Donald Young

Donald Young

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Bill Sponsored by Sullivan and Whitehouse, Championed by Young, Bonamici Signed Into Law

2018/10/11

Today, President Trump signed S. 3508, The Save Our Seas Act, into law which will assist local communities and states in removing garbage and debris from our oceans and shores. House Oceans Caucus Co-Chairs Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Congressman Don Young (R-AK) introduced the House companion bill, H.R. 2748, last year.

“Alaskans know, better than most, how marine debris can impact our oceans and coastlines,” said Congressman Don Young. “I was proud to work with my Oceans Caucus colleagues, particularly my co-chair Suzanne Bonamici, to pass this critical legislation out of the House. This bill will allow NOAA and the Coast Guard to address the creation and cleanup of marine debris, and will give the U.S. tools to work with foreign allies to ensure they have the necessary tools to end this crisis. I am very pleased to see this legislation signed into law, and I appreciate my colleagues in the House who passed this bill with unanimous consent.”

“The ocean is resilient and we can help it heal, but we cannot continue to ignore the garbage polluting our oceans and shores,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “More than eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans each year, harming our coastal economies, endangering marine life, destroying important marine habitat, propagating invasive species, and creating hazardous conditions for the maritime industry. I was proud to work with my fellow House Oceans Caucus Co-Chair Don Young on this bipartisan bill to assist local communities and states in preventing and responding to marine debris events. Marine debris is entirely preventable and establishing this law is an important step in protecting the health of our oceans.”

The Save Our Seas Act reauthorizes the NOAA Marine Debris Program through Fiscal Year 2022 and provides resources to help states respond to severe marine debris events. The bill allows the NOAA Administrator, in coordination with relevant Governors, to declare severe marine debris events, authorize funding to assist with cleanup and response, and encourage international engagement to address the growing effects of marine debris.

Both Representative Bonamici and Young spoke on the House floor to encourage their colleagues to support final passage. You can download video footage of Bonamici speaking here, and Young speaking here.

Healthy beaches and waterways are critical to the marine ecosystems that drive the economy in coastal communities. More than 3 million jobs in the U.S. rely on our oceans, contributing at least $352 billion in economic activity annually.

The House Oceans Caucus is a bipartisan group of House members committed to taking action to protect the health and future of our oceans. In addition to marine debris, the Caucus focuses on efforts to address ocean acidification, illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and weather and natural disaster hazards that threaten coastal communities and wildlife. 

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Alaska Delegation Sends Joint Letter to State Department on Transboundary Mining Activity

2018/10/09

The Alaska Delegation recently joined together to urge the Secretary of State to discuss the risks posed by transboundary mining activity during upcoming bilateral meetings between the United States and Canada. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, Congressman Don Young, Governor Bill Walker, and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing Alaska’s priorities for strong and continued engagement between the State Department and the Canadian Government on the management of mining activity affecting Alaska and British Columbia’s transboundary waters.

 “We write to express our appreciation for the Administration’s preliminary efforts to protect American interests in the face of potential environmental harm from large-scale hard rock mines in Canada that lack fundamental international oversight,” said the Alaska Delegation. “These Canadian mining projects are located near transboundary rivers that flow from British Columbia into four U.S. states, including Alaska, and, if managed poorly, pose a threat to Southeast Alaska’s flourishing commercial fishing and tourism industries.”

In November 2017 the Alaska Delegation sent a letter to then-Secretary Rex Tillerson urging the State Department to prioritize transboundary watersheds, bringing this important issue to the Cabinet level. That letter has been followed by sustained efforts on behalf of the Delegations to engage with their Canadian counterparts and work towards accountability for mining projects that may affect transboundary watersheds. Specifically, the Alaska Delegation has repeatedly stressed the need for binding protections, joint water quality monitoring, and financial assurances to ensure mine operators in British Columbia will be held accountable for any impacts to transboundary water quality that might threaten Alaskan livelihoods or subsistence.

