Donald Young

Donald Young

ALASKA

MEDIA ALERT: Young Bills Set to Pass U.S. House on Monday, June 1st

2015/05/29

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives is set to pass two pieces of legislation introduced by Alaska Congressman Don Young on Monday, June 1, 2015. The bills include H.R. 1335, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, and H.R. 336, the Anchorage Land Transfer Act.

H.R. 1335, “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act:

Young’s legislation works to strengthen and reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary law governing fisheries resources and fishing activities in United States. The bill aims to improve federal fishery management in order to give Regional Fishery Management Councils the proper tools and flexibility necessary to effectively manage their fisheries. Congressman Young shared the following statement upon passage of H.R. 1335 in the House Natural Resources Committee on April 30, 2015. For more details, click here.

“H.R. 1335 reflects more than 4 years of work with fisheries managers and stakeholders across the nation. Through a number of modest but necessary reforms, this legislation ensures the needs of our fisheries resources are balanced with the needs of our fishermen and coastal communities. By reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act, we allow for this important law to more closely reflect the current science, management techniques and knowledge of our fishermen and regional management councils.  I look forward to building upon the many successes of the MSA, which has always recognized our nation’s different ocean conditions, harvesting methods, management techniques, and distinct community impacts.”

House debate on H.R. 1335 is set to begin on Monday, June 1st at approximately 3pm (ET). Congressman Young will speak on behalf of his legislation prior to an anticipated 6:30 pm (ET) passage of the bill. Click here to watch a live stream of the House floor.


H.R. 336, the Anchorage Land Transfer Act:

H.R. 336, the Anchorage Land Transfer Act, will allow for the sale of unused National Archives property to the Municipality of Anchorage for fair market value. The bill unanimously passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on April 18, 2015. Congressman Young shared the following statement upon passage:

“H.R. 336 allows for the sale of unused National Archives land, roughly 9 acres, to the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA). The sale of this federally owned property, which is no longer in use, has been requested by MOA and supported by the National Archives. This is an excellent step towards getting this land to the city of Anchorage for future development purposes and out of the federal governments growing footprint of unused properties. The sale will truly be a win-win for Alaskans. Development of the prime midtown real estate will bring additional tax revenue for MOA, while the proceeds of this fair market sale will be deposited in the U.S. treasury for debt reduction."

The House is scheduled to pass H.R. 336 at approximately 6:30 pm (ET) on Monday, June 1st.  Congressman Young will manage the floor during consideration of H.R. 336, which will include brief remarks in support of the legislation. Click here to watch a live stream of the House floor.

                                             

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Congressman Young Awarded Charles Dick Medal of Merit for Support of National Guard

2015/05/29

Anchorage, AK – Yesterday, Alaska Congressman Don Young was awarded the 2014 Charles Dick Medal of Merit Award during a ceremony held in Anchorage by the Alaska National Guard Association and the Military Officers Association of America. The award, which honors elected members at state and national levels, was presented to Congressman Young for his long-lasting support and advocacy for the National Guard.

“We selected Congressman Young for this award because of his support of the Alaska National Guard within the legislature — in regards to our relevancy in the Arctic and for taking a stand for the military benefits of our Soldiers, Airmen and their families,” said Col. Edie Grunwald, former Alaska ANGOA president. “His seniority was pivotal to the National Guard receiving sufficient funding to provide appropriate facilities for Kulis Air National Guard Base and the relocation of the 176th Wing to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Not only that, but he’s also been able to successfully fight off fee increases for TRICARE, which is continually proposed by the Pentagon.”

Former commander of the Alaska Army National Guard Association, retired Brig. Gen. Randy Banez, presented Congressman Young with the award that accompanied the follow citation:

“His strong support of the National Guard has immeasurably strengthened the readiness, benefits, and improvements of our nation’s forces. Throughout his time in elected office, Congressman Young has demonstrated a commitment to making lasting contributions to the vitality of the National Guard…Representative Young’s distinguished service in direct support of our Nation’s defense, combined with his numerous career contributions is worthy of recognition that reflects great credit upon himself, the National Guard and the United States.” 

