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Congress reaches agreement on COVID-19 relief and federal funding
Monday, December 21, 2020
Indianz.Com

A bipartisan agreement to provide COVID-19 relief to the nation and appropriate funding for the federal government has been reached.

The text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, was released on Monday. Lawmakers in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are expected to approve the bill later in the day.

“This Act includes the 12 regular appropriations bills for fiscal year 2021, supplemental appropriations for coronavirus response and relief, and other matter,” an explanatory statement submitted by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-New York), the outgoing chairwoman of the House Committee on Appropriations, reads.

The text of the entire measure has been posted on docs.house.gov although technical difficulties have hindered access to some of the documents. The section of interest for Indian Country is Division G.

BILLS-116RCP68-JES-DIVISION-G

Division G contains funding amounts for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, the Indian Health Service and many other key tribal programs.

Passage of the bill is necessary to keep the U.S. government up and running for the current fiscal year. Without appropriations, the BIA and other agencies will have to shut down non-critical operations.

The links below cover the appropriations portions of the measure. The COVID-19 relief parts — Division M and Division N — do not appear to have explanatory statements posted as of early Monday afternoon.

Additionally, Division O through Division FF do not appear to have explanatory statements posted.

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
Senate Amendment to H.R. 133
United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act [Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021]
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Rules Committee Print 116-68—Showing the text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. [PDF]

Joint Explanatory Statement – Front Matter [PDF]

Joint Explanatory Statement – Division A – AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 [PDF]

Joint Explanatory Statement – Division B – COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 [PDF]

Joint Explanatory Statement – Division C – DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 [PDF]

Joint Explanatory Statement – Division D – ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 [PDF]

Joint Explanatory Statement – Division E – FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 [PDF]

Joint Explanatory Statement – Division F – DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 [PDF]

Joint Explanatory Statement – Division G – DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 [PDF]

Joint Explanatory Statement – Division H – DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPRO- PRIATIONS ACT, 2021 [PDF]

Joint Explanatory Statement – Division I – LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 [PDF]

Joint Explanatory Statement – Division J – MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 [PDF]

Joint Explanatory Statement – Division K – DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 [PDF]

Joint Explanatory Statement – Division L – TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOP- MENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 [PDF]