Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Alaskan Congressman Don Young had the great honor of joining 23 Alaskan WWII and Korean War veterans for the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
Congressman Young and the Last Frontier Honor Flight at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (click here to watch).
“I was so humbled to meet this incredible group of Alaskan veterans visiting our nation’s capital as part of the Last Frontier Honor Flight," said Congressman Don Young. "As a nation, we must never forget the gift of freedom these remarkable men and women have given to us. I hope every American one day has the opportunity to visit the solemn grounds of Arlington National Cemetery to reflect upon the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform.”
For an HD file of the video, click here.
Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young today shared the following message as the United States assumes its two year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an eight nation intergovernmental organization for Arctic nations and its peoples:
Congressman Young shares his thoughts on U.S. Chairmanship of Arctic Council (click here to watch).
“Today, we are taking over the two year chairmanship of the Arctic Council. This is a big step for the state of Alaska.
“The nation, the United States of America, is an Arctic nation because of the state of Alaska. I realize there will be a lot of interest placed in this position to talk about climate change. This is one of the factors we can look at, but as Alaskans we must also insist that activity in Alaska – resource development, transportation, and infrastructure – is also taken into consideration. We have to make sure the United States and Alaska consider this type of activity as we try to improve Arctic acknowledgment for the betterment of our state and nation.
“I remained concerned that there will be too much emphasis placed on climate change. To me, that would not be the correct thing to do for Alaska or for the nation itself. We are going to have to adapt to climate change and we have to make sure we adapt correctly, where the cultures and economics of the state of Alaska are protected. That’s going to be our biggest challenge and your biggest challenge.”
As a senior member and former Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Congressman Young has continued to push back on the Obama Administration’s unbalanced approach to Arctic activity and development, which has added costly and timely regulatory burdens for the people of the region. Congressman Young has also used his position on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to further discussions regarding Arctic development and Coast Guard operations.
Congressman Don Young created the Congressional Arctic Working Group with Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA) in 2014 to bring together bipartisan stakeholders from across native, environmental, oil and gas, national security, and navigation communities to advise Congress on the many opportunities and challenges for the Unites States as an Arctic nation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young will hold a Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs oversight hearing titled, “The Obama Administration’s Part 83 Revisions and How They May Allow the Interior Department to Create Tribes, not Recognize Them,” on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at noon (AK) 4:00 PM (Eastern) in room 1324 Longworth House Office Building.
WHAT: Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs oversight hearing titled, “The Obama Administration’s Part 83 Revisions and How They May Allow the Interior Department to Create Tribes, not Recognize Them.”
WHEN: Wednesday, April 22
12:00 PM (AK)
4:00 PM (Eastern)
WHERE: 1324 Hearing Room in the Longworth House Office Building
The hearing is open to the public and a live video stream will be broadcast live at House Committee on Natural Resources.
Chairman Don Young (Alaska)
Witnesses and Testimony:
The Honorable Richard Blumenthal, United States Senator (CT)
Mr. Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary—Bureau of Indian Affairs
U.S. Department of the Interior
Mr. Brian Cladoosby, President
National Congress of American Indians
The Honorable Robert Martin, Chairman
Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Mr. Glen Gobin, Vice-Chair and Business Committee Chair
The Honorable Fawn Sharp, President
Quinault Indian Nation
Mr. Donald C. Mitchell
Attorney at Law
Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young today shared the following statement in response to recent advances by the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Anbar province of Iraq:
“Like others, I was disappointed to hear General Martin Dempsey’s 'not symbolic in any way' remarks regarding the advances made on the city of Ramadi, Iraq by ISIS militants,” said Congressman Don Young. “The loss of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province, absolutely matters. The American soldiers and Marines, including many Alaskans, that fought and died to secure this city matter. The deteriorating environment in Iraq and the region, particularly the massive expansion of ISIS, matters. To believe otherwise is simply foolish. This significant advance by ISIS forces underscores this Administration’s foreign policy failures. By placing politics ahead of policy, this Administration has abandoned our global allies and allowed our adversaries to fill the void we left open."
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Washington, D.C. – On the 100th day of the 114th Congress, Alaskan Congressman Don Young shared the following message with Alaskans to highlight the work he and his colleagues are doing in the U.S. House of Representatives to hold the Administration accountable and provide commonsense policy solutions for hardworking American families, communities and small businesses.
Congressman Don Young Highlighting the Work of the 114th Congress on Its 100th Day (click here to watch).