Upon receiving the award, Congressman Young shared his appreciation and commitment to protecting the men and women of the armed forces:

“This award is very nice and unexpected. Throughout my career, I’ve always kept Alaska as my focal point and priority, and that largely encompasses caring and providing for Alaska’s active military, Guard and veteran population… Under my watch, our state will remain militarily prepared. I thank every one of you here for your service to this great state and nation.”

The Charles Dick Medal of Merit, given by the National Guard Association of the United States, “is designed to recognize the contributions to the National Guard by elected representatives to legislative bodies at the state and national levels.” Named in honor of Major General Charles Dick for his efforts to establish the foundation to the modern National Guard, the award has been given since 1988.

  

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Young Condemns Administration’s Massive Expansion of Federal Jurisdiction Under Clean Water Act

2015/05/27

Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young today released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s massive expansion of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act through the release of a final rule redefining the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).

“There’s a saying – a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have. This Administration’s rulemaking is exactly one of those instances. They honestly believe they know what’s best and therefore are entitled to ignore the will of Congress, the people, and a majority of states by finalizing this unprecedented expansion of federal jurisdiction over states and private property.

“With more than three million lakes, twelve thousand rivers, thousands of streams, creeks, and ponds, the Clean Water Act already has monumental impacts on the economy, transportation, and development of Alaska. This rule significantly expands that scope and authority, one I believe is already too broad.

“With the current challenges of economic development across the country, unilaterally redefining the “waters of the United States” will do more damage and cause more confusion.  Oil and gas operations, road transportation projects, mining, and even some of the most basic types of activity undertaken where permafrost or seasonal wet areas exist, will in all likelihood become subject to federal jurisdiction – even if these waters never reach ‘navigable waters.’  With a need for more permits nationwide, the Corps and the EPA will have an increased workload which will lead to permitting delays.  The end result: more litigation, higher costs for construction projects and resource development, and prolonged delays. 

“Twice the Supreme Court has affirmed that both the U.S. Constitution and the Clean Water Act place limits on federal authority to manage these waters, and Congress declined to alter that careful balance between federal and state regulation.  Yet, this Administration has substituted its own judgment for that of Congress by unlawfully expanding the scope of federal jurisdiction beyond anything that has ever existed under the Clean Water Act.

On May 12, 2015, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, by a vote of 261 to 155. The legislation, cosponsored by Congressman Young, overturns the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ rule to broaden its regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act and requires the development of a new rule with the consultation of state and local officials, stakeholders, and other parties, in addition to maintaining the federal-state partnership established under the 1972 Clean Water Act.

Click here for more information on the House’s efforts to overturn the Administration’s “waters of the United States” rule.

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Alaska Delegation Welcomes News of Long Range Discrimination Radar Siting at Clear Air Force Station

2015/05/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaska’s Congressional Delegation today welcomed a major benchmark in Alaska’s military infrastructure presence, as the Pentagon informed them that Clear Air Force Station in Anderson has been proposed to be the future site of the Missile Defense Agency’s long range discrimination radar system (LRDR).

The system – which is reported to be valued at $940 million worth of technology, hardware and on-site construction – will utilize cutting edge and proven 21st century technology to identify and track airborne missile threats against the United States. The construction work, estimated to be completed by 2020, can begin once an environmental impact study is conducted and the current design phase completed.


“MDA’s decision underscores Alaska’s unparalleled strategic location and helps solidify our role in strengthening America’s missile defense shield,” said Congressman Don Young. “With growing threats from both North Korea and Iran, it’s critical that this radar system be positioned in an area that covers both these nations; Clear Air Force Station offers that location. I’ve proudly worked with my colleagues in Congress to secure funding and authorization for this essential project, and look forward to seeing its completion in the coming years. Simply put, today’s announcement is a big win for Alaska and the entire nation.”

“MDA Director Vice Admiral Syring was crystal clear in his testimony this March when he said that long range discrimination radar is a must have for the nation’s defense, and today’s news gets us closer to the end goal of the best defense possible from the most strategic position in the world,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski.  “$50 million has already been allocated for the MDA to do design work on this critical project, but now that the location has been decided they can begin to plan out in more detail this major Alaskan investment for our national defense.”

