Congressman O’Halleran Holds Town Hall in Globe

From Arizona Silverbelt, April 11, 2017:

Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ, Dist. 1)  held a town hall at Globe City Hall on Sunday evening. O’Halleran expressed his frustration with Congress funding the government through continuing resolutions instead of by passing an actual budget.

“That’s really been hurting our military and it costs the taxpayers billions of dollars,” O’Halleran said. “And it’s because we can’t come to an agreement and just pass it along. That has to stop.”


The Congressman mentioned Russia and China as possible threats to the U.S., and stressed that our country needs to treat cyber warfare just like any other attack.

O’Halleran was asked his thoughts on the status of the Affordable Care Act. He said, “Whatever we do needs to recognize health care needs in America, and not just political thought processes that people want to promote because they made a promise during an election cycle. First of all, don’t make promises during an election cycle when you don’t know what you’re talking about. There are people who have found out that health care is complex. It’s highly complex.”

Later in the town hall, after a question about the expansion of school vouchers, O’Halleran voiced his opinion. “I’ve always been against vouchers,” O’Halleran said. “Private schools are not under any testing requirements, and they seem to be able to go around the requirements to take care of special needs children … They don’t want those requirements put on them for that money. I don’t even want to have the discussion until each and every one of those institutions is treated the same.”

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