O'Halleran Votes Against Cuts to Rural Arizona Communities, Children

June 8, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Last night, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted against a measure that would strip funding from the Children’s Health Insurance Program, critical agriculture programs, and community development and job creation programs.

“This ill-conceived plan to claw back funding that has already been voted on and signed into law is going to hurt the Americans who can least afford it,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “Slashing funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program could leave states unable to provide life-saving health coverage for our children, and the cuts to rural America will devastate communities throughout Arizona and across the country.

“While I support reining in wasteful government spending, these misguided cuts will prevent rural and tribal communities from investing in their water and waste disposal infrastructure, housing, and public safety buildings,” continued O’Halleran. “Additionally, this bill will slash funds from the Environment Quality Incentives Program, farmland and wildlife programs, and water conservation projects that ensure our farmers and ranchers can continue to manage their lands and produce yields.”

The rescissions package passed last night and includes a:

  • $7 billion cut from Children’s Health Insurance Programs
  • $40 million cut from Rural Housing Service Rental Assistance Program
  • $2 million cut from Community Facilities
  • $14.7 million cut from Rural Cooperative Development Grants
  • $37 million cut from rural water and waste disposal grants and emergency community water assistance grants
  • $143 million cut from 2014 Farm Bill Environment Quality Incentives Program
  • $146 million cut from the 2008 Farm Bill Farmland Protection Program
  • $33.3 million cut from the 2008 Farm Bill Grassland Reserve Program
  • $12.9 million cut from the 2008 Farm Bill Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
  • $7.5 million cut from the 2008 Farm Bill Ag Water Enhancement Program
  • $155 million cut from the 2008 Farm Bill Wetland Reserve Program
  • $31.9 million cut from the 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act Public Housing Capital Fund

“America’s farmers and ranchers are in a slump with historically low prices, which has led to dwindling family farms and higher rates of suicide among these hardworking men and women,” continued O’Halleran. “These folks need our support, not a rug pulled out from underneath them. We cannot make cuts to rural America, period.”