The Senate is expected to vote this week on a bill containing Haskell Indian Junior College's 1994 fiscal year budget.
However, that vote could be delayed until September, when Congress returns from its August recess, which begins this weekend, aides to U.S. Sens. Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum, both R-Kan., said today.
The aides said that Dole and Kassebaum expect to have restored into the bill a $200,000 appropriation that was stripped by a Senate appropriations subcommittee.
The money is targeted partly to go to help to set up a peer counseling program at the school and the first phase of a four-year teacher education program at Haskell.
Kathy Ormiston, a legislative aide to Dole, said the Senate subcommittee met July 28 and removed $200,000 from a House-passed Interior Department bill.
She said there was speculation the $200,000 was taken out by the Senate subcommittee in retaliation for statements made on the House floor by Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan.
Slattery, who has been critical of pork barrel projects, recently criticized funding for a "Steam Town" railroad museum in Scranton, Pa. That project is supported by Rep. Joseph McDade, R-Pa., who is the ranking Republican member of the House subcommittee that reviews Haskell's budget.
Ormiston said Dole and Kassebaum's staffs have worked to find a way to reinstate the money into Haskell's budget.
Mike Horak, Kassebaum's press secretary, said that, overall, Haskell's budget has fared well through Congress this year, given tight budget constraints.
"I think that has a lot to do with the fact that Haskell has a reputation for using their resources wisely," he said. "And Haskell officials have worked closely with the members of the congressional delegation in identifying those priorities and selling those priorities to members of Congress."
Haskell's board of regents had requested a $700,000 increase this year on top of its base budget of $7.229 million. However, only an extra $200,000 was appropriated by the House.
Meanwhile, Hannes Combest, education assistant to Haskell President Bob Martin, said this morning that Haskell is planning to offer sophomore-level courses in the fall semester for a planned four-year teacher education degree.
Combest said the college's plan for that degree will go Friday before members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. North Central members will meet in Chicago to review the recommendations in favor of the degree by an evaluation team.
Combest said Haskell hopes to be notified about the degree program by Monday.
On another matter, Combest said work is progressing on a design for a new dormitory for the school. The final design has been delayed for about a month and is expected to be available in September, she said.
She said she didn't now if the design delay would move back the ground-breaking ceremony expected in January.
The dorm, designed to house 300 students, is estimated to cost between $8 million and $9 million to complete.