To date, Congressman Young has joined his colleagues to cosponsored 89 separate bills (click here for a full list). He has personally introduced 30 pieces of his own legislation (click here for a full list), four of which have received legislative action. Those bills are as followed:
Legislative action on bills introduced by Congressman Young:
Beyond tackling efforts to hold the Administration accountable, the House of Representatives has passed 138 bills to provide commonsense relief for countless Americans.
For a snapshot of what the U.S. House of Representatives has done in the first 100 days, please click here.
Washington, D.C. – Focused on providing the American public with meaningful tax reforms and holding the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accountable, today Alaskan Congressman Don Young and the U.S. House of Representatives passed a number of bills to improve the nation’s intricate tax code and current IRS operations.
“Most Americans recognize April 15th, and the entire tax filing process, for its extreme complexity and confusion,” said Congressman Don Young. “For too long, the IRS and the American tax code have gotten in the way of the rights of individuals and our economic recovery. The Federal government, particularly the Department entrusted with Americans’ hard earned tax dollars, must be held to the highest of standards. Unfortunately, this has not been the case for the IRS. This week, the House of Representatives has placed its focused on tackling a number of commonsense tax reforms to improve the transparency and operations of the IRS, provide much needed relief for the American taxpayer, and reduce the nation’s growing tax burden. I am proud to support these bills and encourage the Senate to do the same.”
Of the bills passed today, Congressman Young cosponsored H.R. 1058, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2015. This legislation will provide all Americans with basic protections under the law, including the right to receive quality service from the IRS, the right to confidentiality, the right to be informed of decisions about their tax accounts, the right to challenge the IRS’ position, and the right to receive a prompt and fair response.
To prevent the abuse of IRS power, the House also passed the following reforms:
Washington, D.C. – On the same day the Air Force announced its decision to keep the F-16 Aggressor Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaskan Congressman Don Young testified before the House Armed Services Committee to discuss important Alaskan priorities he looks to include within the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.
Congressman Young began his testimony by highlighting Alaska’s incredible military value to the nation, referencing Air Force General Billy Mitchell’s 1933 statement, “he who holds Alaska will hold the world, and I think [Alaska] is the most important strategic place in the world.”
Congressman Young highlighting Alaska's strategic location in a House Armed Services Committee (click here to watch).
“Alaska offers unparalleled training areas, including the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex,” said Congressman Don Young. “While ranges in the Lower 48 are parts of states, JPARC’s training areas are the size of states. To give you an idea, 65,000 square miles of unencumbered air space, that’s the size of Florida. 2,490 square miles of land space, that’s the size of Delaware. 42,000 square nautical miles of surface, subsurface, and overlying airspace over the Gulf of Alaska, that’s the size of Virginia. More than that, the support for service members, their families, and veterans runs deep in Alaska’s DNA.”
Among a number of important funding and language requests made by Congressman Young, his testimony focused on three specific provisions: Congressional support for basing the F-35 at Eielson Air Force Base; a transfer of unused Air Force land to the city of Galena for the purposes of moving the town; a legislative fix for the Small Business Administration 8(a) program.
“First, I would like to request that the Committee include a ‘Sense of Congress’ regarding the Air Force’s F-35 basing in the Pacific," Young said. "In August of 2014, Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska was named as the preferred Alternative for Pacific F-35 basing. Regardless, it is important to continue to highlight Congress’ desire to see the Air Force consider Alaska’s military value as part of its strategic basing process."
Congressman Don Young Sharing His Support for the F-35 Basing at Eielson AFB (click here to watch).
Congressman Young spoke next on his support to repeal changes made to the Small Business Administration 8(a) program, Section 811, which have unfairly isolated Native contractors for enhanced scrutiny.
“Mr. Chairman, we talked about this last year. This new provision, Section 811, has a large negative effect on Native American and Hawaiian community-based contracting organization participating in SBA’s 8(a) Program," said Young. "I would say, personally, I believe this program has worked well for the government, the military and the taxpayer.
The final priority highlighted by Congressman Young was a no cost transfer of land from the Air Force to the City of Galena, Alaska.
“The Western Alaska town of Galena was hit by a devastating flood in the spring of 2013,” Young said. “While Galena has made great strides to recover from this terrible disaster, its residents are still vulnerable to catastrophic floods due to its location in the Yukon River flood plain. To eliminate the flood threat, the City of Galena would like to move to higher ground. They have done surveys of the areas, and found an optimal area above the flood plain in the former home of Campion Air Force Radar Station. This area has been abandoned; it is still maintained by the Air Force. Frankly, they don’t have any objection to this. If we can transfer to the land to the city, it will cost nothing to the taxpayer, and it will save the city and take land out of the Air Force’s hands.”
