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Donald Young

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Young Shares Statement on Firing of FBI Director James Comey

2017/05/10

Fairbanks, AKAlaska Congressman Don Young today shared the following statement on the firing of FBI Director James Comey:

“Both sides of the aisle have previously called into question Director Comey’s ability to lead the FBI; some have demanded his resignation, others have said they lost confidence in him to do the job. It’s odd to me that some of these same people are now calling 'foul play' when the President reached the very same conclusion. In my mind, the response to this action – which is well within the President’s authority – would have been the same had it happened in January, yesterday or 6 months from now. I believe the FBI and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees should proceed with their investigations into the Russian interference in the 2016 election. They should follow the facts, reach a conclusion and understanding as to what occurred, and report their findings. The American people deserve the facts, not a highly political witch hunt.”

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Congressman Young Named Most Effective Lawmaker in U.S. House of Representatives

2017/05/08

Washington, D.C. – Two Congressional rankings – for effectiveness and bipartisanship – have named Alaska Congressman Young atop their annual review of federal legislators. Young, who recently began his 45th year in Congress, was named the most effective lawmaker in the U.S House by Washington, DC-based data and analytics group FiscalNote and within the top 10% for bipartisanship by the Luger Center and Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy.

“Fighting for the Alaskan people has been my passion and priority since the day I arrived to Congress,” said Congressman Don Young. “This honor and recognition confirms what Alaskans already know, I’m ready and able to do the job they’ve elected me to do. I’m strongly encouraged by what the next three and a half years may bring, particularly as a new administration gets underway and we begin taking serious steps to move Alaska focused priorities through Congress and onto the President’s desk. We’ve already seen great promise with the passage of H.J. Res. 69, a huge rebuke of the Obama Administration’s seizure of Alaska’s management authority, and I am confident that we’ll see many more successes in the years to come.”

FiscalNote Legislative Effectiveness Score Announcement (click here for more information).

According to FiscalNote’s Legislative Effectiveness Score, which measures a lawmaker’s success throughout the legislative process, Congressman Don Young is considered the most effective member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The recently published study evaluates Members of Congress based on 12 different factors, including bills sponsored, bills out of committee, bills to the floor and bills enacted.

“Legislative effectiveness is one of the key factors our government relationship management platform uses in assessing which officials matter most for a given issue or jurisdiction,” said Tim Hwang, FiscalNote CEO. “With hundreds of votes per session and meticulous record-keeping in both chambers, the data on Federal and state legislators is extensive. That kind of deep analysis also lets us predict the likelihood of a given bill passing in a given session, as well as whether an individual legislator will support or oppose it.”

  • Newsweek reporter Jason Le Miere recently spoke to Alaska Congressman Don Young on being named a top legislator in Congress, click here to view.

The Luger Center, in partnership with Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, recently unveiled their annual Bipartisan Index Rankings. Congressman Young was named thirty-ninth (39th) in the list of representatives for bipartisanship for the 114th Congress (2015-2016), putting him in the top ten percent of his House colleagues.

Luger Center-McCourt School of Public Policy Bipartisan Index Ranking (click here for an overview).

“Despite the highly charged political environment of the past several years, Congressional bipartisanship did improve in the 114th Congress as compared to the 113th Congress,” said Lugar Center President Richard G. Lugar, who served for 36 years as a Republican senator from Indiana. “The Index shows that many senators and representatives raised their scores in the 114th Congress, so we are encouraged to see that even many lawmakers with strong ideological positions have found more common ground with their colleagues across the aisle. Cooperative efforts to address real challenges is what the American people want to see from their leaders, and we are hopeful it will be a growing trend during the 115th Congress.”

Congressman Young has often been recognized for his success throughout the legislative process. In February, Roll Call named the Alaska Congressional delegation as the nation’s top performer – credited with longevity of service, ability to move legislation and senior positions upon Committees.

