The U.S. Senate has restored $200,000 that at one point had been removed from a House version of Haskell Indian Nations University's 1994 budget, aides to Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., said today.
The Senate was to vote today on the $13.3 billion Interior Department appropriation bill that includes Haskell's $7.3 million annual budget.
The 1994 budget for Haskell is virtually unchanged from 1993, said Kathy Ormiston, a Dole aide who tracks appropriations bills.
Ormiston said the Interior appropriations bill also includes $1.6 million for a new 300-bed dormitory to be built on Haskell's campus. Construction is scheduled to begin this winter.
After Senate passage the bill goes to a House-Senate conference committee to smooth out differences in the two versions of the bill. But Ormiston said the Haskell budget items are identical in both bills and won't be the subject of any further debate.
However, the overall bill may face some delay in final passage as Congress debates proposals to raise fees the government charges ranchers who let their cattle graze on federal lands.