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Donald Young

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Bipartisan Coalition Introduces Bill to Encourage Wild Game Donations to Food-based Charities

2015/01/28

Washington, D.C – In an effort to combat chronic hunger across the nation, a bipartisan coalition led by Congressman Don Young has introduced H.R. 461, the Wild Game Donation Act of 2015, to provide hunters with charitable deductions for the costs associated with donating processed deer, moose, and other wild game meats to food-based charities. In addition, the legislation would allow game processors who participate in the program to pass savings on to local food-based charities through tax-deductions of their own.

H.R. 461, introduced by Representatives Don Young (R-AK), Ann Kuster (D-NH), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Mike Thompson (D-CA), has received widespread support by hunter advocates and wildlife conservation groups alike, including Feeding America, Safari Club International, the National Rifle Association, and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (see attached).

The Wild Game Donation Act would assist food banks across the nation that struggle to keep up with the increasing demand for food by encouraging hunters to do their part and donate their wild game meat to help feed the hungry. According to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers, 49 million people live in food insecure households.  Last year alone, one in seven Americans (roughly 46 million) required assistance from food banks; a figure that includes at least twelve million children and seven million seniors. 

Following introduction, the four sponsors of the Wild Game Donation Act of 2015 shared these thoughts:

"With the abundance of wildlife resources in my home state of Alaska, it’s truly disappointing to know people – especially children – still go hungry. From the pan-handle to the North Slope, more than 100,000 Alaskans don’t know where their next meal will come from. As a former teacher, I understand the impact hunger has on families and growing children. This legislation, which has received bipartisan support from organizations and groups across the country, is a small but critical step in the right direction to solve the greater issue of hunger. I look forward to passing this commonsense bill to provide an added incentive for hunters to donate their game and provide some of the tastiest protein in the world to our food-based charities.” – Representative Don Young (R-AK)

  “This common sense bill is a win-win: it provides a tax cut for hunters who donate to food charities, and it helps families in need access fresh, nutritious meat they couldn’t otherwise afford. In New Hampshire, many of our local hunters are already setting an example by taking part in a similar program, so I was proud to partner with Rep. Don Young to introduce this bill, in the hopes that it will encourage more hunters from across the country to consider donating game to help feed hungry families in their local communities.”Representative Ann Kuster (D-NH)

“This commonsense legislation is anti-hunger, pro-hunter, and pro-helping Americans. Right now there are more than 46 million Americans relying on food banks each year, including 1.8 million Pennsylvanians, along with an ever-increasing demand for food by food-based charities. In Western Pennsylvania and across America, countless hunters are ready to donate their game to those in need. After all, hunting for food is as old an American tradition as helping our fellow citizens.  It just makes sense to encourage those who hunt to help those who hunger and to make it as safe and easy as possible.” – Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA)

 “Hunger is a very real and persistent problem that impacts families, children and seniors in all corners of our country. This important, bipartisan legislation will help increase the amount of meat donated by hunters to charities, putting food on the plates of millions of Americans. As a longtime sportsman, I am proud to support this bill with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle.” - Representative Mike Thompson(D-CA)

H.R. 461 requires all animals be killed in accordance with state and local laws and by the individual making the charitable contribution. To date, Congressman Don Young’s legislation has been cosponsored by 32 members of the House, including Anne Kuster (NH), Mike Kelly (PA), Mike Thompson (CA), Dan Benishek (MI), John Carter (TX), Emanuel Cleaver (MO), Tom Cole (OK), Paul Cook (CA), Susan DelBene (WA), Renee Ellmers (NC), Blake Farenthold (TX), Stephen Fincher (TN), Kay Granger (TX), Richard Hanna (NY), Richard Hudson (NC), Walter B. Jones (NC), David Loebsack (IA), Tom Marino (PA), Jeff Miller (FL), Randy Neugebauer (TX), Richard Nolan (MN), Richard Nugent (FL), Alan Nunnelee (MS), Steve Pearce (NM), Collin Peterson (MN), Ted Poe (TX), Pete Sessions (TX), Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA), Tim Walz (MN), Randy Weber (TX), Peter Welch (VT), Bruce Westerman (AR).

