Week in Brief

Welcome to the Powers’ “Washington Week in Review,” a weekly newsletter that provides updates on recent activities in Congress and federal agencies, as well as a look ahead at upcoming events and looming regulatory deadlines.


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Wednesday, July 11

The House Committee on Appropriations held a markup hearing on the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.

The House Committee on Natural Resources held a Legislative Hearing titled “Proper Administration of Water Facilities.”

The Senate Subcommittee on National Parks held a Legislative Hearing on S.3172, the “Restoring Our Parks Act.”

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a Legislative Hearing on S.2599, the “Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act.”

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a business meeting to consider H.R.597, the “Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2017.”

The House Committee on Natural Resources advanced a number of bills, including the “Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2017” (H.R.3764), the “Quindaro Townsite National Historic Landmark Act” (H.R.5613), and the “Cormorant Control Act” (H.R.6302).

Thursday, July 12

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a Roundtable on “School Infrastructure Needs in Indian Country: Examining Opportunities for Success.”

The House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing titled “The Essential Role of Livestock Grazing on Federal Lands and Its Importance to Rural America.”


FROM THE AGENCIES

Monday, July 9

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the appointment of Eugene R. Peltola, Jr. (Yupik and Tlingit) as the new Bureau of Indian Affairs Alaska Region Director.


UPCOMING EVENTS

House Committee on Natural Resources
Full Committee markup on a number of bills under the jurisdiction of the Committee.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 10:45 a.m., 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Legislative Hearing on S.3060, a bill to repeal section 2141 of the Revised Statutes to remove the prohibition on certain alcohol manufacturing on Indian lands; S.2154, a bill to approve the Kickapoo Tribe Water Rights Settlement Agreement; and S.3168, a bill to amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to make the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund permanent.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 2:30 p.m., 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Full Committee Hearing on Administration Reorganization and Modernization Proposals for Department of Energy and Department of the Interior.
Thursday, July 19, 2018, 10:00 a.m., 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Meeting on Tribal Health Issues.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 8:00 a.m., 200 Independence Avenue SW

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Tribal Consultation on the Proposed Reorganization of the Department of the Interior.
June through September, 2018


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