President Obama Unveils Fiscal 2014 Budget Proposal

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***LEGISLATIVE ALERT***

President Obama Unveils Fiscal 2014 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON— President Obama today unveiled his fiscal 2014 budget request to Congress. The budget proposal calls for government funding at approximately $3.8 trillion and seeks to replace sequester cuts with a more balanced approach to deficit reduction.

The budget proposes $11.7 billion in discretionary spending for the Department of the Interior; an increase of 4 percent above the fiscal 2012 enacted level. The request also outlines $60 million for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project. The request for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education is $2.6 billion; a $31.3 million increase above the fiscal 2012 enacted level.

The request for the Indian Health Service is $4.4 billion; a 3 percent increase above the fiscal 2012 enacted level. Included in the budget request for IHS is $85 million for Health Care Facilities Construction, some of which will go to funding Navajo hospitals. 

Significant reductions in the president’s budget include a proposal to eliminate payment to states and tribes that have been certified for abandoned mine cleanup through the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund. The Navajo Nation receives funding for uranium cleanup through this fund. Additionally, the Housing Improvement Program is slated for elimination.

Appropriations hearings have begun in the House to begin formulating a final fiscal 2014 budget.  

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly will provide testimony on the Navajo Nation’s fiscal 2014 budget request before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies hearing on April 25. 

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