Sen. Murkowski Elicits ‘Firm Pledges’ on Native Health

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski today grilled the new Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, on Native Health Care. The state’s senior senator was intent on the funds which she says are “owed.” Sen. Murkowski said she received firm pledges and commitments from both Secretary Jewell and Assistant Interior Secretary David Hayes to “make good,” despite the White House failing to allot the total amount of resources to these programs in FY2014.

 

Assistant Interior Secretary David Hayes…

 

Hayes: “As the Secretary said, we’re committed to it, we found some additional money, we have to solve this problem. This is an interim step and what we care most about, and I’m sure you do as well, that this not be a recurring issue.”

 

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