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Legislative Outlook

Possible Action in the Senate on the American Rescue Plan

The House will consider and vote on two bills:

  • H.R. 1 – For the People Act of 2021 (Rep. Sarbanes – House Administration) (Subject to a Rule)
  • H.R. 1280 – George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 (Rep. Bass – Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule)

 

Congressional Hearings

 

House

House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing: The Future of Telehealth: How COVID-19 is Changing the Delivery of Virtual Care

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 10:30 am

House Oversight and Reform Committee Hearing: The 2021 GAO High-Risk List: Blueprint for a Safer, Stronger, More Effective America

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 10:30 am

Senate

Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Full Committee Hearing: GAO’s 2021 High Risk List: Addressing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 2:30 pm

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing: Hearing on the Nomination of Brenda Mallory to serve as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 10:00am

 

Upcoming Calls & Consultations

Congressional & Tribal Leader Discussion: Tribal Relief Fund Formula

Hosted by the Native American Finance Officers Association and the National Congress of American Indians, a Tribal Leader discussion with Congressman Dan Kildee and other House Ways & Means Committee members on the possible formula for distributing the $20 billion Tribal Relief Fund.

The Tribal Relief Fund is within the American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion reconciliation relief package currently being considered by Congress.


Date: Monday, March 1, 2021
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
Registration:
RSVP here – Zoom link will be sent the morning of the discussion to those who have RSVP’d. 

 

Workgroups

DOI Self-Governance PROGRESS Act Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Establishment; Nominations

The Department of Interior (DOI) is soliciting comments on the formation of a negotiated rulemaking committee and is inviting nominations for committee members. The committee will negotiate and advise the Secretary of the Interior on a proposed rule to implement the Practical Reforms and Other Goals to Reinforce the Effectiveness of the Self-Governance and Self-Determination (PROGRESS) Act which was signed into law in October 2020.

The PROGRESS Act streamlines the Title IV DOI self-governance program by making it consistent with its Indian Health Service counterpart in Title V, allowing Tribal Nations to consolidate and more efficiently manage federal programs under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.

Responsibilities of committee members and nomination instructions are provided within the notice. Comments regarding the establishment of this committee and nominations for committee members must be submitted no later than March 3, 2021 to Ms. Vickie Hanvey at consultation@bia.gov.

 

Upcoming Comment Deadlines

In December 2020, the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) announced via Dear Tribal Leader Letter [linked] that both agencies would be undergoing joint Tribal consultation to seek input on a draft revised memorandum of understanding (MOU) [linked]. The original comment submission deadline was extended to Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Comments can be sent via email to consultation@ihs.gov and tribalgovernmentconsultation@va.gov, Subject Line: VA-IHS MOU Update.

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