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Congressman Tom O´Halleran

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

O'Halleran Votes to Fund Government, Military

February 7, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) voted for the fifth short-term spending bill to fund the government through March 23, provide resources to the military for the next eight months, and fund community health centers for two years. Following the vote, Rep. O'Halleran once again called on Congressional leaders to commit to a bipartisan budget process that invests in our country, allows our military to plan strategically for the future, and reins in our growing federal debt.

"With the passage of this short-term spending bill, I am glad to see our military and community health centers will no longer be used as pawns in this political game. The health and wellbeing of our families and our troops should not be caught in the middle of these discussions," said Rep. O'Halleran. "I continue to urge Speaker Ryan to use his time between these continuing resolutions to bring us together to pass a long-term, bipartisan budget that invests in the future of our country. The current practice of passing one short-term bill after another is incredibly irresponsible."

The continuing resolution passed today in a bipartisan vote, and it funds the government through March 23 and the military through the next eight months. O'Halleran and six other members of the House of Representatives previously called on Speaker Ryan to end short-term spending bills and focus on a long-term solution that focuses on our nation's priorities.

"Unfortunately, after these votes to fund the government, we will be sent home having accomplished very little meaningful work," continued O'Halleran. "It is astounding that Congressional leaders think this is appropriate. We should not be leaving Washington with so many outstanding issues on the table."