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Young Supports Passage of Workforce Development Legislation, Bill Supports Career and Technical Education Across the Nation


Washington, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young today supported House-passage of H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and improve the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

Congressman Young speaks in support of H.R.2353 on the House floor (click here to watch).

 “As a former teacher, it’s my firm belief that school is not just and cannot be “one size fits all,” and Carl Perkins funding has allowed school districts and school boards across the country to develop innovative programs to educate our nation’s youth,” said Congressman Don Young before House-passage of H.R. 2353. “I’ve always supported alternative forms of education – education that not only trains the mind, but trains our nation’s youth with valuable skills to succeed outside the classroom and into the workforce.

Across the nation, Career Technical Education (CTE) programs provide students with hands-on learning that includes a focus on professional development, giving students practical experience that opens different career and degree paths. CTE has been shown to increase high school graduation rates, and is a proven way to prepare students for future employment or postsecondary education. H.R. 2353, which passed today without objection, works to strengthen CTE programs and empower Americans with opportunities to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs by providing states and localities with increased decision-making and funding authority.

“Many students in my state and across the nation rely on non-traditional opportunities to achieve success and Carl Perkins grants have done the job by providing additional opportunities for our youth,” said Young. “In my state, these programs have led the way in providing our workforce with valuable certificates and credentials in Alaska’s many industries, including qualifications for the Alaska’s maritime and transportation industries; certifications in welding and carpentry, pre-apprenticeships for electricians, heavy equipment operations and iron workers, medical certifications such as EMT and Certified Nurse Aides; certifications in OSHA and HAZMAT; Culinary Arts and building maintenance. These are vocational education programs that help the working person, the young person, become prepared for their futures. Not just going to college, but to become one that can contribute to the good of our states and our nation. I urge the passage of this legislation and Mr. Speaker I stand proudly in support of H.R. 2353.”

In addition to reauthorizing the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, H.R. 2353 works to update the Act in a manner that reflects the real world needs of America’s students of workforce. The legislation aims to ease burdensome requirements, streamline the application process, increase transparency and accountability, and limit the federal role in CTE programs by reducing the Secretary of Education’s control over their implementation.

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Young Welcomes Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to House Natural Resources Committee, Expresses Frustration With Land Management in Alaska


Washington, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young today welcomed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke back to Capitol Hill to testify before a House Natural Resources Committee oversight hearing on the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal.  Young, who continues to emphasize Congress’ responsibility and authority to implement a budget and set spending, took the opportunity to question Secretary Zinke on his broader philosophy for land management within Alaska.

Young Questions Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke During House Natural Resources Committee Hearing (click here to watch).

“Our job is to write this budget and I know the Secretary knows that. He’s presented a balanced budget to us and our job is to write the budget. We can stand here and beat him up all we want, but the reality is it’s the job of the Congress, not the job of the President – it’s his philosophy,” said Congressman Don Young. “I know, having served with the Secretary for many years that he has some requirements – that’s why he’s the Secretary for the President, and he’ll follow through with those. Our job is to try to make sure the money is spent where we want to spend it… I happen to agree Mr. Secretary with you reassigning certain people out of the agency because it got stagnant. It was a stagnant agency and they were forgetting, very frankly, the people they serve. I commend you on that.”

In a question raised to the Secretary, Congressman Young highlighted backdoor attempts by the previous administration to lock away Alaska lands.

“The prior administration refused to listen to the people, especially in Alaska, and they locked up land in Alaska behind Congress’ back under the pretense of Area of Critical and Environmental Concern (ACEC),” Young stated. “The land was then managed as Wilderness, circumventing the ‘no more clause’ in my state. Out of curiosity, what is your direction in those lands that were designated as critical habitat and then managed as Wilderness – circumventing the law?

Secretary Zinke very clearly stated he would follow the law, and understands that Alaska must be viewed through a unique lens.

Secretary of Interior Zinke Responding to Questions on Alaska Land Management (click here to watch)

“Mr. Chairman, I follow the law. Alaska is unique. When it came into the Union, there were certain provisions on Alaska that no other state had. On wilderness, on management of wildlife, on surveys …[of] land that’s supposed to be surveyed and transferred into the state. That is unique. I recognize the uniqueness of Alaska and I certainly look forward to working with you and Lisa Murkowski on it. Part of my job is to go up to Alaska and look at it. You learn a lot as a Secretary. I think my position should be out in the field – asking the right questions…On your example with Alaska, I view Alaska as unique and I follow the law.”

