Published July 13, 2017
After Seven-Question Standoff, Senator Leaves Hearing with “Hair on Fire”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jon Tester today left an “unbelievable” committee hearing on the future of Indian health care with his “hair on fire.”
Tester questioned Acting Indian Health Service Director Michael Weahkee during an Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on President Trump’s proposed budget and its impact to the Indian Health Services’ workforce.
Tester specifically asked Weahkee seven times if the President’s proposed budget increased or decreased the funding for health care workforce recruitment and retention at Indian Health Service facilities—a priority for both Tester and Weahkee. Weahkee refused to answer Tester’s question.