Navajo Lawmakers Pass Massive Virus Relief Spending Bill

Aug 3, 2020

Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have approved a massive spending bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Navajo Nation Council chambers
Credit Navajo Nation Council

The legislation includes money for water projects, power lines, broadband and casino employees who no longer are receiving paychecks. The Navajo Nation Council passed the more than $650 million measure late Friday after discussing it for more than 28 hours in a special session over three days. The money comes from the Navajo Nation's share of $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding that was set aside for tribes. Navajo President Jonathan Nez has 10 days to act on the bill once it reaches him.