In closing, Congressman Young reiterated his frustration for land management decisions and failures that have for too long plagued the Department of Interior.

Young Discussing Land Management Failures in Alaska (click here to watch)

“I have great fondness for Wildlife Refuges, Preserves, etc, but I do not appreciate agencies that set the policy against the law and do not allow access. And that’s one of my biggest complaints,” Congressman Young said. “They have this idea that the land belongs to the agency.  It does not, it belongs to the people. They have insisted upon conducting themselves as the lord and master, and the lord would not let the peasants come on the land without their permission. That is not a way to operate a Park or Refuge, or any other area that’s owned by the public. This doesn’t mean we’re going to rip and ruin and rape the lands, we’re going to take and actually visit. Not inside of a building, but we’re going to see the beauty and the grander of the land. Experience the stars above us, not from inside a building. That’s been my frustration – actually under my administration it was just about as bad. The last eight years has been a horror dream.”

For more information on today’s hearing, click here.


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Don Young Shares Message in Honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Cosponsors Two Alzheimer’s Related Bills


Washington, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young today shared the following message in honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and the #LongestDay:

Don Young Shares Message in Honor of Alzheimer's Awareness Month and the #LongestDay (click here to watch).

“Today I’m wearing purple in honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and the #LongestDay – a day where people from across the country come together to raise awareness. Our hearts go out to the individuals and families afflicted by this disease as it is the most prominent form of dementia. While there is currently no cure, we must promote ways to improve the quality of life for these patients and their families until one is found.

“This week I proudly cosponsored two pieces of legislation –  the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act and the Alzheimer’s Research Semipostal Stamp Act. The first authorizes grants to expand training and support for families and caregivers, which will help more patients remain in their homes with their loved ones. The second would have the U.S. Postal Services issue a stamp to help raise funds for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health. I am proud to cosponsor these bills and will be working towards their passage in Congress.”


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Congressman Young Welcomes Selection of Chris Oliver as Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries


Washington, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young today shared the following statement of support on the appointment of Chris Oliver, Executive Director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, as Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries:

“The Secretary got this one right – it’s the right pick for Alaska and for the country,” said Congressman Don Young. “This decision underscores the leadership and qualifications of Chris Oliver, who has spent his lifetime working to build Alaska and the North Pacific into the gold standard for fisheries management. Chris’ depth of knowledge and experience, as the head of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, will bring much needed expertise to a position tasked with addressing some of the most challenging aspects of fisheries management throughout the United States. I look forward to working with Chris during his tenure as Assistant Administrator – I know he’ll be a huge asset to NOAA.”


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Young Discusses Results of Puerto Rico Political-Status Referendum, Announces Support for Congressional Action on Statehood


Washington, D.C. – Days after leading a bi-partisan delegation of election observers to the island of Puerto Rico, Alaska Congressman Don Young yesterday joined Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, and other members of the delegation, to report his findings and urge his colleagues in Congress to act on the overwhelming results in favor of statehood.

Congressman Young speaking at a recent press conference in Washington, D.C. on the outcome of Puerto Rico plebiscite (click here to watch).

“I was pleased to be an observer in this election; it was one of the best elections I’ve ever witnessed. Very fail-safe, fair and well operated. It made me feel good about the process, “ said Congressman Don Young. “I’ve been involved in this issue since 1996. Had the first vote on the floor of the House – passed by one vote. It is time we stop colonizing Puerto Rico. It’s time that we recognize 3.5 million Puerto Rican citizens of America. It’s time that the Congress steps up and does their job – to take and make them a state as they have spoken. Overwhelmingly – 97%. What we’ll do now, with the help of my good Congressman friend – we will in fact pass a bill or will recognize this plebiscite and make it the 51st state. We are the only ones that have the constitutional authority to do that – the Congress. My interest in this area started way back when. We were the 49th state and I heard the same arguments then. Why should we? They’re a long ways away. They forgot we were American citizens as Puerto Ricans are American citizens… I’m saying it’s time for Congress to act and to make Puerto Rico – as the people sought to do so – a state; the 51st state of this union.”

