O'Halleran Champions Passage of Tribal Water Infrastructure Bill

July 23, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) led Congressional efforts to pass S.2850, a bill that amends the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to allow the White Mountain Apache Tribe to use settlement funds to plan, design and construct a rural water system.

“In 2018, it is a shame to see so many communities that still lack access to clean, reliable drinking water. Yet, for countless families in tribal and rural communities, that is the reality,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “Today, the House of Representatives took action to ensure folks living in the White Mountains can use available resources to get their water systems up and running. I am pleased to see the broad, bipartisan support that this bill received in both the House and the Senate, and I am proud to work with my colleagues in Washington and community stakeholders to get this project one step closer to reality.”

The House passed the legislation, first introduced by Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), in a bipartisan vote. Rep. O’Halleran spoke on the floor of the House, and urged members of Congress to support the legislation. Watch the video here.