Last week we sent out an action alert regarding the House Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee funding bill which seeks to cut tribal justice and victim services funding by more than 55% for FY 2019.
The House Appropriations Committee will be marking up the CJS appropriations bill tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:00 AM.
We expect an amendment to be offered tomorrow morning to restore the tribal funding.
What can you do?
- Contact congressional offices below to let them know about the amendment and ask for their support.
“Hello, I am _____ [and I’m a constituent from ____] calling because I am concerned about the CJS appropriations bill which will be marked up in the House Appropriations Committee tomorrow. This proposed bill cuts tribal funding for public safety and victim services by more than 55% for FY 2019. American Indians and Alaska Natives experience violence at exceptionally high rates. These funding cuts will undermine safety and healing for victims of crime in Indian Country. They deserve better. I hope Representative _________ will support an amendment tomorrow to restore this funding.”
You can also remind them of our asks from last week:
- continue the tribal set aside out of the Crime Victims Fund and direct that 5%go directly to tribal governments.
- create a 7% tribal set-aside from all OJP programs to address Indian country public safety and tribal criminal justice needs.
You can reach the offices below by calling the Capitol Switchboard, (202) 224-3121, and asking to be connected
· Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, New Jersey, Chairman
· Nita M. Lowey, New York
- Share this Action Alert with your Networks ASAP!
- When you make contact with any of the Congressional offices listed above, email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attached you will find NCAI’s letter to CJS appropriators, as well as a letter from the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. We will send a follow up to this email as soon as we hear what is in the final amendment and receive confirmation of its sponsorship.
Here is a link to the bill: https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395291