Thursday’s press conference, held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., included remarks by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, fellow election observer Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL) and Executive Director of  the Election Observation Mission Jason Emert – who organized the contingent of domestic and international election observers.  All participants concluded the Puerto Rican status referendum election was conducted in a free, fair and democratic manner. 

Following the event, Young and Soto released an official plebiscite report to be provided to the House Natural Resources Committee – who holds jurisdiction over Insular Affairs – and entered into the congressional record. The two also announced their support for legislation sponsored by Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jennifer Gonzalex-Colon to admit Puerto Rico as the 51st state of the United States.

In separate remarks given on the House floor, Congressman Young encouraged his colleagues to address the longstanding issue of Puerto Rico’s political status – calling for Congressional action on statehood in the near term.

Congressman Young speaking on the House floor in favor of Puerto Rican statehood (click here to watch).

“I had the privilege last Sunday to be an observer in Puerto Rico for the plebiscite and I watched the people of Puerto Rico make the decision that they’d like to be the 51st state,” said Congressman Don Young. “I think it’s time for this Congress to make our 3,400,000 American citizens part of the United States – in full grandeur, as every one of us has the chance… I think it’s the time America should stop colonizing. If I’m not mistaken, this is one of the last nations that has a colony. The great nation of the United States has a colony. I think it’s time that we change that and vote in Congress to make sure we have the 51st state.”

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) joined Congressman Young on the House floor to share his support for Puerto Rican self-determination and addressing the decades old issue of political-status.

“The Puerto Rican election that was held overwhelmingly voted for statehood as the option of governance they would like to pursue,” Minority Whip Hoyer stated on the House floor. “It is now, it seems to me, the responsibility of the United States Congress and the administration to recognize the overwhelming sentiment of the Puerto Rican people expressed in a free and open election. I want to thank my friend from Alaska for his leadership on this effort."

As Alaska’s sole Representative – the second youngest state in the Union – Young has long believed the American citizens of Puerto Rico have the right of self-determination and deserve the opportunity to decide their own political future and relationship with the federal government. In closing, he emphasized the issue as a matter of civil rights.

“It’s going to take a lot of effort. There are a lot of naysayers out there, but I believe in this issue so strongly that we treat every American equally,” Young said. “ This is a civil rights issue and they have voted 97% in favor of statehood…So I ask every American, think about it, let’s make this the last colony. Let’s make this the 51st state."


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Bipartisan Group in House Introduce Legislation to Advance America’s Missile Defense System


Washington, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young, along with a large, bipartisan group of lawmakers today introduced H.R. 2912, the Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act of 2017 – a House companion to legislation introduced by Senator Dan Sullivan in May. The group of original cosponsors includes Representatives Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Trent Franks (R-AZ),  Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Bill Schuster (R-PA), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), and Brian Mast (R-FL).

Congressman Don Young, a member of the Missile Defense Caucus, at a recent national security event on Capitol Hill.

“I'm proud to work with Senator Sullivan on an issue that has been a top priority of mine since we first began building our nation’s missile defense systems and infrastructure,” said Congressman Don Young. With increasing threats around the world, specifically from North Korea and Iran, the United States must be steadfast in its commitment to protect the homeland – which must include further development of our integrated missile defense system. I’m determined to work with my colleagues to ensure the President’s commitment to these critical programs is not just campaign rhetoric, but truly a priority for his administration and the nation.”

“In light of the North Korean threat, the additional Ground-Based Interceptors (GBIs) at Fort Greely, Alaska, are especially essential for the defense of the United States, our states and allies,” said Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI).  “This Act furthers the long standing tradition of Alaska and Hawaii pulling together for the good of the United States.”

“The day after his inauguration, President Trump listed developing “a state-of-the-art missile defense system” as one of his top five defense priorities.  Meanwhile, the entire world is finally starting to wake up to the nuclear threat from North Korea and Iran, including the unthinkable possibility of a successful attack by these rogue regimes,” said Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO). “Sadly, we have already lost a great deal of valuable time and money to both improve our current system and develop a future system to defend against future threats.  That’s why this legislation provides both increased funding and renewed focus to maintain our self-defense capability, protect the American people, and give the President options should a worst-case scenario become reality.

