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ICYMI: Young Defends ANWR Development in Full Conference Committee Meeting


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Alaska Congressman Don Young spoke at the House-Senate Conference Committee meeting to discuss H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

“I am honored to have been selected as a conferee for this critical tax reform legislation,” said Congressman Young. “One of the most important measures to me in this tax bill is the pathway to open the 10-02 region within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). ANWR is crucially important to the nation. Opening the 10-02 will decrease our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and create jobs for Alaskans.”

To watch his full remarks, click here.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan named Congressman Young to the Conference Committee which has been tasked with negotiating the final terms of the tax reform legislation. Congressman Young has consistently worked with his colleagues to allow for responsible resource development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain. He has passed ANWR legislation on 12 separate occasions in the House.

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Natural Resources Committee Approves 3 Bills by Young


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 200, H.R. 4475 and S. 825, all legislation sponsored by Alaska Congressman Don Young.

“Alaska is considered the gold standard of fisheries management and this industry is crucial to our local economy,” Congressman Young stated. “My bill, H.R. 200, updates the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) to ensure regional fisheries are able to develop management plans that match needs of their areas which they know best.”

The House Natural Resources Committee marking up Congressman Young's bills.

“Reauthorizing the MSA will ensure a proper balance between the biological needs of fish stocks and the economic needs of fishermen and coastal communities,” said Congressman Young. “MSA has not been reauthorized since 2006, it is long past time for this Congress to act and support our nation’s fisheries. I had two other bills considered – the National Volcano Early Warning and Monitory System Act and Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act. I am happy to say that both of these passed the committee with bipartisan support.”

To watch the full remarks, click here.

“America’s fisheries are governed by an outdated regulatory scheme and inflexible decrees imposed by distant bureaucrats. Fishermen and biologists on the ground should be partners in the formation of management plans, not powerless onlookers,” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) said. “This bill provides flexibility so we can better meet local needs, expand economic activity and conserve ecosystems. Rep. Young has delivered a win for local management and I look forward to moving this bill through the chambers in the coming year.”


Magnuson-Stevens Fishery and Conservation Management Act, or MSA, was first written by Congressman Don Young in 1976 and has been the primary law governing fisheries resources and activities in federal waters. Since its last reauthorization in 2006, federal regulations, improper science, and poor management decisions have hampered access to U.S. fisheries. H.R. 200, Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act”, will improve the management process by affording regional Councils the flexibility to manage stocks effectively and better tailor management plans to suit their regional needs.

Additionally, the Natural Resources Committee approved H.R. 4475 and S. 825, two bills which will also address regional concerns.

The United States is the third most active country for volcanic eruptions, after Indonesia and Japan. The National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System Act, H.R. 4475, will direct the United States Geological Survey to establish a volcano warning and monitoring system to protect U.S. citizens from avoidable harm.

S. 825, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act of 2017 was introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) earlier this year and passed by the Senate in November. The legislation provides a land transfer of 19 acres of federal land in Sitka to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), which will allow the SEARHC to expand healthcare delivery for Alaska Natives in the region. Congressman Young is the sponsor of the House companion bill, H.R. 1901.


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ICYMI: Young Joins Fox Business News to Discuss Tax Reform Conference Committee


Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young joined Neil Cavuto on Fox Business News to discuss his recent appointment to the House-Senate Conference Committee to work on H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

“This is a conference committee which means that, while both sides have a difference of opinion, our job is to meet and work through them,” said Congressman Young. “Our goal is to work together to get this bill done.”

To see the full interview, click here.

House Speaker Paul Ryan named Congressman Young to the Conference Committee earlier this week. This Committee has been tasked with negotiating the final terms of the tax reform legislation which contains the pathway to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain to responsible resource development. Congressman Young has consistently worked with his colleagues to allow for responsible resource development in ANWR, leading the House to pass ANWR legislation on 12 separate occasions.

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Young Named to Powerful Conference Committee, Hand-Picked to Defend ANWR Title in Pro-Growth Tax Reform Measure


Washington, D.C. - Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young was named by House Speaker Paul Ryan to serve on the powerful Conference Committee tasked with producing the final terms of tax reform legislation that contains the pathway to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) coastal plain to responsible resource development. The House affirmed the Speaker's appointment of conferees by a vote of 222-192.

