halleran that passed with unanimous, bipartisan support:
- The first amendment secured a $5 million increase in FY20 funding for the Navy's Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation account to address deferred infrastructure upgrades at Naval Research Laboratory facilities and improve mission readiness.
- The second amendment secured a $1 million increase in FY20 funding for the Solar Ready Vets Program under the Department of Energy, which promotes solar training and certification for active duty servicemembers transitioning to civilian careers in energy efficiency fields.
“Today, Congress invested in the needs of our communities and our Armed Forces. From critical funding for the Lowell Observatory to preparing our transitioning servicemembers for 21st century jobs, I am proud of the bipartisan support my amendments received,” O’Halleran said. “The funding that was passed today will ensure crucial programs that Arizona families, seniors, and veterans rely on every day will continue to operate, and will support our servicemembers with a well-deserved pay raise. Congress must get these funding bills passed and begin focusing on a bipartisan budget process that reins in wasteful spending and invests in the future of our great nation.”
Additionally, O’Halleran championed funding for many programs included in the funding bill, including a $2.4 billion increase for Child Care and Development Block Grants, a $1.5 billion increase for Head Start, a 3.1 percent pay raise for servicemembers, and a $83 million increase for Bureau of Reclamation water resource management projects.
The legislation passed on a 225 to 203 vote.