“The United States must defend against the rapidly advancing North Korean nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile threat with the development and deployment of an integrated missile defense system capable of defending threats to Hawaii and the nation,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). “We must make the necessary investments to ensure we have the tools and technologies necessary to defend against the threats of today and the future."

The Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act of 2017 seeks to address global threats through several means:

  • Promoting an integrated, layered ballistic missile defense system incorporating THAAD, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, Aegis Ashore, and Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems.
  • Accelerating the development and deployment of a space-based sensor layer, and advanced interceptor technologies.
  • Authorizing an additional 28 Ground-Based Interceptors (GBIs) at Fort Greely, Alaska, and accelerating the completion of the EIS for an interceptor site on the East Coast and in the Midwest of the U.S. Missile Defense Testing.
  • Authorizing additional missile defense testing and expresses the need to change current test culture at the Missile Defense Agency.
  • Requiring a Department of Defense report on additional interceptions distributed across the U.S.; specifics on their optimal locations; and studies on the possibility of transportable GBIs.


Several senior officials at the Department of Defense, including General John Hyten (USSTRATCOM) and General Lori Robinson (USNORTHCOM) have publicly stated their belief that, due to the new pace of North Korean missile testing, it is no longer a matter of if North Korea gets the capability to threaten the contiguous United States with a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile, but when North Korea will achieve that capability.

Further, during the past six years, North Korea under the Kim Jong-Un regime has conducted approximately 80 ballistic missile and three nuclear tests – more missile tests and more than twice as many nuclear tests as both his father and grandfather combined.

Congressman Young, long a supporter of GMD and the senior member of the House Missile Defense Caucus, was instrumental in bringing the Ballistic Missile Defense System element to Fort Greely, Alaska with the passage of the “All-American Resolution” in the late 1990’s. His resolution stated that any missile defense system deployed to protect the United States against the threat of ballistic missile attack should include the equal protection for all America, including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories and the commonwealths of the United States.


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Young Joins Group to Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Medical Marijuana Legislation


Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young today joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers to introduce the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act – legislation that works to resolve a number of issues related to the legalization of medical marijuana by states across the nation. Sponsors of the bill include Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) along with Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY),  Mike Lee (R-UT),  and Al Franken (D-MN).

“I’m proud to join this notable group of lawmakers – from both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Capitol – to reintroduce the CARERs Act,” said Congressman Young. “Since the Alaskan people first legalized marijuana, I’ve heard from my constituents who have experienced the many challenges associated with the conflicts between State and Federal laws – including business owners who are prevented from using the banking system and tax code, veterans who cannot access alternatives to opioids, and even the State which has run into problems collecting tax revenues. The CARERS Act is a broad piece of legislation that works to solve many of these problems – particularly for medical marijuana. As a co-founder of the House Cannabis Caucus and passionate supporter of this issue as a matter of states’ rights, I look forward to working with all stakeholders in order to move this legislation.” 

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would amend federal law to allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies. The bill would also permit doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs to prescribe veterans medical marijuana to treat serious injuries and chronic conditions.

The bipartisan legislation, which continues previous years’ efforts in the House and Senate, would not legalize medical marijuana in any state but it would cause the federal government to respect states’ rights to set their own medical marijuana policies, and prevents federal law enforcement from prosecuting patients, doctors, and caregivers in those states. The legislation comes only days after the release of a letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which asks Congress to allow the Department of Justice to prosecute medical marijuana users and providers.

Specifically, the CARERS Act would:

(1) Recognize States’ Responsibility to Set Medical Marijuana Policy & Eliminate Potential Federal Prosecution

  • The CARERS Act amends the Controlled Substances Act so that states can set their own medical marijuana policies. The patients, providers, and businesses participating in state medical marijuana programs will no longer be in violation of federal law and vulnerable to federal prosecution.

(2) Allow States to Import Cannabidiol (CBD), Recognized Treatment for Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

  • The CARERS Act amends the Controlled Substances Act to remove specific strains of CBD oil from the federal of definition of marijuana. This change will allow youth suffering from intractable epilepsy to gain access to the medicine they need to control their seizures.

