Washington, D.C. – Following the House passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act – legislation to meet the tax reform instructions outlined in H. Con. Res. 71, the Concurrent Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2018 – Alaska Congressman Don Young shared the following statement:
“A fairer, simpler tax code – not one riddled with loopholes and exemptions – will benefit a vast majority of Alaskans and Americans and help spur a level of economic growth and activity not seen in this country for years,” said Congressman Don Young. “ I’ve long pushed to reform our outdated and over complicated tax system with something more in tune with American values and ideals. This effort, born out of a need to drive our economy to new heights and repair a competitive edge that once made this nation so great, is far from over. As we move forward -- and the House and Senate prepare to come together to reconcile our differences -- I remain vigilant in my resolve to protect Alaskan workers, middle class families and small businesses. This is a critical juncture for our nation, one that works to unlock ANWR’s vast energy potential and generate new wealth and growth that will benefit Americans for generations to come. As we saw yesterday, ANWR continues to be a driving force in our efforts to move this legislation forward. I’ve fought this fight for over 40 years, I intend to see it through.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report to H.R. 2810, the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, a bipartisan, bicameral agreement that authorizes $634.2 billion for base budget requirements, $65.7 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) and includes a number of Alaska-focused provisions championed by Alaska Congressman Don Young.
“I’m proud to let Alaskans know that today the House of Representatives voted to approve the FY18 NDAA Conference Report. This bill will authorize the funding our men and women in uniform need to fulfill their critical missions. It will keep food in their bellies, shoes on their feet, tracks on the tanks and planes in the air," said Congressman Don Young. “Improving our nation’s missile defense system is something Senator Sullivan and I have been working on and we were successful in securing language in this year’s conference report to authorize funding for an additional 28 ground-based interceptors -- bolstering our arsenal already housed at Fort Greely. Additionally, this bill provides authorization for one Polar-Class heavy icebreaker, critical as we fall behind and face a pending icebreaker gap. These are just two essential steps towards enhancing security in the Arctic and across the globe. With an ever-growing list of adversaries, both old and new alike, I am happy that this bill will ensure that our armed forces are ready to fight and continue to evolve faster than our enemies.”
The FY18 NDAA takes important steps to reform and rebuild our armed forces. It will ensure our troops are trained and equipped, and their families are cared for. Congressman Young worked throughout the legislative process to include Alaska-focused priorities within the House-passed NDAA:
Amendments included in the FY2018 NDAA by Congressman Young:
Additional language in the NDAA secured by Congressman Young:
Additional Items of Interest Included in the FY18 NDAA:
Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young today released the following statement after this week’s House-passage of 14 bills aimed at assisting our nation’s veterans and ensuring they receive the care and commitment they earned through service to our nation.
“As we prepare to celebrate Veterans Day – a day to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform – the House has committed to moving forward on numerous pieces of legislation on behalf of our nation’s veterans,” said Congressman Don Young. “This week the House passed 14 veterans-related bills across a wide spectrum of issues – from improving veterans health care to streamlining educational benefits and protecting veterans’ finances. These bills work to uphold Congress’ commitment and fulfill the promises this nation made to our veterans. On the 11th day of the 11th month, let us remember the remarkable men and women who have served this nation and fought to defend our many freedoms. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for the gift of freedom they have bestowed upon each and every one of us.”
The House-passed veterans measures include:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the State of Alaska, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), CIC Capital Corporation (CIC Capital), and the Bank of China (BOC) announced the signing of a joint development agreement to advance the Alaska LNG project.
“We congratulate Gov. Walker and all who are working on the Alaska LNG project on this milestone. We also thank President Trump for his strong support of the project and efforts to reduce our trade deficit with China, which is Alaska’s largest trading partner.
“The responsible development of Alaska’s natural resources offers a great opportunity to create good jobs and new wealth in our state and across the country, while paying down both state and federal deficits, improving our balance of trade, and strengthening our national security. We look forward to learning more about this announcement and are ready to work with all stakeholders to advance the Alaska LNG project.”