Congressman Don Young Discussing the Transfer of Unused Air Force Land to the City of Galena (click here to watch).
To watch the full committee hearing, click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaska’s Congressional Delegation received good news today, as U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James called each of them to announce that the F-16 Aggressor Squadron will remain at Eielson Air Force Base for the long-term future. When the U.S. Air Force announced that Eielson was the preferred location for two squadrons of F-35s, it began a nationwide review of whether the F-16s should stay there after the arrival of the F-35s or be considered for moves to either Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage or Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
“America needs Eielson, and America needs Alaska now more than ever with our westward focus and increased aggression by rogue nations like North Korea, Russia and Iran,” said Senator Murkowski. “Though the two squadrons of F-35s headed to Eielson gave the Pentagon a reason to re-evaluate the distribution of their assets, we once again feel vindicated that our state, our welcoming military community, our location, and our natural environmental assets make Alaska second to none.”
"Today’s announcement is great news for Eielson, for Alaska, and for the security of our nation. Given Russia’s recent resurgence and Putin’s aggressive moves into the Arctic, keeping the 18th Aggressors at Eielson is more important than ever,” said Senator Sullivan. “Many decades ago, General Billy Mitchell noted Alaska’s unique strategic location. I am greatly pleased to see the Air Force heed his advice and go all-in on Alaska. With our training ranges, our location, and our love of those who serve this country, Alaska will continue to be the best – and most strategic – place for our Air Force and our Airmen.”
“Today’s announcement by the Air Force is fantastic news for Fairbanks, North Pole, and the entire nation. This decision reaffirms Alaska’s strategic role in defending our nation as well as the incredible training areas Alaska has to offer our military,” said Congressman Young. “Combining the F-35 with the F-16 Aggressor Squadron at Eielson is a win-win for everyone involved. This is an example of logic prevailing, which is becoming exceptionally rare in the federal government.”
Today’s news is the result of a strategic basing evaluation of aircraft and manpower balance nationwide by the Air Force, given the global military circumstances and the Pentagon’s priorities – a process in which the delegation strongly vocalized the view of Alaskans that the state’s geographic position and the Department of Defense’s Asia-Pacific focus made the decision simple.
Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a legislative hearing on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM (ET), in room 1334 Longworth House Office Building, to discuss the following bills.
The hearing is open to the public and a live video stream will be broadcast at House Committee on Natural Resources.
Witnesses and Testimony:
Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young today joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council (AMBCC) to announce new guidance to implement the federal duck stamp exemption he ushered into law during the 113th Congress for subsistence hunters in rural Alaska.
Congressman Young announcing U.S Fish and Wildlife Service guidance on the Alaska subsistence duck stamp exemption he ushered into law (click here to watch).
“Today, I’m proud to announce the release of implementation guidance by the USFWS for the federal duck stamp exemption for subsistence hunters in rural Alaska,” said Congressman Don Young. “I worked very hard on this exemption with the help of a lot of Alaskans. I passed this as an amendment to the Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014 and it was signed into law on December 18, 2014. This will give Alaskan rural subsistence hunters an exemption from purchasing the federal duck stamp. I’m glad the USFWS was able to quickly develop regulations in time for the spring duck season so Alaskan subsistence hunters won’t be required to purchase the 2015 Duck Stamp. This is a major victory for rural Alaska, and I’m quite proud of it.”
In a bulletin released today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its interim policy to implement Congressman Young’s provision within H.R. 5069, the Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014 (Pub.L. 113-264), which exempts qualified subsistence hunters in Alaska from purchasing the Federal Duck Stamp.
“The congressional action was the result of leadership from the Alaska delegation in recognition of the importance of subsistence in the lives of Alaska Native peoples and other qualifying Alaskans,” the USFWS release said. “The exemption from carrying the Federal Duck Stamp while hunting does not relieve qualified hunters from the requirement to purchase and possess state hunting licenses and stamps and abide by all other applicable federal and state laws. The Service will continue to work with Alaska Native peoples and other qualified subsistence hunters to ensure opportunities for subsistence hunting are available and sustainable.”
The interim policy becomes effective immediately according to the USFWS and will remain operational until June 1, 2017. The USFWS says it will now “work to develop regulations to implement the exemption on a permanent basis. Such regulations will go through an open process including the opportunity for public review and comment.”
The Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council (AMBCC), made up of the USFWS, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and representatives from across the state, will announce the policy change today in Anchorage at their annual Spring Meeting. The event is open to the media.