Alaska Congressman Don Young, the second longest serving House Republican in U.S. history, has previously been recognized as one of the “10 Most Effective Lawmakers” by the Washington Post” and has passed more legislation into law than any other sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

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Young Supports House-Passage of American Health Care Act

2017/05/04

Washington, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young today shared the following statement after voting in favor of the House-passed American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act:

“The reality we face today is clear – the Affordable Care Act is built on a crumbling foundation and is in a dire state of disrepair.  Inaction is not an option; something must be done today to address the soaring rates of premiums, skyrocketing deductibles and the elimination of market competition across the nation. Alaskans and Americans have demanded choices, not mandates, and have resoundingly called for freedom from this one-size-fits-all nightmare that has ignored the needs of so many hardworking families and small businesses. For these many reasons, I am committed to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

“As we all know, repeal and replace – under the budget reconciliation process – cannot include every legislative fix needed to address the downward spiral of the Affordable Care Act or address all of Alaska’s unique needs. This multi-step process requires future work and consideration by Congress and the Administration to further address the many inadequacies in our nation’s healthcare system. I have been committed to this process and have worked in good faith to consider, study and negotiate the terms of legislation that supports the goals of healthcare reform as Alaskans have demanded for the last eight years.

“When this bill was originally brought before the House, I shared support for a number of policy provisions within the legislation, including the elimination of overreaching mandates, protections for pre-existing conditions and added flexibility for states. I also detailed a number of concerns for the AHCA, particularly as it applied to Alaska. In March, as amendments and changes were being proposed, I worked to secure assurances from House Leadership that Alaska’s unique healthcare challenges and needs would be addressed equitably – within the provisions of the AHCA and through future legislation. Without these assurances, I called for a pause in consideration in order to slow down the process and ensure Alaska’s many needs were reflected. 

“As the House moved forward on healthcare reform, particularly as new language was proposed and further details were provided, I received a number of detailed commitments and assurances from House Leadership and the Administration that provisions in this legislation – including funding to address the high costs of care in rural and low density population states, further market stabilization through a nationwide reinsurance program, and specific funds for those with pre-existing conditions – would be used to specifically address Alaska’s needs. I worked throughout this process to develop these important changes and have further received commitments to address additional healthcare concerns specific to Alaska in future legislation.

“Although this bill is far from perfect, I have made the very serious decision to move this process forward and continue the much needed debate to tackle our nation’s many healthcare challenges. Given the choice of doing nothing or moving forward on efforts to roll back the many destructive policies of Obamacare, I chose the latter. Today’s vote represents the first of many steps in a long process to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. I fully expect a number of changes to be made as this legislation moves to the Senate and believe this is not the final language that will ultimately reach the President’s desk.”

 

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Young Shares Statement on House Passage of FY17 Funding Package

2017/05/03

Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young today shared the following statement after House passage of H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2017, which funds the federal government through September 30, 2017:

“Funding the government is one of the most critical aspects of Congress, particularly the House.  This very clear responsibility to raise and spend money, outlined in the Constitution, should not be forgotten no matter who sits in the White House. While this legislation is far from perfect – a compromise between parties and the President – I believe it was necessary to eliminate the threat of a government shutdown and keep our economy moving. Inaction would have been very bad for both Alaska and the nation, and would have created an unnecessary level of uncertainty and confusion at a time when we should be governing for the betterment of the nation.

“This legislation contains a lot of good for Alaska, including large increases to support of military men and women – which protects troop levels at JBER, funds new training and readiness programs and addresses a vast number of national security priorities. The bill also funds a number of Alaska-based programs and projects that have for too long come under attack. On the regulatory side, this bill takes serious steps to reduce the growth and expansion of unnecessary hurdles across many sectors of the government, and in turn works to support economic growth and infrastructure development this nation so badly needs. Equally as important is what this bill does not contain; it does not make cuts to our Coast Guard, it did not ignore the many needs of the Alaskan people, and it didn’t eliminate crucial investments in our economy.

“I’ve personally experienced 18 shutdowns during my time in Congress, some at the hands of Republicans others at the hands of Democrats. However, one this is certain, shutdowns are costly and damaging. Although this legislation contained a number of shortcomings, I was pleased to see my colleagues come together to move this package. Overall, I believe it is a positive step in the right direction.”

