Rep. O’Halleran Cosponsors Bill to Lift Hiring Freeze on VA

January 26, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran cosponsored legislation to protect Arizona veterans by prohibiting a hiring freeze from affecting the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“President Trump’s hiring freeze will limit the work our VA hospitals and clinics are doing for veterans in Arizona, and it will only further extend wait times that they cannot bear,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “While it is essential for us to have a discussion on reining in federal spending, I cannot support a unilateral hiring freeze that does not take into account the lives that will be impacted.”

The executive order, signed by President Trump on January 23rd, implements a 90-day hiring freeze across the executive branch. National security positions are exempt from this freeze, but critical jobs that serve returning servicemembers will remain unfilled.

“This commonsense legislation lifts the hiring freeze on the Department of Veterans Affairs and allows them to continue hiring doctors, nurses, therapists, and other health specialists,” continued O’Halleran. “We should not be discouraging health professionals from choosing to work at VA medical facilities for our veterans.”