Today, the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act was introduced by Reps. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ). This bill would repeal the approved, responsible resource development in the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). As the sole Representative for All Alaska in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Don Young responded to the bill:
“This ridiculous political stunt by Democrats shows they don’t consider the interests of Alaskans in their concern for the Arctic, they only have radical environmentalists in mind,” said Congressman Young. “No nation in the world has the same high standards for production or development as the United States does. Alaskans have always been the greatest stewards of our lands and we will keep it that way – to support subsistence hunting, Alaska Native culture, and our unique way of life. This land was set aside by Congress specifically for the purpose of responsible resource development which will result in thousands of jobs in Alaska, something we need right now in my state. The opening of the 1002 Area will allow Alaska to be a leader in our nation’s energy production, paving the way to our nation’s energy independence which is crucial to our national security.”
Congressman Young continued: “Our communities in Alaska are some of the most isolated in the world. Alaskans will tell you that they support resource development as a means of supporting our people – to build schools and hospitals and improve the infrastructure. I want to make sure that these Members understand what responsible resource development in the Arctic means for Alaska instead of what the environmental lobby tells them to believe. For this reason, I have invited these Members to come visit Alaska so they can see the 1002 Area for themselves. and hear from Alaskans that have long supported development. I invite them to talk with Alaska Natives that live in this area who have long supported development and who have not be bought and paid for by Earthjustice and NRDC. I hope with this trip my colleagues will leave better informed about the needs of Alaska and my constituents before pursuing this legislation any further.”
In December 2017, H.R. 1 the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed by Congress and signed into law. Along with providing historic tax relief for millions of Americans and improving the American economy, the bill included a provision to allow for the 1002 Area of ANWR to be opened for responsible resource development which will produce thousands of jobs in Alaska and generate billions of dollars to help pay down the growing $20 trillion debt.
To read the letters sent to these Members, click here.
U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements after the Alaska Region of the National Park Service (NPS) proposed to amend its regulations for sport hunting and trapping on national preserves in Alaska. Under the proposed rule, the 2015 regulations will be removed to establish better consistency with the State of Alaska’s regulations.
“This is a long-awaited and welcomed announcement from the National Park Service (NPS). I am pleased by this decision to correct an illegal Obama-era power grab,” Young said. “Just last year, my bill H.J. Res. 69 was signed into law and it overturned a similar rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which violates Alaska’s rights. As an avid hunter and former trapper myself, I know the importance of returning the authority back to the state instead of unelected bureaucrats. I applaud NPS for this decision which will ensure that Alaska continues to have control and management authority over fish and wildlife on all lands within the state.”
“Congress explicitly provided Alaska with the authority to manage its fish and wildlife in three separate laws—the Alaska Statehood Act, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act,” Murkowski said. “This is clearly our right and our responsibility, and Alaskans take that very seriously. I thank the administration for recognizing this and working to properly align federal regulations.”
“I join countless Alaskans in welcoming this announcement, which begins the necessary process of reversing an unlawful regulatory action by the National Park Service and restoring the unique management relationship between Alaska and the federal government,” Sullivan said. “This is a victory not only as a matter of principle, but as a matter of states’ rights and the future of Alaska’s proven, science-based wildlife management strategies. Congress sent a powerful message last year with the passage and enactment of H.J. Res. 69 – which overturned a similarly overreaching rule by the Fish and Wildlife Service – that Alaskans are not going to accept this attack on our unique game management authority, guaranteed and protected in both the Alaska Statehood Act and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Today, we stand united – along with the State of Alaska and the Department of Interior – that the policies of the previous administration were a bridge too far and inconsistent with the law and the health of Alaska’s wildlife and ecosystems.”
