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Congressman Tom O´Halleran

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

Rep. O’Halleran: Partisan Budget Would Kill Jobs, Hurt Seniors

October 5, 2017
Press Release

Today, Rep. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted against the FY 2018 House Republican Budget Resolution, citing concerns about funding cuts for critical programs on which millions of Arizonans rely every day.

“This misguided budget will make things worse for rural Arizona. It will kill jobs and hurt seniors,” said O’Halleran. “We cannot allow programs like the Community Development Block Grants and Pell Grants, which support good-paying jobs across rural America, to be cut. The heavy-handed cuts to Social Security and Medicare will end the programs as we know it and take resources and care away from elderly Arizonans who have worked hard their entire life.”

The House Republican’s budget proposal makes deep cuts to critical programs including:

  • Ends the Medicare guarantee, turning it into a voucher program;  
  • $1.5 trillion from Medicaid; 
  • $4 billion from Social Security benefits;
  • $3 billion from Community Development Block Grants;
  • $50 billion from veterans benefits and programs.

“This process is another example of how out-of-touch Washington is to the needs of hardworking families in Arizona, and across the nation,” continued O’Halleran. “We owe it to the American people to get our spending under control, but this budget proposal is not the answer. We must have a bipartisan budgeting process that is focused on creating jobs in rural Arizona and keeping our promises to our veterans and seniors.”