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Help Identify Legislative Priorities for Future Emergency Response Packages

FOR USET MEMBER TRIBAL NATIONS: To include any specific items or priorities in USET’s legislative efforts regarding COVID-19 response and relief efforts, please email Liz Malerba.

Vaccine Advocacy

Pending Legislation

S.4898 – A bill to amend title VI of the Social Security Act to extend the period during which States, Indian Tribes, and local governments may use Coronavirus Relief Fund payments

Status: Introduced 11/16

COVID-19 4th Relief Package Proposals


H.R. 133 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

Status: passed by Congress on 12/21; waiting for President’s signature

To read the full legislative text of the entire year-end package click here

  • Division G: FY 2021 Interior, Environment & Related Agencies Appropriations
  • Division H: FY 2021 Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriations
  • Division M-N: COVID-19 Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act
  • Division BB: Surprise Billing legislation and SDP/SDPI reauthorization

For a section-by-section on the stimulus package, click here

For the Explanatory Statement (Report) for FY 2021 Interior, click here

For the Explanatory Statement (Report) for FY 2021 LHHS, click here

Senate Republicans Proposal for 4th Package: HEALS Act

Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act
Status: Introduced 7/27 as a set of eight bills – seven policy-focused bills and one appropriations bill

House Democrats Proposal for 4th Package: The HEROES Act

The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act
Status: Introduced 5/12

More HEROES Act Information and Resources

COVID-19 4th Package Tribal Advocacy

CDC Tribal Public Health Security and Preparedness Act

To ensure Tribal Nations have direct access to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program
Status: Introduced in Senate and House

Tribal Medical Supplies Stockpile Access Act

To Guarantee Tribal Health Authorities Access to the Strategic National Stockpile
Status: Introduced in Senate

Executive Action/Requests

Passed Legislation

H.R. 266 Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

Status: Signed into law on 4/24

More Paycheck Protection Program Information and Resources

Third Stimulus: H.R. 748 The CARES Act

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Status: Signed into law on 3/27

CARES Act: Executive Branch Implementation
CARES Act Implementation: Litigation
CARES Act: Tribal Implementation Advocacy
CARES Act: Indian Country Specific Requests
CARES Act: Resources
More CARES Act Information and Resources

H.R. 6201: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Status: Signed into law on 3/18

H.R. 6074: The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act

(includes $40M Indian country specific component)
Status: Signed into law 3/6

Funding Distribution Status: 3/20 HHS announces upcoming action to provide funding to tribes for COVID-19 response

Other Resources and Items of Interest

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