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Congressman Don Young Announces Over $1.7 Million in Grants to Protect Alaskan Wildlife

2019/08/09

Washington, D.C. Today, Congressman Don Young announced over $1.7 million in grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under the Species Recovery Grants to States Program. The Species Recovery Grants to States Program is designed to support management, research, and outreach campaigns for the conservation of wildlife on the Endangered Species List. Congressman Young voted in support of funding for the Species Recovery Grants to States Program as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act Of 2019.

“I would like to congratulate the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for the three grants they’ve been awarded from NOAA to study Steller sea lions and beluga whales,” said Congressman Don Young. “The Alaska Department of Fish and Game does important work on behalf of Alaska’s unique ecosystems, and I have no doubt that this funding will go a long way to help better guide management practices for the western distinct population segment of the species range. The funding will not only help us better understand foraging ecology and habitat disturbances, but will also assist the Department of Fish and Game in the development of a long-term strategy for population recovery. I recognize how important Alaska’s diverse wildlife population is to our culture and way of life. In Congress, I will continue supporting efforts to ensure future generations of Alaskans can observe and learn about these great wild animals for years to come.”

Courtesy of NOAA, grant information is as follows:

Alaska Department of Fish & Game: Habitat Use of Adult Female Steller Sea Lions in the Endangered Western Distinct Population Segment

Total Award: $443,579 (3-year award)

2019 Partial Release Amount: $199,815 (2nd year)

The goal of this proposed research is to provide updated, fine-scale, understanding of adult female Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) foraging habitat, and to determine the environmental factors influencing the timing and location of foraging behavior, thus providing better information to meet management needs in a large portion of the endangered western DPS of Steller sea lion range.

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Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Foraging ecology and habitat use of Cook Inlet Beluga whales

Total Award: $850,641 (3-year award)

2019 Partial Release Amount: $186,264 (3rd year)

The project aims to enhance and strengthen Cook Inlet Beluga (CIB) conservation and management strategies, and thus more effectively promote recovery of this endangered species. In general, the objectives of the project include the following: (a) obtaining current information on year-round CIB spatial foraging ecology and habitat use and evaluating how those life-history characteristics may have changed over the last ~50 years; (b) obtaining information on how disturbance from anthropogenic noise may cause spatial displacement of CIBs (including from important foraging areas) and a reduction in foraging behavior; and (c) assessing how growth layer groups in teeth may provide information on how CIB growth and body condition may have changed over the last ~50 years.

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Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Estimating vital rates for endangered Cook Inlet Beluga whales from individual-based data

Total Award: $409,802 (3-year award)

2019 Partial Release Amount: $126,265 (3rd year; funded by AKRO)

The purpose of this proposal is to strengthen estimation of CIB vital rates (reproduction and survival) by developing an individual-based population model using available individual-level data from four sources: 1) photo-identification, 2) necropsies of beach-cast carcasses, 3) satellite tagging data, and 4) Bristol Bay beluga DNA. The individual-based population model would provide a preliminary assessment of whether vital rates (including levels of precision) can be estimated from the four sources of information and will allow for an assessment of new sources of individual-based data necessary to improve estimates of vital rates. Overall, this work will

help address the gaps in current understanding in basic CIB biology and ultimately help determine what factors are preventing recovery of this endangered population.

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Congressman Don Young Applauds Justice Department Public Safety Funding for Rural Alaska Villages

2019/08/02

Washington, D.C. This week, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced nearly $5 million in funding to bolster law enforcement in 20 Alaska Native Villages. This funding is part of the 2019 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) program, and is designed to help address ongoing law enforcement and public safety issues affecting rural Native villages. In response to DOJ’s grant announcement, Alaska Congressman Don Young released the following statement:

“Alaskans know that our state’s vast geography presents unique challenges, especially for law enforcement in our rural Native villages. Horrifying stories of homicide, sexual assault, and other violent crimes have recently made headlines, and we must be doing all that we can to bring perpetrators to justice,” said Congressman Young. “The funding announced by the Department of Justice will be critical in protecting families in our Native communities and ensuring children can grow up in neighborhoods that are safe and secure. I would like to thank Attorney General William Barr for his leadership on these issues that tragically hit close to home for us all. Senators Murkowski and Sullivan have been tremendous partners as we work to turn the tide in the fight against crime in our villages and protect our state’s most vulnerable. I will continue working with our Delegation and the Administration to ensure that our rural areas have the tools and resources they need to keep Alaskans safe.”

