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Senate Hurtles to Vote in Hours on Record $2 Trillion Stimulus

The Senate moved toward a vote Wednesday on the biggest economic rescue measure in U.S. history, a more than $2 trillion package of spending and tax breaks to bolster the hobbled U.S. economy and fund a nationwide effort to contain the coronavirus.

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3/27/2020

article Senate passes coronavirus relief which includes funding for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) by a vote of 96-0 on Wednesday, March 25. The $2...

3/25/2020

article Senate Hurtles to Vote in Hours on Record $2 Trillion Stimulus
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate moved toward a vote Wednesday on the biggest economic rescue measure in U.S. history, a more than $2 trillion package of spending and tax...
press release Udall Statement on Tribal Provisions in Senate Bipartisan Emergency COVID-19 Relief Package Compromise Agreement
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement on the improvements to the...

3/11/2020

article Senators to CEQ: Proposed NEPA rule would undermine protections for tribal communities
(Washington D.C.) -- Sens. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, Dianne Feinstein, D-California; Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Kamala Harris, D-California, are urging the White House...

3/3/2020

article Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal officials raised issues ranging from polluted water to underfunded police last month but there was one message they all had for House...

2/12/2020

article Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal officials this week raised issues ranging from polluted water to underfunded police but there was one message they all had for House...

1/16/2020

article Haaland, Davids included in 'Jeopardy' clue for historic first as Native American congresswomen
(Washington D.C.) -- Freshman Reps. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) were featured in a “Jeopardy” clue Wednesday night for making history as...

1/15/2020

article Exclusive: Elisa Martinez Is On A Mission To Become The First ‘Real’ Native American Woman In The Senate
(Washington D.C.) -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Elisa Martinez of New Mexico, who is a member of the Navajo Nation, says she’s on a mission to become the...

12/11/2019

article Congress passes the Esther Martinez Native Languages Programs Reauthorization Act
(Washington D.C.) -- On December 9, in a voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Esther Martinez Native Languages Programs Reauthorization Act. “The...

12/10/2019

article Measure aimed at preserving Native languages clears Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal grant programs aimed at preserving indigenous languages would be extended for a few more years and expanded to allow more American Indian...
article Luján Celebrates Legacy Of Esther Martinez In Floor Speech Supporting Language Justice Legislation
(Washington D.C.) -- Monday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, spoke on the House floor in support of the Esther Martinez Native...

11/2/2019

article Native American veterans finally get an audience with Congress
(Washington) -- Native American leaders traveled from across the country this week to share their concerns with lawmakers about veterans’ barriers to health care...

9/27/2019

article EDITORIAL: A do-nothing Congress must do something to help Washington tribes survive climate change
(Washington) -- Alarm bells have sounded, and political oddsmakers are already laying bets: If the U.S. House of Representatives moves forward with impeachment, nothing...

8/27/2019

article A Senator’s Lake House vs. a Town Fighting Flooding
(Oklahoma) -- On the shimmering waters of Grand Lake, a popular vacation spot in northeastern Oklahoma, families have spent the summer splashing around in boats, fishing...
article Dems Say Climate Neglected In White House's GHG Plan (sub req)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration's proposal to narrow how federal agencies consider the greenhouse gas impacts of infrastructure, energy and other...

7/31/2019

article Senate confirms 9 more judicial nominees
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate on Wednesday confirmed nine more of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees to the federal bench. The judicial confirmations...

7/26/2019

article Feds missed 2nd deadline for Congress’ tribal safety bills
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. officials tasked with carrying out federal public safety policy for tribes missed a deadline to provide input on legislation to curb violence...

7/13/2019

article House moves defense bill in largely party-line vote
(Washington D.C.) -- Oklahomans in the U.S. House voted along party lines as that chamber approved a major defense bill, setting up a battle with the Senate where Sen....

7/3/2019

article Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act passes U.S. Senate
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Patty Murray (D-Washington), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) have announced that, with...

6/21/2019

article Sinema applauds Community Development Grants for Arizona tribal communities
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema recently applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s decision to award nearly $8...

6/19/2019

article GOP hopes dim on reclaiming House
(Washington D.C.) -- The 2020 election is more than a year away, but some Republican lawmakers are pessimistic about their chances of winning back the House. President...

6/3/2019

article House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up tribal homelands legislation
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will be taking testimony this week on tribal homelands and tribal treaty...

