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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on tax reform policy





The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking up tax reform this week.

Republicans in Congress have placed a high priority on reforming the nation's tax policies. A bill is expected to be unveiled on Wednesday, the same day as the committee's hearing.

“As Congress tackles tax reform, it’s important that Indian Country is included in the conversation,” Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, said on Thursday.

While no bills are being considered at the committee's hearing, Hoeven has introduced S.2012, the Tribal Economic Assistance Act, to address some long-standing tax and economic development issues in Indian Country. H.R.3138, the Tribal Tax and Investment Reform Act, also includes provisions favorable to tribes.

The hearing takes place at 2:30pm Eastern on Wendesday in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. A witness list hasn't been posted online.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice:
Oversight Hearing on "Building Tribal Economies: Modernizing Tax Policies that Work for Indian Country" (November 1, 2017)

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