Thursday, February 26, 2009

Budget has $4 billion for IHS

President Obama’s 2010 budget, released at 11 a.m., includes over $4 billion for the Indian Health Service. In a 140-page budget overview, Obama said the $4 billion would build on the $500 million in economic stimulus money already headed for health care in Indian Country.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will see a $100 million increase for law enforcement and education. Additional funding through the department of justice is available. The budget overview also said there would be an increase in funding for tribal colleges and scholarships. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is also getting $490 million in stimulus money.

Obama is also proposing a 2 percent cap on pay raises for civilian federal employees and a 2.9 percent cap for the military.

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