5/23/2019

article Murkowski Questions Interior Secretary on Priorities to Benefit Rural Alaska
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) chaired an Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to examine the Fiscal Year 2020 budget request for the...

5/8/2019

article Native American representation on Capitol Hill concerns House lawmakers
(Washington D.C.) -- House lawmakers are raising issues of Native American representation in and around the Capitol — and they aren’t talking about the...

5/4/2019

article Montana senator introduces bill to deny pension to Weber, other child molesters
(Washington D.C.) -- A Montana senator has introduced a bill that would deny pensions to a former Pine Ridge doctor and any federal employee convicted of child sexual...

4/25/2019

article Maine tribes to receive more than $4.2 million for affordable housing
(Maine) -- U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced last week that five Maine tribes – the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Houlton...

3/30/2019

article MORON ALERT: ‘Shut up!’ Room gasps as GOP congressman flips out during health care hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives is a centuries-old institution with some very specific written and unwritten rules and codes of behavior. These...

3/20/2019

article Dakotas tribes seek more crime-fighting help from feds
(North Dakota) -- American Indian reservations in the Dakotas need more resources and cooperation from the federal government to combat crime and improve safety, tribal...
article Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on public safety at field hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is hosting its first field hearing of the 116th Congress, focusing on public safety in tribal communities....

3/18/2019

article COLE: Democrats in Congress are not acting 'For the People'
(Washington D.C.) -- Earlier this month, House Democrats brought to the floor an enormously misguided piece of legislation that would limit free speech, weaken election...

3/9/2019

article Return of the condor
(California) -- More than a century after it disappeared from the region, a Yurok Tribal effort to bring the California condor back to their native lands could be...

3/3/2019

article Senate GOP breaks century-old tradition for circuit court nominees
(Washington D.C.) -- Senate Republicans abandoned a century-old tradition and confirmed a circuit court appointee without the support of both home-state senators, a...

2/27/2019

article Congress passes historically large public lands bill that sets a legal precedent for climbing in wilderness areas
(Washington D.C.) -- Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a historic bipartisan bill titled the Natural Resources Management Act, 363-62. It cleared the Senate...
article VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out Against Nomination of Eric Miller to U.S. Court of Appeals
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, spoke on the Senate floor against the nomination of...

2/25/2019

article Trump Ninth Circuit Nominee Eric Miller Advances in Senate
(Washington D.C.) -- Republicans on Monday night advanced the nomination of Eric Miller for a seat on the nation’s largest federal appeals court that President Donald...

2/11/2019

article House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States set for first hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- The newly created House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States holds its first hearing of the 116th Congress this week. The panel...

2/7/2019

article How the Women in White Made the President Look Powerless
(Washington D.C.) -- There was little substantively to differentiate Donald Trump’s second State of the Union address from his first delivered last year. Despite a...

1/29/2019

article The Senator Who Is Betraying the Senate
(Washington D.C.) -- On Monday, Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican, reiterated a position that cuts against the core of the Constitution. President...

1/14/2019

article Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland Have Arrived
(Washington D.C.) -- Earlier this month, on the floor of the House of Representatives, two women embraced each other. The moment—captured by an eagle-eyed C-SPAN...

1/7/2019

article Two native women make history taking oath in Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- For a first in the United States, two Native American women were sworn into the House of Representatives Thursday. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Sharice...

1/4/2019

article Native women make history with seats in new Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- It was a day, and night, to remember as Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland took their seats in the 116th Congress on Thursday. Davids, a citizen of the...
article Female Democrats show Capitol Hill's new face – but some traditions persist
(Washington D.C.) -- The first day of school was followed by yet another class photo on Capitol Hill. But one that was a little different from the traditional. After a...
article Mark Ruffalo eyed on Capitol Hill
(Washington D.C.) -- Mark Ruffalo, or “The Hulk,” — minus his green, beefed up look — stretching his political muscle at the Capitol. The “...

1/3/2019

article Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids Share a Powerful Moment After Making History in Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Newly sworn-in Reps. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) shared a powerful moment on the floor of the House of Representatives on...
article First Native American congresswomen embrace after being sworn in
(Washington D.C.) -- The first two Native American women to be elected to Congress shared a moment on Thursday after being sworn in. Reps. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and...

