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March 28, 2015

Indian Health Service Marked for a Spending Increase

A House Appropriations panel today assembles the fiscal 2015 Interior-Environment spending bill. A quirk of history assigned Indian affairs to the Department of Interior, and the spending measure includes money for Indian Health Service, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The measure rivals the Labor-HHS-Education bill in ongoing controversy, as the bill broaches politically volatile EPA and environmental topics. But funding for the Indian Health Service is the least controversial element of the Interior-Environment bill, and appropriators have allocated $4.6 billion, an increase of $208 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level.

Senate appropriators have not set IHS spending levels, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said to reporters on Tuesday that the House spending bill will not move through Senate.

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