O’Halleran Secures Unemployment Benefits for Arizona Families

September 23, 2020
Press Release

FLAGSTAFF—This week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced that his casework team had saved Arizonans over $29,000 in owed benefits from the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES).

“This year, countless hardworking Arizonans have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Worse, my staff and I have heard from countless families being forced to jump through endless hoops and red tape to access the aid they were promised,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “This month, hardworking caseworkers on my team returned almost $30,000 to Arizonans down on their luck, and we will continue fighting for struggling families.”

Arizonans that need assistance with their unemployment are encouraged to contact a caseworker on O’Halleran’s team by clicking HERE. For a list of COVID-19 Casework success stories, click HERE.

Yesterday, Congressman O’Halleran and Congressman Greg Stanton (AZ-09) sent a letter to Governor Doug Ducey requesting answers on significant delays and persistent challenges Arizonans have faced in receiving Congressionally approved and federally-funded unemployment benefits.

“Despite the high-profile and constant coverage of the state’s inability to deliver these benefits and provide commonsense solutions available to improve the situation, DES has not effectively delivered unemployment payments to Arizonans and, to this date, has received little support from the Governor’s Office,” the lawmakers wrote. “It is past due for you to take action to address challenges the agency is facing so that the tens of thousands of Arizonans whose benefits are backlogged can get the help they need and Congress authorized during these difficult times.”

The letter highlights specific operational and structural changes DES must make to address the alarming backlog Arizonans are experiencing. View the letter, HERE.

This summer, O’Halleran joined Reps. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) and Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03) in sending a letter to Arizona DES regarding reports from constituents about unemployment claims being flagged as potentially fraudulent, despite there being no obvious reason for DES to suspect fraud. View the lawmakers’ letter, HERE.