“It is clear that this Administration takes the issue of transboundary watersheds very seriously. We therefore urge the Administration, through your Department, to deliver a strong message in defense of American interests at the next U.S. – Canada bilateral meetings in Ottawa in October 2018. We specifically request that the Department’s representatives impress upon their Canadian counterparts the critical need for binding protections, joint water quality monitoring, and financial assurances to protect Americans downstream of large-scale Canadian mines, as outlined in our 2017 letter,” the Delegation wrote. “We appreciate the Administration’s efforts to date. American resources, communities, and industries must not be harmed by developments upstream in British Columbia.

In the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2019, currently being negotiated by a House-Senate conference committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski included $1.5 million in the Senate version for stream gauges to monitor water quality on transboundary rivers, a $1 million increase from fiscal year 2017 funding levels, and directed the U.S. Geological Survey to enter into a formal partnership with local tribes and other agencies to help develop a water quality strategy for transboundary rivers.

In February 2018, Senator Sullivan and Lt. Governor Mallott traveled to Ottawa, Canada, to meet with senior officials in the Canadian government to discuss the transboundary mining issues impacting Southeast Alaska. In August 2018, they followed up with a letter to the Minister of Environment Catherine McKenna and Minister of International Trade James Carr, thanking the Canadians for their attention to transboundary mining issues, while continuing to stress several key areas of concern that require attention.

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Alaska Legal Services Corporation Receives $169,879 Technology Grant from the Legal Services Corporation

2018/10/04

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced today that Alaska Legal Services Corporation will receive a $169,879 Technology Initiative Grant to enhance communication with individuals seeking civil legal assistance online. Established in 2000, LSC’s Technology Initiative Grants program supports legal aid organizations in developing and replicating technologies that improve efficiency and provide greater access to high-quality legal assistance. 

“LSC’s Technology Initiative Grants increase access to justice for low-income people with critical civil legal needs,” said LSC President Jim Sandman. “These technology projects improve the delivery of legal services and make a difference to the millions of Americans who would otherwise have to navigate the legal system alone.”

Alaska Congressman Don Young applauded the grant: “I am pleased that the Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) has been selected to receive the Technology Initiative Grant which will help update and enhance their electronic referrals system. This critical investment will serve those in need of civil legal assistance and ensure ALSC can carry out their mission to support Alaskans as they navigate the legal system.”

Alaska Legal Services Corporation will use its grant to enhance the electronic client referrals system for states piloting Legal Navigator portals—an initiative launched by LSC, Microsoft, and Pro Bono Net to direct individuals with civil legal needs to the most appropriate forms of assistance. With the support of this grant, project teams with Alaska Legal Services and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii will work to simplify the process through which people seeking legal information access civil legal assistance online. 

Alaska Legal Services Corporation is one of 24 recipients of 2018 Technology Initiative Grant funding totaling more than $3 million.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 133 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

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House Approves Congressman Young’s REAL ID Bill

2018/09/27

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved Alaska Congressman Don Young’s bill H.R. 3398, the REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act last night.

“When Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005, it made no reference to the Freely Associated States (FAS) as among those classes having lawful status,” said Congressman Young. “As it is currently written, the law prevents FAS citizens from obtaining anything more than a temporary ID or driver’s license, resulting in their inability to maintain stable employment and engage in other lawful activities where they legally reside. While FAS citizens lawfully reside and work in the United States pursuant to the Compact of Free Association, the way the law is written creates a new host of barriers for these citizens. My bill solves this issue and I thank my colleagues for supporting this legislation.”

“On behalf of the many Marshallese who are proud to call these United States and its territories their home, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Congressman Don Young for his leadership in the House for passing the REAL ID Modification for Freely Association States Act," said His Excellency Gerald M. Zackios, Ambassador of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United States of America. "Today is a momentous day, and it would not have been possible without Congressman Young’s sponsorship, dedication and effectiveness in Congress.”

