Rep. O’Halleran Opposes Cuts to Medicaid, Veterans Programs

July 20, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced his opposition to the House Republican’s 2018 budget resolution which makes deep cuts to programs that hundreds of thousands of Arizonans rely on every day.

“I cannot stand idly by while some in Congress attempt to privatize Medicare or slash funding for Medicaid, veterans programs, or our education system,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “The arbitrary and irresponsible cuts in the most recent budget proposals would devastate our rural communities by putting these critical programs, and so many more, on the chopping block.”

The cuts in the budget, which passed the House Budget Committee along party lines this week, include $487 billion from Medicare and $1 trillion from Medicaid, which would directly affect hundreds of thousands of Arizona families, our elderly, and veterans. In Arizona, more than 1.9 million people, 45,000 of which are veterans, rely on Medicaid.

Additionally, the budget slashes:

  • $20 billion from education, including Pell Grants;
  • $1 billion from the Department of Veterans Affairs;
  • $10 billion from the Department of Agriculture and additional cuts to nutrition programs;
  • $20 billion from earned income and child tax credits.

“We have a responsibility to pass a budget that invests in the future of our country and reins in spending,” continued O’Halleran. “I urge my colleagues to work together to craft a comprehensive budget that works for the American people. We should be focused on growing and strengthening our economy and improving life for our families.”