Per the Department of Justice, grant awards are as follows:


Tribal Agency

Funding for
Equipment

Funding for
Hiring

Positions
Funded

Akiachak Native Community

 

$58,074

 

$241,429

 

3

Central Council Tlingit and Haida

 

$204,721

 

$0

 

0

Chickaloon Native Village

 

$4,378

 

$286,831

 

1

Holy Cross Tribe

 

$113,999

 

$185,457

 

1

Kasigluk Elders Council

 

$42,212

 

$255,077

 

1

Kodiak Area Native Association

 

$177,566

 

$0

 

0

Maniilaq Association

 

$253,562

 

$0

 

0

Native Village of Kipnuk

 

$41,199

 

$109,137

 

1

Native Village of Kwinhagak

 

$59,443

 

$108,211

 

1

Native Village of Mekoryuk

 

$7,260

 

$169,823

 

2

Native Village of Napaskiak

 

$31,829

 

$249,106

 

2

Native Village of Nulato

 

$58,837

 

$223,445

 

1

Native Village of Ruby

 

$79,681

 

$197,539

 

1

Native Village of Scammon Bay

 

$38,628

 

$249,216

 

2

Native Village of Tanacross

 

$75,074

 

$185,538

 

1

Native Village of Tununak

 

$73,017

 

$129,853

 

1

Northway Village

 

$70,819

 

$180,314

 

1

Sitka Tribe of Alaska

 

$300,000

 

$0

 

0

Venetie Village Council

 

$38,302

 

$249,944

 

1

Yakutat Tlingit Tribe

 

$241,681

 

$0

 

0


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Congressman Don Young Officially Becomes a Member of the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus

2019/08/01

Washington, D.C. This week Alaska Congressman Don Young (R-AK) officially became a member of the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus (RCC). Named after noted conservationist and American President Teddy Roosevelt, the RCC is an effort to champion the environmental legacy of conservatives by promoting market-based environmental stewardship and conservation legislation in Congress. The RCC is Co-Chaired in the House by Congressman Brian Mast and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. Senate Co-Chairs include Senator Lindsay Graham and Senator Cory Gardner.

“I am proud to represent countless hunters and sportsmen in Congress, and as one of them myself, I find it crucially important to protect our environment and wildlife populations for generations to come,” said Congressman Don Young. “In Congress, I have long championed environmental causes including permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, legislation to protect multi-national species, and efforts to crack down on animal trafficking and poaching. Throughout his life, President Roosevelt was committed to our environment, and the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus presents conservatives with a unique opportunity to honor his legacy by advocating for environmental stewardship. I look forward to working with fellow Caucus members in both the House and Senate on meaningful and effective legislation to secure a bright environmental future for everyone.”

"Good policy requires all stakeholders having a seat at the table. For too long, conservative lawmakers, and the Americans they represent have been left out of the environmental conversation,” said American Conservation Coalition Legislative Director Quill Robinson. “The Roosevelt Conservation Caucus will reengage conservatives on key environmental issues and be a source for free-market, limited-government policy solutions. The American Conservation Coalition is proud to be working on this important project with Congressman Young."

Background:

  • Congressman Young has consistently supported funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and this Congress, supported permanent LWCF reauthorization as part of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which has since been singed into law.

  • In the 116th Congress, Congressman Young and Congressman Alan Lowenthal introduced the WILD Act -- a bipartisan bill containing measures to conserve threatened wildlife and wild places around the world. This legislation includes a reauthorization of the Multinational Species Conservation Fund, a program that provides funding for species conservation efforts in several regions. The program includes dedicated funds for rhinos, tigers, great apes, marine turtles, African and Asian elephants.
  • Congressman Young and Congressman John Garamendi have also introduced the Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act – legislation that bolsters federal enforcement against poachers, traffickers, and the global trade in illegal wildlife and seafood products.

  • Last Congress, Congressman Young helped lead the appropriations effort in the House to secure funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). NAWCA is the only federal program specifically dedicated to the protection and conservation of America’s wetlands.

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Young, Bonamici Unveil Next Step to Remove, Prevent Marine Pollution

2019/07/26

Washington, D.C. This week, Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Co-Chairs of the House Oceans Caucus, introduced legislation to strengthen efforts to remove and prevent marine debris.