H.R. 3398 passed out of the House and will now head to the Senate for further consideration. This is Congressman Young’s ninth bill to pass out of the House during the 115th Congress.

Background:

When Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005, no reference was made to the Freely Associated States, the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Republic of Palau (FAS) as among those classes having “lawful status” for the purpose of the Act. Instead, reference was made in the definition of “State” to the “Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands” (TTPI), an entity that has not existed since 1994. While that reference served no operative purpose, it did show Congressional intent to include FAS citizens under the Act. This legislation aims to solve that issue. The REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act would amend Real ID Act of 2005 to permit Freely Associated States (FAS) to meet identification requirements under such Act.

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House Passes Five Year FAA Authorization Package

2018/09/26

Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young supported H.R. 302 to reform and reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), disaster programs at the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation will provide a five-year reauthorization for FAA.

“I’m proud to support this bill which will provide stability for our aviation industry and infrastructure which we know is so crucial in Alaska,” said Congressman Young. “Traveling through Alaska often requires flying and this bill will ensure that airports both large and small can make the necessary upgrades to ensure passenger and crew safety. This legislation will deliver critical and timely investments for aviation projects across Alaska which I worked diligently to secure. As the senior member and former Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I ensured many Alaska specific provisions were included and the policies in this bill reflect the needs in our state. Improving and modernizing our infrastructure will allow this country to remain a competitive leader in the aviation sector – something that can be accomplished thanks to this bipartisan and bicameral work.”

Alaska Provisions Congressman Young Secured:

  • Essential Air Service (EAS): Increases funding for EAS through FY 2023, which is vital for continuing air service to small communities throughout Alaska.
  • Little Diomede: This airport will be added to the EAS Program.
  • Relieving Regulatory Burdens on Air Carriers:  Language to ensure that requirements for weather forecasting and weather reporting are appropriate for the unique operating environment in Alaska.
  • Small Airport Regulation Relief: A provision was included to protect ample Airport Improvement Program funds for certain airports -- communities like Manotak and Haines.
  • Remote Airport Access Roads: Rural airport access roads will be more accessible for local uses in Alaska; such as allowing people access to their property.
  • Includes an exemption for the transmission of fully charged lithium ion batteries (e.g. batteries for a pacemaker) to Alaska.

H.R. 302 passed out of the House by a vote of 398-23. This bill will go to the Senate for consideration before the September 30, 2018 authorization expiration for FAA. This legislation modernizes airport infrastructure, improves service for customers, streamlines and reforms the FAA certification and regulatory processes, enhances aviation safety and reforms FEMA programs and the TSA.

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Congressman Young Applauds Final Passage of Water Infrastructure Package

2018/09/14

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved  S. 3021 the America’s Water Infrastructure Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation provides for improvements to the Nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure. Alaska Congressman Don Young issued the following statement:

“Transportation and infrastructure are so crucial in Alaska, particularly for our smaller communities,” said Congressman Young. “I am proud to support this legislation which provides much needed relief to smaller areas that rely on the water infrastructure projects for their local economies. From Nome to Seward to St. Paul, this bill makes crucial investments for our water resources infrastructure across Alaska. Fostering our economic growth and competitiveness through improved water infrastructure is crucial for both Alaska and the country. With final passage and the President’s signature on this bill, communities of all sizes will have an opportunity to decide how they want to invest in and make necessary upgrades to their waterways.”

Alaska Specific Provisions

  • Raise the level of the Continuing Authorities Program: The Corps’ Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) is a group of nine legislative authorities under which the Corps of Engineers can plan, design, and implement certain types of water resources projects without additional project specific congressional authorization. The purpose of the CAP is to plan and implement projects of limited size, cost, scope and complexity.
  • Directs the Secretary of the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite feasibility studies for a deep water port in Nome, Alaska and flood diversion projects for Seward, Alaska.
  • Provides the harbor project in St. Paul, Alaska relief from the cost-sharing cost increases.  

