March 29th, 2017 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on Diabetes Prevention and Healthy Living

March 29th, 2017 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on Diabetes Prevention and Healthy Living

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has scheduled an oversight hearing titled, “Native Youth: Promoting Diabetes Prevention Through Healthy Living.”

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, March 29th, at 2:30 p.m. EST in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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 following 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 Committee on Indian Affairs, please visit: http://www.indian.senate.gov/.

House Committees Pass AHCA

House Committees Pass AHCA

Last week, after marathon markup sessions where over 100 amendments were considered, the House Energy & Commerce and the House Ways & Means Committees passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) along party line votes. Unified in opposition to the AHCA, Democrats attempted to amend or at least slow down consideration of the bill, but Republicans were able to defeat each of these amendments and advance the bill through the Committees. The AHCA will now be considered this Wednesday by the House Budget Committee, where again it is expected that Democrats will try to amend or at least slow down consideration of the bill. House Republican leadership has been determined to bring the bill to the House floor before the end of March in an attempt to give the Senate time to consider the bill before the Senate and House recess for two weeks starting April 7.

House and Senate to hold Committee Hearings Next Week

House and Senate to hold Committee Hearings Next Week

Next week, both the House and Senate have scheduled oversight hearings focused on forward progress in Indian country.

On March 8, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee (SCIA) will hold a hearing titled “Identifying Indian Affairs priorities for the Trump Administration” at 2:30 PM in 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. The witness list has not yet been released.

On March 9, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs (IIANA) will hold a hearing focused on improving and expanding infrastructure in tribal and insular communities. The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 AM in 1324 Longworth House Office Building. The witness list has not yet been released.

Both hearings will be broadcast live on the internet and archived video will be available shortly after the hearings conclude. The SCIA website can be found here and the IIANA website can be found here.

Bipartisan Group of Senators Approve Zinke Nomination

Bipartisan Group of Senators Approve Zinke Nomination

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the U.S. Senate by a 68-31 vote, approved President Trump’s nomination of Ryan Zinke to serve as Secretary of the Interior. Fifteen Democrats and one Independent joined 52 Republicans to support the nomination.

Secretary Zinke will now begin forming his team at the Interior Department. Indian Country will closely watch the appointments for the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and the Interior Solicitor (top attorney for DOI), both of which require U.S. Senate confirmation.

The Interior Secretary will also play a role in President Trump’s nominations to serve on the National Indian Gaming Commission (the NIGC Chair requires Senate approval, the two Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary without approval) as well as the Special Trustee for American Indians.

Tribes will also monitor other Interior positions that require Senate confirmation, including the Interior Department’s Deputy Secretary; Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Asst. Sec. for Land & Minerals Management; Asst. Sec. for Policy Management & Budget; Asst. Sec. for Water & Science; Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation; Director of the Bureau of Land Management; Director of the National Park Service; Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement; Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Director of the U.S. Geological Survey; and Inspector General.