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Congressman Young's Washington Report -- April 2013

TOP ISSUES

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.   

IN THE NEWS

National Ocean Policy Outlines Vision for Marine Planning, Arctic

   
SPOTLIGHT
Congressman Young will be back in Alaska next week during the state work period, to discuss a variety of issues currently being debated in Washington. Public events, dates and times are below.

Anchorage
Monday, April 29th
11:00 a.m. - Congressman Young will speak at the Rural Energy Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Anchorage. (Address: 401 E 6th Ave)

Anchorage
Tuesday, April 30th
9:15 a.m. - Congressman Young will address the Alaska Native Village CEO Association Annual Meeting at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage. (Address: 600 W. Seventh Avenue)

Fairbanks
Thursday, May 2nd
11:45 a.m. - Congressman Young will speak to the Fairbanks Downtown Rotary Club at the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks. (Address: 813 Noble St)

Anchorage
Saturday, May 4th
10:00 a.m. - Congressman Young will attend and speak at the commissioning ceremony of the USS Anchorage at the Port of Anchorage.

 

ON THE HILL

Congressman Young met with students from Wasilla, Sand Point and Mountain Village on Capitol steps this week, and discussed a variety of important topics currently being debated in Washington. 
Alaskan students are never afraid to ask the tough questions, and this group was no exception.  Thanks for stopping by, and safe travels back to Alaska. 

Statement on 2nd Amendment Rights

Since the tragedy in Newtown, CT, gun control legislation has been a hot topic here in Washington, D.C. I want to reiterate to all Alaskans my unwavering support of every law-abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. 
As a gun owner and strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I am not satisfied with efforts to keep some firearms out of the hands of those with mental illness. All stakeholders must find a way to keep all firearms out of the hands of those with mental illness. 
We must strive to make federal and state mental health programs more effective to reduce, and hopefully one day eliminate, senseless tragedies like Newtown or Columbine. 
Improved mental health identification and treatment, along with effective enforcement of existing gun laws, rather than proposing new laws, should be the primary focus of Congress and the Administration. Our Founding Fathers clearly understood the importance of the law abiding citizens’ right to own and use firearms. 
I remain committed to defending this right with my votes in Congress and my discussions with colleagues.
Don Young

 

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