S. 3021 passed out of the House with unanimous consent yesterday. This legislation includes the 2018 Water Resources Development Act which passed out of the House in June of 2018. Congressman Young is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and advocated for Alaska throughout the legislative process. This bill represents Congress’ continued investment in vital American infrastructure.

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Congressman Young Supports FY19 Appropriations Package for Critical Government Funding

2018/09/13

Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young voted in support of H.R. 5895 the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19).

“This legislation will guarantee funding for many important programs in Alaska,” said Congressman Young. “This bill provides support for our national security through crucial investments to rebuild our military which we will see at Fort Greely and JBER. This bill also prioritizes our veterans by providing the highest dollar amount for the VA so those who have served this country can receive the care they deserve and this investment is crucial for rural Alaskan veterans. With this legislation, Congress is also making a significant investment in our water infrastructure and energy infrastructure security. There are funds allocated to improve ports and waterways across the country, which we know is crucial to the Alaskan economy. I am proud to see this bill go to the President’s desk.”

H.R. 5895 passed out of the House by a vote of 377-20. The passage of this bill signifies the first time in over a decade that Congress has sent more than one Appropriations bill to the President’s desk before the end of the fiscal year.

This bill provides funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy, the Legislative Branch, the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction and family housing for the Department of Defense, and other related agencies.

Alaska Specific Provisions

·         $15 million for the Denali Commission.

·         $1.55 billion for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.

·         $2.4 billion for the Department of Energy to use for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

·         $70 million for Water Power Technologies programs and $230 million for Weatherization Activities through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

·         $8 million for the Fort Greely missile field 1 expansion.

·         $14 million for Operations Facility Replacement at JBER.

·         $27 million for a U.S. Property and Fiscal Office at JBER.

·         $174 million for Clear Air Force Station for the Long Range Discrimination Radar System Complex Phase 2.

·         $63.8 million for Eielson Air Force Base to invest in F-35 maintenance and other projects.

·         $270 million for rural health initiatives for veterans to provide access and quality care to veterans – programs such as home-based primary care, rural community based outpatient clinics and transportation.

·         $8.6 billion for VA mental health programs which includes funding for suicide prevention outreach.

·         Retains the freeze on pay raises for Members of Congress.

 

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Congressman Young Presents Congressional Medal to Local Kodiak Student

2018/08/08

Yesterday, Alaska Congressman Don Young presented the Congressional Award Silver Medal to Kodiak High School student Rafael Bitanga for his exceptional community service.

“I’m very proud to present this award to Rafael today as he has dedicated so much of his time to give back to Kodiak,” said Congressman Young. “Over the last two years as Rafael has worked to earn this award, he has been committed to serving different needs within the community and using his experiences for his own personal development as well. His hard work and enthusiasm for helping others has prepared him for a bright future. All of Rafael’s efforts are a wonderful example of how important it is for our youth to be actively committed to improving their communities. Congratulations to Rafael for earning this award and I wish him good luck as he continues to serve Kodiak.”


Rafael Bitanga poses with his Congressional Award Medal with his mother, two sisters and Congressman Don Young.

“The process has been long, but is worth all of the effort,” said Rafael Bitanga. “Now that I think about it, the things I did throughout the journey were things I always did and I didn’t even have to change a thing. I just needed to focus on them more in order to see improvement. The Congressional Award should be a focus for students in high school so that all of us will be challenged and in the end we will feel most satisfied because we know it was our own initiative and not something that others wanted for us."

Rafael Bitanga began his journey to earn the Congressional Award two years ago as he became involved in different organizations, sports and other extracurricular activities. Bitanga earned his community service hours as he volunteered at the Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Kodiak Brother Francis Shelter, and the Kodiak Juvenile Justice Court. Bitanga participated in cross country, track and field while also exploring photography, videography and music. Bitanga is a senior at Kodiak High School.

