Secretary Sally Jewell testified twice on Capitol Hill this week to discuss the
fiscal year 2015 budget request for the Interior Department.
First was an appearance before the the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. She didn't spend much time on Indian issues and members of the Interior subcommittee didn't have many questions on the matter either.
Audio from the hearing can be found on the Indianz.Com Sound Cloud.|
Earlier today, Jewell testified before the Senate Appropriations
Committee. A controversial road for an Alaska Native village was brought up several times, primarily by Sen Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who delivered a passionate opening statement about the need for the project
"I need you to carry the message to this administration that this road is non-negotiable," Murkowski told Jewell. "The health and safety of the people of King Cove is non-negotiable."
In December, Jewell rejected the road due to concerns about the impact on the Izembek National Wildlife
Refuge. She has offered to help the village consider alternatives but Murkowski pointed out that the Obama administration hasn't come up with anything in the last three months.
Jewell also took questions on Indian school construction and contract support costs in self-determination contracts during the hearing. Audio can be found on the Indianz.Com SoundCloud:
The budget focus continues this afternoon with a hearing before the Senate Indian Affairs
Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is testifying.
Next week, Jewell heads back to the Hill for a hearing before the House Natural Resources
Committee on Thursday, April 3.
Hearing - Department of the Interior (March 25, 2014)
schedule for the week of March 24th (March 26, 2014)
Hearing to receive testimony on "The President's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget for
Tribal Programs." (March 26, 2014)
Hearing on “Department of the Interior, Spending and the President’s Fiscal Year
2015 Budget Proposal” (April 3, 2014)
FY2015 Budget Documents:
Tribal Nations | Indian
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