 

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NOAA Rejects Aleutian Islands Marine Sanctuary Proposal, Outside Interest Groups Blame Local Opposition and Congressman Young for Decision

2015/01/28

Washington, D.C. – Days after Alaskan Congressman Don Young announced the introduction of legislation to rein in attacks on Alaska’s oceans, particularly those that would unnecessarily harm local economies and communities from accessing critical areas for activities like fishing, natural resource development and marine commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has rejected an outside environmental group’s proposal to close off 545,000 square miles of federal waters through the establishment of Aleutian Islands Marine Sanctuary.

“While I still adamantly oppose NOAA’s decision to open the National Marine Sanctuary designation process, which will only serve as an avenue for outsiders to restrict the most basic economic activities in Alaska’s waters, I was happy to hear they made the right decision in denying this out of touch proposal,” said Congressman Don Young. “As I said before, these types of proposals must come from the ground up and include support from our local communities, marine industries, and fishermen – both commercial and recreational. I commend the dedicated work of local governments and communities across the region, who all shared their profound opposition to the December nomination of the Aleutian Islands National Marine Sanctuary. While PEER believes it was our work alone that led to this nomination’s dismissal, I think they should also look to the complete absurdity of their proposal. I would encourage them to take a hard look at their unwarranted plans to harass the Alaskan people before moving forward again. 

Following NOAA’s denial, the outside interest group leading the charge to create the nation’s largest marine sanctuary, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), shared their thoughts on the denial

“In reaction to the PEER proposal, U.S. Representative Don Young (R-AK) has led the charge in stirring up local opposition and has introduced legislation barring designating any new marine sanctuaries in Alaska without Congressional approval. In a recent press release, Rep. Young denounced “a cabal of environmental interest groups –led by PEER” for “unilaterally closing off vast areas of Alaska to critical economic activities like fishing, natural resource development and marine commerce.”

On January 13, 2015, Congressman Young introduced H.R. 332 to remove the Secretary of Commerce’s ability to make unnecessary designations and block critical fishing, shipping, and other economic activity in our waters without first gaining approval from Congress and properly consulting the communities that depend on them. The second iteration of this legislation comes following a June 2014 announcement by NOAA to reform its nomination process for new national marine sanctuaries, including areas stretching 200 miles from Alaska’s coast known as the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), a December 2014 proposal to nominate the entire Aleutian Island archipelago as the nation’s largest marine sanctuary, and opposition expressed for the Aleutian Islands Marine Sanctuary by numerous groups in the region.

Click here to see NOAA’s denial of the Aleutian Island National Marine Sanctuary proposal. 

*Numerous groups and organization have shared their opposition for the Aleutian Island National Marine Sanctuary, including (click link to read) the King Cove Corporation, Akutak Traditional Council, Akutan Corporation, Quagan Tayagungin Tribe, City of Sand Point, Aleutians East Borough Assembly, City of Adak, and Agdaagux Tribe of King Cove.

 

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Obama Thumbs Nose at Alaskan People, Initiates Newest Assault on Resource Development

2015/01/27

WASHINGTON, D.C.Alaskan Congressman Don Young, a senior member of the House Natural Resources Committee, today shared the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s Draft Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017 to 2022, which places massive portions of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off limits to future oil and gas leases.

“With today’s announcement, the Obama Administration’s assault on Alaska moves from blocking development opportunities on millions of acres of land to taking enormous portions of the Arctic offshore off the table," said Congressman Young.  "In defiance of all statewide elected officials and the Alaska legislature, this President has once again thumbed his nose at the Alaskan people as he opens another front in his ongoing war against our people, our communities, and our social and economic future. It’s becoming undeniably clear, that this Administration does not view Alaska as a sovereign state, but rather as an eco-theme park for the most extreme environmentalist allies of the President and his party.”