"This has always been a team effort, one that required our delegation to fire on all cylinders at each and every turn.  Now that we head to a Conference Committee - the group responsible for negotiating a pathway to the president's desk - I will do everything in my power to ensure this important moment to unlock ANWR's energy resources does not pass us by,”
said Congressman Young.“It's been over 40 years since this battle began - a generation's long battle that is finally coming to a head. I thank Speaker Ryan and the House Leadership for recognizing my role in this important debate and for entrusting me to be part of the effort to craft an agreement that will positively improve the lives of Alaskans and Americans for generations to come. I commend the work of both Senator Murkowski and Senator Sullivan, the dedicated staff on the Energy Natural Resources Committee, and the countless Alaskans who have stood by our side to make this a reality. It's a remarkable place to be, especially given the dire straits we were in as an energy producing state only two years ago. Although we have faced many challenges and crossed many roadblocks, we as Alaskans have never been deterred. Our resilience and determination to win the day has never been stronger and I look forward to bringing Alaska the victory on ANWR they have long deserved. There is still a long way to go in our unified effort to unleash Alaska's true energy potential, but I am committed to getting this across the finish line."

“This Conference Committee has been tasked with the important responsibility of helping deliver tax relief across the finish line,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “Don’s expertise and passion for unleashing America’s energy potential makes him a crucial member of this Committee. I am looking forward to his leadership on this issue and throughout the conference process.”

Congressman Don Young, the longest serving House Republican, notably a member of the Conference Committee that yielded major impact to the Alaska economy and energy sector. In 1973, he served on the Conference Committee that negotiated the final terms of the Trans Alaska Pipeline Act, legislation that authorized the right-of-way and construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPs). Congressman Young has consistently worked with his colleagues to allow for responsible resource development in ANWR, leading the House to pass ANWR legislation on 12 separate occasions.


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Alaska Delegation Praises Passage of Tribal Employment and Training Legislation


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young released the following statements praising the unanimous Senate passage of H.R. 228, legislation to strengthen and reform a comprehensive Native employment and training program commonly known as the “477 Program.” The legislation, championed by a united Alaska delegation, marks Young’s second to reach the President’s desk during the 115th Congress.

“The 477 Program has proven to be an innovative and effective tool in providing education and training opportunities aimed to improve the quality of life in every region of Alaska. I am proud the Senate has recognized the importance of this program to support self-sufficiency, create jobs, and expand employment opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives nationwide,” Senator Murkowski said. “I am so pleased Congress has once again recognized the importance of this program and I look forward to it being signed by the President. I am also thrilled that this will be the first Native American bill passed this Congress.”

“The 477 Program has been a great success for over two decades benefitting Alaska Natives and Native Americans throughout the nation,” Senator Sullivan said. “The 477 is a proven example of promoting self-determination while cutting red tape. The 477 program supports lowering the unemployment rate in Alaska, and throughout the nation, by providing workforce development services in some of the most impoverished areas. The 477 program is an example of how the federal government can streamline their processes to better work with those providing services on the ground. I am proud that the Senate passed this legislation; one step closer to expanding and making permanent this model program.”

“After more than 5 years of work developing and advancing this legislation, I’m happy to see it head to the President’s desk to be signed into law,” said Congressman Young. “This would not be possible without the delegation’s dedicated efforts to navigate the bill to final passage.  Our legislation is what tribal self-determination is all about – empowering Native communities to craft the best solutions for their unique education and training needs.  I commend the 477 Tribal Work Group and the many individual tribes and tribal organizations that have fought tirelessly for these policy improvements over the years.  This is Indian country’s victory.”

“The 477 program is one of the best tools that we have available to allow Native communities in Alaska and across the nation to effectively invest in their communities. It allows us to negotiate grants and contracts across all departments, consolidate them into a single plan, program and budget, and then maximize programs that respond best to community need,” said Gloria O’Neill, President and CEO of Cook Inlet Tribal Council. “This allows us to invest more program dollars directly into the community, so that we can be more creative and work in a much more efficient and productive manner, connecting people to their full potential.”

The Senate-passed H.R. 228, the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017, was introduced by Congressman Young and passed in the House on February 27, 2017. Senator Murkowski and Senator Sullivan both sponsored S.91, a Senate companion bill to H.R. 228. The legislation, which moves to the President’s desk for signature, improves and makes permanent the 477 program, expands the types and sources of funding available, resolves plan approval and appeal processes, and ensures that funds will be transferred and require only one report. 

