Saturday, December 30, 2006

Dynamics change

The dynamics of the game have changed. Senator Byron Dorgan has replaced Senator John McCain as chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee. Dorgan also chairs the Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) providing research and legislative support, publishing reports on important legislation and policy issues, tracking roll call votes.

Virginia Senator George Allen who introduced S.480 lost his seat in the November election.

In a letter I received from Virginia Senator John Warner (who is not a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs) wrote:

As you may know no further action on S.480 before Congress adjourned in 2006. For this bill to be considered again, it will have to be reintroduced next year. Please be assured that I will continue to fight for Virginia’s Native Americans, and I hope that they will ultimately receive the federal recognition they deserve.”

The 110th Congress will begin January 4, 2007 and last through 2008.

Who will champion another bill?

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