The 5-year proposal announced today by the Obama Administration represents the lowest number of lease sales in the history of the OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program, further stalling America’s energy potential and slowing opportunities for job growth. 

  

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Murkowski, Sullivan, & Young Vow to Fight President Obama’s Assault on Alaska

2015/01/26

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young today held a press conference to discuss their plans to work together to reverse the Obama administration’s decision to further block access to Alaska’s oil and natural gas resources in federal areas.


Click here to view the press conference video

The administration on Sunday announced it was recommending that nearly all of the 19.6 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) be placed into wilderness status – a move that would lock up the nation’s richest oil prospect. Interior Department officials also said the upcoming 2017-2022 offshore leasing plan would include withdrawals in Alaska’s arctic waters. The administration is also considering additional actions that would prevent new production in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).

“It is a one, two, three kick to the gut of Alaska’s economy,” Sen. Murkowski said of the multiple actions being taken by the Obama administration this week. “We have said as a delegation that we will not stand it, we will not tolerate it, we will do everything we can to push back against an administration that has taken a look at Alaska and decided it’s a ‘nice little snow globe up there and we’re going to keep it that way.’ That’s not how you treat a state.”

Sen. Sullivan vowed to carry the fight to the administration to protect Alaska’s economy and sovereignty.

“Today I stood with Sen. Murkowski and Congressman Young united in defeating this outrageous action from President Obama,” Sen. Sullivan said. “This attack on Alaska families and the middle class is deeply troubling. I pledge to do everything in my power to protect the economic growth and prosperity of our state, and defend the promises made to Alaskans under ANILCA.”

Rep. Young was also sharply critical of the administration and its latest attacks on Alaska, calling the wilderness push in ANWR a violation of existing law.

“This brazen assault on Alaska only strengthens our resolve to push back. This latest decision, in clear violation of ANILCA’s ‘no more’ clauses, completely undermines the law and the many promises made to the Alaskan people,” Rep. Young said. “This is unacceptable and I am already beginning work in the House to ensure this assault is stopped dead in its tracks.”

Full archived video of the press conference is available on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee website.

 

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Obama, Jewell Declaring War on Alaska’s Future

2015/01/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaska’s Congressional Delegation and Gov. Bill Walker today denounced President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for launching an unprecedented assault on Alaska that will have long-lasting effects on the state’s economy and the nation’s energy security.

In coordination with the White House, Secretary Jewell will announce this week – starting today – that she will lock up millions of acres of the nation’s richest oil and natural gas prospects on the Arctic coastal plain and move to block development of Alaska’s offshore resources. The administration is also weighing additional actions in the near future that would prevent new production in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

“What’s coming is a stunning attack on our sovereignty and our ability to develop a strong economy that allows us, our children and our grandchildren to thrive,” Sen. Murkowski said. “It’s clear this administration does not care about us, and sees us as nothing but a territory. The promises made to us at statehood, and since then, mean absolutely nothing to them. I cannot understand why this administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not Alaska. But we will not be run over like this. We will fight back with every resource at our disposal.”

“This outrageous action confirms what most Alaskans have feared – that the Obama administration’s war against Alaska families and the middle class would only intensify under the final two years of President Obama’s tenure. But Alaskans have been in tough battles before. We will defeat their lawless attempt to designate ANWR as a wilderness, as well as their ultimate goal of making Alaska one big national park. This decision disregards the rule of law and our constitution and specifically ignores many promises made to Alaska in ANILCA. It is just one more example of President Obama thumbing his nose at the citizens of a sovereign state – and will put Alaska and America’s energy security in serious jeopardy,” Sen. Sullivan said. “I stand united with Sen. Murkowski, Congressman Young, Governor Walker and the members of the Alaska State Legislature to vigilantly safeguard and defend our fellow Alaskans’ interests, and I pledge to do everything in my power to fight back against this assault on Alaska’s economic future.”

