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Office of U.S. Representative Melanie Stansbury (D-NM-01)

Thursday, U.S. Representative Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) announced that her bipartisan WaterSMART Access for Tribes Act (H.R. 6238) will be considered by the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife for a legislative hearing on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at approximately 2 p.m. ET. Rep. Stansbury will also participate in the hearing’s member panel.

A list of witnesses and a livestream of the hearing is available here.

The WaterSMART Access for Tribes Act would give the U.S. Secretary of the Interior the authority to waive or reduce cost-share requirements for Tribes to implement drought and water projects under the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART program. To date, fewer than five percent of the projects funded under WaterSMART since its inception have been led by Tribes or Pueblos.

THURSDAY, May 12, 2022

WHO:

  • U.S. Representative Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01)
  • President Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation

WHAT: House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife to consider the WaterSMART Access for Tribes Act during a legislative hearing.

WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET

WHERE: Longworth House Office Building 1324. This hearing will be streamed on YouTube.

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