Udall Applauds House Passage of 5 Senate Indian Affairs Committee Bills
September 23, 2020
WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, applauded the House’s passage of five pieces of Senate Committee on Indian Affairs legislation, including four Senate bills he either introduced or cosponsored.
Among the bills passed are the Udall-authored Native American Business Incubators Program Act; the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act, sponsored by Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and co-sponsored by Udall; Savanna’s Act, sponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and co-sponsored by Udall; the Not Invisible Act, sponsored by Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and co-sponsored by Udall; and a bill to nullify the Supplemental Treaty Between the United States of America and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon, concluded on November 15, 1865, sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).
“As Indian Country continues to grapple with the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, these bills will serve to empower Tribal governments and economies, tackle the MMIW crisis, and uphold the Nation’s trust and treaty responsibility to Tribal communities,” Udall said. “I look forward to seeing these important bills signed into law, and I am encouraged that both chambers of Congress continue to work across the aisle on priorities for Tribes and Native communities.”