O'Halleran Votes for Two Year Budget Agreement

February 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass a bipartisan budget deal that funds the government for two years.

"I am pleased that Republicans and Democrats have come together to draft a truly bipartisan solution that invests in the future of our country. We should never be comfortable with passing one short-term spending bill after another to fund our government; it is irresponsible and reckless," said Rep. O'Halleran. "With this agreement, Arizona families, agriculture producers, and veterans will benefit, and it will provide much-needed stability to our military as they perform their missions at home and abroad."

The two year budget agreement includes many priorities Rep. O'Halleran has championed, including:

  • $6 billion in funding for opioid and mental health treatment.
  • $4 billion to improve VA Hospitals and clinics.
  • Ten years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • Two years of increased funding for Community Health Centers.
  • $20 billion in funding for infrastructure projects such as rural water and broadband initiatives.
  • $800 million in relief for cotton and dairy farmers.

"It is my hope that this long-term spending bill will allow us to begin working in earnest on the pressing challenges our communities face," continued O'Halleran. "That means, first and foremost, we need to address our immigration system and fix the DACA program. I call on Speaker Ryan to return to regular order, and allow for a transparent, bipartisan committee process to put forward real bipartisan solutions."