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Student Success Act

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Ms. HANABUSA. Mr. Chair, I thank the gentleman from Alaska.

Mr. Chair, this amendment, which I've introduced with my colleagues, ensures that all Native students are supported in their education efforts.

H.R. 5, as reported, eliminates and reduces title VII and combines them with the broad title I programs, which is inappropriate and unjust to the programs.

What this amendment does is it upholds the Federal trust responsibility to tribes and Native organizations by ensuring that Native Americans, Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians, who have been historically disadvantaged, are able to succeed.

This amendment also ensures flexibility among the States as to how these programs would be administered. And most importantly, the CBO has found that our amendment has no impact on direct spending and complies with the CutGo requirements.

The primary issue here is that Congress must ensure that we maintain this important precedent in law, a precedent in law that we do have trust responsibility to the Native children, and we must ensure that that continues.

That is why I encourage all my colleagues to vote in favor of this amendment.

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