Some Items of Alaskan Interests Included in the H.R. 244:

Interior and Environment:

  • Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT): $465 M
  • Alaska Village Built Clinic program:  $11M
  • Prohibits the Forest Service or BLM from issuing new closures of public lands to hunting and recreational shooting, except in the case of public safety
  • Prohibits  the Department of Interior from administratively creating new wilderness areas
  • Includes report language directing BLM to work cooperatively with local stakeholders on the ANCSA contaminated lands
  • Directs the Interior Department to work collaboratively work with interested parties, including Congress, States, local communities, Tribal governments, and others before making national monument designations.
  • The bill maintains the indefinite appropriation for both IHS and BIA Contract Support Costs.
  • Alaska Mental Health Land Exchange Act, sponsored by the Alaska congressional delegation.

Commerce/Justice/Science:

  • Rohrabacher Amendment, which bars the Department of Justice from using resources to prosecute individuals who are acting in compliance with their state’s medical marijuana laws.

Agriculture:

  • Rural Alaska Village Grant Program: $30M
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): $19M
  • Stops the Obama-era school meal regulation from being implemented by providing flexibility to schools.

Labor/Health and Human Services/Education

  • Alaska Native Education Program (ANEP): $32.453M
  • Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS): $279M
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting: $445M

Energy and Water

  • Denali Commission: $15M
  • Alaska Village State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG): $20M

Transportation/Housing and Urban Development

  • NAHASDA Native housing block grant: $654M
  • Essential Air Service: $150 M

Defense:

  • Fully funds troop pay raises authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act.
  • Prohibits the transfer or release of Guantanamo detainees into the U.S.
  • Provides funding for the procurement of 74 F-35 joint Strike Fighters.
  • $150 million from the Navy’s shipbuilding account for the procurement of a polar icebreaker.

Homeland Security:

  • U.S. Coast Guard: $10.5B, an increase of $344M

EPA:

  • Cuts the EPA by $81 million below FY16 enacted levels and holds EPA staffing at 15,000 positions
  • Blocks the EPA from banning bullets and fishing tackle made from lead, in addition to regulating lead content.
  • Requires a report on the backlog of mining permits currently awaiting approval.

Click here to view H.R. 244.

 

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Alaska Delegation Commends Executive Order on Offshore Energy Development

2017/04/28

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today joined President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for the signing ceremony of an Executive Order to implement an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy. The order lifts leasing withdrawals imposed on Alaska’s Arctic, directs the Department of the Interior to conduct a review of the areas available for leasing, and directs a review of certain regulations governing offshore development.

“When President Trump took office, he promised to listen to the people and to return power to them, and today he and Secretary Zinke delivered for Alaskans,” Murkowski said. “After the last administration spent eight years systematically closing off access to the Arctic, this executive order puts us back on track to explore and ultimately produce the prolific resources in that region. Alaskans broadly support offshore development in the Arctic. And I strongly believe that over time, today’s order will provide substantial benefits by putting our state on a better path to create jobs, generate new revenues, refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, and strengthen our leadership in the Arctic.”

“Last December, Alaskans were outraged when President Obama unilaterally placed nearly the entire Arctic Ocean off-limits to energy development,” Sullivan said. “Today, President Trump undertook the first steps to right this wrong for Alaskans and for our country. Production is increasing in Alaska, and there are new oil finds throughout the state. Alaska is on the brink of leading our country into a new energy renaissance. With a White House working with Congress—and acting as a partner with Alaska—responsible production of our energy resources will strengthen our national security, provide good jobs for thousands of Alaskans, and help grow the economies of our state and our country.”  

“Today is an important moment for Alaska’s future,” Young said. “It represents a significant reversal of the previous administration’s failed domestic energy policy; one that focused on locking away our resources, limiting new opportunities and creating insurmountable roadblocks at every turn. Along with our united congressional delegation, I’ve fought back to ensure Alaska’s energy potential remains on the table. As a resources oriented state, this is critical. I commend President Trump for recognizing the importance of development in the Arctic OCS and look forward to building a regulatory climate that truly gives exploration a chance to succeed.”

Among the highlights of today’s Executive Order are the following benefits for Alaska:

  • Erases Arctic 12(a) Withdrawals. Nullifies President Obama’s indefinite withdrawal of nearly all of the Beaufort and Chukchi OCS leasing areas.
  • Potential for Leasing. Calls for a review of the existing schedule of offshore lease sales and directs the Secretary of the Interior to consider whether new sales should be added for the Beaufort, Chukchi, and Cook Inlet leasing areas.
  • More Reasonable Regulation. Requires the reconsideration and potential revision of the Arctic rule, the Well Control Rule, and other regulations imposed by the previous administration.

