O’Halleran Secures Funding for Arizona Roads, Bridges, Schools, Broadband, Water Systems

July 1, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, sweeping legislation to rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and improve our roads, bridges, transit systems, schools, housing, broadband programs, and water and sanitation systems. 

“Much-needed updates to our infrastructure have been on Congress’s back burner for decades, putting the health, safety, and growth of rural communities at risk,” said O’Halleran. “Today, we took action for our national infrastructure by passing this important legislation that prioritizes rural and tribal communities by expanding broadband development programs, improving water and wastewater infrastructure, promoting clean energy technologies, and funding critical fixes for our crumbling bridges and roads.”

Within the package are two bills authored by O’Halleran:

  • The Tribal Power Act, which ensures that tribal communities can access affordable energy sources by increasing funding for the Department of Energy’s Indian Energy Education Planning and Management Assistance Program;
  • and H.R. 7056, legislation to allocate $2.67 billion for the planning, construction, and renovation of water, wastewater, and sanitation facilities across Indian Country.

Watch O’Halleran speak in favor of legislation on the House floor, here.

The Moving Forward Act

  • invests $30 billion in hospital and health infrastructure to increase capacity, help community health centers respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies, improve clinical laboratory infrastructure, support the Indian Health Service’s infrastructure, and increase capacity for community-based care;
  • appropriates $80 billion to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in competitive grant funding for high-quality broadband infrastructure in rural, underserved, and tribal areas;
    • sets aside $24 million to the FCC for the purposes of reforming broadband coverage maps to identify underserved rural and tribal areas as prescribed by the Broadband DATA Act, legislation O’Halleran authored;
  • extends the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund (Settlements Fund) to meet the federal government’s legal trust obligation to tribal nations;
    • The Settlements Fund provides $120 million per year to pay for Indian water rights settlements.
  • sets aside $130 billion for schools, and updates facilities that endanger the health and safety of students and educators, including a $500 million funding increase for Impact Aid Construction over the next four years;
  • modernizes energy infrastructure for a cleaner energy future by investing more than $70 billion to transform our national electric grid to accommodate more renewable energy and expand renewable energy options;
  • invests over $100 billion into our nation's affordable housing infrastructure to create or preserve 1.8 million affordable homes, helping to reduce housing inequality, create jobs, and increase community and household resiliency in the face of natural disasters;
  • and allocates $25 billion to modernize postal infrastructure and operations of the USPS.

FOR A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF PROVISIONS O’HALLERAN SECURED FOR ARIZONA, CLICK HERE.

A section-by-section summary of the bill from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is also available, here.

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