H. R. 1939
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 16, 2021
Mr. O'Halleran (for himself and Mr. Young) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award additional funding through the Sanitation Facilities Construction Program of the Indian Health Service, and for other purposes.
Indian Health Service Sanitation Facilities Construction Program funding
Congress finds that—
the COVID–19 crisis has highlighted the lack of infrastructure and sanitation available in Native communities; and
addressing the Sanitation Facilities Deficiency List of the Division of Sanitation Facilities and Construction of the Indian Health Service included in the report will—
result in investments in necessary water infrastructure; and
improve health outcomes.
In this section:
The term report means the fiscal year 2019 report of the Division of Sanitation Facilities and Construction of the Indian Health Service entitled
Annual Report to the Congress of the United States on Sanitation Deficiency Levels for Indian Homes and Communities.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Indian Health Service.
Additional funding for sanitation facilities
The Secretary shall award additional funding under the Sanitation Facilities Construction Program for the planning, design, construction, modernization, improvement, and renovation of water, sewer, and solid waste sanitation facilities that are funded, in whole or part, by the Indian Health Service through, or provided for in, a contract or compact with the Indian Health Service under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.).
Priority for funding
In awarding funding to sanitation facilities under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall prioritize sanitation facilities with the highest deficiency level, as established in the report.
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $2,600,000,000.
Amounts made available under paragraph (1) shall be in addition to any amounts made available to carry out the purposes described in subsection (c)(1) under any other provision of law.