Lawmakers reject spending cuts sought by President Trump
Increases for Indian schools, tribal courts and victims of crime included in $1.3 trillion omnibus
By Kevin Abourezk – @Kevin_Abourezk
- A 10 percent increase for the Indian Health Service.
- A 7 percent increase for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education.
- More money for tribal infrastructure, public safety and economic development.
Buried within the massive $1.3 trillion federal spending bill are increases for numerous Indian programs, representing a powerful rebuff to budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump to many of those same programs.
“This bill represents real progress for Indian Country, significantly increasing our investments in Native health care, infrastructure, economies and communities,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, in a statement. “It rejects the president’s dangerous proposed budget cuts and instead provides funding increases that will lead to healthier communities and better outcomes across Indian Country.”