Clear Air Force Station, Alaska

“I am greatly pleased with this announcement to station the Long Range Discriminating Radar at Clear Air Force Station,” Senator Dan Sullivan said. “Not only will this project – the very first of its kind – greatly improve the combat effectiveness of our nation’s missile defense system, but it will also bring hundreds of millions of dollars to Interior Alaska. Alaska has become the cornerstone of our nation’s missile defense, significantly benefiting both our state and our country. This is why, as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I worked to include $137.6 million for the LRDR in the recently reported FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act.”

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Congressman Young E-Newsletter For May 22, 2015

2015/05/22

Dear Friends,

As the 114th Congress moves forward, I remain committed to keeping you informed about and involved in the many decisions being made in Washington, D.C.

I’m proud to provide you with a brief update on the many steps being made in the U.S. House of Representatives to advance solution-based policies that build a stronger and safer America. The House remains committed and focused on moving a legislative agenda based on empowering individuals with opportunity, restoring freedom, standing up to job killing rules and regulations, and holding this Administration accountable.

For too long, the federal government has focused its efforts on moving top-down policies and regulations that ignore the needs of American families and small businesses. This “we know best” decision making – to the detriment of the nation and the economy – has gone on for too long.

 

Congressman Young discussing timber harvests in the House Natural Resources Committee.


Congressman Young Shares Memorial Day Message with Alaskans

Congressman Don Young shares a Memorial Day message with Alaskans (click here to view).

Happy Memorial Day, Alaska!

Memorial Day is more than picnics, fishing, and time out on the water with friends and family, it’s a time to remember our fallen heroes and those that have proudly served in the military.

As you celebrate Memorial Day, it’s important to remember the many sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform ­– those that fell during conflict and those that were wounded.  We owe them a great big thank you!

I hope you and your families have a safe and wonderful time in each other’s company, but please remember this celebration is about those that served in the military, those that sacrificed – the ultimate sacrifice, those that fought to protect our freedoms.

God bless you and God bless our military men and women who have served this great nation in the past, in the present, and in the future.

Clear Air Force Station Selected as Location for Long Range Discrimination Radar

 
Clear Air Force Station located in Anderson, Alaska

The Missile Defense Agency has announced it will position its Long Range Discrimination Radar at Clear Air Force Radar Station, in Anderson, Alaska. This is a big win for Alaska and the nation.

This decision underscores Alaska’s unparalleled strategic location and helps solidify our role in strengthening America’s missile defense shield. With growing threats from both North Korea and Iran, it’s critical that this radar system be positioned in an area that covers both these nations; Clear Air Force Station offers that location.

I proudly worked with my colleagues in Congress to secure funding and authorization for this essential project, and look forward to seeing its completion in the coming years.

Click here to read more.


Coast Guard Authorization Passes House with Alaska Provisions

 

The House recently passed bipartisan legislation to advance a number of reforms and priorities to support the Coast Guard’s critical mission of protecting our oceans and waterways.

In addition to giving the Coast Guard the resources, tools and reforms needed to fulfill their priorities, I was proud to see the inclusion of a number of provisions to reduce burdensome regulations placed upon our mariners and fishermen, and efforts to support the disposal of shuttered federal properties in Tok, AK. 

Click here for more information.

East Anchorage High School Student Wins Congressional Art Competition for Alaska

 

Congressional Art Competition winner, Celebrating the Generations, drawn by East Anchorage High School student (click here  for more information)

Each year, I have the unique opportunity to sponsor a piece of artwork from an Alaskan high school student to be displayed in the halls of Congress as part of the Congressional Art Competition. Because we have so many talented young Alaskan artists, I have partnered with the Alaska Association of School Activities (AASA) to select our winner from the many beautiful pieces competing in the All-State Art Competition.

I recently announced the 2015 Congressional Art Competition winner for Alaska, East Anchorage High School student Laura Horton who was recognized for her piece titled “Celebrating the Generations.”

She writes, "This drawing represents generations in Alaska. It depicts a tree, my father, and myself. The layout of the drawing lets the viewer see, in a less obvious way, the number 100, because it is the 100th anniversary of the city of Anchorage."

Laura’s unique and creative art piece will represent Alaska well in the halls of Congress. Her infusion of Alaskan heritage and history will certainly captivate audiences, which will include heads of state and government, and countless Americans visiting the U.S. Capitol.