“This callously planned and politically motivated attack on Alaska by the Obama administration is akin to spitting in our faces and telling us it’s raining outside. As if on command from the most extreme environmentalist elements, this president and his team of D.C. bureaucrats believe they alone know what’s best for Alaska, but this brazen assault on our state and our people will do the complete opposite,” Rep. Young said. “Every time the president undermines the law of the land, he breaks his oath of office and weakens the nation we love. This latest move, in clear violation of ANILCA’s 'no more' clause, and despite the fierce opposition of every Alaska statewide elected official and the vast majority of our people, demonstrates that the Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama knows no bounds. Simply put, this wholesale land grab, this widespread attack on our people and our way of life, is disgusting.”

The Interior Department plans to immediately begin managing the 1.5 million acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as wilderness – adding to the 18 million acres of ANWR already designated wilderness. This management status will prohibit even motorized access to the coastal plain.

Gov. Walker was outraged by the Obama administration’s actions at a time when the state is drawing down more than $10 million from savings every day due to low oil prices and declining production despite having more than 40 billion barrels of untapped resources, mostly in federal areas where oil and gas activity is blocked or restricted.

“Having just given to Alaskans the State of the State and State of the Budget addresses, it’s clear that our fiscal challenges in both the short and long term would benefit significantly from increased oil production,” Gov. Walker said. “This action by the federal government is a major setback toward reaching that goal. Therefore, I will consider accelerating the options available to us to increase oil exploration and production on state-owned lands. This further underscores the need for Alaska to become a participant in the infrastructure development for the benefit of all North Slope participants and the residents of Alaska.”

Wilderness status would permanently place off-limits the United States’ most promising onshore oil prospect and severely restrict access for subsistence hunters and other uses of the area. Under the terms of the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), additional wilderness designations are barred in Alaska without the express approval of Congress.

Secretary Jewell also said that President Obama plans to indefinitely withdraw areas in the offshore Arctic from oil and gas leasing in the new five-year plan being released later this week, which will effectively ban development in large swaths of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. It is unclear how these new restrictions will affect areas already under lease by Shell, ConocoPhillips and Statoil.

Sen. Murkowski is chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, which together have oversight of the Interior Department’s underlying legislative authority, nominations, and budget.

“These decisions simply cannot be allowed to stand,” Sen. Murkowski said. “I have tried to work with this administration – even though they’ve made it extremely difficult every step of the way – but those days are officially over. We are left with no choice but to hit back as hard as we can.”

 

 

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Congressman Young Renews Efforts to Prevent Sweeping Marine Sanctuary Designations in Alaska

2015/01/22

Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young has renewed his efforts to push back against proposals to unnecessarily harm local economies and communities by unilaterally closing off vast areas of Alaska to critical economic activities like fishing, natural resource development and marine commerce. In order to protect Alaska’s interests, and halt the first of what is bound to be a number of nominations pushed by outside interest groups, Congressman Young has introduced legislation (H.R. 332) to prohibit the Secretary of Commerce from designating new marine sanctuaries in Alaska under the National Marine Sanctuary Act, without first gaining the approval of Congress.

Congressman Young shared this statement following the introduction of his legislation:

“When NOAA first announced its decision to open up the National Marine Sanctuary designation process, I said it was flawed and could result in dire consequences to our local economies and prevent responsible development of our resources. Unfortunately, as predicted, this has resulted in attempts by environmentalists and outsider groups to use the National Marine Sanctuaries process to restrict activities in vast swaths of Alaska’s waters.

“Proposals of this magnitude must come from the ground up and include support from our local communities, marine industries, and fisherman – both commercial and recreational. As I feared, this has not been the case as numerous resolutions and letters from local governments and communities have poured into my office opposing the December nomination to establish the Aleutian Islands National Marine Sanctuary.”