Alaska’s offshore areas contain prolific energy resources. According to Interior’s own technical analysts, the Beaufort and Chukchi seas form one of the most prospective basins in the world. Together, these areas are projected to hold 23.6 billion barrels of oil and 104.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. For perspective, that is enough to meet all of California’s demands for oil and natural gas for 37.5 years and 43.5 years, respectively.

According to a 2011 analysis by the firm Northern Economics, development of the resources in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas would create an annual average of 55,000 jobs over a 50-year period. Those jobs would create a total payroll of $145 billion over that span. Development is also projected to generate a total of $193 billion for local, state and federal treasuries. According to a 2014 poll, 73 percent of Alaskans support Arctic OCS development.

The Alaska delegation has repeatedly asserted the importance of responsible energy development in the Arctic, and made every effort to preserve Arctic lease sales in the Five-Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022.

 


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Bipartisan Group in U.S. House Introduce Marijuana-Related Banking Legislation

2017/04/27

Washington, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young, co-founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, today joined a bipartisan group in the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce legislation that allows marijuana-related businesses in states with existing regulatory structures to access the banking system.

With eight states and Washington, D.C. now allowing for adult-use recreational marijuana and 29 states legalizing medical marijuana, there is a growing effort in Congress to align federal and state marijuana laws - specifically as they relate to the banking crisis confronting marijuana-related businesses. The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act) ensures financial institutions can service marijuana-related businesses without the fear of reprisal from the federal government. Currently, hundreds of licensed and regulated businesses do not have access to the banking industry and are unable to accept credit cards, deposit revenues, or write checks to meet payroll or pay taxes.

“As a co-founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, one of my top priorities is ensuring marijuana-related businesses have access to the banking system and can operate in accordance with state law,” said Congressman Don Young.This legislation is an important step to ensuring marijuana businesses in states that have legalized – who continue to operate in a very uncertain and insecure environment without access to banks or financial institutions – can be treaty fairly and as legitimate contributors to state and local economies. While I do not personally advocate for the use of marijuana, I do support these types of issues as a matter of states’ rights and their ability to determine the nature of criminal activity within their own jurisdictions.”

Additionally, the SAFE Banking Act works to address the potential threats to public safety that can arise when small businesses are forced to operate on a cash-only business.

“With the majority of states now allowing for some form of recreational or medical marijuana, we have reached a tipping point on this issue and it’s time for Congress to act,” said bill sponsor Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07). “Allowing tightly regulated marijuana businesses the ability to access the banking system will help reduce the threat of crime, robbery and assault in our communities and keep the cash out of cartels.”

“Since we first introduced this legislation, voters in a total of six states and the District of Columbia have joined Colorado and Washington state in approving adult use of recreational marijuana,” Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10) said. “Nearly a quarter of the U.S. population now lives in a place where adult use is legal. And yet because of these federal restrictions, cash will continue to reign just as it did on the black market. To keep the money out of the hands of drug cartels, and to keep marijuana out of the hands of kids, and to protect the industry from more deadly armed robberies, we need a system that allows for electronic financial transactions. Voters across the country of all political backgrounds have shown they are serious about taking the right steps to regulate marijuana like alcohol, and those steps must include access to the banking system.”

Today, financial institutions who provide banking services to legitimate marijuana businesses are subject to criminal and civil liability for "aiding and abetting" a federal crime and money laundering under the Controlled Substances Act and federal banking statutes. The SAFE Banking Act removes uncertainty by providing "safe harbor" protections for depository institutions who provide a "financial product or service" to a covered business. For example, federal banking regulators would not be able to threaten or limit a bank or credit union’s Deposit Insurance, take any action or downgrade a loan made to a covered business, or force a depository institution to halt providing any kind of banking services to a marijuana-related legitimate business.

A similar companion bill in the Senate is expected to be re-introduced later this month.

Please click here to review the SAFE Banking Act.



