Barrasso, Flake, Moran

Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the tribal labor sovereignty bill (S. 140)

Senator Barrasso: (4:36 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tribal labor sovereignty.
    • "Mr. President, suddenly these tribes as a result of this ruling, the tribal businesses became commercial entities. These businesses provide critical services on tribal lands and in their communities. I believe that the National Labor Relations Board's decision and the litigation that inevitably followed has only increased uncertainty in Indian country and is in correct opposition to the entire notion of tribal sovereignty. Indian tribes have a right to sovereignty. We must work to ensure there is true parity between governments. We must actively respect the government-to-government relationship. Now, over the last many years, Congress has worked to address policies that have been detrimental to tribes, including those affecting tribal sovereignty, and that is why we are here today to vote on this important piece of legislation."


Senator Flake: (4:39 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tribal labor sovereignty.
    • "I rise today to support the legislation I introduced aimed at ensuring that the previously enacted White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Qualification Act of 2010 is properly interpreted by the Department of Interior. This bill clarifies that settlement funds awarded to the tribe may be used for critical rural water systems. This new system is essential for the tribe and will allow them to deliver drinking water to their members. The measure I am proposing today is also time sensitive. The White Mountain settlement includes an enforceability date that means that if this water system project is not completely approved by May 2021, it becomes void. In order to realistically meet this deadline, this bill must pass as soon as possible so the tribe has time to complete the necessary project studies."


Senator Moran: (4:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tribal labor sovereignty.
    • "Two bills in the package, the senator from Arizona was talking about one of them. Two bills in this package of S. 140, the White Mountain Apache water rights, sponsored by Senators Flake and McCain, and Senate bill 249, a bill to provide the Pueblo of Santa Clara may lease for 99 years unrestricted land, sponsored by Senator Udall and Senator Heinrich, senators from New Mexico. They have already received unanimous consent in the Senate. The third bill in the package, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, was attached as a message from the House to Senate bill 140 by the House in January. I'm a sponsor of this legislation in the senate which should be noncontroversial in a chamber where members of the Senate profess to be supportive of tribal sovereignty."