Congressman Young’s legislation was originally introduced in the 113th Congress, following an announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that it would reform its nomination process for new national marine sanctuaries, including areas stretching 200 miles from Alaska’s coast known as the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). His bill would remove the ability for the federal agency to make unnecessary designations and block critical fishing, shipping, and other economic activity in our waters without first gaining approval from Congress and properly consulting the communities that depend on it.

In December 2014, a cabal of environmental interest groups –led by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) – nominated the entire Aleutian Island archipelago to become the nation’s largest marine sanctuary. Without local community involvement or support, the proposal to close 545,000 square miles of federal waters off the coast of Alaska was sent to NOAA for consideration.

Numerous groups and organizations in the region have shared their opposition for the Aleutian Islands National Marine Sanctuary, saying further protections are unwarranted and would do little to improve the sustainability of the region while significantly harming the economy, livelihood and survivability of the region.


Local Opposition to the Aleutian Islands National Marine Monument:


King Cove Corporation:

“Although NOAA’s nomination process clearly states that ‘every nomination starts at the community level’ we were not consulted about this outsider effort and we are not aware of ANY local support from our community.”

*Click here to read more.


Akutan Traditional Council:

“The Akutan Traditional Council strongly opposes the designation of an Aleutian lsland National Marine Sanctuary. The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) made the original nomination and it is now at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)… The only entity from Alaska to sign this nomination regarding the Aleutians was the Eyak Preservation Council, which is funded by outside environmental sources with no affiliation in the Aleutians.”

*Click here to read more.


Akutan Corporation:

“The proposed sanctuary would endanger our ability to work and provide for our families.”

*Click here to read more.


Quagan Tayagungin Tribe:

“This proposed marine sanctuary is unwanted and unnecessary, and would endanger our economy, our livelihood, and likely result in a mass exodus of the region as people struggle to find a place where they can make a living to survive. This would be detrimental to our cultures, our identities, and our family units.

*Click here to read more.


City of Sand Point, AK Resolution:

“WHEREAS, the local people who have been good steward of this region for generations object to the audacity of those who propose to designate this vast area, our home, as a ‘sanctuary’”

*Click here to read more.


Aleutians East Borough Assembly Resolution:

“WHEREAS, the Aleutians East Borough Assembly is not currently aware of ANY local support from local regional communities, tribes or local groups for this nomination”

*Click here to read more.

 


City of Adak Resolution:

“WHEREAS, the potential designation of the AINMS would make all current restrictions to fishing and other commerce permanent, and would authorize further onerous permanent restrictions."

*Click here to read more.

Agdaagux Tribe of King Cove Resolution:

"WHEREAS, the concerrrs identified in the proposal-overfishing, oil/gas development, invasive species and increased shipping - are already addressed:

  • 1) Fishing stocks are at record levels in this region due to good stewardship by local residents and management by the Board of Fisheries and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council; 2) Offshore oil/gas developmerrt has not occurred irr this area for decades and is not feasible nor planned in the near future; 3) Current EPA regulations already address potential invasive species issues, 4) The Aleutian Island Risk Assessment project Optinral Response System will address increasing shipping risks:"

*Click here to read more.


 


 

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ICYMI: GOP bill to curb presidential powers draws enviro backlash

2015/01/22

Last week, Alaskan Congressman Don Young introduced legislation to provide a more open and transparent process for future national monument designations, with a particular focus on marine monuments. Young’s legislation would work to improve the national monument designation process by requiring transparency, public participation, and Congressional approval before closing federal land and oceans from activities precluded by a national monument designation.

Upon introduction of the bill, environmental groups opined it would “obstruct communities’ efforts to safeguard important historical, cultural, and natural sites by undermining the Antiquities Act.” However, Congressman Young’s legislation would work to open the national monuments process, one that has unfairly impacted Western states for decades, by encouraging state and community involvement and approval.