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Young Legislation to Streamline Expansion of Terror Lake Hydro Project Passes Committee

2017/04/27

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Alaska Congressman Don Young to authorize and streamline the expansion of the Terror Lake hydroelectric project on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

Congressman Young attending Full Committee Markup on H.R. 220 and slate of bills to improve nation’s water and power infrastructure. (click here to download photo)

There’s no reason why a hydro-rich community like Kodiak should ever have to rely on diesel fuel for power generation,” said Chairman Emeritus Don Young. “With the enactment of my legislation, which will expedite the much needed expansion of the Terror Lake hydroelectric project, I believe we can meet the needs of Kodiak for years to come. Alaska has tremendous hydroelectric potential and I look forward to moving additional commonsense reforms to provide our rural and remote communities with new opportunities to obtain reliable and affordable energy.”

H.R. 220, introduced by Congressman Young on the first day of the 115th Congress, seeks to expedite the expansion of the Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) hydroelectric project at Terror Lake. The legislation would allow KEA to use no more than twenty acres of federal land within the Kodiak Island National Wildlife Refuge to construct, operate, and maintain the proposed Upper Hidden Basin Diversion Expansion – which would increase water resources at Terror Lake by 25% – without a need for further authorization from the Secretary of the Interior or under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). The KEA project would result in an additional 33,000 megawatt-hours of generation each year for the Island’s residents

H.R. 220 seeks to expedite the expansion of the Terror Lake Hydroproject in light of rising costs and a limited construction season. According to KEA, delaying construction by just one year would incur $11 million in additional project costs, which includes $1.3 million in costs associated with future supplemental diesel generation that will be required to meet electricity demand – costs that would be borne by the Island’s ratepayers, including the U.S. Coast Guard.

On April 4th, 2017, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans met to review H.R. 220. Kodiak Electric Associate President and CEO Darren Scott testified before the Subcommittee on behalf of the legislation.

For detailed background on H.R. 220, please click here.

 

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Young Shares Support for Review of Massive Land Grabs Under Antiquities Act

2017/04/26

WASHINGTON, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young today issued the following statement on the Trump Executive Order requiring Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review designations made under the Antiquities Act of 1906 in the last two decades:

“For too long, we’ve seen the crippling impacts associated with the monument designation process, all with little to no consultation or support of those that live in or rely upon the areas. I welcome today’s actions and remain committed to reforming the outdated monument designation process  – on land and at sea – from a top down executive mandate to a locally driven, bottom-up approach. The days of Presidents unilaterally closing off thousands of acres of land or water must change.”



Text of the Executive Order can be found HERE.

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Young Applauds Confirmation of Sonny Perdue

2017/04/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young shared the following statement after former Georgia Governor George “Sonny” Perdue was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

"I congratulate Governor Perdue on his confirmation and wish him well as he takes charge of an agency so closely connected to the fabric of our nation. As Secretary, I hope he can begin addressing the systematic failures in management by the U.S. Forest Service and restore faith within our many timber communities. For too long, the Forest Service has thumbed its nose at the multiple-use mandate -- eliminating countless jobs and new opportunities for growth.  This must change and I'm optimistic it can be done under Sonny's watch."

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Alaska Delegation Reintroduces Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act

2017/04/12

WASHINGTON, DC – The Alaska Congressional Delegation is continuing its efforts to provide equitable treatment to Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans by reintroducing the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act. The legislation would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to allow approximately 2,800 Alaska Natives who served during the Vietnam era, and missed an earlier opportunity because of that service, to apply for their government-promised Native allotment.

“This has always been an issue of equity and fairness; about rectifying a wrong for our Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans who so proudly served this nation,” said Congressman Don Young. “This legislation would finally bring this issue to a close and give Alaska Native Vietnam veterans the opportunity to obtain lands promised to them under federal law. It’s a downright travesty that decades later, these honorable men and women are still waiting to receive what was promised to them. As I’ve said before, I will not rest until this longstanding inequity is resolved. I am both hopeful and optimistic – with a new administration and Secretary of Interior – this will be done in the 115th Congress.”

“We as a nation should honor our prior promises to our Alaska Native veterans, who showed a special kind of patriotism and service during the Vietnam era,” said Senator Dan Sullivan. “This bill seeks to cure a longstanding injustice for the Alaska Native men and women who left everything behind to serve when their nation called. With a new administration in the White House, and support from Secretary of Interior Zinke, I am hopeful that we can once and for all address this important issue.”

