Update on Status of FY11 Funding

Update on Status of FY11 Funding

On Thursday, March 17th, Congress passed a sixth stop gap measure to temporarily fund government agencies and programs in FY11. The bill, House Joint Resolution (H.J. Res.) 48, funds the government through Friday, April 8, 2011, which will be more than six months into FY11. H.J. Res. 48 generally holds programs at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service harmless from the $6 billion in spending cuts made in the Resolution.

We note, however, that the CR eliminates $2.6 billion in earmark account funding from programs at the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, and Justice. The cuts include a $1 million rescission that removes earmarks for specific tribal projects within the BIA’s Office of Indian Programs account. Again, these rescissions cut only earmarked funding that would have gone to specific projects. These cuts conform with both President Obama’s and the Congress’ pledge to ban earmarked funding.

While House Republicans remain deeply divided with the Obama Administration and Senate Democrats on the levels of FY11 spending, many members on both sides have indicated their preference for a final measure to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) stated that “Our economy must not be threatened by perpetual government shutdowns — which create uncertainty and a loss of confidence for job-creators across the country. This CR provides us with an appropriate length of time for negotiations, makes good on our promise to the American people to cut spending, provides certainty and stability, and allows essential federal programs to continue while negotiations ensue.”

Congressmen and senators returned to their home districts on March 18th, but will return to Washington, D.C. on March 28th, when Congress will either come to a compromise on a final FY11 spending, pass yet another stop gap spending measure, or consider a government shutdown. Mapetsi will continue to monitor this situation and keep you informed on any changes.

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to Hold Public Witness Hearings on Native American Issues on April 12-13

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
to Hold Public Witness Hearings on Native American Issues on April 12-13

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies has scheduled public witness hearings for Native American issues on April 12th and 13th.

The public witness hearings provide opportunities for tribes to testify before the Subcommittee about their challenges and success stories relating to funding. The hearings also provides Members of Congress a better understanding of the critical funding needs in Native communities.

Instructions on submitting requests to testify before the Subcommittee and instructions on the testimony can be found here.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Schedules Oversight Hearing on President’s FY 2012 Budget Request on March 15

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Schedules Oversight Hearing on President’s FY 2012 Budget Request on March 15

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee, chaired by Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) will hold an oversight hearing on the President’s FY 2012 budget request for tribal programs on March 15th in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The Committee has not yet released the names of the invited witnesses.

A live webcast of the hearing will be available here starting at 10:15 am est on the day of the hearing.

House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs To Hold Oversight Hearing on President’s FY12 Budget Request on March 8

House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs To Hold Oversight Hearing on President’s FY12 Budget Request on March 8

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, chaired by Rep. Don Young (R-AK), will hold an oversight hearing on “the effectiveness of federal spending on Native American programs and on the President’s FY 2012 budget request for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians.” The Subcommittee has scheduled this hearing for Tuesday, March 8, at 11:00 am est in the Longworth House Office Building.

The Subcommittee has not yet released the list of invited witnesses. The Subcommittee website will also release a transcript of the hearing afterwards. Please click here for more information about the hearing as well to download testimony and the transcript once it is available.