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed the joint development agreement on Thursday at a signing ceremony in Beijing, which was attended by President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Click here for more information on the joint development agreement for the Alaska LNG project.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker today issued the following statements after the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources released budget reconciliation legislation to open a small part of the non-wilderness portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), known as the “1002 Area” or Coastal Plain, to responsible oil and gas development.
“This legislation is a tremendous opportunity for both Alaska and our country,” Murkowski said. “The legislation I released tonight will put us on a path toward greater prosperity by creating jobs, keeping energy affordable for families and businesses, generating new wealth, and strengthening our security—while reducing the federal deficit not just by $1 billion over ten years, but tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars over the decades to come.”
“I’d like to thank Senator Murkowski for her leadership on this very important issue for Alaska and for our country,” Sullivan said. “For years, military and civilian leaders—Democrats and Republicans—have emphasized the importance of energy security for our national security. History has also shown us time and again that energy can be used as a force for good, productive diplomacy and also for troublesome power-grabs by our nation’s foes. I have no doubt that this legislation, which would lead to producing more energy responsibly by opening up the small section of the 1002 area in ANWR, will help make the United States the world’s energy super power again, will dramatically increase our country’s national security and lead to American jobs and productive diplomacy around the globe.”
“For over forty years, Alaskans have led the fight to safely and responsibly unlock the 1002’s vast energy resources,” Young said. “Today is an important step in that process, one that ultimately works to create new jobs and opportunities for our people, generate new revenue and wealth, and strengthen the economic outlook of Alaska and the nation. Alaskans have proven, through tried and tested methods on our North Slope, that resource development and wildlife protection are not and should not be considered mutually exclusive. Although the House is solely responsible for producing a tax-related measure at this stage in the reconciliation process, I feel confident in our delegation’s efforts – under Senator Murkowski’s leadership on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee – to ensure Alaska’s true energy potential can serve a major role in America becoming energy dominant. As this effort moves forward, I am committed to protecting Alaska’s interests in any and all future negotiations.”
“When Alaska became a state, we had a promise from the federal government in our statehood compact: we need to live off the resources in our land. Much like midwestern states harvest the resources that grow on the ground, like wheat and corn, Alaska must harvest the resources in our ground,” Walker said. “I thank Senator Murkowski, Senator Sullivan, and Congressman Young for their tireless work on behalf of Alaska, and our ability to responsibly develop a small portion the 1002 Area.”
The reconciliation legislation released tonight will raise nearly $1.1 billion over the next 10 years alone, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Between royalties and federal income taxes, it will raise substantially greater revenues once production from the 1002 Area begins. In addition to refilling the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, responsible development will help restore growth to Alaska’s economy and provide funding that could support education, healthcare, and infrastructure initiatives across the state. The revenues from development will also substantially reduce state and national deficits.
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, chaired by Senator Lisa Murkowski, will hold a markup on the legislation on the morning of Wednesday, November 15.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Alaska Congressional delegation today applauded the Trump administration’s FY18 budget amendment for the Department of Defense, which requests $4 billion for missile defeat and defense upgrades to counter increasing threat from North Korea. This action includes $2.1 billion for missile defense, including $200 million in military construction for a new missile field at Fort Greely, AK, and 20 missile interceptors required to operationalize the field.
“For the past year, I have been sounding the alarm for more missile defense. Today, I commend the Trump administration for prioritizing this essential capability with a much needed increase of $4 billion,” said Senator Sullivan. “Many of these important investments in the Administration’s request, which I called for in my bill, the Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act, will help ensure that we outpace the rapidly growing threat from North Korea. Going forward, I will continue to reach across the aisle to ensure that these critical investments are funded, and so that American cities are well protected.”
“The administration is to be commended for their rapid response to the heightened threat posed by North Korea and I especially thank Senator Sullivan for his leadership on this issue, said Senator Murkowski. “As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee I will do all that I can to ensure that the President’s defense request is fully funded. The suggestion that additional missile defense capacity can be built at Fort Greely has been around for some time. But rather than analyze, assess and debate while North Korea builds, this administration is moving forward with determination. Today’s announcement is a vote of confidence for missile defense, for the soldiers and airmen that defend us and for Alaska’s strategic role in protecting our freedoms.”