The proposed rule was published today in the Federal Register, and opens a 60-day public comment period. This rule applies only to the national preserves in Alaska, not national parks. National preserves in Alaska are open to sport hunting, while parks are closed to hunting. The proposed rule will not impact national parks in Alaska. Click here for more information on the proposed rule.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved 14 pieces of legislation that will better serve American veterans and improve operations at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Alaska Congressman Don Young issued the following statement of support for the bills:
“Today, the House voted to prioritize the needs of our veterans and continue our efforts to reform the VA,” said Congressman Young. “These bills all seek to remedy the different challenges our veterans face when they return home. I’m proud to support these bills that will ensure that our veterans have access to reliable health care services, fight the growing homelessness crisis among veterans and deliver much needed oversight to the VA. We thank all of the brave men and women who have given so much to defend our freedoms.”
All 14 bills passed out of the House with bipartisan support.
1) H.R. 1972 - VA Billing Accountability Act
This bill would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to waive the requirement of certain veterans to make copayments for hospital care, nursing home care, medical services, or medications if 1) a VA error caused delayed notification of payment to the veteran and 2) the veteran received such notice more than 180 days after receiving the care at a VA facility or more than 18 months after receiving care at a non-VA facility.
2) H.R. 3642 - Military SAVE Act
This bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a three-year pilot program to improve access to private health care for veterans who are survivors of military sexual trauma.
3) H.R. 3832 - Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act
This bill requires medical providers at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who prescribe controlled substances to veterans to seek information regarding those veterans from state programs that monitor prescription drug use.
4) H.R. 3946 - To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Statesboro, Georgia, the "Ray Hendrix Veterans Clinic"
5) H.R. 4245 - Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017
This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to submit to Congress documents related to managing the Electronic Health Record Modernization program and quarterly updates to certain documents.
6) H.R. 4830 - SIT-REP Act
This bill would amend 38 U.S. Code § 3679 so that a school is not eligible for GI Bill benefits unless it adopts a policy that protects eligible student veterans, survivors, or dependents from policies that penalize these students for their inability to meet the institution’s financial obligations because of a delayed GI Bill payment.
7) H.R. 4958 - Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018
This bill increase the rates of Wartime Disability Compensation, Compensation for Dependents, Clothing Allowance, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation to Surviving Spouse, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation to Children by the same percentage as the increase in benefits provided under title II (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) of the Social Security Act.
8) H.R. 5044 - Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act
This bill would amend 38 U.S. Code § 8127(k)(3) so that a surviving spouse of a less than 100% service-disabled veteran small business owner can maintain their priority status following their spouse’s death for three years, the date on which the surviving spouse remarries, or the date on which the surviving spouse relinquishes an ownership interest in the small business, whichever occurs first.
9) H.R. 5215 - Veterans Affairs Purchase Card Misuse Mitigation Act
This bill requires the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to revoke the purchase card or approval authority from any employee who is found to have knowingly misused their card.
10) H.R. 5418 - Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act
This bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), under the Medical Surgical Prime Vendor program, to award procurement contracts to multiple regional vendors, rather than one nationwide vendor, when procuring medical supplies.
11) S. 1282 - To redesignate certain clinics of the Department of Veterans Affairs located in Montana
12) H.R. 4334 - Improving Oversight of Women Veterans’ Care Act of 2017
This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to submit reports to Congress on the availability of gender-specific services in the community to women veterans and environment of care standards for women veterans in VA medical facilities.
13) H.R. 3663 - To designate the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Huntington, West Virginia, as the Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center
14) H.R. 4451 - Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended
This bill as amended, would amend U.S. Code to provide a five-year extension, through Fiscal Year 2022 of both the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Programs and the Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans with Children Reintegration Grant Program.### Read More
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives considered and approved two amendments from Alaska Congressman Don Young to H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act. The first amendment will exempt Alaska from the Clinton-era Roadless Rule and the second amendment will enhance Congressman Young’s traditional foods provision that was included in the 2014 Farm Bill. Congressman Young spoke in support of both amendments on the House Floor today.
Roadless Rule Amendment
“The Clinton-era Roadless rule applies a one-size-fits all approach to areas where those policies that rarely work. Especially the federally locked lands in Alaska,” said Congressman Young. “At 16.8 million acres, the Tongass National Forest is the largest in the nation. Coupled with the Chugach National Forest, Alaska contains over 12% of the total acreage in the national forest system. The Roadless Rule is nothing more than another effort to end the multiple use mandate of federal forest lands. Something that's required by law but often ignored by nameless, faceless, unelected bureaucrats.