Congressman Young has stated by unilaterally declaring these types of massive distinctions without seeking input from Congress or properly consulting the many people and industries that depend on the area, the President fails to fully consider the social and economic impact of the decision.

In a news report by E&E Publishing, Phil Taylor details Congressman Young’s legislation and his motivation to introduce it.

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: GOP bill to curb presidential powers draws enviro backlash

By Phil Taylor, E&E reporter

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) this week introduced a bill that would strip the president of his land and water conservation powers under the 1906 Antiquities Act, a move that drew attacks from conservation groups.

Young's H.R. 330 would require congressional approval and a National Environmental Policy Act review before the president could declare a national monument or restrict land uses like energy development.

In addition, it would require presidents to obtain approval from nearby state legislatures before declaring a national monument in the ocean.

The measure appears substantively the same as H.R. 4988, introduced last Congress by former Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), which failed to advance beyond the Natural Resources Committee.

Young spokesman Matthew Shuckerow said today the congressman "wants to see a congressional involvement" in which federal lands and waters receive protection.

It's the first of what will likely be many Republican attacks on the Antiquities Act in the 114th Congress now that both chambers are under GOP control.

Young, who was an original co-sponsor of the Southerland bill, said in July 2014 that the measure was a direct response to President Obama's decision to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to several times its size.

"This massive expansion of executive power by President Obama, which would effectively close off an area 1.2 times the size of the state of Alaska, is extremely troubling to me and a number of my colleagues in Congress," Young said in a statement then.

It was Obama's largest monument designation or expansion under the act, which he has used more than a dozen times to protect federal lands in several states, including landscape-scale designations in New Mexico and California.

The House last year passed a bill by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), who now leads the House Natural Resources Committee, that would require monuments to be approved through NEPA and would limit the number of monuments any president can declare.

It remains to be seen whether the Senate has a filibuster-proof 60 votes to pass such a measure this Congress. Obama would likely veto it.

Conservation groups girding for such a fight today panned Young's bill, arguing that the Antiquities Act has been used by presidents of both parties to preserve lands that can catalyze outdoor recreation jobs in rural communities.

"Attacks on the Antiquities Act undermine our nation's rich conservation heritage and completely fly in the face of public opinion," said a statement by Brian O'Donnell, executive director of the Conservation Lands Foundation. "Time and time again, the American people have made it clear that they support efforts to protect public lands that inspire us, connect us to our history and provide us with clean water and places to enjoy the outdoors."

Alex Taurel, deputy legislative director for the League of Conservation Voters, said Young "missed the message the American people sent during the government shutdown two years ago."

"Americans value our national parks and iconic areas like Grand Canyon and Statue of Liberty, but this legislation would attack the century-old law that has helped protect them," Taurel said.

Young said his legislation would not ban national monument designations but rather "simply calls for an open and transparent process."

"I think Alaskans and Americans alike should look with suspicion on the motivations of those groups that oppose providing some sunlight to the national monument designation process," Young said in an emailed statement.

 

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Congressman Young Proudly Announces Service Academy Nominations

2015/01/21

WASHINGTON, DC – Alaskan Congressman Don Young today announced his 2015 United States Military Service Academy nominations, a list of 50 talented Alaskan students from across the state.

“As an Army veteran, I take great pride in nominating these fine Alaskan men and women to these distinguished institutions,” said Congressman Young. “This is no easy task, as each year I receive numerous applications from young Alaskans who have demonstrated a strong strength of character, exceptional leadership, and a commitment to better themselves and the nation. These 50 talented nominees all have the making of successful service men and women, and I look forward to following their progress as they move through the appointment process.”

Earning a Service Academy nomination is a tremendous honor and accomplishment, but does not guarantee an academy appointment. Final nominations will be made by the respective service academy in the coming months.