For more information, click here: http://1.usa.gov/1Ai2HT7


Young Works to Reauthorize the Magnuson-Steven Act

 

This Congress, I was selected by my colleagues to lead efforts to reauthorize and update the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the primary law governing fisheries resources and fishing activities in the United States.

To ensure a proper balance between the biological needs of our fish stocks and the economic needs of our fishermen and coastal communities, I have introduced H.R. 1335, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.

This legislation provides a number of modest but necessary reforms to our fisheries management law, including efforts to: provide fisheries managers with increased flexibility and transparency; allow for improved data collection through the use of electronic monitoring; increase accountability for our federal agencies; and create predictability and certainty for coastal communities that depend on stable fishing

In many ways, the MSA continues to support Alaska fishermen and protect our fishery resource as envisioned. But as I’ve learned in Congress, our laws are not written in stone and we must constantly review them, listen to our constituents and make changes when necessary.

While I have missed teaming up with Senator Stevens during this process, as we did for the first time in 1976 and for the last time in 2006, I have remember him fondly as we have worked to update the law bearing his name.

For more information on H.R. 1335, which passed the House Natural Resources Committee and is expected on the House floor during the first week of June, please click here.


Critical Alaska Provisions Pass in National Defense Authorization

The House recently passed the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which makes a number of significant improvements and reforms to the military’s acquisition process, workforce management, troop benefits and retirement.

Alaska fared very well through the inclusion of several important provisions, including those that fund the procurement of the F-35, missile defense, and a number of construction projects.

I was also pleased to see the inclusion of my amendments, which reaffirm the F-35 basing at Eielson Air Force Base, update the 8(a) Small Business Administration procurement process, and authorize a land transfer to Galena, AK.

For more information, check out my video below or by clicking here.


Bicameral Legislation to Spur Future Development of Point Spencer Introduced

Senator Lisa Murkowski and I have introduced bicameral legislation to streamline development on Point Spencer by transferring 2,500 acres unused federal lands to state and local stakeholders.

There’s no question that this region is in desperate need of development, particularly as activity in the region increases and ship traffic through the Bering Strait nearly doubled in recent years.

I believe this legislation, which is both equitable and sensible, is the best path forward to ensure the interests of all stakeholders are met when optimizing the use of this critically important land.

Click here to read more.

 

ICYMI: KNOM radio featured Congressman Young and Senator Murkowski’s legislation in a recent news report (click here to listen).

House and Senate Approve Congressional Review of Iran Nuclear Deal

 

The House and Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to mandate Congressional approval of an Iran nuclear deal currently being negotiated by the Obama Administration. The passage of this important legislation proves that a majority of Americans believe negotiations with Iran must include the voice of Congress. I believe as the body that set these sanctions in place, Congress must play an integral role in removing them.

Any deal to lighten sanctions must stop Iran in their tracks and take them out of the driver’s seat to developing, building or acquiring a nuclear weapon, which means the inclusion of stringent transparency measures, compliance reviews, and concrete and enforceable measures to dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons infrastructure.

The broad-based sanctions currently in place have brought Iran to the negotiating table, and now we must hold their feet to the fire and demand a long list of requirements before any relief can be put in place.

For more information, click here.

House Votes to Halt Administration’s Massive Expansion of Waters of the United States

 

I’m pleased to report that the House has passed legislation to halt the Obama Administration’s massive expansion of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA), which would significantly change federal policy relating to U.S. waters - including ponds, ditches, culverts, and other wet areas – and significantly erode the states’ statutory authority to regulate waters within their own boundaries.

This proposed rule making by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers would have dire consequences in Alaska (which is already classified as 40% wetlands) by requiring endless federal regulations and permitting for even the most reasonable activity.

Read more here: http://1.usa.gov/1FcuCnm


Congressman Young Visits Last Frontier Honor Flight Veterans at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Congressman Young and the Last Frontier Honor Flight at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (click here to watch).

In late April, I had the great honor of joining 23 WWII and Korean War veterans for the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

I was so humbled to meet this incredible group of veterans visiting our nation’s capital as part of The Last Frontier Honor Flight, Inc. I hope every American has an opportunity to visit Arlington National Cemetery’s solemn grounds to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform. 

