Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Oversight Hearing on Modernizing Tax Policies to Work for Tribal Economies


Published October 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, November 1 at 2:30 PM EDT, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on “Building Tribal Economies: Modernizing Tax Policies that Work for Indian Country.”

The hearing will address the Republican tax reform bill, which GOP leaders are expected to release on Wednesday and hope to push through Congress by Thanksgiving.

The Committee’s Vice Chairman Tom Udall will voice his deep concerns about the tax proposal, which include the fact that the Republicans are trying to fast-track the bill without consulting with Tribes – even though the legislation could reshape the entire economy and greatly impact the stability of Tribal communities. Udall will question witnesses about how best to reduce the tax burden for working families throughout Indian Country. He opposes legislation that would cut taxes for the top 1 percent – people making at least $733,000 a year – especially when doing so could require the federal government to raise taxes on middle class and working families and/or cut funding that would prevent the federal government from fulfilling its obligation to fully fund its trust responsibilities.


WHAT:          A committee oversight hearing on “Building Tribal Economies: Modernizing Tax Policies that Work for Indian Country.”

WHEN:         2:30 PM EDT, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

WHERE:       628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video and written witness testimony will be provided here.


Tom West

Tax Legislative Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury, Washington D.C.

Karl Marrs

Chief Executive Officer, Old Harbor Native Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska

The Honorable Liana Onnen

Chairperson, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Mayetta, Kansas 

Dante Desiderio

Executive Director, Native American Financial Officers Association, Washington DC


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