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Lawmakers unveil massive appropriations bill to fund government

The Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota. Photo from Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School

A week after dropping the 1,648-page National Defense Authorization Act on the public, lawmakers have released a 1,603-page Omnibus Appropriations bill that funds the federal government.

The long awaited package includes Division F to fund the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service. The BIA will receive $2.6 billion – $70 million above current levels -- while the IHS will receive $4.6 billion – $208 million above current levels.

"The bill helps to meet the nation’s treaty obligations to American Indians and Alaska Natives by increasing funding for health care and education," lawmakers said in a statement.

Congress must take action this week on the bill to avoid a government freeze or shutdown on Thursday. It's possible a stop-gap measure might be passed in the meantime in order to wait for the House and the Senate to finalize the massive package.

Relevant Documents:
Press Release: Omnibus Package Responsibly Funds the Federal Government, Avoids a Shutdown, Makes Good-Government Policy Changes | Rogers-Mikulski Joint Statement on Omnibus Agreement | FY 2015 Omnibus – Interior & Environment Appropriations | Division F - Interior & Environment Appropriations | Full Text of House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R.83 | Additional Documents - See Senate Amendment to H.R. 83

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