Luján Joins Legislation to Provide Stable Federal Funding for Essential Tribal Services
Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) released the following statement on the Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act (IPAAA) and the Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations Act of 2019, both for which he is an original cosponsor. The two pieces of legislation authorize advance funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, including the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Health Service.
“During the recent 35-day government shutdown, I heard from tribal leaders across the country who struggled to provide services to their communities,” said Luján. “Piecemeal-funding bills and government shutdowns always put tribal programs and services at risk. Advance federal appropriations would provide certainty to Indian Country, help the federal government meet its trust obligation to Tribal governments, and provide basic services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.”
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Congressman Don Young (R-AK) are the sponsors of the bipartisan bills in the House.