Murkowski Comments on President’s Budget Proposal
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement Feb. 1 after President Obama released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2011:
"The President released his proposed budget today for the Fiscal Year that begins October 1, 2010. Although I have not yet had a chance to study the document in detail, there are a few areas of concern, including an elimination of the $10 million fund for Denali Commission health care facility construction and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's $18 million High Energy Cost Grants Program. The budget also calls for eliminating two U.S. Coast Guard units in Alaska - the Medium Endurance Cutter ACUSHNET, homeported in Ketchikan, which employs 80 crew members, and the Marine Safety and Security Team stationed in Anchorage, which employs 90 crew members. But there were several bright notes in the budget as well, such as $400.5 million for Alaska military construction projects and increases in both the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service budgets for self governance contract support costs."