The 477 Program is unique in that it allows federally-recognized tribes and Alaska Native entities to combine formula-funded federal grant funds into a single plan with a single budget and a single reporting system. The legislation allows for implementation of plans for the purpose of economic development, job training, welfare-to-work and tribal work experience, higher education, skill development, facilitation of employment, assisting Indian youth and adults to succeed in the workforce, and encouraging self-sufficiency.

The legislation authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Interior to cooperate with the Attorney General, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Transportation, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs on coordination of federally-funded employment, training, and related services programs.


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Congressman Young Names New Press Secretary


Washington, D.C. – This week, Alaska Congressman Don Young welcomed Murphy McCollough to serve as Press Secretary and spokesman in his Washington, D.C. office. Murphy, a Texas native who most recently worked for Congressman John Culberson (R-TX), arrives following the departure of Matthew Shuckerow, who recently left to serve as Deputy Communication Director for Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK).

“I welcome Murphy McCollough as my new Press Secretary and spokesman and invite the Alaska media to get to know her in the coming weeks and months,” said Congressman Don Young. “Murphy’s experience in communications and politics makes her an excellent choice to fill this demanding and often underappreciated role. I look forward to working with her closely as we continue our service to the Alaskan people.”

Young continued, “Like the many before him, Matt Shuckerow will always be a valued member of my team. I wish him the best as he returns to the Senate and continues his work on behalf of the Alaskan people. His integrity, passion and dedication will be missed, but a welcome addition to Senator Sullivan’s team.”

Murphy McCollough previously served as Deputy Press Secretary for Representative John Culberson (R-TX), where she helped shaped a wide range of policy and communications strategy. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Murphy worked as a legislative aide in the Texas State Legislature. Murphy is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is currently completing her master’s in Strategic Public Relations from the George Washington University.


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Young Shares Statement Following House Passage of Tax Reform Package


Washington, D.C. – Following the House passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act – legislation to meet the tax reform instructions outlined in H. Con. Res. 71, the Concurrent Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2018 – Alaska Congressman Don Young shared the following statement:  


“A fairer, simpler tax code – not one riddled with loopholes and exemptions – will benefit a vast majority of Alaskans and Americans and help spur a level of economic growth and activity not seen in this country for years,” said Congressman Don Young. “ I’ve long pushed to reform our outdated and over complicated tax system with something more in tune with American values and ideals. This effort, born out of a need to drive our economy to new heights and repair a competitive edge that once made this nation so great, is far from over. As we move forward -- and the House and Senate prepare to come together to reconcile our differences -- I remain vigilant in my resolve to protect Alaskan workers, middle class families and small businesses. This is a critical juncture for our nation, one that works to unlock ANWR’s vast energy potential and generate new wealth and growth that will benefit Americans for generations to come. As we saw yesterday, ANWR continues to be a driving force in our efforts to move this legislation forward. I’ve fought this fight for over 40 years, I intend to see it through.”

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Young Applauds House-Passage of Bicameral National Defense Authorization Act


Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report to H.R. 2810, the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, a bipartisan, bicameral agreement that authorizes $634.2 billion for base budget requirements, $65.7 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) and includes a number of Alaska-focused provisions championed by Alaska Congressman Don Young.

“I’m proud to let Alaskans know that today the House of Representatives voted to approve the FY18 NDAA Conference Report. This bill will authorize the funding our men and women in uniform need to fulfill their critical missions.  It will keep food in their bellies, shoes on their feet, tracks on the tanks and planes in the air," said Congressman Don Young. “Improving our nation’s missile defense system is something Senator Sullivan and I have been working on and we were successful in securing language in this year’s conference report to authorize funding for an additional 28 ground-based interceptors -- bolstering our arsenal already housed at Fort Greely.  Additionally, this bill provides authorization for one Polar-Class heavy icebreaker, critical as we fall behind and face a pending icebreaker gap.  These are just two essential steps towards enhancing security in the Arctic and across the globe.  With an ever-growing list of adversaries, both old and new alike, I am happy that this bill will ensure that our armed forces are ready to fight and continue to evolve faster than our enemies.”