(3) Provide Veterans Access

  • Current law prohibits doctors in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities from prescribing medical marijuana. The CARERS Act would allow VA doctors in states where medical marijuana is legal to recommend medical marijuana to military veterans.

(4) Expand Opportunities for Research

  • The CARERS Act removes unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles for researchers to gain government approval to undertake important research on marijuana and creates a system for the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to encourage research.

The CARERS Act has the support of more than 20 health, veteran and policy organizations, including: American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Safe Access, Compassionate Care NYCoalition for Medical Marijuana NJ, Drug Policy AllianceHousing WorksLaw Enforcement Against Prohibition, Marijuana Policy Project, MS Resources of Central New York, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, NY Physicians for Compassionate Care, Parents Coalition for Rescheduling Medical Cannabis, Patients Out of Time, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, The American Cannabis Nurses AssociationThe Breast Cancer Coalition of RochesterThird WayVeterans for Medical Cannabis Access, Veterans for Peace and Veterans for Safe Access and Compassionate Care.


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Ocean Caucus Co-Chairs Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Clean Up Marine Debris in Oceans


Washington, D.C. – House Oceans Caucus Co-Chairs, Alaska Congressman Don Young and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), recently introduced bipartisan legislation – H.R. 2748, the Save Our Seas Act of 2017 – to promote efforts address the global marine debris crisis affecting our oceans and coastal communities.

“The issue of marine debris and cleanup is crucially important to Alaska – especially given how closely connected our coastal communities and economies are to our oceans, waterways and ecosystems,” said Congressman Don Young. “I’m proud to continue this fight in Congress – an effort that has seen important progress in recent years – and thank Rep. Bonamici and our cosponsors from across the country for making this a top priority. This legislation is an important step to ensuring our nation has the tools and resources necessary to manage and address marine debris cleanup, response and research in a serious manner.”

“In Oregon, our coast is a tremendous source of pride,” said Congresswoman Bonamici. “Keeping garbage and large pieces of debris out of the ocean and off of our shores protects our health and wellbeing, our vibrant coastal tourism economy, and the many people who make a living in the fishing industries. Right now, too much of the burden of dealing with marine debris falls on under-resourced cities and counties. I’m proud to join my Ocean Caucus Co-Chair Don Young to strengthen federal support for preventing and quickly responding to marine debris events. This legislation will protect our beautiful and important coastlines so we can enjoy them for generations to come.”

Marine debris is considered a growing global crisis that requires collaborative work with partners from across the world. H.R. 2748, the Save Our Seas (SOS) Act, works to assist local communities, states, and the federal government respond to influxes of marine debris in our oceans and along our nation’s coastlines. The legislation would reauthorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program through Fiscal Year 2022, allow the NOAA Administrator – in coordination with State Governors – to declare severe marine debris events and to authorize funding to assist with cleanup and response, and encourage international engagement to address the growing impacts of marine debris.

For a summary of H.R. 2748, click here. Companion legislation has also been filed in the Senate.


The nation’s shores and waterways are littered with debris that threaten critical habitat, pose a danger to wildlife, and mar shorelines for residents and visitors. Plastic shopping bags, rubber tires, cigarette butts, fishing gear, and other trash ends up in oceans from human activity at sea and on land through rivers and drainage systems. Ocean currents can move discarded trash or debris incredible distances, and much of the debris within US waters does not originate from the US. The tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 brought an onslaught of debris to the Pacific Coast. It has been estimated that up to 12.7 million metric tons of waste entered the ocean in 2012, and that number is expected to increase by an order of magnitude if waste management infrastructure improvements are not implemented by 2025. Current authorizations for marine debris removal programs have expired, and without this legislation, there will continue to be a lack of resources to address this problem.

Senator Sullivan and Senator Murkowski are both the sponsors of Senate companion legislation to H.R. 2748.



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Rep. Young to Serve as Election Observer in Upcoming Puerto Rico Political-Status Referendum


Washington, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young will join officials from the federal government, states and other governmental and non-governmental entities this weekend to serve as an election observer in the upcoming Puerto Rico political-status referendum on June 11th, 2017.

