U.S. Interior secretary to promote big spending jump for tribal, climate programs

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland plans to seek funding to assist help tribal communities mitigate the effects of climate change, including drought. In this photo, a member of the Navajo Indian tribe waits for his water tank to be filled on June 05, 2019 in Thoreau, New Mexico. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will ask a U.S. House spending panel to increase funding for the department’s tribal programs and climate resilience efforts, according to written testimony released ahead of a hearing scheduled for Thursday.

The administration’s budget request for fiscal 2023 would significantly increase spending for the Interior Department . Its agencies oversee onshore oil and gas drilling, tribal assistance, national parks and wildlife policy, and manage public lands accounting for 10% of acreage across the country. U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland, D-N.M., leads the U.S. Department of the Interior. (Photo courtesy of the Biden transition team) Haaland’s written testimony to the House Appropriations Energy-Environment Subcommittee was published on a House website ahead of the hearing.

The budget “sets ambitious goals, but they are achievable,” Haaland’s written testimony to the committee reads. “Working together, we have the opportunity to invest now to strengthen our Nation for all Americans, protect our environment, and ensure our future generations continue to not only enjoy, but improve our way of life.”

Haaland is scheduled to appear before the panel Thursday. Her opening statement will likely be shortened from the written version. Members of the panel will be able to question her.

Though President Joe Biden released […]

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