Alaska Congressional Delegation Hosts 2015 Federal Grants Symposium

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and I will be holding the 2015 Federal Grants Symposium at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet and visit with representatives from federal agencies offering grants and loans. 

Additionally, The Foraker Group, Rasmuson Foundation, and Alaska Community Foundation will provide educational seminars highlighting information about federal grant and loan processes, along with tips to take advantage of potential funding opportunities.

WHAT:          Federal Grants Symposium

WHEN:          Wednesday, May 27, 2015; 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

WHERE:        Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center,  Anchorage, AK

This event is free to the public and representatives from Alaska tribes, communities, and nonprofits are welcome to attend. Space is limited and participants are encouraged to RSVP by clicking here.

 

 

Visiting with Alaskans

 

Alaskan students, visiting Washington, D.C. as part of Close Up, met with Congressman Young on the steps of the Capitol for an obligatory "selfie."

 

Students from Healy, AK sat down with Congressman Young during a recent visit to the nation’s capital.
 

 

In celebration of National Small Business Week, Congressman Young visited Alaska Glacier Seafoods in Juneau, AK. 

 

Congressman Young taking a tour of the Alaska Glacier Seafoods operations in Juneau, AK.


  Congressman Young recently tested the F-35’s state of the art capabilities in a cockpit demonstrator. He was happy to report her didn’t crash. (Click here to watch a video).

 

The “Flying Dragons”, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment at Ft. Wainwright recently gave Congressman Young this flag of appreciation, which was flown on multiple missions in Afghanistan as well as above their HQ’s.

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Congressman Young Shares Memorial Day Message with Alaskans

2015/05/22

Washington, D.C.Alaskan Congressman Don Young today shared the following message with Alaskans in celebration of Memorial Day:

Congressman Don Young shares a Memorial Day message with Alaskans (click here to view).

Happy Memorial Day, Alaska!

Memorial Day is more than picnics, fishing, and time out on the water with friends and family, it’s a time to remember our fallen heroes and those that have proudly served in the military.

As you celebrate Memorial Day, it’s important to remember the many sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform ­– those that fell during conflict and those that were wounded.  We owe them a great big thank you!

I hope you and your families have a safe and wonderful time in each other’s company, but please remember this celebration is about those that served in the military, those that sacrificed – the ultimate sacrifice, those that fought to protect our freedoms.

God bless you and God bless our military men and women who have served this great nation in the past, in the present, and in the future.

 

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East Anchorage High School Student Wins Congressional Art Competition for Alaska

2015/05/21

Washington, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young today announced the 2015 Congressional Art Competition winner for Alaska,  East Anchorage High School student Laura Horton recognized for her piece titled “Celebrating the Generations.”  

“Each year I am impressed by the artistic talents displayed by young Alaskan artists and this year was no exception,” said Congressman Don Young. “Laura’s unique and creative art piece will represent Alaska well in the halls of Congress. Her infusion of Alaskan heritage and history will certainly captivate audiences, which will include heads of state and government, and countless Americans visiting the U.S. Capitol. I commend all of this year’s artists and look forward to being a part of this competition and tradition for years to come.”

Congressional Art Competition winner, Celebrating the Generations, drawn by East Anchorage High School student (click here  for more information)

In a statement accompanying the rising High School senior’s winning piece, Laura Horton wrote:

“This drawing represents generations in Alaska. It depicts a tree, my father, and myself. The layout of the drawing lets the viewer see, in a less obvious way, the number 100, because it is the 100th anniversary of the city of Anchorage. The people are wearing fur trimmed hoods to acknowledge the Native heritage in Alaska. It is drawn in graphite and white gel pen.”

Each spring, members of the House of Representatives sponsor a piece of artwork from a high school student within their district to be displayed in the halls of Congress for one year.  Congressman Young has partnered with the Alaska Association of School Activities to select the Congressional Art Competition winner among Alaska high school students as part of the All-State Art Competition. Winners are honored at an annual awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.To learn more about the competition, click here.

For more information about 2015 winner Laura Horton, please contact Congressman Young’s Press Secretary Matt Shuckerow at 202-225-0722.

