American Indian Policy Institute
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The bipartisan infrastructure bill, H.R.3684, is awaiting final approval in the house. This bill makes significant investments in roads, transportation, water, climate change mitigation, and broadband connectivity over the next five years. S.Con.Res.14, the budget reconciliation bill could potentially make significant investments in climate mitigation and other areas of need for Indian Country. However, the negotiations for these legislations have stalled and the current form of both bills may have to be modified in order to pass. Please continue to follow AIPI for updates on these and other important legislation affecting Indian Country.
The U.S. House of Representatives is working to approve the amended version of H.R.3684, which is now known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This bill makes significant investments in roads, transportation, water, climate change mitigation, and broadband connectivity by appropriating $650 billion to Indian Country over the next five years. There is also the potential to bolster that investment with $20 billion dollars over the next nine years to be appropriated through the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs through S.Con.Res.14.
Congress continued its work holding hearings and taking legislative actions this past month. Members of Congress are working to finalize the details of a significant infrastructure package in line with President Biden’s American Jobs Plan before the end of July because Congress will likely enter into a summer recess for the month of August. H.R.3684, The INVEST in America Act, is the House’s version of an infrastructure package that is focused on surface infrastructure and transportation. This bill makes significant investments in Tribal road and transportation programs and may offer a glimpse of what the Senate version of the Infrastructure package might look like. There was also important legislation outlining the proposed budget for the Department of Interior’s FY2022 budget and legislation addressing Indian Health Service facilities. On the administrative side, there were important notices for upcoming Tribal consultations and funding opportunities.