This week, the Senate Agriculture Committee released its bill language for the upcoming $3.5 trillion Budget Reconciliation Bill.
Here are some of the provisions included in the bill that may affect Native communities:
- $40 million to remain available until Sept. 2031 for direct loans and loan guarantees for some rural business development programs.
- $430 million to remain available until Sept. 2031 for the cost of grants for rural water and wastewater programs in “persistent poverty counties and insular areas.”
- $3.5 billion to Indian Tribes and others for grant funds to be put towards: 1) conducting comprehensive rural development and pre-development activities and planning; 2) supporting organizational operating expenses relating to the rural development for which the grant was provided; 3) implementing planned rural development activities and projects.
- $10 billion for hazardous fuels reduction within wildland-urban interface (Wildfire risk reduction).
- $4 billion for hazardous fuels reduction around at-risk communities outside the wildland-urban interface.
- $1.25 billion to provide competitive grants for entities to acquire land and interests in land that 1) offer significant natural carbon sequestration benefits; or 2) contribute to the resilience of community infrastructure, local economies, or natural systems.
- $100 million for acquisition of urban and community forests.
- $3 billion to provide competitive grants to Indian Tribes and others for tree planting and related activities to increase community tree canopy and associated societal and climate benefits, with a priority for projects that increase tree equity.