“A free, fair and transparent election is paramount to democracy. I’m honored to serve as an observer in this important plebiscite, which gives the people of Puerto Rico the opportunity to make their voices heard on the critical question of status,” said Congressman Don Young. “As Alaska’s sole Representative – the nation’s second youngest state – I share a deep appreciation and familiarity with the deliberations and debate involved in deciding whether or not to pursue statehood. For these reasons and others, I have long worked with the Puerto Rican people on issues stemming from the island’s territorial status. I strongly believe Puerto Rico has a right to self-determination and believe island residents deserve the opportunity to decide their own political future and relationship with the federal government.”

The delegation of election observers is led by Alaska Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska), U.S. Representative Darren Soto (D-FL), and Attorney Jason Emert, Executive Director of election monitoring organization Misión Observadora. Other members of the delegation are Laura Villalba, from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC); Ann M. Ravel, Former FEC Commissioner; Donald L. Fowler, former president of the Democratic National Committee; Fernando Bautista, deputy of the Central American Parliament; Michael P. Mehaan, former member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors; former Michigan Rep. Thaddeus G. McCotter; Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Texas); Rep. Chris Johnson (R-Mississippi); Giovanni Cicionne, former president of the Rhode Island Republican Party; John Canegata, former president of the Virgin Islands Republican Party; and Elías Serulle, a deputy from the Dominican Republic.

Election observers will participate in seminars on Puerto Rico electoral law, absentee voting and mail voting. The delegation of electoral observers will deploy into the field to ensure the integrity of the voting process.

“We will welcome this delegation of observers who come to validate the process and the plebiscite’s results. They come to guarantee transparency and purity, and that the most precious right of democracy, the right to vote, is exercised freely. This effort will give us the opportunity for the people of Puerto Rico to have the assurance of a very valid event,” Puerto Rico Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín said.



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Delegation Commends Secretary Zinke’s Alaska Order


U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today expressed their strong support for a new Secretarial Order signed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association’s annual conference. The order will help evaluate the vast resources within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) and the non-wilderness 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, while also restoring access and ultimately increasing production needed to refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

“This Secretarial Order is exactly the type of announcement that so many Alaskans have been asking for: a smart, timely step to restore access to our lands, throughput to our Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and growth to our economy under reasonable regulations that do not sacrifice environmental protections,” Murkowski said. “I thank Secretary Zinke for traveling to Alaska this week, for meeting with stakeholders to understand the unique needs and opportunities of our state, and for moving quickly to ensure we are finally allowed to realize more of our tremendous resource potential.”

“I applaud Secretary Zinke’s order to responsibly evaluate how best to realize the development potential of Alaska’s vast energy resources in the NPR-A and 1002 Area,” Sullivan said. “With this order, the Administration will allow the country to finally deliver on the promised energy security and abundance we had in mind when Congress set these lands aside for future exploration and development. To grow our economy and maintain U.S. leadership in the world, America must remain an energy superpower. Robust Alaskan energy development will make this a reality.”

“Secretary Zinke’s order, coupled with a very clear commitment to serve as Alaska’s partner, represents exactly what our state and people have demanded from the Department of Interior for years,” Young said. “The message couldn’t be clearer, this administration understands the importance of responsible resource development in Alaska and the Arctic and is focused on addressing the many bureaucratic roadblocks that have stood in our way for far too long. As we work to refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and unleash Alaska’s full energy potential, I can think of no better time to double our efforts to strengthen opportunities within the NPR-A, to create a stable and reliable regulatory environment, and move forward on accessing and developing our nation’s rich deposits of oil and gas, particularly in the 1002 Area of ANWR. Under Secretary Zinke’s leadership, I believe Alaska no longer has an adversary in the Department of Interior, but a willing partner.” 

Secretarial Order 3352 calls for a review of the current Integrated Activity Plan for NPR-A, which put half of the reserve’s surface acreage off-limits to development in 2013. Secretary Zinke pledged to work in consultation with the Inupiat and other stakeholders in the Alaska Native community to develop a revised plan to ensure the most productive areas within NPR-A are open for responsible energy development.

The Secretarial Order also requires the development of a plan to update federal resource assessments for both NPR-A and the 1002 Area. In 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey revised its assessment for NPR-A downward, drawing criticism from state officials who believed its oil and gas estimates were reduced too far. 

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Rep. Don Young: 115th Congress Opening Day

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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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