Message #284: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: SAA Government Affairs Update Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 23:32:13 -0700 From: Shereen Lerner Here's a brief update on what has been going on in Washington the past couple of weeks from the SAA Government Affairs Program Manager, Donald Craib. This could be one of the busiest weeks yet in the 105th Congress as lawmakers rush to complete work on the twin reconciliation bills and a number of appropriations bills before leaving for a month long summer recess. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its $13 billion interior spending bill (HR 2107, S.Rpt. 105-56). The bill is not expected to reach the floor until September. The measure contains contentious provisions that would provide greater access to federal courts for individuals intending to sue Tribal governments and would require tribes to produce business income statements for the BIA. The provision is seen by many as a first step towards requiring means-testing for federal aid directed at tribes. Last week the Senate Labor Committee aprroved legislation (S 1020) to reauthorize the NEA and the NEH. The bill would authorize the NEH for $175 million for FY'98. Both the House and Senate have voted to appropriate $110 million for NEH next year. The Senate Labor Committee also approved legislation (S 1046) that would reauthorize the NSF. The measure would authorize $3.5 billion for fiscal '98--about 7 percent more than current spending. For FY'99, the authorization would be $3.6 billion.