Congressman Young's Washington Report -- April 2013
House Passes Bill to Stop FAA Air Traffic Controller Furloughs With Rep. Young Support
Today the House of Representatives passed H.R.1765, the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013, legislation that will provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with additional flexibility to address the furlough of air traffic controllers, which have caused lengthy flight delays across the country.
Congressman Young supported the bill, which will ensure that regular order will return to the country's airports without compromising Americans' safety. He does point out that the FAA's budget has increased over the past few years, and yet the Obama Administration still decided to furlough air traffic controllers.Going forward, he is hopeful that the Obama Administration will avoid politically manufactured situations like this in the future. To read Rep. Young's entire statement on the issue, click here.
Rep. Young Joins Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) on TV show Cole on Congress
Late last month, Congressman Young joined his friend and colleague Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma on his monthly tv show, Cole on Congress. During the interview, they discussed Rep. Young's recent mark of 40 years in Congress, responsible resource development, transportation in the 21st century, and Alaska Native/Native American issues. To watch, click on the photo above or click here.
Reps Young Introduces GE Salmon Bill to Protect American Consumers and Fisheries
Continuing his fight against genetically engineered salmon, Alaskan Congressman Don Young along with Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) this week introduced H.R. 1667, the Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States (PEGASUS) Act, aimed at keeping genetically engineered (GE) fish off the nation’s dinner plates and away from our nation’s oceans.
The PEGASUS Act would prohibit the shipment, sale, transportation, purchase, possession, or release in the wild of GE salmon or other GE finfish unless the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service complete a full environmental impact statement and find that it will result in no significant impact to the environment.
Currently, AquaBounty Technologies is in the final stages of the approval process toward selling GE salmon for commercial consumption. The proposed process would splice genetic material from the Chinook (King) salmon with that of a pout fish and Atlantic salmon. According to AquaBounty, the resulting organism would grow to the size of an Alaskan King salmon in a shorter period of time than found in nature. To read Congressman Young's statement on his GE Salmon bill click here.
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