A list of Congressman Don Young’s nominees and their hometowns can be found below:

 

U.S. Military Academy – West Point, NY

 

Morgan M. Conrow

North Pole

Adam R. Cusack

Anchorage

Henry G. Davis

Eagle River

Alex O. Fancher

Anchorage

Kenny A. Fox

Juneau

Chase A. Hammer

Wasilla

Wyatt J. Hoyes

Fairbanks

Douglas M. Kinsey

Talkeetna

Jeri D. Langert

Ketchikan

Sarena L. Pillow

Eagle River

 

 

U.S. Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO

 

Sierra R. M. Ernst

Eagle River

Nicholas R. Fleming

North Pole

Brendan A. Jester

Anchorage

Simon K. Lynn

Anchorage

Thane M. Reishua-O’Brien

Juneau

Alexander B. Simkins

Elmendorf

Logan B. Skinner

Anchorage

Hannah E. Smejkal

Ft. Richardson

Lauren Syrup

Anchorage

Katrina M. Wood

Anchorage

 

 

U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD

 

Alexandra T. Butler

Wasilla

Armando J. DeAsis

Juneau

Peter R. DeStefano

Anchorage

William B. Ditmore

Anchorage

Adrian C. Eugenio

Wasilla

Mackenzie L. Everett

Palmer

Cole P. George

Eagle River

Raymond J. Gerrety

Anchorage

James P. Goyette

Wasilla

William A. Hail

Eagle River

Jace J. Jerome

Eagle River

Natalie J. Lautrup

Palmer

Kamber M. Lucas

Wasilla

William R. Martin

Juneau

Kathleen L. Meeds

Anchorage

Marina E. Noble

Anchorage

Nicole F. Polhamus

Fairbanks

Joshua P. Roetman

Kotzebue

Michael L. Rosenberg

Eagle River

Levi M. Thomet

Kodiak

 

 

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point, NY

 

Sarah E. Boelter

Eagle River

Luke D. Cvancara

Anchorage

James W. Davis

Eielson AFB

Kraig J. Hammond

Anchorage

Bradley J. Klawunder

Gustavus

Dylan M. Magnusen

Unalaska

Clint A. Sampson

Kodiak

Ella M. Sherrill

Ketchikan

Dakota A. Whittaker

Palmer

Ben A. Zarlengo

Petersburg

 

 

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Congressman Young Shares Thoughts Following 2015 State of the Union Address

2015/01/20

Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young shared the following statement after President Obama’s State of the Union address to the nation.  Congressman Young chose not to view the President’s speech from within the House Chamber, saying he “couldn’t stomach another year of campaign-style rhetoric and deceit.”

Congressman Young shares thoughts on President Obama’s State of the Union Address (click here to watch).

“This President has sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and for six years he has broken his solemn oath.  Time and time again, he has misled the American people and undermined the very document that makes this nation great.  His vision for America couldn’t be further from what I believe in, from what truly makes this the greatest nation in the world – individual liberty and the right to prosper from the efforts of hard work one puts forth.

 “For the sixth time, I’ve walked away from this President’s State of the Union address disappointed and concerned for the agenda and vision he’s laid out to solve the many issues facing the American people. Unfortunately, the President has once again missed the mark in terms of strengthening the nation’s economy and assisting a majority of middle-class Americans in finding relief from rising costs, growing regulatory burdens, and an ever expanding federal government. Simply put, bigger government and expanded bureaucracy is not the answer to our nation’s problems.

“The American people have spoken and sent a powerful team of leaders to Washington, D.C. with a clear and simple message: government should be solving our nation’s many problems, not creating them. As Republicans and Democrats, in both the House and Senate, we must provide a legislative agenda focused on an open and responsive government, one that empowers everyday Alaskans and Americans to achieve increased opportunity, one that provides a robust and healthy economy, and one that reduces government-created burdens.  By once again proposing policies that grow Washington, D.C. and expand the government’s grip on our local economies, it’s clear the President has chosen to ignore the resounding message Americans have sent him.