Since 1979, the Congressional Award program has been the United States Congress’ way of recognizing young Americans for outstanding service. The program is open to students from ages 13 to 23. Silver Medalists must participate in at least 200 hours of voluntary service, 100 hours of personal development and physical fitness hours respectively and a four consecutive night expedition or exploration to earn this honor.

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Bill Championed by Young and Bonamici to Combat Marine Debris Unanimously Passes House

2018/07/25

Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed S. 756, the Save Our Seas Act, a bill to assist local communities and states in removing garbage and debris from our oceans and shores. House Oceans Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) introduced the bill, H.R. 2748, last year.

“In Alaska, we know first-hand the lasting impacts of marine debris,” said Alaska Congressman Don Young. “The Save Our Seas Act is an important piece of legislation that ensures our communities have the tools they need to combat the growing problem of marine debris. The bill authorizes funding for programs run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Coast Guard that are aimed at addressing current marine debris. Additionally, the bill requires NOAA to work with other federal agencies to mitigate sources of marine debris and to promote international efforts to reduce marine debris worldwide.  Ensuring that the U.S. and our global partners have access to the necessary resources is crucial to ending the marine debris crisis. I want to thank Congresswoman Bonamici – she and I are Co-Chairs of the House Oceans Caucus and have worked on this issue for quite some time. I’m proud to support this legislation and I appreciate my colleagues in the House and my Senator Dan Sullivan for their hard work on this bill.”  

“The health of our oceans reflects the health of our planet, and we must do more to keep garbage out of the ocean and off of our shores,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “Marine debris is entirely preventable, but more than eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans each year, harming our coastal economies, endangering marine life, destroying important marine habitat, propagating invasive species, and creating hazardous conditions for the maritime industry. I was proud to work with my fellow House Oceans Caucus Co-Chair Don Young on this bill to strengthen federal support for preventing and responding to marine debris events.”

Bonamici and Young spoke on the House floor to encourage their colleagues to support final passage. You can download video footage of Bonamici speaking here, and Young speaking here.

The Save Our Seas Act reauthorizes the NOAA Marine Debris Program through Fiscal Year 2022 and provides resources to help states respond to severe marine debris events. The bill allows the NOAA Administrator, in coordination with relevant Governors, to declare severe marine debris events, authorize funding to assist with cleanup and response, and encourage international engagement to address the growing effects of marine debris.

Healthy beaches and waterways are critical to the marine ecosystems that drive the economy in coastal communities. More than 3 million jobs in the U.S. rely on our oceans, contributing at least $352 billion in economic activity annually.

The House Oceans Caucus is a bipartisan group of House members committed to taking action to protect the health and future of our oceans. In addition to marine debris, the Caucus focuses on efforts to address ocean acidification, illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and weather and natural disaster hazards that threaten coastal communities and wildlife. 

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Congressman Young Secures Alaska Provisions in FY 19 Interior, Environment, Financial Services and General Government Funding Bill

2018/07/19

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 6147 the Interior, Environment, Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 19). Alaska Congressman Don Young secured a number of amendments to the legislation that benefit Alaska. This bill provides $58.675 billion in total discretionary budget authority for agencies within the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act and the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. This includes $35.252 billion for the Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and related agencies and $24.423 billion for the financial services and general government provisions.

Placer Mining

“Alaska has a long history of placer mining operations, which began in the early 1800’s, and continue today,” said Congressman Young. “In fact, Alaska is one of the only places that still has placer mining operations and while these operations are small – they represent a robust industry in Alaska and provide hundreds of jobs while contributing to the growth of rural Alaskan communities. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Fortymile Plan, finalized in the last days of the previous administration, upended decades of successful placer mining land management in the Fortymile Planning Area. This Plan imposed an overly complex framework on placer mining. The Fortymile miners had already agreed to environmental remediation standards, and these changes add an increased financial burden.”

Watch Congressman Young’s remarks here.

