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H.R. 1939: 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.


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 16, 2021 (Introduced).


I

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1939

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 16, 2021

(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

A BILL

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.

1.

Indian Health Service Sanitation Facilities Construction Program funding

(a)

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

the COVID–19 crisis has highlighted the lack of infrastructure and sanitation available in Native communities; and

(2)

addressing the Sanitation Facilities Deficiency List of the Division of Sanitation Facilities and Construction of the Indian Health Service included in the report will—

(A)

result in investments in necessary water infrastructure; and

(B)

improve health outcomes.

(b)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Report

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.

(2)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Indian Health Service.

(c)

Additional funding for sanitation facilities

(1)

In general

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.).

(2)

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.

(d)

Authorization of appropriations

(1)

In general

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $2,600,000,000.

(2)

Requirement

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.