JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The United States House has passed legislation to extend the year-end deadline for Alaska Native societies and tribes to use federal coronavirus relief funds. But this is not the same bill that was passed earlier by the Senate.
The House bill was introduced by Arizona Rep. Tom O’Halleran, a Democrat, and Alaska Rep. Don Young, a Republican.
O’Halleran spokesperson Kaitlin Hooker said the bill is now going to the Senate. Hooker noted that the House did not consider the bill passed by the Senate in October.
Young, in a statement, called for urgent Senate action.
“Indigenous peoples have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and pulling the rug out from under them by allowing an arbitrary deadline to take away these needed resources is a flagrant violation of our federal trust responsibility. “, did he declare.
Karina Borger, spokesperson for US Senator from Alaska Lisa Murkowski, said the Alaska congressional delegation “was working from every angle possible” to get an extension in place.
Zack Brown, a spokesperson for Young, said in an email that “whether it is House or Senate legislation, time is running out and the leadership needs to act and schedule one of these. fixes for a final vote “.