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Murkowski Boosts Funding to Promote Important Alaska Native Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the release of the 2013 Interior Appropriations bill today, Senator Lisa Murkowski – Ranking Republican on the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee – demonstrated that her work on the committee is increasing funding levels for health center contract support costs in the Bureau of Indian Affairs by $9 million and Indian Health Service by $5 million.  This will fund the critical work being done in existing health centers, as well as the four recently-constructed facilities statewide.

“There are some areas that have been chronically underfunded like the Indian Health Service and contract support costs,” said Murkowski.  “I have made it a priority through my position on the subcommittee to deliver on the promises made to Alaska Natives, Native Americans and Native Hawaiians and help them maintain their health and quality of life.”

While Friday night’s continuing resolution funds the government through March 2013 at present levels, the priorities established in this funding bill set the funding and policy direction for the remainder of the fiscal year.

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