“Over 90% of the Tongass is inaccessible by road. The lack of access to timber not only costs Alaskans good paying jobs, but results in trees dying of disease and infestations. To be clear, we’re not talking about clear-cutting the entire Tongass National Forest, we just want to help it stay healthy and fulfill its multi-use mandate. Those who don't manage anything, allow for it to be destroyed. If any reasonable form of timber industry is to exist in the future, we must get this exempted from the Roadless Rule as soon as possible. So I'm urging my body, this Congress to do what's right for the state of Alaska and right for the timber, right for the people that live there and depend upon a source of income.”
This amendment was approved by the House by a vote of 208-207.
Traditional Foods Amendment
“My amendment is simple. It ensures Alaska Native and American Indian populations are able to access traditional food and nutrition programs,” said Congressman Young. “Many American Indians and Alaska Natives incorporate fish, wild berries, plants into their daily diets. These foods are locally sourced and culturally significant. The cultural significance of traditional food is important in long-term care in hospital settings where an individual will likely be away from their home for extended periods and not able to carry on their traditions. It's important for Native youth to have access to traditional food for nutritional and cultural heritage.
This amendment builds on a previous provision of mine in the 2014 Farm Bill that authorized the donation and serving of traditional food which meet the safety standards and are in facilities that serve these indigenous populations. It applies to programs in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and others. No safety issues have been documented, and the food handling, storage safety standards were incorporated in my previous amendment. The standards were in part based on successful standards from Alaska which has long led the way for safety procedures for traditional foods. This amendment is truly focused on the importance of nutrition.”
This amendment was approved by the House on a voice vote.
This amendment will except National Forests in Alaska from the Roadless Rule. The 2001 Roadless Rule specifically set aside 9.5 million acres of the Tongass National Forest from road development, effectively prohibiting access to mature timber stands. The Roadless rule limits harvesting to under 8% of the Tongass. This makes conservation within the Forest more difficult because locations with less tourism and conservation value often cannot be selected for timber. Conservation and logging interests directly compete for the same limited accessible acreage. The State of Alaska sued, and was granted a temporary exemption to Roadless in 2003. At that time, the Bush administration concluded that the social and economic hardships to Southeast Alaska outweigh the potential long-term ecological benefits because the Tongass forest plan adequately provides for the ecological sustainability of the Tongass. That exemption was lifted in 2011 and the issue is currently stuck in the courts.
This amendment enhances Congressman Don Young’s provision included in the 2014 Farm Bill that ensured that traditional foods can be donated to, and offered in, any public facility that primarily serves Alaska Natives or American Indians. The 2014 provision also allowed traditional foods to be incorporated into child nutrition and senior meal programs, but unintentionally limited this allowance to those programs implemented in Native facilities. Today’s amendment fixes this by allowing traditional food in all child nutrition and senior meal initiatives regardless of location, which is important given that many Alaska Natives and American Indians participate in programs housed in facilities that aren’t specifically designated as Native.### Read More
Today, the Comprehensive TB Elimination Act of 2018, was introduced by Representatives Gene Green (D-TX), Don Young (R-AK), Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). While recent data shows that 95 percent of cases and deaths are in developing countries, tuberculosis (TB) cases continue to occur in the United States with more than 9,000 patients diagnosed annually.
“I’m proud to introduce this legislation, which reauthorizes the Comprehensive Tuberculosis Elimination Act of 2008,” said Rep. Green, original sponsor of the bill and Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health. “We must continue to remain committed to providing the resources necessary to develop new tools, better diagnose TB infections and accurately identify resistant strains of drug-resistant TB.”
“In Alaska, tuberculosis is still a prominent issue which is why I’m proud to be a cosponsor of this legislation, said Rep. Young. “In 2016, we had nearly three times the national average cases of TB reported in Alaska. Eliminating TB, and the many stigmas surrounding this infectious disease, is important for the well-being of our most vulnerable communities. This bill will help to equip our public health officials with the necessary resources to effectively manage and decrease the spread of TB.”
