Senate Appropriators Approve Direct Tribal Victims’ Services Funding >>

May 11th, 2016

Senate Appropriators Approve Direct Tribal Victims’ Services Funding

The FY17 appropriations process is underway. Indian Country has an opportunity to significantly increase funding for tribal public safety and justice programs administered by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in FY17.

On April 21, 2016, the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) approved S. 2837, which would provide more than $350 million in funding for tribal justice programs from DOJ—a more than $200 million increase over FY16. The bulk of this increase ($147 million) would come from a 5% set aside to establish direct funding for tribal governments and tribal victims services organizations from the federal Crime Victims Fund (CVF). Senators Tester (D-MT), Daines (R-MT), and Murkowski (R-AK) offered an amendment to add this important provision. S. 2837 is now eligible for full Senate floor consideration. The Senate is expected to vote on the CJS bill later this month.

The House CJS Subcommittee is currently drafting its version of the FY17 funding bill. The Subcommittee is expected to vote on the House version on Wednesday, May 18, and the full House Appropriations Committee may vote on the bill on Wednesday, May 25.

To ensure that these increases are included in the final appropriations measure, tribes and tribal advocates are contacting members and leaders on the House Appropriations Committee to urge them to adopt the 5% set aside for tribes from the CVF in the House FY17 CJS bill.

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