Published January 25, 2019
WASHINGTON — Congress worked to pass legislation to reopen the federal government Friday after a deal was announced on Friday the president of the United States and Congress agreed to agreed to temporarily reopen closed federal agencies. The agreement did not provide any funding for wall at the southern border of the United States that the president demanded.
After the legislation was passed, the president signed it into law on Friday evening; thus ending the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history.
This temporary fix sets up three of anticipated fierce debate over border security and immigration reform. The Republicans and president insist on a wall, while the Democrats take the more pragmatic approach to border security wanting to fund advanced technology and more funds to combat drug entry into the United States at the points of entry.
Earlier Friday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, along with U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act (IPAAA) to protect essential federal and tribal programs from the detrimental impacts of budgetary uncertainty caused by government shutdowns and short-term funding packages.
The IPAAA would authorize advance appropriations for Indian Health Service (IHS) programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) programs, and contract support costs for tribes that opt to take-over operation of IHS and BIA.
This legislation is critical to prevent future negative impacts across Indian County in the event of future government shutdowns.