“Alaska has long been, and continues to be, at the forefront of our national security operations. With numerous elements that support the safety of our nation, there is little question the value we place in the assets and missions housed in Alaska,” said Congressman Young. “ It’s been nearly 20 years since the passage of the ‘All-American Resolution,’ language I spearheaded in the late 90’s that was critical to bringing the Ballistic Missile Defense System to Fort Greely. With emerging threats across the globe, particularly the reckless and irrational behavior of the North Korean regime, now is the time to make robust investments in our Alaska-based missile defense capabilities. I welcome this request by the Trump Administration, one that builds upon a unified effort in Congress and underscores the importance of systems that serve as a vital deterrent to North Korea and as a frontline defense against weapons of mass destruction.”
Click here for President Trump’s request to Congress for the Department of Defense.
Hello, this is Congressman Don Young coming to you from my desk in Washington, D.C. We’ve had a good week in Congress – one of the better weeks we’ve had in some time. We’ve been able to pass a number of bills out of the House and hold hearings on a wide range of important legislation, including one that I sponsored – H.R. 221, the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act.
Congressman Young gives an update from Washington, D.C. on the important work being done for Alaska (click here to watch)
As you likely saw, we had a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Senator Lisa Murkowski, on oil and gas development in the 1002 Area of ANWR and the benefit it holds for Alaska and the nation. Senator Murkowski did a great job in chairing the meeting and was very collected as her Ranking Member, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), was as I would say “being enlightened.” Senator Sullivan also did a wonderful job, as a former Alaska DNR Commissioner and U.S. Marine, to discuss the important national security impacts this area holds for the nation and the responsible record Alaskans have had on the North Slope for over 50 years.
As some of you may have seen, in my testimony I drew a little blue dot on my nose to illustrate the size of the surface area being proposed for development in the 1002 Area (2,000 acres) in comparison to the ANWR area as a whole – which represents 1/10th of 1/10th percent of the 19 million acre area. Many have used the comparison of a dime on a football field, but this was my way of showing the true surface disturbance in the region.
Congressman Young poses for a photo before his testimony in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
As a matter of history, the 1002 Area of ANWR was created by an Act of Congress in 1980. There was an agreement at the time that this area would be set aside for future development, not permanent preservation. Although many have entirely ignored the intent of Congress, we are once again working through the budget reconciliation process to end the moratorium on oil and gas development on the coastal plain of ANWR.
Elsewhere in Congress, which ties into our efforts on ANWR, was the introduction of tax-related legislation in the House – H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This overall effort is aimed at updating our nation’s outdated and over complicated tax code with growth-driven reforms, those that empower middle class families, support entrepreneurship and small business, and drive American competition and competitiveness. This is a complicated process, and changes have already been announced, but I do believe tax reform should be pursued. But very simply, this is just the beginning of the process – one that will be combined down the road with our efforts to open ANWR.
Today, we also passed an important bill, H.R. 3922, the Championing Healthy Kids Act, bipartisan legislation to fund important safety net programs like the state Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), known as Denali KidCare in Alaska, and Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). We’ve seen the success of both Denali KidCare and Community Health Centers across nearly every corner of our state, particularly in areas where services might otherwise not be offered due to population size and remoteness. I look forward to moving this package forward and ensuring these programs are renewed for the betterment of our state and our people.
All in all, it was a good week for Alaska. I’m excited to continue Alaska’s work in the U.S. House of Representatives and to rejoin many of you in Alaska to speak on the many issues before us.
Congressman for All Alaska
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Washington, D.C. – With the support of Alaska Congressman Don Young, today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3922, the Championing Healthy Kids Act, bipartisan legislation to fund important safety net programs like the state Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), known as Denali KidCare in Alaska, and Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
“These two programs, which have provided valuable services and care to underserved Alaskans for years, were both extremely important to fund and reauthorize,” said Congressman Don Young. “Although some unnecessary confusion was created by not addressing this sooner, I’m happy to see progress being made on these bipartisan priorities before states exhausted their funding. We’ve seen the success of both Denali KidCare and Community Health Centers across nearly every corner of our state, particularly in areas where services might otherwise not be offered due to population size and remoteness. Denali KidCare continues to support our youth and in doing so is making a strong investment in our future. And Alaska-based Community Health Centers are making critical contributions to our state – in both rural and urban locations – by offering affordable health solutions and care. I look forward to moving this package forward and ensuring these programs are renewed for the betterment of our state and our people.”