Every minute, the equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic is dumped into our ocean. According to the United Nations, that is more than eight million metric tons a year. The bipartisan Save Our Seas 2.0 Act, H.R. 3969, will address the staggering amount of plastic in the ocean by improving the domestic cleanup and response to marine debris, incentivizing international engagement on the issue, and strengthening domestic infrastructure to responsibly dispose waste materials. The legislation builds on the successes of the Save Our Seas Act, which was signed into law last year.

“Alaska is home to more coastline than any other state in the Union, and healthy oceans are essential to Alaska’s economy and way of life,” said Congressman Don Young. “Save Our Seas 2.0 builds on our successes combating marine debris through bolstering plastics research and funding needed for infrastructure improvements. I am pleased to once again partner with my friend and House Oceans Caucus Co-Chair Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to ensure our oceans stay healthy and productive for future generations to enjoy.”

“Our ocean is an immense natural resource, but the marine life and habitats it sustains are threatened by the pervasive and destructive plastics and debris that litter its waters and shores,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “Marine debris is entirely preventable, and I am grateful to be keeping up the momentum on this issue by introducing the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act with my friend from Alaska and House Oceans Caucus Co-Chair Don Young. This bill will accelerate efforts to eliminate marine debris in our ocean and increase investments in infrastructure to reduce the creation and pollution of plastic waste on a global scale.”

Marine debris harm costal economies, endanger marine life, destroy important marine habitat, propagate invasive species, and create hazardous conditions for the maritime industry. The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act offers numerous provisions to address this problem, including:

  • Establishing a Marine Debris Response Trust Fund for NOAA to use in responding to marine debris events
  • Creating a Marine Debris Foundation to encourage, accept, and administer private gifts in connection with the activities and services of the NOAA Marine Debris Program
  • Authorizing a prize competition to advance innovation in the removal and prevention of plastic waste
  • Directing federal agencies to work with foreign countries to improve capacity and operation of waste management systems
  • Requiring the Secretary of State to submit a report to Congress assessing the potential for negotiating a new international agreement or creating a new forum to address marine debris and mandating the Executive Branch consider marine debris in negotiations of international agreements
  • Directing the EPA to develop a strategy to improve waste management and recycling infrastructure, harmonize waste collection and recycling protocols, strengthen markets for recycled plastic, and identify barriers to increasing the collection of recyclable materials
  • Creating a Waste Management Revolving Fund, Waste Management Infrastructure Grant program, Drinking Water Infrastructure Grant program, Wastewater Infrastructure Grant program, and Trash-Free Water Grant program to assist local waste management authorities in improving and deploying waste interceptor technologies

A summary of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act can be found here and the bill text can be found here.

The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act is cosponsored by: Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Ed Case (D-HI), Sean Casten (D-IL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Francis Rooney (R-FL).

The Senate companion to the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act was introduced by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

Young and Bonamici co-chair the House Oceans Caucus, a bipartisan group of House Members committed to taking action to protect the health and future of our oceans. This Congress, the Caucus is focused on environmental stressors (including ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms, and hypoxia); marine debris; ocean data and monitoring; coastal resiliency; and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. More details about the original Save Our Seas Act, which reauthorized the NOAA Marine Debris Program and provided resources to help states respond to severe marine debris events, can be found here.

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Congressman Don Young Helps the House Pass Coast Guard Reauthorization with Critical Alaska Provisions

2019/07/24

Washington, D.C. Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young, former Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, helped the House pass H.R. 3409 – the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019. This legislation reauthorizes funding for the Coast Guard and Federal Maritime Commission through 2021, and includes several Alaska-specific provisions supported by Congressman Young. The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

“With more coastline than any other state in the Union, Alaskans know how essential the Coast Guard is for protecting our waters, defending our borders, and frequently, serving as first responders to maritime emergencies,” said Congressman Don Young. “The bipartisan legislation passed today ensures that the dedicated men and women of the United States Coast Guard have the resources necessary to fulfill their critical mission. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I was able to secure several provisions to help better support Alaska’s tourism industry, improve the navigation of Alaska’s waters, and help ensure that the Arctic remains safe for commercial exploration. I am grateful to my colleagues on the committee for helping to get this important bill to the floor. I look forward to working with the Alaska Delegation to ensure that we send a bill to the President’s desk that strengthens our Coast Guard and benefits our great state.”

