O’Halleran Votes Against Education, Infrastructure Cuts
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted against H.R. 3354, the FY 2018 federal spending bill, citing deep cuts to Pell Grants, infrastructure projects, and law enforcement, among other programs.
“I cannot support a bill that uses American tax dollars to fund a border wall and pays for it by making deep cuts to critical, proven programs that keep our families safe and allow our communities to grow and thrive.” said Rep. O’Halleran. “This is not how we should be governing. Congress must pass a bipartisan budget that strengthens our national security and invests in infrastructure and education to grow our economy.”
Included in the final bill, which passed 211 to 198, are two amendments from Rep. O’Halleran. The first amendment allocates $47 million to Indian Health Services to provide staffing and operations funding for new health centers in tribal communities. The second increases Bureau of Indian Affairs funding for water safety and infrastructure projects.