Rep. Young Condemns Biased Legislation
Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement this afternoon in response to legislation (H.R. 598) filed by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) that would prove detrimental to the successful Alaskan Native Corporations:
“With a new Congress, comes a new opportunity to reintroduce inflammatory legislation. With all due respect, my colleague from Mississippi has certainly decided to capitalize on the new start and do just that. Unfortunately for him, I’m still here.
“For my colleague to state that the current 8(a) program does not help either small, disadvantaged businesses or Native Alaskans, is blatantly wrong. To the contrary, the reason the ANC’s are constantly under attack is because they ARE successful. Additionally, in a Congressional briefing in January, the Small Business Administration (SBA) clearly stated that there is no evidence of Alaska Native Companies taking business from other minority contractors.
“Congress did its job in creating the program, and it is now up to the SBA to enforce the policies already in place. Any changes that are needed will be addressed in the new SBA regulations being released tomorrow. These decisions should NOT be made by Members of Congress who know nothing about Alaska Native issues.
“I am again disappointed that Mr. Thompson chose not to work with me on this issue. I am elected to represent and protect the best interests of my state and its people and once again will do everything in my power to ensure that this ill-conceived legislation never sees the light of day.”