O’Halleran Votes for Seven-bill Appropriations Minibus

July 30, 2021
Press Release
Package Includes Six O’Halleran Community Project Funding Requests

WASHINGTON – Last night, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass H.R. 4502, a seven-bill Appropriations Minibus that includes Labor-HHS-Education; Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA; Energy and Water Development; Financial Services and General Government; Interior-Environment; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; and Transportation-HUD.  The final package included six O'Halleran Community Project Funding Requests.

“I’m proud to see the community projects I’ve advocated for included in this package of appropriations,” said O’Halleran. “Working with Arizona stakeholders, we secured important resources for new physical infrastructure, water and flooding safety projects, and innovation that will benefit hardworking First District families.” 

Included within the bill are six Community Project Funding Requests O’Halleran submitted on behalf of Arizona stakeholders:

  • Army Corps of Engineers Little Colorado River, Winslow, AZ, funded at $500,000
  • Army Corps of Engineers McCormick Wash, Globe, AZ, funded at $100,000
  • City of Flagstaff, Home energy retrofit program for low-income and vulnerable families, funded at $750,000
  • Gila River Indian Community Traffic Sign Replacement, funded at $915,000
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe, San Carlos Apache College Library/Computer Center, funded at $875,000
  • Town of Superior, AZ, Workforce, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Center funded at $2,000,000

AZ-01 support:

Superior Mayor Mila Besich: “Because of Congressman O’Halleran’s leadership in securing a $2 million community project funding request to complete our new Superior Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, Superior will be able to attract high-paying jobs and new residents to this growing area of the Copper Corridor. Congressman O’Halleran continues to be a champion for rural Arizona and we are most appreciative of his continued support and advocacy for our community.”

San Carlos Apache Tribe Chairman Terry Rambler: "I want to thank Congressman O’Halleran for his tremendous efforts and support of the Library and Computer Center project for our San Carlos Apache College, which was included as part of the FY 2022 appropriations process in the House of Representatives. This project will help our College brighten the future of all community members, not just its students, by giving everyone ongoing access to the kind of information, knowledge, technology resources, and other services available outside of our Reservation."

Flagstaff Mayor Deasy: “Congressman O’Halleran has always fought for the City’s priorities and the inclusion of this $750,000 community project funding request is yet another great example of his commitment to our community. This critical investment will allow the City to invest in home energy retrofits for the most vulnerable in our community in one of the hottest and most expensive real estate markets in Arizona. We are thankful for Congressman O’Halleran’s continued support and advocacy for Flagstaff.”

Navajo County Supervisor Peshlakai: “T’áá íiyisíí ahéhee’, nitsaago! On behalf of the constituents of the City of Winslow and the Navajo County Board of Supervisors, I would like to sincerely thank Congressman O’Halleran for your leadership and relentless support to secure federal funds for the Winslow Levee project. Since 1993, the City of Winslow has been affected twice, once in 1993 and again in 2003, resulting in the levee’s decertification in 2008, which has significantly impacted the residents and the city. This funding will serve as a catalyst to move the Winslow Levee project forward and will have impacts on the health and safety of residents for years to come. All those who have been involved since 1993 are grateful for your commitment to this project, which makes our partnership with you special.”

Globe Mayor Gameros stated: “Today, Congressman O’Halleran secured $100,000 for a feasibility study for the McCormick Wash. If the current diversion tunnel fails, it could be a tragic health, safety and economic issue. Worse, lives could be lost. Congressman O’Halleran has visited our community on multiple occasions and realizes the implications of this potential disaster. Because of his support, we can begin work on improving channelization of this wash to ensure that no lives and property are lost during a catastrophic flood event. We applaud him for his steadfast support for this project and the City of Globe.”

Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis: “The Gila River Indian Community appreciates Congressman O’Halleran including the Community’s transportation safety projects in the transportation appropriations bill. If passed by the Senate, these funds will improve safety throughout the Community. Inclusion of these safety projects in this bill will make our roads safer for our Community and others who use our roads.”

Under the minibus, Arizona’s First Congressional District specifically will receive an additional:

  • $520,000 in new funding to support local job training programs for adults and youth;
  • $60.2 million in new funding for public schools supporting children at risk of being left behind; and
  • $50.9 million in new funding to strengthen veterans’ health care programs.

Also included in the package were initiatives O’Halleran championed, such as

  • $49 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH);
  • $10.6 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
  • over $907 million for rural broadband to expand service to provide economic development opportunities and improved education and healthcare services, including $800 million for the ReConnect program;
  • $5.66 billion for Wildland Fire Management, which includes $2.45 billion in cap adjusted fire suppression funding;
    • and $4.14 billion for the Forest Service;
  • $8.1 billion for the Indian Health Service;
  • $307 million for Rural Health Initiatives;
  • $621 million for Opioid Abuse Prevention;
  • $97.6 billion for Veterans Medical Care;
  • $61.8 million in funding for scientific and regulatory work on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), needed to establish drinking water and cleanup standards;
  • investments in infrastructure to help rural areas of the country access basic utilities, including $1.45 billion for rural water and waste program loans and over $716 million in water and waste grants for clean and reliable drinking water systems and sanitary waste disposal systems, which will provide safe drinking water to millions of rural residents.
    • and an additional $7.195 billion in loan authority for rural electric and telephone infrastructure loans.

For a full list of benefits for Arizona’s First District prepared by the Office of Congressman Tom O’Halleran click HERE.