Among other important health priorities, this legislation supports the following:
Washington, D.C. – Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young joined a unified group of Alaskans in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to speak in favor of ending the years-long prohibition against oil and gas development in the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) – an area specifically set aside by Congress in 1980 for future development.
Young, an ardent supporter of responsible oil and gas development in ANWR’s coastal plain, spoke passionately on the Committee’s first panel of witnesses alongside Senator Dan Sullivan and Governor Bill Walker. Young’s leading argument – which hit the issue right on the nose – is that technology has improved to the point that no more than 2,000 surface acres ( approx.. 3 sq. miles) of the 19 million acre ANWR would be required to develop the more than 15 billion barrels of oil estimated to be in the coastal plain.
In a move that caught the attention of lawmakers and attendees, Young drew a dot on the tip of his nose to illustrate the size of surface impact proposed for the 1002 in comparison to the greater ANWR area.
“You see anything different on my nose right now,” Young asked the panel. “I am Alaska. One tenth of one tenth percent is what we’re talking about in disturbance…This little dot on my nose – I weigh 225 lbs. – this little dot is what we’re talking about in surface impact in the 1002 Area. That’s a potential for approximately – early estimates were 10 billion barrels – and now estimates are probably around 20 billion barrels of oil.”
As described by Congressman Young, one of the few who has been part of this debate from the beginning, the creation of the 1002 Area was built on an understanding that it would be used for future development.
“If we are to be energy sufficient, to control the international instances that can be faced, we need ANWR,” Congressman Young said. “The Congress recognized it when we passed the Alaska National Interest Land Conservation Act (ANILCA). Scoop Jackson, Warren Magnuson, Mo Udall, all agreed to this provision because they knew the value of that oil and the value it had to this nation. Now we’re fighting the same battle again because of the ignorance and misinformation from those that would prefer not having any resource development at all, not only in Alaska – we’re easy to pick on because we’re a three person delegation – but for the nation as a whole.”
Young closed as he began – an argument that resource development in the 1002 Area can be done safely and responsibly just as industry and the State of Alaska have proven on the North Slope for over 50 years.
“I hope you have the courage to do what’s right for this nation – what’s good for Alaska, what’s good for the nation, and good for all the people in the future. Madam Chairman, I thank you for having this hearing,” Young said. “I remind you, look at this little blue dot on my nose. That is the footprint in the 1002 Area. I don’t think it changes my appearance that much.”
Following the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, a group of Alaskans joined together to further discuss the necessity of opening the 1002 for exploration. This group included Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska), Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, and members of the Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat, including Richard Glenn, Matthew Rexford, John Hopson, Jr. and Teresa Imm.
The Alaska Delegation holds a press availability following today’s hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (click here to watch).
*Click here for photos from today’s hearing.
Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young today applauded the House-passage of H.Con. Res. 71, a concurrent budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2018 that paves the way to long overdue tax reform and resource development within the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
“This budget resolution not only lays the foundation for achieving much needed tax reform, it takes us one step closer to unleashing Alaska’s true energy potential through the development of ANWR – two issues that will not be easy, but are vitally important for Alaska,” said Congressman Don Young. “ANWR is absolutely key in this equation, especially as we look to generate new revenue, create new jobs and opportunities for our people, and strengthen our economic outlook. As the budget reconciliation process moves forward, I am committed to ensuring Alaska’s needs are reflected in the House and through any future negotiations with the Senate. On a broader note, this budget takes a serious step to prioritize our nation’s safety and security, while also beginning to address spending and our spiraling debt. It’s often something people avoid discussing, but we must understand that without unlocking new resources, encouraging new growth and championing new business activity, we will never get out from under the years of hardship created under previous administrations.”
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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.
House-passed NDAA agreement, bicameral and bipartisan bill, is a great step for national security, our men and wome… https://t.co/nnUdVUZPHA
Like much of the propaganda out there, this is not the coastal plain (1002 Area) of ANWR. https://t.co/nFHr4ub9vP