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Begich Closes Out Productive Week, Mourns Tragedy in Connecticut


Begich Closes Out Productive Week,
Mourns Tragedy in Connecticut


A proud fellow – Sen. Begich congratulates Major Leigh Hasson (pictured with her son) after graduating from her fellowship which she served in Begich's office in the U.S. Senate.

It has been a productive couple of weeks for Alaska priorities in the U.S. Senate. I was deeply honored to have secured a seat on the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. With almost half the indigenous tribes in the country located in Alaska, this appointment will allow me to continue advocating for Alaska Natives – protecting fishing rights, investing in rural housing, jobs and education, and helping deliver health care to Alaska's rural and tribal communities. I look forward to playing an even more significant role in advocating for Alaska's first people.

I worked hard with the Alaska delegation to pass important legislation for our state, including the Coast Guard reauthorization bill that passed the Senate by unanimous consent last week. Nowhere is the Coast Guard more important than in Alaska. They enforce our fisheries laws, keep our waters safe and keep fish pirates at bay. As part of the bill, the Coast Guard must rethink its proposal to scrap the heavy icebreaker Polar Sea and return it to active service if it makes business sense to do so. Icebreaking capacity is critical to maintaining U.S. competitiveness in the Arctic, which I believe holds untold opportunity for Alaskans over the coming decades.

The tragic shooting last Friday in Connecticut provides a reminder of the importance of our friends and family, particularly during this holiday season. I hope as you come together during the next few weeks, you'll hold each other a little tighter. If you have the opportunity, please also remember to thank our uniformed service members and extend a caring hand to the less fortunate among us.

Digital Signature
Senator Mark Begich



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