“TB is a disease we know how to prevent, treat and cure – and yet, it remains the number one infectious killer worldwide,” said Rep. Engel. “Sadly, TB often takes the greatest toll on the most vulnerable among us, including young children. We must do more to defeat this killer once and for all, and I am proud to help lead this effort.”
“Tuberculosis should be a disease of the past but, unfortunately, over 9,000 cases are diagnosed in the United States each year,” said Rep. Ros-Lehtinen. “Tuberculosis is a potentially deadly illness that we must continue to fight by innovating improved vaccines and treatments that respond to evolving strains. I’m proud to join with my colleague, Gene, in order to help eradicate the incidences of this disease in our nation.”
The Comprehensive TB Elimination Act of 2018 would update and ensure the tools necessary for public health officials to eliminate TB in the United States by providing support to domestic programs that combat tuberculosis, which include:
A copy of the bill is available HERE.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1417, the National Law Enforcement Museum Exhibits Act, introduced by Alaska Congressman Don Young.
“H.R. 1417 is a simple, straight forward bill that will treat the National Law Enforcement Museum as if it were a federal museum for purposes of obtaining, transferring and displaying certain classes of firearms,” said Congressman Young. “The Museum is dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a ‘walk in the shoes’ experience. The Museum is working to expand and enrich the relationship between law enforcement and communities through the Museum’s educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs.
These interactive experiences will give visitors a firsthand look into almost every facet of law enforcement, while they learn about the day-to-day complexities of safeguarding our communities. They will know the real-life stories of the men and women behind the badge told throughout the museum and gain a greater appreciation those who have sacrificed to take and keep peace within our neighborhoods. This a great hall of remembrance for those who keep our peace - our law enforcement officers.”
H.R. 1417 amends the National Law Museum Enforcement Act to allow the National Law Enforcement Museum (NLEM) to acquire, possess, collect, ship, transport, import, and display firearms only for use in the NLEM. In 2000, Congress passed the National Law Enforcement Museum Act of 2000 to establish the NLEM.
The Museum was established to honor and commemorate the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in the United States is set to open in Fall 2018. The NLEM will showcase interactive exhibits to allow visitors to experience the life of law enforcement officers. Under current law, the NLEM is limited in the types of firearms it can acquire, possess, collect, ship, transport, import or display.### Read More
Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young shared the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s decision about the nuclear deal with Iran:
“Today’s decision highlights this Administration’s commitment to our country’s national security and the safety of our global allies,” said Congressman Young. “When the Iran Nuclear Deal was negotiated, the previous Administration refused to seek the advice and consent of Congress. Instead, the American people were forced to accept a plan that did nothing to prioritize the interests of our national security. We have seen that lifting the economic sanctions was the wrong approach to dealing with the rogue and unstable regime that thrives on terror and violence. I am hopeful today’s announcement is the first in a series of steps to craft a real deal that encourages true peace and security in the region.”
Today, the Alaska Delegation applauded the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) and BP Alaska on their announcement of the key terms of a gas sales agreement.
“Today’s announcement is an important step in our efforts to commercialize Alaska’s vast natural gas resources,” said the Delegation. “Over the years, trillions of cubic feet of natural gas have been left in place on the North Slope because we lack the infrastructure needed to transport it. The increased production of Alaska's vast resources positions our state to be a leader in global energy security, while also boosting our state's economy. While we recognize that negotiations are ongoing, we congratulate AGDC and BP for working together to move Alaska’s gas to market.”
BP Alaska and AGDC announced key terms of a Gas Sales Agreement have been reached. This agreement establishes the price and volume of natural gas to be sold by BP to AGDC and transported locally and globally. This development comes six months after President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping witnessed the signing in Beijing of the five-party joint development agreement to monetize Alaska’s natural gas.
Yesterday, Alaska Congressman Don Young and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry were on the North Slope to tour the Trans-Alaska Pipeline to see and discuss Alaska’s energy production and leadership.
