Haskell Indian Junior College's push for a new residence hall made it through another step in the budgeting process Wednesday.
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday recommended restoring $777,000 to Haskell's 1992 fiscal year budget and adding an additional $3 million for construction of the residence hall.
The full committee also accepted the recommendations of the Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies to fund $200,000 for Haskell's Vision 2000 plan. The plan is a comprehensive blueprint for improving the teaching and library at Haskell so the school can achieve its goal to offer baccalaureate degrees in elementary education.
The full House still must consider Haskell's budget before the August recess. Then the Senate would act on the matter before October.
U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., whose district includes Lawrence, testified before the subcommittee in support of Haskell's funding objectives.
"Even in the tightest of budget years, there are still those things that we simply must not fail to do," Slattery said in prepared comments. "Providing adequate funding for Haskell is one of them."
Slattery said there will be no summer school next year unless Congress restores the proposed cuts in Haskell's budget. He said the cuts would also jeopardize the school's natural resources program.
Haskell President Bob Martin has said the Bureau of Indian Affairs school has been forced to limit enrollment because of lack of housing on the campus.