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H.R. 1900 (116th): Native American Business Incubators Program Act

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About the bill

Native Americans have the highest poverty rate of any racial group. The Native American Business Incubators Program Act creates a $5 million annual grant program within the Interior Department for tribal businesses, educational institutions, or other organizations.

When I was a young single mom trying to make ends meet, I started and ran a salsa company. That experience could have been so different if there was more access to resources,” Rep. Haaland said in a press release. “This bill will make sure future entrepreneurs in Indian Country can build businesses and break cycles of poverty in our communities.”

The Senate passed it by voice vote on June 27, 2019; the House did the same on September 21, 2020; and President Trump signed it into law on October 20, …

Sponsor and status

Debra Haaland

Sponsor. Representative for New Mexico's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 27, 2019
Length: 24 pages
Mar 27, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was enacted as:

S. 294: Native American Business Incubators Program Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 20, 2020. (compare text)

11 Cosponsors (9 Democrats, 2 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Haaland Leads Bill to Break Cycles of Poverty in Indian Country Through Smart Economic Development
    — Rep. Debra Haaland [D-NM1, 2019-2021] (Sponsor) on Mar 28, 2019

Congressman Don Young Cosponsors Legislation to Break Cycles of Poverty in Indian Country
    — Rep. Don Young [R-AK, 1973-2022] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 28, 2019

Congressman Cole Cosponsors Legislation to Break Cycle of Poverty in Indian Country
    — Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK4] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 28, 2019

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Mar 27, 2019

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H.R. 1900 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1900. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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