Alaska-Specific Provisions Supported by Congressman Young in this Legislation: 

  • Two coastwise endorsements for Alaskan operators to better support the state’s tourism industry.
  • Clarification to allow the conveyance of Coast Guard property at Point Spencer to be carried out in a timelier manner.
  • Relief for small and uninspected passenger vessels rebuilt in the United States to allow domestic coastwise use.
  • Establishment of a demonstration program through the Coast Guard to assess the feasibility of using unmanned aircraft systems for operations in the Arctic.
  • Language mandating that the Coast Guard complete a route study on the Chuckchi Sea, Bering Strait, and Bering Sea within one year as well as complete a route study on the Alaska Arctic coast within five years to help facilitate the movement of vessel traffic.

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Alaska Congressional Delegation Commends USDA Purchase of Alaska Pollock Products for Food Nutrition Assistance Programs

2019/07/24

WASHINGTON D.C.— U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, (all R-Alaska), today commended the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) approval of a Section 32 purchase of up to $41 million of surplus Alaska Pollock Products. USDA’s purchase of Alaska Pollock will be distributed to various food nutrition assistance programs, including charitable organizations. 

“With a wide range of health benefits and its popularity among consumers, Alaska Pollock is one of the most valuable fisheries in the nation. These products are an important component of Alaska’s seafood industry, adding significant value to our economic prosperity,” said the Congressional Delegation. “We’re encouraged to know that the USDA, under the leadership of Secretary Perdue, has approved this purchase of Alaska Pollock, which will provide a healthy protein source for American households in need and support the livelihoods of fishermen and coastal communities across our state who are feeling the negative impacts of Chinese tariffs on our seafood products. This is truly a win-win.”                                                  

Note: This purchase is not associated with the funding to provide relief for farmers and producers which have been negatively affected by unfair trade activities.

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Congressman Don Young Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation To Protect Native American Seeds And Traditional Food Products

2019/07/23

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Don Young (R-Alaska), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) announced the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2019 to clearly identify ways to protect Native American seeds and traditional food products, and assist tribes in ensuring that cultural practices and traditional ways of life preserved.

This legislation would direct the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study applicable trademark and intellectual property laws, the long-term viability of Native American seeds, and provide recommendations on how to ensure Native American seeds and traditional foods may be protected for future generations. This bill would also assess the impact of foods and seeds fraudulently marketed as traditional to or produced by Native Americans.

“Alaska Native seeds and food products are a central component of Alaska culture, and it is critical these traditional ways of life are preserved,” said Young. “I am proud to join a bipartisan and bicameral group of advocates on this important legislation to ensure that future generations of Alaskans can fully appreciate the history and culture of our state. Protecting the culture of our Alaska Native communities is an important part of my work in Congress, and I will keep working as a member of the Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples toward this very important goal.”

“Our tribal communities have always enhanced New Mexico's rich culture and traditions,” said Heinrich. “I am proud to lead this bipartisan, bicameral effort to ensure that tribes’ cultural practices and way of life are preserved for future generations. Protecting Native seeds and traditional food products will allow tribes to grow and create their own healthful food products and in turn spur economic development in Indian Country and provide new opportunities in the agriculture sector.”

“The traditions of Arizona’s tribal communities are deeply intertwined in our state’s history,” said McSally. “It is important that Congress preserve these traditions for generations to come. I am proud to join my colleagues to introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to enhance protections for Native American seeds and food products in order to continue the long-standing traditions of all tribal communities.”

“As someone who comes from a long-line of New Mexico farmers, I know safeguarding our agricultural heritage is a fight we cannot afford to lose. For Tribal communities, protecting indigenous seed varieties is also a crucial exercise of tribes’ inherent sovereignty and the federal government’s trust responsibility,” said Luján.

“This legislation will protect and preserve Native seeds, and by doing so, will protect food sources important to our Native American brothers and sisters,” said McCollum. “This effort supports the work tribal nations are doing to ensure food security, economic development, and health benefits for Native communities by maintaining these rich cultural practices for years to come. I especially applaud the leadership of Minnesota’s Dakota and Ojibwe tribal nations to preserve and restore indigenous nutrition.”

“Agriculture is an integral part of Native American culture, and I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing legislation to combat the fraudulent use of traditional Native American foods," said Cole. “This bill not only seeks to preserve Native culture in the realm of agriculture, but it rightly helps struggling communities in Indian Country realize more of the economic gain that may have been taken by others falsely claiming to grow and sell authentic Native crops.”

The Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2019 is fully supported by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the Native Farm Bill Coalition, the Pueblo of Tesuque, and the Navajo Nation.

"We thank Senator Heinrich for his support of native seeds and traditional food products and farming practices,” said Pueblo of Tesuque Governor, Milton Herrera. “Our seeds and traditional foods are foundations of our culture, and the study that this legislation authorizes will provide much-needed insight into how we can better protect them for future generations. This information will also help tribes develop new sources of economic opportunity and employment, and help Native communities increase access to local, healthy food options."

"I thank Senator Heinrich for introducing the Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2019,” said Navajo Nation President, Jonathan Nez. “Native Seeds are essential to our traditions and cultural heritage. For instance, we have native seeds produced by Navajo farmers for use in traditional ceremonies and Navajo dishes. Protecting these types of native seeds will help promote our local agriculture, boost economic development, and help us advance food security for future generations. The Navajo Nation is working to develop a Navajo food policy that advances our food sovereignty and this bill would help our Nation to address this need.”

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Congressman Don Young Continues Efforts in the 116th Congress to Combat Hunger

2019/07/22

Washington, D.C. Alaska Congressman Don Young recently introduced the INFANT Act – legislation to remove an unnecessary rule that limits the number of foods eligible to purchase under the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program. This legislation builds on his efforts in the 116th Congress to combat hunger in Alaska and across the country. In the first session of the 116th Congress, Congressman Young has introduced the Summer Meals Act, the Wild Game Donation Act, and is the lead Republican sponsor of the Military Hunger Prevention Act.

“Food insecurity is a devastating issue for far too many families in Alaska and across our nation,” said Congressman Don Young. “Hunger affects every community, and the fact of the matter is that food insecurity all too often goes unrecognized, with families suffering silently without access to the nutrition they need. As a father and a grandfather, I strongly believe that no family – and certainly no child – should go hungry, and tackling this issue has always been one of my highest priorities in Congress. Our work continues in the 116th Congress, and this year I have introduced and cosponsored several pieces of legislation to help ensure that the most vulnerable among us have access to the nutrition and support systems they need to learn, grow, and thrive. Alaskans have my promise that I will work hard to see my legislation to the finish line, and I call on my friends on both sides of the aisle to support my bills to help turn the tide in the fight against hunger.”

Congressman Young’s legislative initiatives to combat hunger:

  • The INFANT Act – legislation to remove an unnecessary rule that limits the number of foods eligible to purchase under the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program. Current WIC policy prohibits certain food combinations from being purchased under the program. The INFANT Act eliminates these unnecessary guidelines and allows mothers and children receiving WIC assistance to purchase healthier and more nutritious foods. Click here to read more.
  • The Summer Meals Act – legislation to fight childhood hunger by expanding access to summer meal programs in Alaska and across the country. The Summer Meals Act helps strengthen childhood nutrition by cutting red tape for local organizations serving summer meals and expanding the availability of meals and snacks to students outside of normal school hours. Click here to read more.
  • The Wild Game Donation Act – legislation to provide hunters with charitable deductions for the costs associated with donating wild game, such as deer and moose. This legislation also provides a tax deduction for meat processors participating in food donation programs, helping to protect against the use of spoiled and unsafe meat. Click here to read more.
  • The Military Hunger Prevention Act – legislation to assist U.S. Military servicemembers who utilize nutrition programs better afford food in areas with high cost-of-living. Congressman Young is the lead Republican sponsor of this legislation. Click here to read more.

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Congressman Don Young Helps House Pass Legislation to Repeal Obamacare Tax on Health Insurance Plans

2019/07/17

Washington, D.C. Today, with the support of Alaska Congressman Don Young, the House passed H.R. 748 - the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act. This legislation would permanently repeal the 40% tax on employer-based health insurance plans exceeding certain cost thresholds. The tax was created under Obamacare, and is often referred to as the “Cadillac Tax.” If allowed to go into effect, the tax would heavily impact middle class families who may have health plans approaching the policy cost threshold. Congressman Young and bipartisan majorities in Congress have previously passed successful delays of the Cadillac Tax, which is scheduled to take effect in 2022.

