SDPI Reauthorized for 1 Year

SDPI Reauthorized for 1 Year

On Monday, March 31st, the Senate passed HR 4032, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (also known as the “Medicare Doc Fix”) by a vote of 64-35, which fixes a Medicare physician payment formula. A number of other Medicare and health care provisions were included as part of the bill. Section 204 of the bill reauthorizes the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) for 1 year until September 30, 2015 at $150M. Previously, the House passed HR 4032 on Thursday, March 27th by voice vote. The bill will now go to the President for his signature.

The Senate Finance, House Ways & Means, and House Energy & Commerce Committees had sought a permanent “doc fix” which could have included a multi-year reauthorization, but being unable to reach an agreement on how to pay for the bill, they settled for a 1 year fix and a 1 year extension on all the other Medicare and health care provisions. However, this 1 year reauthorization of SDPI at least provides stability for another year for this important program.

House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs schedules Oversight Hearing on the Land Buy-Back Program

House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs schedules Oversight Hearing on the Land Buy-Back Program

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs has scheduled an oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program. The hearing is titled, “Implementing the Cobell Settlement: Missed Opportunities and Lessons Learned,” and is scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 3rd, at 2:00 p.m. EST in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Witnesses for live testimony are by invitation only and a list will be posted on the Subcommittee’s website once confirmed. The record will be open for two weeks following the hearing for written comments. The webcast of this hearing will be available on the scheduled hearing date on the Subcommittee website.

For more information about the hearing or the Subcommittee, please visit: http://naturalresources.house.gov/subcommittees/subcommittee/?SubcommitteeID=5066

Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules Legislative Hearing on various tribal bills

Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules Legislative Hearing on various tribal bills

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled a legislative hearing for Wednesday, April 2nd, at 2:30 p.m. EST in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The Committee will examine five bills impacting Indian country and will include the following legislation:

  • S. 1474, to encourage the State of Alaska to enter into intergovernmental agreements with Indian tribes in the State relating to the enforcement of certain State laws by Indian tribes, to improve the quality of life in rural Alaska, to reduce alcohol and drug abuse, and for other purposes;
  • S. 1570, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to authorize advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service by providing 2-fiscal-year budget authority, and for other purposes;
  • S. 1574, to amend the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992 to facilitate the ability of Indian tribes to integrate the employment, training, and related services from diverse Federal sources, and for other purposes;
  • S. 1622, to establish the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children, and for other purposes; and
  • S. TBD, The Native American Children’s Safety Act.

Witnesses for live testimony are by invitation only, and a list will be posted on the Committee’s website once confirmed. The record will be open for two weeks after the hearing for written comments. A webcast of this hearing will be available on the scheduled hearing date on the Committee website.

For more information about the hearing or the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, please visit: http://www.indian.senate.gov/

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Schedules Hearing on FY15 Budget

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Schedules Hearing on FY15 Budget

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on March 26th to receive testimony on the FY15 budget request. The hearing is titled “The President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget for Tribal Programs.” The hearing will begin at 2:30 PM in 628 Senate Dirksen Building.

The Committee has not yet listed the witness(s) for the hearing. The hearing will be streamed live on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee website.

House Appropriations Committee Schedules Upcoming Hearings

House Appropriations Committee Schedules Upcoming Hearings

The House Appropriations Committee has scheduled three upcoming hearings.

On March 25th, the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee will hold a budget hearing on the Department of the Interior FY15 budget request. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel will be testifying before the subcommittee. The hearing will take place at 1:30 PM in 2359 Rayburn House Office Building.

On March 26th, the Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee will hold a budget hearing on the United States Army Corps of Engineers FY15 budget request. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo Ellen Darcy, and Chief of Engineers for the United States Army Corps of Engineers Lt. General Thomas P. Bostick will testify before the subcommittee. The hearing will begin at 10:00 AM in 2362-B Rayburn House Office Building.

On March 27th, the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee will hold a budget hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency FY15 budget request. Environment Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify before the subcommittee. The hearing will begin at 10:00 AM in B-308 Rayburn House Office Building.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on Tribal Transportation on March 13th

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on Tribal Transportation on March 13th

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has scheduled an oversight hearing on “Tribal Transportation: Pathways to Infrastructure and Economic Development in Indian Country” for Thursday, March 13th at 10:00 am. EST in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Witnesses for live testimony are by invitation only, and a list will be posted on the Committee’s website once confirmed.

The record will be open for two weeks after the hearing for written comments.

The webcast of this hearing will be available on the scheduled hearing date on the Committee website. For more information about the hearing or the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, please visit: http://indian.senate.gov/