Washington Update: Cuts to Tribal Programs
The House and Senate have been on break and will return to session on March 25th. Before break and at field hearings, they were busy with hearings on important criminal justice topics; stopping drugs from entering Indian Country, reauthorizing of the Violence Against Women Act, and the crisis on Murder and Missing Indigenous Women.
On March 11, 2019, the President released his fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget request to Congress. The budget proposes cutting FY 2020 non-defense discretionary funding by $54 billion (9 percent) below the FY 2019 level, and by $69 billion (11 percent) after adjusting for inflation. The proposed budget would cut the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education (BIA/BIE) by about 10.5 percent compared to the 2019 continuing resolution level.
Other agencies would see cuts including 12 percent for the Department of Health and Human Services, 18 percent for Housing and Urban Development, and 31 percent for the Environmental Protection Agency. The Indian Health Service budget request for FY 2020 is $5.9 billion, which is $392 million or 7 percent above FY 2019.
Indian Guaranteed Loan Program
Housing Improvement Program
Small and Needy Tribes
Tribal Climate Resilience
Bureau of Indian Education Eliminations
Scholarships and Adult Education
Special Higher Education Scholarship
Replacement School Construction
Replacement Facility Construction
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Eliminations
Indian Community Development Block Grant
Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Eliminations
Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
Community Service Block Grants
U.S. Department of Education Eliminations
Alaska Native Education Equity
Strengthening AN/NH-Serving Institutions