“For years, Alaskans and citizens across our country have experienced the detrimental effects of Obamacare, and the fact that Democrats in Congress agreed to repeal one of the law’s harmful taxes today is proof that the law was flawed from the start,” said Congressman Young. “There is still much to be done to ensure our health care system is accessible and affordable to all, but today’s vote is an important step to ensure that the families I represent aren’t further impacted by egregious taxes leftover from the last administration. Previously, I have supported measures to repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate, delayed it’s onerous tax on medical devices, and have now voted to eliminate its 40 percent tax on middle-class families. I will keep working in Congress to empower Alaskans to make their own health care decisions, and to lower costs through commonsense, patient-centered reforms.”

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Congressman Don Young Introduces Legislation to Support Low-Income Mothers, Children

2019/07/17

Washington, D.C. Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young introduced the INFANT Act – legislation to remove an unnecessary rule that limits the number of foods eligible to purchase under the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program. Current WIC policy prohibits certain food combinations from being purchased under the program. The INFANT Act eliminates these unnecessary guidelines and allows mothers and children receiving WIC assistance to purchase healthier and more nutritious foods.

“As a former elementary school teacher, I know first-hand how important good nutrition is to a child’s ability to grow and reach their full potential,” said Congressman Young. “Countless families depend on the WIC program to keep their infant children nourished and healthy, and it is simply unacceptable that current guidelines prevent WIC recipients from purchasing wholesome meats and produce for their children. I am proud to introduce the INFANT Act to help eliminate the bureaucratic rules that prevent parents from accessing certain combinations of healthy food. Alaska is home to countless farmers and producers whose products could benefit the health of Alaska’s children, and the mothers in our state who rely on WIC to feed their little ones should be afforded the option of purchasing healthy, locally-sourced foods. I encourage my friends on both sides of the aisle to support my legislation for the sake of Alaska’s children – and children across our nation.”

“Reforming guidelines to allow for more nutritious food combinations will positively impact over 3 million infants and toddlers currently participating in WIC Food supplement programs,” said medical professional Zoi Maroudas, President and Founder of Bambino’s Baby Food in Anchorage. “Childhood obesity and food allergy rates are at an all-time high, and a perfect balanced diet sourced from clean, nutrient rich ingredients is the key to overcoming these epidemics. A child’s first meals set the foundation for life long eating habits, and they are incredibly important to infant development and immune system support.  When a child is offered a pureed mixture of protein, vegetables and grain, the flavor is balanced, and the nutrition is complete. Foods with greater nutritional value are the cornerstone to targeting childhood obesity and key to fostering a healthier nation. I am grateful to Congressman Young for introducing the INFANT Act, and taking proper childhood nutrition seriously.”

In the 116th Congress, Congressman Young has continued his push to fight childhood hunger. He recently introduced the Summer Meals Act to help expand access to summer meal programs. He has also introduced the Wild Game Donation Act to help tackle food insecurity by strengthening Alaska’s food banks. Additionally, he is the lead Republican sponsor of the Military Hunger Prevention Act, legislation to help fight hunger among America’s military families.

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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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Meeting with John Katz of the Alaska Governor's Office Read More

2011/04/13

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

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Meeting with Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill Read More

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Meeting with Dalton Riser, Student Wasilla Read More

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Meeting with Mallory Givens, UAA Student Read More

2011/04/06

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

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Rep. Don Young's Push to Help End Veteran Suicide

2019-04-08 19:01:04


Congressman Don Young Speaks in Support of his VAWA Amendment

2019-04-03 20:31:34


Majority Whip Hoyer Recognizes Congressman Don Young

2019-03-06 20:40:52


Congressman Don Young Floor Speech on Service Milestone

2019-03-06 20:41:22


Republican Leader McCarthy Recognizes Congressman Don Young

2019-03-06 20:40:39


Republican Whip Scalise Recognizes Congressman Don Young

2019-03-06 20:40:24


Congressman Don Young Interview with Bloomberg News

2019-03-06 19:43:58


Congressman Don Young Reflects on Becoming Longest Serving Republican in Congress

2019-03-06 16:42:36


Congressman Don Young Speaks from the House Floor in Support of Public Lands Legislation

2019-02-26 22:29:09


Congressman Don Young's 2019 State of the Union Reaction

2019-02-06 04:00:45


SEARHC Land Transfer Legislation

2018-12-11 19:57:47


Congressman Young Speaks in Support of Tribal Energy Development Legislation

2018-12-10 23:43:09


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


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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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