Senate Agriculture Committee Releases 2018 Farm Bill

Senate Agriculture Committee Releases 2018 Farm Bill

On Friday, the Senate Agriculture Committee released the base text of their 2018 Farm Bill. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 is over 1,000 pages long and includes numerous provisions of interest to Indian country.

On a broad level, there are no cuts to nutrition programs, and the SNAP work requirements included in the House bill are not included in the Senate text. While the legislation reauthorizes existing programs and creates numerous new ones, it is ultimately up to USDA to create the rules and guidelines for these programs should they be included in the final enacted bill.

The full text of the bill can be found here

The section-by-section prepared by the Ag Committee can be found here

The Senate Agriculture Committee is planning on holding a markup of the bill on Wednesday, June 13th and will consider any amendments at that time.

Senate Appropriations Committee to Markup FY19 Interior Appropriations Bill

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO MARKUP FY19 INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS BILL

The Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has scheduled a markup of the FY19 Interior Appropriations Bill on Tuesday, June 12th at 9:30am. The Interior Appropriations Bill provides funding for the Department of Interior, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Indian Health Service. The webcast for the markup will be audio only and can be accessed at: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/hearings/subcommittee-markup-of-the-fy2019-interior-environment-and-related-agencies-appropriations-bill.

In addition, the Full Senate Appropriations Committee has scheduled a markup of the FY19 Interior Appropriations Bill on Thursday, June 14th at 10:30am. The webcast for the markup will be audio only and can be accessed at: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/hearings/full-committee-markup-of-the-interior-cjs-and-legislative-branch-appropriations-bills-for-fy2019.

Historic Primary Win in New Mexico for Native American Candidate Deb Haaland

Historic Primary Win in New Mexico for Native American Candidate Deb Haaland

Deb Haaland has won the Democratic primary for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, putting her on track to become the first Native American woman elected to Congress. Deb is the former Chairwoman of the New Mexico Democratic Party, and is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna. She has also previously been a candidate for lieutenant governor and Chairwoman of the Laguna Development Corporation.

Haaland won the crowded Democratic primary with 40.6% of the vote. With her primary win, Deb Haaland will likely win the November general election and head to Washington, D.C. as the first Native American female Member of Congress. This is a historic moment for New Mexico and for Indian country.