Congressman Young continued, “The BLM has made it very difficult for the mom and pop placer mining operations in Alaska to continue their work. My amendment to this year’s Interior Appropriation bill would prohibit funds from being used by the BLM to change its existing placer mining plans of operation with regard to re-vegetation.”

This amendment was approved by the House by a voice vote.

Native American Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Assistance Program

“This program supports critical economic development in Native communities around the nation, which face significant barriers to accessing basic financial services and capital.  For example, almost all Alaska Native villages in my state do not have banks and are not connected to the road system,” said Congressman Young. “The Native Program provides financial assistance and technical assistance awards on a competitive basis to Native CDFIs, allowing them to effectively build wealth and further economic self-determination in Native communities. These mission-driven Native organizations are working to finance businesses, create jobs, expand and improve affordable housing options, and much more.”

Watch Congressman Young’s remarks here.

Congressman Young continued, “The Native program accounts for a small portion of the Fund’s overall budget but has a significant positive impact, which includes empowering Alaska Natives to improve their economic wellbeing in my home state. Without my amendment, a cut to the Native program in FY 2019 would be especially devastating to our nation’s impoverished and underserved Native communities.”

This amendment was approved by the House by a voice vote.

H.R. 6147 passed out of the House by a vote of 217-199.

 

Background

 

Floor Amendments Congressman Young Secured

Placer Mining amendment

Congressman Young’s amendment will prohibit funds from being used by BLM to change its existing placer mining plans of operations with regard to remediation. The BLM Fortymile Resource Management Plan (Fortymile Plan), finalized in the last days of the previous administration, upended decades of successful land management in the Fortymile Planning Area. The Fortymile Plan imposed an overly complex regulatory framework on small-scale placer mining operations, as part of an effort to discourage such activity in the area. The Fortymile miners previously agreed to environmental remediation standards, and under the new Plan they are expected to reclaim land that they have not mined and mitigate in ways they did not agree to in their approved operation plans. They are expected to remediate land that was impacted by placer mining over the past 100 years, which adds to their financial burden and makes it economically impractical for miners to continue their operations. The Fortymile Plan is unnecessary and over burdensome to small mining operations, and has already caused disruptions in the region.

Native CDFI amendment

Congressman Young’s amendment will restore full funding for the Native American CDFI Assistance Program. The CDFI Fund’s Native Initiatives, including the Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) Program, were launched in 2001 to help Native communities overcome these barriers by supporting the creation and expansion of Native CDFIs. The NACA Program provides Financial Assistance (FA) and Technical Assistance (TA) awards on a competitive basis to Native CDFIs, allowing them to effectively build wealth and economic self-determination in Native communities. Since the launch of NACA, the number of certified Native CDFIs has grown from 7 to 73 with still more organizations seeking certification. It is critical that the NACA program is adequately funded to support the work of established and emerging Native CDFIs. This amendment is supported by the Native CDFI Network and Alaska Growth Capital BIDCO, Alaska’s first Business Development Corporation (BIDCO).

 

Language Congressman Young Secured in the Bill

Revenue Sharing language

Congressman Young worked to secure language that provides 3% revenue sharing with Alaska Native Corporations for funds collected from Congressionally approved resource development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).  Last year when Congress was considering the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Alaska delegation pushed to include the revenue sharing provision in the ANWR language, but due to a Senate parliamentary rule, it was not in the final bill. Congressman Young worked with Senators Murkowski and Sullivan to ensure that Alaska Natives benefit from this funding, which reflects the principles of revenue sharing established in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA). Passing this provision fulfills the commitment to Alaska Natives and reflects the original intent of the language in the tax bill, which was structured, including a significant increase in royalty revenues, to accommodate this addition. The 3% non-federal share will support the health and well-being of Alaska Natives and reflects a long-standing agreement between the Alaska Delegation and the Alaska Native community along with input from the State. The revenue sharing agreement was always intended to be structured in this manner; the State of Alaska has understood this dynamic and has anticipated a 47% non-federal share. In total, Alaska stands to receive billions of dollars from the non-federal share, which is crucial to reinvigorating the state’s economy. Click here to read the letters of support for this provision.

