O’Halleran Votes to Secure Protections for Nation’s Treasured Public Lands
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass H.R. 803, the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act: a sweeping legislative package that protects millions of acres of public lands throughout the nation and in Arizona’s First Congressional District, including the Grand Canyon.
“Over the course of this pandemic, we’ve seen just how vital our public lands and outdoor spaces have become for families across the country to get outside and stay healthy,” said O’Halleran following the vote. “Today, I was proud to vote for this important package to safeguard our most treasured and culturally-significant lands for generations to come. I’m pleased that this legislation includes not only our bill to permanently ban dangerous uranium mining operations at the Grand Canyon, but also initiatives I championed to grow Arizona’s local tourism economy and protect and expand public lands in the First District.”
Within the package is the Grand Canyon Protection Act, legislation re-introduced by O’Halleran and his colleagues this Congress that would permanently ban uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, protecting the cultural and spiritual significance of the natural wonder, the health of nearby families, the water supply of the Southwest, and Arizona’s tourism economy.
The package passed with two O’Halleran amendments that build open his initiatives introduced as bills in the 116thCongress:
- The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act: legislation to expand the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument to more completely preserve the historic lands and ensure that the San Carlos Apache Irrigation Project has access to critical irrigation infrastructure; and
- the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Boundary Adjustment Act: legislation to cut red tape for the National Park Service and Coconino National Forest to streamline management of the Sunset Crater National Monument.
WATCH O’Halleran speak in favor of the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act on the House floor last night, here.
Full text of the bill is available, here.