Tribes plan for worst with looming budget cuts - FOX Carolina 21

Tribes plan for worst with looming budget cuts

Posted: Updated:

When it comes to the automatic spending cuts that began taking effect this month, federal lawmakers spared from hard hits those programs that help the nation's most vulnerable, such as food stamps, Social Security and veterans' assistance.

But that wasn't the case with programs serving American Indian reservations, where unemployment is far above the national average and school districts largely lack a tax base to make up for the cuts.

The federal Indian Health Service says it would be forced to slash its number of patient visits by more than 800,000 a year.

Tribal programs under the Interior Department stand to lose almost $130 million.

The timing and magnitude of the automatic cuts are uncertain as Congress looks for ways to keep the government operating beyond March 27. But tribes across the country are preparing for the worst.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press.All rights reserved.


Powered by Frankly
Fox Carolina
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, WHNS; Greenville, SC. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.