WHO: Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council
WHAT: Announcement of the Federal Duck Stamp Exemption for Subsistence Hunters in Rural Alaska
WHERE: Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association: 1131 E International Airport Rd
WHEN: 11:15 A.M.
USFWS MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Boario, 907-786-3431
Click here for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Regional Director Orders.
For more information regarding H.R. 5069, the Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014, which included Congressman Young’s Alaska exemption, please click here.
For a video of Congressman Young sharing his reasoning for offering the amendment and the importance of the change, please click here.
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Congressman Don Young was re-elected to the 113th Congress in 2012 to serve his 21st term as Alaska’s only Representative to the United States House of Representatives. First sworn in as a freshman to the 93rd Congress after winning a special election on March 6, 1973, Congressman Young is today the 1st ranking Republican member and the the 4th ranking overall member of the House of Representatives.
Congressman Young served as Chairman of the House Resources Committee from 1995 to 2001 and then as the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2001-2007. In the 110th Congress, Representative Young returned to the helm of the Resources Committee to lead his fellow Republicans as the Ranking Member. In the 112th Congress, he was chosen to serve as the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Alaska Native and Indian Affairs. Rep. Young currently serves as a senior Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and House Natural Resources Committee.
Congressman Young calls Fort Yukon, Alaska home; a remote village of approximately 700 people located 7 miles above the Arctic Circle in Alaska’s central interior region. Born on June 9, 1933 in Meridian, California, he earned his associate degree at Yuba Junior College in 1952, and his bachelor’s degree in teaching at Chico State College in 1958. Between earning these degrees, he served in the US Army’s 41st Tank Battalion from 1955 to 1957.
When he first moved to Alaska, Congressman Young made a living in construction and tried his hand at commercial fishing, trapping, and in the search for gold. In Fort Yukon he taught in a 25-student, 5th grade elementary class in the Bureau of Indian Affairs school. Constructed of logs, the school had a wood stove that kept his Alaska Native students warm in the sub-freezing, arctic winter. With the annual spring break-up of the river ice, he captained his own tug and barge operation to deliver products and supplies to villages along the Yukon River. Even today, he remains the only licensed mariner in Congress.
It was in Fort Yukon that Rep. Young met and married a young bookkeeper named Lu. Lu was always at the Congressman’s side and supported him throughout his public service career. Lu and Don were married for 46 years, they were blessed with and raised two daughters, Joni and Dawn, and 14 grandchildren. Mrs. Young passed away on August 2, 2009.
Congressman Young first entered public service in 1964 when he was elected Mayor of Fort Yukon. Two years later, Alaskan voters elected him to the State Legislature in Juneau where he served in the State House from 1966 to 1970, and later in the State Senate from 1970 to 1973. Just hours after being sworn in to United States House of Representatives in 1973, he found himself leading the historic battle for approval of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. Often citing this as the single most important achievement in his career, Congressman Young stated, “Next to statehood itself, the most historical legislation passed that affected every Alaskan then, now, and in the future, was the passage of the pipeline legislation.”
That same year, his colleagues honored him as the “Freshman Congressman of the Year.” He went on to gain a key appointment on the then Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee where he pushed through the 200-mile fishing limit critical to Alaska’s fishing industry. He fought against federal control of lands and resources to which Alaskans are rightfully entitled – a battle he continues today with the same vigor. In 1997, he passed by a 419-1 vote, the National Wildlife Improvement Act, which sets guidelines for the nation’s 500-plus wildlife refuges.
Congressman Young proudly serves as the “Congressman for All Alaska” and loves his role as the only Alaskan Representative in Congress. Renewed by the challenges and goals of the 111th Congress and his committee positions, Congressman Young will continue to champion legislation and funding for programs benefiting Alaska and the nation. His vision remains the same – to provide citizens with the opportunity for a better life not just for today, but also for tomorrow and the future.
ICYMI: I recently proposed language to transfer unused Air Force property to the city of Galena http://t.co/asUwAeiIyj
Today I shared this message with Alaskans as the United States assumes its two year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an eight nation intergovernmental
Yesterday, I had the great honor of joining 23 WWII and Korean War veterans for the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Today, the United States begins it's 2 year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Tune in at 10am (AK) to watch live from Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada.
ICYMI: Last week, I testified before the House Armed Services Committee to discuss a number of important Alaskan priorities, including language
Close Up students from across Alaska – Anchorage, Anchorage, Yakutat, Mountain Village, Wasilla, Sand Point – visited the U.S. Captiol today.