1/1/2019

article Report: U.S. fails in funding obligations to Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- A new report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights finds that funding levels for Native American tribes are woefully inadequate despite the federal...

12/31/2018

article Native women long held political power on American soil — until white people got here
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Congress has been far too white and far too male for far too long. But that’s all about to change. Come January 2019, a wave of...

12/25/2018

article Markwayne Mullin the lone Oklahoma holdout on Congress' criminal justice bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Six of Oklahoma's seven members of Congress voted last week to reform the federal criminal justice system by easing mandatory minimum sentences and...

12/3/2018

article Distillery bill prompted by local tribe seeks Trump’s autograph
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate voted last week to repeal a ban on distilling alcohol on tribal lands, passing a measure already approved by the House of...

9/28/2018

article The Week In Sports Betting: All Eyes On A Different Congressional Hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s been an exhausting week of news, both for topics related to sports betting and for issues much more fundamental to the future of the...
article U.S. House Hearing Suggests Possible Federal Sports Betting Regulation (sub req)
(Washington D.C.) -- Several members of the U.S House Judiciary Committee suggested that they would "support new federal regulation of sports gambling, though the...
article Say What? The Five Worst Takes From The Sports Betting Hearing In Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- What happens when you mix underinformed legislators and ranting advocates with sports betting? You get Thursday’s hearing in Congress. A House...

9/27/2018

article House Subcommittee Hears Spirited Debate On Role Of Federal Government In Regulating Sports Gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- Addressing the 10,000 pound Elephant In The Room, Rep. James Sensenbrenner opened his remarks at a Congressional hearing on sports betting by...

9/26/2018

article Live Blog: Congress Tackles Sports Betting In House Subcommittee Hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- A House subcommittee is tackling the subject of sports betting in a hearing on Thursday morning for the first time since the federal ban was struck...
article Congressional sports betting hearing FAQ: What to know
(Washington D.C.) -- A House Judiciary subcommittee will hold a hearing Thursday in Washington to examine whether federal sports betting guidelines are needed as more...
press release HOEVEN: Indian Affairs Committee Passes Three Bills
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that the committee has passed S. 465 – the Independent...

7/31/2018

article Bill proposes advisory committee for Native American veterans
(New Mexico) -- Three U.S. senators have introduced legislation to establish an advisory committee to facilitate communication and understanding between the U.S....

7/27/2018

press release Schumer and Udall: Senate Democrats Are Committed to Expanding Tribal Self-Determination
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Democratic Leader, and U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on...

7/26/2018

article Congress slips water policies into spending bill that would devastate California
(California) -- As Congressman Jeff Denham was touring Don Pedro and New Melones reservoirs with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on July 20, conservation, Tribal...

7/25/2018

press release National Center President and CEO Chris James Testifies Before Congress in Support of Key Indian Country Economic Development Legislation
(Washington D.C.) -- National Center President and CEO Chris James Testifies Before Congress in Support of Key Indian Country Economic Development Legislation...

7/17/2018

article Senate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick
(Washington D.C.) -- Senate Democrats held the floor on Tuesday night to protest the decision by GOP leadership to schedule a vote on a controversial circuit court...
article Native Sun News Today: County looks at fugitives in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- During the 2nd Session of the 115th Congress, Representative Kristi Noem introduced a bill to amend Title 18 of the United States Code. This amendment...

7/10/2018

article Going Native: The Trouble with Treaties, Past and Present
(Indian Country) -- When the U.S. government forced American Indian tribes into signing treaties in which they ceded millions of acres of land in exchange for...

6/22/2018

article OP/ED: Dear Congress: Don’t gut funding for CDFIs
(Washington D.C.) -- Bankers and policymakers understand that getting $12 of impact for every one dollar invested is a good return on investment. It’s even better...

6/19/2018

article House GOP plan would cut Medicare, Social Security to balance budget
(Washington D.C.) -- House Republicans released a proposal Tuesday that would balance the budget in nine years — but only by making large cuts to entitlement...

6/13/2018

article Tribal affairs agencies make progress, not enough to satisfy senators
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal agencies that oversee Indian affairs are making progress toward fixing management shortcomings that landed them on a list of “high-...

6/5/2018

article LEGAL BLOG: Tax Parity, Kiddie Tax Exemption Still Needed for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 moved through Congress and was signed into law at breakneck speed. While many got what they wanted in the new tax...

