The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs last met in Washington, D.C., on November 20, 2019. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is convening on Wednesday afternoon to advance legislation and to take testimony from one of President Donald Trump's nominees.

Two items are on the agenda for the business meeting. They are:

S.1853, the Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety for Native Communities Act, also known as the BADGES for Native Communities Act. The bipartisan bill includes provisions to address law enforcement recruitment and retention at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and respond to the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans, particularly women and girls.

S.2365, the Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act of 2019. The bipartisan bill authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for the care services that Native veterans receive at urban Indian health centers.

Once the bills are approved by the committee, they can be taken up by the full U.S. Senate for passage in the chamber.

The business meeting takes place at 2:30pm Eastern in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. It will be immediately followed by a nomination hearing for Michael Weahkee to serve as the director of the Indian Health Service.

The business meeting and the nomination hearing will be broadcast on the indian.senate.gov. The video usually goes up shortly before the start of the proceeding.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notices
Business Meeting to consider S. 1853 & S. 2365 (December 11, 2019)
Nomination Hearing to consider RADM Michael D. Weahkee, of New Mexico, to be Director of the Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (December 11, 2019)

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