O’Halleran Secures Funding to Expedite Uranium Mine Cleanup, Address Fire Risks in Arizona

June 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to fund seven departments and related agencies and passed provisions introduced by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) to address wildfire risks, expedite uranium mine cleanup, and improve tribal health care, among other important issues.

“Yesterday, Congress passed funding for programs that improve the lives of Arizonans every day. In addition to prioritizing conservation of our precious natural resources, this package includes my provisions to improve tribal health care and expedite the cleanup of abandoned uranium mines that pose a serious health risk to thousands of families in the First Congressional District. I am proud to have broad bipartisan support for these amendments,” O’Halleran said. “I am also proud to support funding for technological and transportation infrastructure projects that will ensure rural communities can compete in national and international markets.”

Additionally, O’Halleran championed proposals that fund critical programs for Arizona communities, including:

  • An additional $649 million in funding for the National Park Service.
  • $525 million for federal and state land and water conservation programs.
  • $80.4 billion for veterans health care programs.
    • $9.4 billion in mental health care services.
    • $1.9 billion for homeless assistance programs.
    • $582 million for women’s health care programs.
    • $397 million for opioid abuse prevention.
    • $270 million in rural health initiatives.
  • $501 million for programs to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • $222 million for veteran suicide prevention programs.
  • More than $65 million in water and waste water grant funding so rural communities can develop critical infrastructure to provide clean water, and treat waste effectively.
  • $680 million to increase rural broadband, including the Distance Learning and Telemedicine program and the Community Connect Program.
  • More than $2 billion for rural housing loans and rental assistance programs.