“It was my privilege to escort Secretary Perry to Prudhoe Bay, the largest oil field in North America," said Congressman Young. “It was a great opportunity to showcase Alaska’s energy potential and role as the cornerstone for American energy independence. While touring the Alaskan Arctic, we discussed using the Department of Energy’s national energy labs to make pipelines on the North Slope and throughout the country safer, more efficient, and longer lasting. One of the biggest hurdles this administration faces is reducing the regulatory burden on businesses, and I look forward to continuing to work with the President and secretaries to find ways to ease those burdens.”
Representatives from BP and Alyeska Pipeline hosted the visit in Prudhoe Bay to explain day-to-day operations and answer questions. They visited Pump Station 1 at mile 0, the first hole drilled at Prudhoe Bay, and the Prudhoe Bay Central Gas Facility.
The Alaska Congressional Delegation today welcomed a critical announcement by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to help facilitate greater cooperation, criminal case coordination and information sharing among local, tribal, state and federal agencies currently engaged in counter-drug trafficking operations in Alaska. The decision to designate areas surrounding Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) represents the first new regional HIDTA program since 2001 and makes Alaska the 50th state to be eligible for the federal grant program.
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program Counties as of May 2018.
“Fighting the opioid crisis in Alaska requires a unified effort from the local, state and federal level,” said Congressman Don Young. “Today, the Office of National Drug Control Policy recognized that substance abuse and drug trafficking has been, and continues to be, one of Alaska's greatest challenges. It robs us of our youth, plagues countless adults, and inflicts anguish on our families. With the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) designation, our law enforcement officers will be better equipped with the resources they need to combat this epidemic. We have an opportunity to engage our communities and confront this challenge directly. I believe this is a time Alaskans can come together to improve the future of our state and our quality of life.”
“I welcome the news that Alaska will receive a HIDTA designation,” said Senator Dan Sullivan. “In Alaska, much like the rest of the country, we have seen a massive spike in opioid and heroin addiction throughout the state, wreaking havoc in our communities and on our families. However, until now, Alaska was the only state in the country without a HIDTA designation. I look forward to meeting with Jim Carroll, the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, who I have invited to Alaska, to talk about more ways the federal government can help Alaska. I’d also like to thank Governor Bill Walker, Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, and the numerous local state and federal law enforcement entities who pulled together to submit the application to this program. Addressing this crisis will take all of us – on the federal, state and local levels – to continue to work together to find solutions.”
“With opioids, methamphetamines, and other narcotics wreaking havoc in our communities, this announcement could not have come at a better time. The HIDTA program will open the door for Alaska to receive additional federal resources to bolster law enforcement and improve drug control efforts at a state and local level,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski. “Our state is no stranger to substance abuse or the detrimental effects that ripple into our communities. This is an encouraging step towards developing initiatives that will decrease the production and distribution of illegal drugs, to keep them off our streets and cut the issue off at the source.”
“This decision enables Alaska to receive Federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts among Federal, State, and local law enforcement officers, and allow local agencies to benefit from ongoing HIDTA initiatives that are working to reduce drug trafficking across the United States,” wrote James Carroll, Deputy Director, National Drug Control Policy. “This historic designation brings the HIDTA program full circle, and they will now be located in all 50 states. The HIDTA program plays a vital role in the United States by keeping dangerous drugs off of our streets. We look forward to working with the local, tribal, state and Federal partners in Alaska to connect them with the resources they need to address the unique challenges they face.”
In January 2018, Senator Sullivan and Senator Murkowski each wrote the Office of National Drug Control Policy in support of the State of Alaska’s request for designation as a standalone High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
The HIDTA program was created by Congress in 1988 and serves as a catalyst for coordination among Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug trafficking regions of the United States. Law enforcement organizations working within HIDTAs assess drug-trafficking problems and design specific initiatives to decrease the production, transportation, and distribution of drugs. Some HIDTAs across the country also work closely with local partners to reduce the demand for drugs, including public health officials that work to connect drug users to treatment, especially after an overdose. With the designation of portions of Alaska, there are 29 HIDTAs located in 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.
Additionally, Alaska currently has three Drug Free Community (DFC) support funded community coalitions located in Sitka, the Ketchikan, and Mat-Su Valley.
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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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