The FY18 NDAA takes important steps to reform and rebuild our armed forces.  It will ensure our troops are trained and equipped, and their families are cared for. Congressman Young worked throughout the legislative process to include Alaska-focused priorities within the House-passed NDAA:

Amendments included in the FY2018 NDAA by Congressman Young:

  • Missile Defense: This year’s NDAA included several missile defense provisions championed by Congressman Young. It incorporates language that is similar to Congressman Young’s Advancing America’s Missile Defense Amendment which he successfully included in the House-passed NDAA.
  • Arctic Security Capability and Resources Gap: The legislation requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress on DOD efforts to resolve Arctic security capability and resource gaps, and the requirements and investment plans for military infrastructure required to protect national security interests in the Arctic region.

Additional language in the NDAA secured by Congressman Young:

  • Icebreakers:  The NDAA authorizes the U.S. Navy to partner with the U.S. Coast Guard to procure one Polar-Class Heavy Icebreaker – which is desperately needed to ensure national security and maritime interests are protected in the Arctic.
  • Modernization of JPARC to Support Fifth Generation Fighters:  The NDAA requires the Secretary of the Air Force to submit to the congressional defense committees a report regarding proposed improvements to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.
  • Military Construction: The NDAA authorizes $168.9 million for military construction projects at Eielson Air Force Base and extends a 2015 project authorization for the emergency power plant fuel storage at Clear Air Force Station. 

Additional Items of Interest Included in the FY18 NDAA:

  • Military Pay Raises: The NDAA fully funds the 2.4% pay raise our troops are entitled to under law.
  • Fort Greely: The NDAA includes authorization for the Administration’s budget amendment that among other things authorized $2.1 billion for missile defense, including $200 million for the construction of a new missile field at Fort Greely and 20 missile interceptors required to operationalize the field.
  • F-35 Procurement:  The NDAA authorizes $5.8 billion for procuring 56 F-35A fighters, which is $1.3 billion and 10 aircraft more than the Administration’s request. This funding continues progress on stationing two squadrons of F-35’s at Eielson Air Force Base and is critical to ensuring the on-time delivery of these aircraft to Interior Alaska.  
  • Strengthening Military Force Structure: The NDAA authorizes increasing the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.
  •  Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC): Includes a provision explicitly stating nothing in the NDAA should be construed as authorizing an additional round of BRAC. Alaska Congressman Young helped defeat an amendment to the House version of the NDAA that would have removed this provision.



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U.S. House Moves Ahead on Numerous Veterans-Related Bills


Washington, D.C. Alaska Congressman Don Young today released the following statement after this week’s House-passage of 14 bills aimed at assisting our nation’s veterans and ensuring they receive the care and commitment they earned through service to our nation.

“As we prepare to celebrate Veterans Day – a day to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform – the House has committed to moving forward on numerous pieces of legislation on behalf of our nation’s veterans,” said Congressman Don Young. “This week the House passed 14 veterans-related bills across a wide spectrum of issues – from improving veterans health care to streamlining educational benefits and protecting veterans’ finances. These bills work to uphold Congress’ commitment and fulfill the promises this nation made to our veterans. On the 11th day of the 11th month, let us remember the remarkable men and women who have served this nation and fought to defend our many freedoms. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for the gift of freedom they have bestowed upon each and every one of us.” 

The House-passed veterans measures include:

  • H.R. 1133, the Veterans Transplant Coverage Act, to authorize VA to provide all care and services needed for a veteran to receive an organ transplant from a live donor, regardless of whether the donor is eligible for VA health care or whether the health care facility is part of the VA. Click here for more information. (Congressman Don Young is a cosponsor)
  •  H.R. 2601, the Veterans Increased Choice for Transplanted Organs and Recovery (VICTOR) Act, would enable veterans who aren’t able to access care at a VA transplant center to seek care at a community transplant facility. Click here for more information. (Congressman Don Young is a cosponsor)
  •  H.R. 3705, the Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act, to instruct the VA to use plain language in its debt notices to provide a clear explanation of why VA is alleging that the veteran owes such a debt. Click here for more information.
  • H.R. 4173, the Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017, to require the VA to conduct a study on the outcomes and efficacy of the Veterans Crisis Line based on an analysis of national suicide data and data collected from the VCL. Click here for more information.
  • H.R. 918, the Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, to require VA to provide an initial mental health assessment and any subsequent mental health services required to meet urgent mental health care needs to former service members who would otherwise be ineligible for such services because they were discharged from military service under OTH conditions. Click here for more information.
  • H.R. 1900, National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act, to designate the Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio, as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
  • H.R. 2123, the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act (VETS) Act of 2017, gives the VA Secretary the legislative authority to allow VA providers to practice telemedicine across state lines. Click here for more information.
  • HR 3634, the Securing Electronic Records for Veterans Ease (SERVE) Act of 2017, to make BAH documentation available online to all veterans, which would help confirm a veteran’s monthly housing stipend and simplify their home or apartment rental process. Click here for more information.
  • H.R. 3949, the Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act, to simplify an approval process by allowing companies to register their apprenticeship programs with one central approval agency. Click here for more information.
  • H.R. 3122, the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017, directs the VA to work with federal agencies and states to develop and implement standards that protect individuals who are eligible for this increased pension from dishonest, predatory or otherwise unlawful practices. Click here for more information.
  • H.R. 3562, legislation that would give VA-designated appraisers the ability to rely solely on information from approved third parties, such as a desktop appraisal, when determining a home’s value for a VA home loan. Click here for more information.
  • H.R. 3656, legislation that would provide a headstone or marker for all eligible non-veterans who die on or after November 11, 1998. Click here for more information.
  • H.R. 3657, legislation that would authorize VA to provide headstones and markers to eligible spouses and dependents who are buried or interred at tribal veterans cemeteries. Click here for more information.




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Alaska Delegation Welcomes Joint Development Agreement to Advance Alaska LNG Project


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the State of Alaska, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), CIC Capital Corporation (CIC Capital), and the Bank of China (BOC) announced the signing of a joint development agreement to advance the Alaska LNG project. 

“We congratulate Gov. Walker and all who are working on the Alaska LNG project on this milestone. We also thank President Trump for his strong support of the project and efforts to reduce our trade deficit with China, which is Alaska’s largest trading partner.

“The responsible development of Alaska’s natural resources offers a great opportunity to create good jobs and new wealth in our state and across the country, while paying down both state and federal deficits, improving our balance of trade, and strengthening our national security. We look forward to learning more about this announcement and are ready to work with all stakeholders to advance the Alaska LNG project.”

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed the joint development agreement on Thursday at a signing ceremony in Beijing, which was attended by President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Click here for more information on the joint development agreement for the Alaska LNG project.



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Congressman Don Young Opening Statement at Joint Conference Committee Meeting

2017-12-14 18:05:56

Congressman Young Introduces 3 Bills to Natural Resource Committee

2017-12-14 01:43:43

Congressman Don Young (AK) Joins Fox Business News to discuss tax reform

2017-12-07 20:59:12

Congressman Young: This Week in Congress/ Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2017

2017-11-04 00:17:34

Alaska Delegation Press Availability: Potential of Developing Non-Wilderness 10-02 Area of ANWR

2017-11-02 20:31:53

Rep. Don Young Speaks in Favor of 10-02 (ANWR) Development in Senate ENR Committee

2017-11-02 16:21:16

Rep. Don Young Speaking on House Floor on ANWR and FY18 Budget Resolution

2017-10-04 21:11:37

Congressman Don Young: September E-newsletter Video Message

2017-09-28 22:18:10

Congressman Young Participating in a Colloquy on the House Floor in Support of the Denali Commission

2017-07-28 20:35:49

House Passes H.R. 218, King Cove Road Land Exchange Act

2017-07-21 15:53:26

Rep. Young Speaking in Favor of Consideration of H.R. 218

2017-07-20 17:59:44

H.R. 218 Amendment Debate

2017-07-20 16:43:14

Floor Debate on H.R. 218, Including Rep.Gosar (AZ) and Rep. Bishop (UT)

2017-07-20 16:41:31

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) Speaking in Favor of H.R. 218

2017-07-20 16:29:23

Don Young Speaking in Favor of Passage on H.R. 218, King Cove Road Exchange Act

2017-07-20 16:28:55

Majority Leader McCarthy Discussing Schedule for Week of July 17th, Including King Cove Legislation

2017-07-14 21:11:27

Rep. Young on Passage of FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

2017-07-14 18:49:50

Don Young Speaking on Missile Defense Amendment to FY18 NDAA

2017-07-13 22:18:52

Young Speaking on King Cove Road Legislation in House Natural Resources Committee

2017-06-28 23:32:54

Rep. Young Speaking in Favor of H.R. 220, the Terror Lake Hydro Project Expansion Act

2017-06-27 21:47:28

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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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