H.R. 5984 would ratify the Pechanga Settlement Agreement among the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians in California, the federal government, and local water districts. The legislation also would establish the Pechanga Settlement Fund to pay for the development and maintenance of water infrastructure for the tribe and would authorize the appropriation of funds for those purposes.
CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 5984 would cost $33 million over the 2017-2021 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. Enacting H.R. 5984 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.
H.R. 5984 contains an intergovernmental mandate as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) because it would require the tribe to enact a tribal water code. CBO estimates that the cost of the mandate would be small and well below the threshold established in UMRA for intergovernmental mandates ($77 million in 2016, adjusted annually for inflation).
The bill contains no private-sector mandates as defined in UMRA.