S. 1818: Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Amendments Act 0f 2009

S. 1818

Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Amendments Act 0f 2009

Date
October 22, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

S. 1818 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage.  The legislation was passed by the House on July 28, 2009, by voice vote.  The Senate passed the bill, with an amendment, by unanimous consent on September 23, 2009. 

 

Further background: On October 7, 2009, the House passed H.Res. 806.  H.Res. 806 provided for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1035, and included an additional amendment inserting the text of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009.  H.Res. 806 passed by a vote of 358-66.  S. 1818 does not include the House amendment to include the Travel Promotion Act of 2009. 

Bill Summary

Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Amendments Act: H.R. 1035 amends the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992 to rename: (1) the Act, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Act; (2) the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Trust Fund, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Trust Fund; (3) the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation; and (4) Morris K. Udall Scholars, the Udall Scholars.


The bill requires the Executive Director of the Foundation to be paid at a senior executive rate. The bill directs the Foundation to award grants to the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, at the University of Arizona, to conduct training, research, and other activities with regard to the involvement of Native American and Alaska Native professionals in health care and public policy. The bill allows the use of reasonable amounts of the Trust Fund for official reception and representation expenses, not to exceed $5,000 for a fiscal year.

Background

The scholarship was created in 1992 to honor former Arizona Congressman Morris K. Udall.  Through the operation of internship, scholarship and fellowship programs, financed by a permanent trust fund endowment, the program is designed to increase opportunities for young Americans to pursue careers related to the environment and to Native Americans and Alaska Natives who intend to pursue careers in health care and tribal public policy.

The Senate amendment to the bill struck a section that would authorize such sums as may be necessary for (1) the Trust Fund; and (2) the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund, for the operating costs of the United States Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.  The Senate passed that bill by a vote of 79-19 on September 9, 2009. 

Cost

A CBO estimate for S. 1818 is not yet available.