Authors: Eaglefeathers, M
Publication Year: 2007
Last Updated: 2016-03-04 15:41:15
Keywords: NCUIH,Testimony to Congress, UIHP, Urban Indian Health Programs, Budget Elimination, FY 2008 Budget, Presidents 2008 Budget, Zero-ing out, SCIA, Senate Committee of Indian Affairs
Testimony of the National Council of Urban Indian Health Presented by Moke Eaglefeathers Board President National Council of Urban Indian Health On the President’s Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08) Budget Elimination of the Urban Indian Health Program February 15, 2007
On behalf of the National Council of Urban Indian Health, its 36 member organizations and the 120,000 urban individual Indian patients that our members serve annually, I would like to thank you for this opportunity to provide written testimony addressing the FY 2008 budget elimination for the Urban Indian Health Program (UIHP) within the Indian Health Service. In the strongest possible terms, NCUIH opposes the elimination of funding for the Urban Indian Health Program in FY 2008 and urges the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to strongly support the restoration of funding and, indeed, support a 10% budget increase to make up for funding shortfalls spanning many years. This Congress overwhelmingly rejected the President's proposal for FY 2007 to zero out the Urban Indian Health Program. NCUIH urges that you send again that strong message with regard to the FY 2008 budget. Indeed, in the FY 2007 appropriations, the Senate Appropriations Committee took its lead from the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, restoring funding for the Urban Indian Health Program and including sharp report language directed at the Administration.
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