Alaska Relevant Provisions:

  • $3.6 billion to State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG)$20 million will be set aside for grants to Alaska to address drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs of villages and rural communities.
  • $500 million for Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)PILT program eligibility is reserved for local governments that contain non-taxable Federal lands within their boundaries and seeks to compensate local governments for the inability to collect property taxes on Federally-owned land.
  • $22 million for the Alaska Land Conveyance Program.
  • $63.6 million for State and Tribal Wildlife Grants – This provides grants to State Fish and Wildlife agencies to develop and implement programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat.
  • $32.8 million for the Volcano Hazards Program.
  • Assist Timber sales – Included a longstanding provision to ensure economically viable red cedar timber sales in Alaska.
  • $3 million for wildfire operations.
  • $14.9 million for the Johnson O’Malley Program – The program supports Native education in public schools.
  • $18 million for Village Built Clinics – These funds will be used for all village-built clinics across the state.
  • $105.1 million for Tribal Colleges and Universities.
  • $247 million for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for Contract Support Costs.
  • $822.2 million for the Indian Health Service (IHS) for Contract Support Costs.
  • $280 million for High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) – Earlier in 2018, Alaska received HIDTA designation.

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2011/04/14

Meeting with Sebastian Donoso, Special Advisor on Indigenous Affairs within the Government of Chile Read More

2011/04/14

Meeting with Benjamin Tucker of the Yakima Nation Read More

2011/04/13

Meeting with 33 Close-Up students from Chugiak High School, East High School, Stellar High School, South Anchorage High School and Yukon Koyukuk Scools Read More

2011/04/13

Meeting with Jackie Johnson, Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians Read More

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House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on "American Energy Initiative" with both Senators testifying Read More

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Meeting with Mallory Givens, UAA Student Read More

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Meeting with Sheri Buretta, Ed Herndon and Trudi Komakhuk Read More

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Congressman Young Speaks in Support of "Save Our Seas Act" on the House FLoor

2018-07-25 21:50:40


Congressman Don Young visits with C-SPAN for "Alaska Weekend" Program

2018-07-25 17:31:16


Congressman Young offers Placer Mining Amendment to FY19 Interior Appropriations Bill

2018-07-19 17:12:01


Congressman Young offers Amendment to FY19 Financial Services Bill

2018-07-19 16:34:18


Congressman Young Speaks in Support of POWER Act

2018-07-17 22:47:32


H.R. 200 Opening Floor Remarks

2018-07-11 22:18:15


Congressman Young Passes "Save Our Seas Act" out of House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

2018-06-27 17:06:46


Congressman Young Passes HR 221 to Improve Hydrographic Surveying

2018-06-25 22:50:40


Congressman Young Secures Amendment to 2018 Water Resources Development Act of 2018

2018-06-07 01:20:24


The Legacy of Sadako

2018-05-30 20:23:05


Congressman Young supports FY19 NDAA

2018-05-24 21:40:28


Congressman Young offers Traditional Foods Amendment to 2018 Farm Bill

2018-05-17 23:06:03


Congressman Young offers amendment to 2018 Farm Bill

2018-05-17 19:57:38


Congressman Don Young Speaks in Support of H.R. 1417, National Law Enforcement Museum Exhibits Act

2018-05-15 22:40:33


Congressman Young Speaks in Support of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Bill

2018-04-27 01:28:20


Congressman Don Young Speaks to H.R. 4069 at House Natural Resources Committee

2018-04-18 16:46:21


Congressman Young attends Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

2018-03-07 22:17:34


Congressman Young returns home to Alaska

2018-02-28 18:19:45


H.R. 219 passes out of House to help Southeast Alaska's Swan Lake Hydroelectric Plant

2018-02-07 00:03:02


Congressman Young responds to President Trump's first State of the Union Address

2018-01-31 05:45:49


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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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