“We owe much to our Alaska Native veterans who risked their lives in service to our country during the Vietnam War,” Senator Lisa Murkowski said. “I am pleased to cosponsor this legislation with Sen. Sullivan and Rep. Young, which helps Congress fulfill its decades-old promise to provide these veterans with the land allotments they earned and rightfully deserve. Rest assured, I will not let our Alaska Native Vietnam veterans be forgotten as we work to make good on this long overdue commitment.”

“On behalf of the Alaska Native veterans of the Vietnam War and other veterans who served during the Vietnam Era, I want to take this opportunity to thank Alaska's Congressional Delegation for introducing legislation that would authorize the Alaska Native veterans of that era with the right to apply for Native allotments,” said Nelson Angapak, Alaska Native Vietnam Veteran and former Senior Vice President for the Alaska Federation of Natives. “Thank you and it is my humble hope that the 115th Congress will pass this bill; and that it will become law of the land! Thank you very much."

While serving during the Vietnam War era, many Alaska Native Veterans were unable to apply for land allotments promised by the federal government under the Native Allotment of 1906 before the process was ended by the passage of ANCSA. In 1998, Congress opened an application period for some of these veterans, but unfortunately only those who served from 1969–1971 were allowed to apply.

The Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act expands military service dates to coincide with the entire Vietnam conflict, which officially lasted from 1964-1975. The legislation would increase available land for selection by Alaska Native Veterans and reduce previous restrictions and occupancy requirements that prevented many veterans from receiving their allotment during the prior open season. Further, the bill includes minor policy improvements made during the 114th Congress, including a provision that requires the Department of Interior to coordinate with Alaska Native organizations to help streamline the implementation of the legislation and coordinate outreach to veterans.

H.R. 1867, introduced by Congressman Don Young, has been has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. S. 785, introduced by Senator Sullivan and cosponsored by Senator Murkowski, has been referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

 

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Congressman Young Shares Tribute to Former Arkansas Representative Jay Dickey

2017-04-26 23:24:11


Rep. Young on Signing of HJ Res. 69, resolution to overturn U.S. FWS Regulation in Alaska

2017-04-06 00:47:15


Rep. Young: H.R. 220, Streamlining Expansion of Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project in Kodiak

2017-04-05 01:00:38


Darren Scott, President and CEO of Kodiak Electric Association, Testifies in Favor of H.R. 220

2017-04-05 00:54:06


Choose Respect 2017

2017-03-24 00:05:13


Young Shares Thoughts on Healthcare Proceedings in U.S. House

2017-03-21 23:32:04


Consortium for Ocean Leadership 2017 Public Policy Forum: Rep. Young & Rep. McGovern

2017-03-10 15:48:45


Young Shares Statement Following Trump Address to Joint Chamber of Congress

2017-03-01 04:14:08


Rep. Young Speaking in Favor of H.R. 228, Tribal Workforce Development Legislation

2017-02-27 22:39:12


Cannabis Caucus Launch: Young (AK), Bluemenauer (OR), Polis (CO), Rohrabacher (CA)

2017-02-17 00:01:54


Congressman Young Defending H.J. Res. 69 on House Floor

2017-02-16 23:11:57


Rep. Don Young Speaking in Favor of H.J. Res. 69 in House Rules Committee

2017-02-15 18:01:53


Congressman Young on the Passage of H.R. 26, the REINS Act

2017-01-06 02:31:57


Rep. Don Young: 115th Congress Opening Day

2017-01-04 23:33:29


B-Roll: Don Young Ceremonial Swearing-In 115th Congress

2017-01-04 01:10:10


Rep. Young Shares Message with Alaskans on First Day of 115th Congress

2017-01-04 00:57:04


Rep. Don Young Speaking in Favor of Native Workforce Development Bill -- H.R. 329

2016-12-07 22:00:49


Congressman Don Young: AFN 50th Annual Convention Address

2016-10-24 06:52:27


Congressman Young: Maine Lobster Wholesale Tour

2016-10-07 23:30:51


B-Roll: Rep. Young Touring Portland, ME based lobster wholesale

2016-10-07 23:03:09


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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.


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