Spending Bill Includes Increases for Tribal Community & Economic Development

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Spending Bill Includes Increases for Tribal Community & Economic Development

March 26, 2018


Summary of the Spending Bill

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, H.R. 1625, which is the $1.3 trillion spending bill that Congress passed on Friday, contains increases for tribal economic development and community initiatives. Also included is $2.4B for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, an increase of $203M compared to 2017, and $914M for the Bureau of Indian Education, an increase of $22M compared to 2017.

Department of the Interior Economic Development Highlights

  • Community & Economic Development $46M (+4.6M compared to 2017)
    • $12M reserved for job placement, training, and economic development
    •  $26M budgeted for minerals and mining and includes $1M for the modernization of oil and gas records
    • $5.6M reserved for community development central oversight, of which $3.4M to implement the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act
  •  BIA Loan Guarantee Program $9.2M (+$515K compared to 2017)
  • Tribal Construction $354M (+$162M compared to 2017)
    • $238M BIE Schools
    • $35M Public Safety & Justice Construction
    • $67M Resource Management Construction
    • $13M Other Program Construction (including $1M for Telecom)
  • Roads $34.6M (+$4M compared to 2017)
  • Public Safety & Justice $405M (+$19.7M compared to 2017)
  • General Tribal Government Programs $317M (+$9.7M compared to 2017)
  • Contract Support Costs $236M (-$36M compared to 2017)

Department of Commerce Highlights

  • Economic Development Administration $301M (+$25M compared to 2017)
  • Minority Business Development $39M (+$5M compared to 2017)
  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration $39M (+$7.5M compared to 2017)
    • Domestic and International Policy $8M
    •  Spectrum Management $7.6M
    • Advanced Communications Research $8.2M
    • Broadband Programs $8.2M
    • National Broadband Map Augmentation $7.5M

Department of Treasury Highlights

  • Department of Treasury – Non-IRS $727M (+$366M compared to 2017)
    • Native CDFI Funding $16M (+$500K compared to 2017)
  • Internal Revenue Service $11.4B (+195M compared to 2017)

USDA Highlights

  •  USDA Rural Development Business Program Account $77M (+$12M compared to prior year)
    • Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans $919M
    • Loan Subsidy and Grants - Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans $37M
    • Rural Business Development Grants $34M
    • Delta Regional Authority $6M 
  • Indian Tribe Land Acquisition Loans $20M (No change)
  • Economic Impact Initiative Grants $5.7M (No change)
  • Office of the Secretary - Office of Tribal Relations $0 (-$502K)

Indian Health Service (IHS) Highlights

  • HHS-IHS Funding in Total $5.5B (+$497M compared to 2017) 
  • Contract Support Costs $717M (-$82M compared to 2017)
  • Healthcare Facility Construction $243M (+$125M compared to 2017)
  • Sanitation Facility Construction $192M (+$90M compared to 2017)

Department of Health and Human Services Workforce Development Highlights

  • Advanced Education Nursing $74M (+$10M compared to 2017)
  • Behavioral Health Workforce Training $75M (+$25M compared to 2017)
  • Primary Care Medicine Workforce Training $49M (+$10M compared to 2017)
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Workforce Training $36M (+$27M compared to 2017)
  • National Health Services Corp $105M (New Funding)
  •  Oral Health Training $10M (+$4M compared to 2017)

Administration for Children and Families Highlights:

  •  Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) $3.6B (+$250M compared to 2017)
  • Generation Indigenous $3M

Department of Housing and Urban Development Highlights

  • Native American Housing Block Grants $755M (+$101M compared to 2017)
  • Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Fund $1M to remain available until expended, to subsidize a total loan level of up to $270M.

Department of Labor Highlights

  • Native American Programs $54M (+$4M compared to 2017)

For questions or comments please contact Jennifer Parisien at Jennifer@nafoa.org or (202) 558-8040.

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