5/19/2018

article Heinrich Bipartisan Bill To Safeguard Tribal Items Clears Senate Indian Affairs Committee
(Washington D.C.) -- Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich’s (D-N.M.) Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act passed unanimously in the Senate Committee on...

5/18/2018

article Native Americans on Farm Bill: Help Us Feed Ourselves
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American agricultural activists expressed relief that the House Friday failed to pass an $868 billion spending bill that funds agriculture...

4/28/2018

article House panel in charge of Indian legislation goes through some changes again
(Washington D.C.) -- The legislative panel that handle Indian Country issues in the House is once again going through some changes. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona) is now...

4/26/2018

article BLOG: Legislators Are Trying to Hide a Dangerous Voucher Proposal Inside the Defense Spending Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- This week, Congress is set to begin consideration of the annual defense bill, also known as the National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA sets...

3/23/2018

article Arts and culture funding hiked in Congress’s massive spending plan
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities will receive $152.8 million each, an increase of $3 million. The...

3/22/2018

article TRAHANT: Congress faces deadline to pass big spending bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Here we go again. Congress has two days to resolve long standing disputes over immigration, health care, taxes, abortion rights, guns, building a...

2/26/2018

article Navajo Nation joins opposition to controversial 'fugitives' bill in Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Nation is registering opposition to a controversial bill that's been called a threat to tribal sovereignty.
article EDITORIAL: Well-Heeled Investors Reap the Republican Tax Cut Bonanza
(Washington D.C.) -- After President Trump signed the Republican tax cut into law, companies put out cheery announcements that they were giving workers bonuses because...

2/5/2018

article Cronkite News: Another shutdown deadline approaches in Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- With a week to go before the budget expires, and Congress not meeting again until Monday, there is little outward sign of progress on spending or...
article Funding for Indian diabetes program in limbo as shutdown looms in Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal advocates continue to lobby Congress in hopes of securing long-term funding for a key diabetes program. The Special Diabetes Program for...

1/24/2018

article Sorry but that 'talking stick' used in the Senate isn't Native American
(Washington D.C.) -- A "talking stick" that became the talk of the media and certain corners of the internet isn't Native, The New York Times said in a...

1/23/2018

article Senators used a 'talking stick' during shutdown negotiations
(Washington D.C.) -- Political pundits will debate the winners and losers of the three-day government shutdown, but a clear frontrunner for the unsung hero award has...

1/22/2018

article With Talking Stick in Hand, Moderate Senators Broke the Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The ground rules were simple: Senators wishing to voice their opinion needed to wait their turn and could speak only once they had grabbed hold of a...

1/21/2018

article Senate adjourns without deal to end government shutdown; vote postponed until noon Monday
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate has adjourned for the night without a deal to end the government shutdown, and a vote has been postponed until noon Monday. The...
article Arizona government employees brace for working without a paycheck amid government shutdown
(Arizona) -- Some government employees in Arizona may be asked to continue working without a paycheck amidst a federal government shutdown that could affect services and...

12/16/2017

article Homeowners Have Had It Good. Too Good, Says the Tax Bill.
(Washington D.C.) -- For decades, the tax code has been filled with rewards for homeownership. Tax breaks encourage people to get into first homes and to trade up as...
article What’s in the Final Republican Tax Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- House and Senate Republicans have released a final plan to resolve the differences between their tax overhaul bills. The legislation would cut taxes...
article The essential tradeoff in the Republican tax bill, in one chart
(Washington D.C.) -- Republicans are paying for a permanent cut for corporations with an under-the-radar tax increase on individuals. Senate rules require the Tax Cuts...

12/13/2017

press release Kildee, 37 Members of Congress Urge Republicans to Support Indian Country in Tax Plan
(Washington D.C.) -- Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), along with 37 other Members of Congress, sent a letter today to U.S. Representatives and Senators serving on the...

12/10/2017

article Precision sacrificed for speed as GOP rushes ahead on taxes
(Washington D.C.) -- Republicans are moving their tax plan toward final passage at stunning speed, blowing past Democrats before they’ve had time to fully mobilize...
article ‘Very, very scary’: 8.8 million Americans face big tax hike if Republicans scrap the medical deduction
(Washington D.C.) -- Anne Hammer is one of millions of elderly Americans who could face a substantial tax hike in 2018 depending on the final negotiations over the...

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