 

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Representatives Don Young and Mike Thompson Announce Second Year of Veterans Congressional Fellowship Caucus

2015/05/21

Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) have announced that the bipartisan Veterans Congressional Fellowship Caucus is now accepting applications for 2015 fellows. The mission of the Caucus is to increase the number of veterans working on Capitol Hill. To do this, veterans Young (U.S. Army 1955-1957) and Thompson (U.S. Army 1967-1973) launched the caucus fellowship program last year.

 “As a veteran myself, I am always looking for opportunities to support our veterans,” said Congressman Young. “The Veteran Fellowship Caucus is a powerful resource for both Members of Congress and our veterans. Congress significantly benefits from the knowledge and expertise of these battle tested individuals, while our veterans learn the skills necessary to excel on Capitol Hill. I have personally benefitted from hiring veterans and would encourage all my colleagues to do the same. My goal is to change the attitudes of Congress, which in recent years has forgotten about the commitment our nation made to our veterans.”

“Every office on Capitol Hill would be lucky have a fellow from this program,” said Rep. Mike Thompson. “Our veterans are some the most skilled workers our country has to offer. As a veteran, I understand we have a responsibility to help those who’ve served our nation find a job when they return home. This fellowship program helps us to fulfill that responsibility by increasing the number of veterans working on Capitol Hill and providing our heroes with new skills to help them excel in the civilian workforce.”

According to a 2014 survey by HillVets, an organization for veterans in politics and government, the latest confirmed count of veterans working on Capitol Hill is 98 veterans out of approximately 6,060 Capitol Hill employees. 55 percent of Congressional offices responded to HillVets’ recent survey. By extrapolating a similar proportion of veteran hires to the non-responsive offices HillVets projects that no more than 178 veterans are working in personal offices on Capitol Hill.

To increase the number of veterans working on Capitol Hill, the bipartisan Veterans Congressional Fellowship Caucus has created a fellowship program that will provide them with the resources and skills necessary to bridge the gap between military service and legislative work.

Veterans who are interested in applying for the fellowship program can apply here: http://donyoung.house.gov/constituentservices/veterans-fellowship-program.htm

Veteran fellows will be placed in participating offices. They will take part in an educational curriculum where they will learn the legislative process and how to assist constituents dealing with federal agencies. The fellows will be provided a certificate at the end of their fellowship highlighting their completion of the program.

 

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Congressman Young Shares Thoughts on Short-Term Highway Transportation Funding

2015/05/19

Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young today offered the following statement after House passage of H.R. 2353, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, which authorizes a two-month extension of federal transportation funding. Congressman Young voted in favor of the measure which passed 387 to 35.

“In our nation’s current fiscal environment, developing a fiscally sustainable multi-year transportation bill has taken significantly more time than many may have wanted. This short-term extension represents a serious commitment to reaching our ultimate goal of finding a multi-year transportation deal, while ensuring our nation’s vital transportation projects remain funded. A two-month extension is nobody’s idea of legislating, but in many ways Congress’ hands are tied.

“Fortunately, this bill does not cost the American taxpayer any additional dollars. Simply put, it would authorize the continued funding of transportation projects from the Highway Trust Fund until the end of July. Considering the upcoming construction season, which is even shorter and more strenuous in Alaska, this legislation was necessary.

 “As Congress moves forward, we will continue to negotiate proposals to pay for these important infrastructure projects with as little additional taxpayer revenue as possible. My colleagues across the aisle must understand that spending reductions must occur and be included as part of a multi-year deal.”   

Congressman Young is a former Chairman and a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. As the primary sponsor of the last highway transportation bill, he remains committed to providing a robust investment in infrastructure to more efficiently move people and products domestically and internationally.

 

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House Passes 6 Commonsense Solutions to Support America's Veterans

2015/05/18

 

Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young today supported the passage of 6 commonsense solutions in the House of Representatives aimed at holding the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable and upholding our nation’s commitment to the men and women who so bravely served this nation.

The bipartisan bills passed this evening are:

H.R. 1382, Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act
H.R. 1313, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Relief Act
H.R. 1038, Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act
H.R. 474, Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2015
H.R. 91, Veteran's I.D. Card Act
H.R. 1816, Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2015

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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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