O’Halleran Votes to Fund Military, VA, and Critical Arizona Water Projects

July 27, 2017
Press Release
Seeks comprehensive approach to border security, not funding a border wall with American tax dollars

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018, a bipartisan spending bill that funds military operations, veterans programs, and water projects.

“Congress took bipartisan action today to invest in our troops and ensure our military has the resources they need to complete critical national security missions at home and abroad,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “This legislation secures our nation, gives our troops a well-deserved pay raise, and increases funding to care for our veterans.”

The bill increases national security funding by $976 million, gives troops a 2.4% pay raise, and increases funding for housing construction and medical facilities for our servicemembers and family. It also funds the Army Corps of Engineers, including the Winslow levee project, Rio de Flag flood control project, and the Lower Santa Cruz River project.

“Arizona communities will directly benefit from this legislation,” continued O’Halleran. “Funding for the Army Corps of Engineers will allow important flood control projects to continue. This protects our rural and tribal communities, creates good paying jobs, and stimulates local economies across the state.”

Additionally, the legislation:

  • increases VA funding to improve services for veterans and address critical oversight issues;
  • increases funding to maintain a strong nuclear deterrence posture;
  • freezes pay for Members of Congress;
  • includes funding for new oversight offices in VA, as requested, to protect whistleblowers and provide increased accountability through investigation of poorly-performing managers and instances of inferior patient care;
  • appropriates $50 million for opioid abuse prevention and $250 million in rural health initiatives at the VA.

O’Halleran voted twice to remove $1.6 billion in funding for a border wall that was included in the bill without debate or discussion by the entire House of Representatives.

“As I have said before, our immigration system must be reformed through a bipartisan process that includes an investment in 21st century technology and additional support for border patrol agents,” continued O’Halleran. “These are proven methods that secure our border. A border wall is not. House leadership should not be using legislative gimmicks to circumvent regular order and divide Congress on the final passage of a bill that is so critical to our national security.”