Congress Releases Legislative Text of the FY 21 Omnibus Appropriations and COVID Relief Bill >>

December 21st, 2020


This afternoon, the House released the legislative text for the FY 21 Omnibus Appropriations and COVID Relief Bill as well as the Joint Explanatory Statements for the appropriations bills. The bill and joint explanatory statements can be found HERE.

In addition, House Democrats have released a number of summaries to go along with the bill which can be found at the House Appropriations Committee Website

The House is expected to pass the legislation tonight as well as a seven-day continuing resolution (CR) in order to ensure time for the Senate to consider the bill and for the bill to be printed and sent to the White House for the President’s signature. The Senate may be able to take up and pass the bill as early as tonight if there are no objections.

Mapetsi is beginning to review the nearly 5,600 page bill and the over thousand pages of Joint Explanatory Statements. As we go through the bill we will provide a more detailed summary for you, but here is a short summary of some of the key provisions:

COVID Relief Provisions

  • CRF Extension – Although there are no new funds for the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), the bill extends the deadline to spend CRF payments received by tribal, state, local and territorial governments under the CARES Act to December 31, 2021.
  • Rescission of Federal Reserve Lending Facility Funding – Rescinds $429 billion in Federal Reserve lending authority for the Main Street and Municipal Lending Facilities for corporations and governments.
  • Enhanced Unemployment Assistance – Extends pandemic unemployment assistance to March 31, 2021. The enhanced unemployment assistance is reduced from $600/week to $300/week.
  • Tax Exempt Stimulus Checks – Provides for $600 tax-exempt payments to individuals earning less than $75,000 ($150,000 for joint filers).
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – Provides for an additional $285 billion for PPP loans for small businesses.
  • Vaccine Distribution – $210M from CDC to be transferred to IHS.
  • Testing, Equipment, Contact Tracing – $790M from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to IHS.
  • SAMHSA – Not less than $125M in additional funding for tribal behavioral health programs.
  • Education Stabilization Fund – BIE receives a 0.5% set aside from the fund, totaling approximately $409M with 60% allocated to Elementary and Secondary Schools and 40% to Tribal Colleges and Universities.
  • Tribal Transportation Program – An additional $114.6M is allocated for the Tribal Transportation Program.
  • Indian Housing – provides $800 million in additional funding to tribal governments and tribal housing authorities as defined in NAHASDA.
  • CDFIs in Indian Country – provides for not less than $25 million for Community Development Financial Institutions in Indian Country.
  • Tribal Broadband – $1 billion for “Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants” to expand access to and adoption of broadband service on Tribal land; and remote learning, telework, or telehealth resources during the COVID–19 pandemic. The grant program will be administered by National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

FY 21 Omnibus Appropriations

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs – $2.16B, an increase of $127.3M over FY 20 levels.
  • Bureau of Indian Education – $1.24B, an increase of $46M over FY 20 levels.
  • Indian Health Service – $6.24B, an increase of $189.2M over FY 20 levels.
  • Housing – $647M for formula IHBG, $100M for competitive IHBG, and $70M for ICDBG, the same as FY 20 levels.
  • FDPIR – $162M for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.
  • Department of Justice – $92.5M for Tribal grants; $52.6M for Tribal VAWA; and 5% set aside from the Crime Victims Fund.
  • EPA Tribal General Assistance Program – $66.3M for the Tribal GAP, an increase of $774k over FY 20 levels.
  • Department of Education – $181.2M for Indian Education programs at the Department of Education.
  • SAMHSA – $20.75M for Tribal Behavioral Grants for Mental Health; $20.75M for Tribal Behavioral Grants for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Other Legislative Provisions Authorized

  • 3-year Reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) – SDPI is reauthorized through 2023.
  • TANF Reauthorization – The TANF program is reauthorized through September 30, 2021.
  • Homeless Assistance Grants – Authorizes tribal eligibility for McKinney-Vento Homeless AssistanceGrants.
  • Tax Extenders – The Indian Employment Tax Credit and Accelerated Depreciation for Business Property on Indian Reservation are extended through 2021.

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