“As the 114th Congress moves forward, I will continue my fight to defend and uphold the Constitution while providing commonsense relief and opportunity for all Americans.  This President’s dishonesty and failed policies have done little to advance solutions and create opportunity in this nation, and I remain committed to finding real legislative reforms to provide more jobs, better wages, lower education costs, increased energy production, and a simpler tax code."

 

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Bipartisan Group Introduce Bills to Ban GE Salmon and Require Product Labeling

2015/01/16

Washington, D.C. – In their continued fight against genetically engineered (GE) fish, this week Alaskan Congressman Don Young and Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Jared Huffman (D-CA) introduced two pieces of legislation intended to prevent GE fish from making its way onto the nation’s dinner plates and spreading into the nation’s oceans.

The first bill, H.R. 394, the Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States (PEGASUS) Act, would effectively ban all GE fish in the United States by prohibiting the shipment, sale, transportation, purchase, procession, or release into the wild of GE salmon or other GE finfish unless the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service completes a full environmental impact statement and concludes that it will result in no such impact to the environment.

The second bill, H.R. 393, would improve efforts to inform the American consumer by requiring the labeling of all GE fish sold for consumption. With the growing concerns for approval of GE fish for human consumption, H.R. 393 would force the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require the labeling of these controversial products.

Following the introduction of H.R. 394 and H.R. 393, the bill’s bipartisan sponsors shared the following statements:


Congressman Don Young (R-AK):

“The FDA is reviewing GE salmon as if it were a new animal drug, but this type of review process is obviously dead wrong for a product destined for our dinner plates. Furthermore, it fails to consider the possible threat GE fish pose to natural salmon fisheries in this nation, “said Congressman Don Young.  “The PEGASUS Act’s message is unmistakable, it tells federal regulators to rethink their approach before a monumental mistake is made that cannot be undone. As lawmakers, we must do everything in our power to protect the public and one of the finest products in the world.”


Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA):

“No genetically engineered salmon should be in our waters or on our dinner plates, unless a full environmental study, using the best available science is conducted to make sure these fish won’t harm natural salmon, our fisherman, and the health of American families,” said Thompson. “The FDA’s evaluation of these fish is inadequate. Until rigorous scientific studies are completed, these fish shouldn’t be in our waters or stores.”

Congressman Walter B. Jones (R- NC):

“I would like to thank Don Young for his leadership and continued focus on this important issue.   American consumers have a right to know if they’re a eating a wild caught fish or somebody’s science project,” said Congressman Jones.    

Congressman Peter DaFazio (D-OR):

“Healthy, wild salmon runs are critically important to the environment, to our fishermen and to consumers across the globe,” DeFazio said. “That’s why it would be incredibly short-sighted and dangerous for the FDA to allow some biotechnology company to tamper with the natural order by creating genetically engineered salmon. It would only be a matter of time before these Frankenfish mix in with the wild salmon population, destroy the species and wreak havoc on our fishing industry.”

Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA):

“We need to keep genetically engineered salmon out of our oceans, rivers and streams—and off of our dinner plates. GE salmon pose a danger to our wild salmon population, the ecosystems they live in and our commercial fisheries, and the PEGASUS Act is an important step towards protection of our families and coastal communities.”

Background:

Since 1996, AquaBounty Technologies has been developing GE salmon with the hopes of receiving FDA approval to sell it for human consumption.  The specific process splices genetic material from the Chinook (King) salmon with that of a pout fish and Atlantic salmon.  The resulting organism, the company claims, would grow to the size of an Alaskan King salmon in a shorter period of time than found in nature.

In 2012, the FDA published a draft Environmental Assessment for GE salmon holding that the product is unlikely to cause significant effects on the environment and is safe to eat.  However, although the public comment period ended on this controversial assessment two years ago, the FDA has not announced their final decision.

For bill text of H.R. 394, please click here.

For bill text of H.R. 393, 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.


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