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Alaska’s Bypass Mail and the Postal Service Evolving to Survive -- Murkowski Morning Meeting, 2/13/2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

U.S. Senate Events

Alaska’s Bypass Mail and the Postal Service Evolving to Survive

Alaskan Impact: The U.S. Postal Service announced late last week that it would be cutting package service on Saturdays in an effort to cut costs.  Senator Murkowski believes the Postal Service needs to evolve to survive while still maintaining vital services for the Rural Alaskans and other Americans who depend on it.  As the USPS begins its transition into the 21st Century, a key reformer said that Alaska’s bypass mail must stay in place, and urban postal operations need be rethought.

6:00am AKDT

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing

Topic: "Solutions to the Crisis Facing the U.S. Postal Service."

Testimony from:

  • House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA)
  • Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe
  • Eugene Dodaro, Government Accountability Office
  • Cliff Guffey, President of the American Postal Workers Union

Congressman Issa to Senator Jon Tester (D-MT): Alaska’s bypass mail must be maintained; we need to reevaluate redundant urban post offices.

U.S. House Events 

Protecting Our Veterans in their New Battles

Alaskan Impact: This week, the Department of Veterans Affairs placed a new emphasis on mental health by hiring more than 1,000 mental health professionals nationwide. A new VA study shows 22 veterans a day commit suicide every day.  Senator Murkowski has long been an advocate for increased VA services for America’s heroes and is currently working to find new ways to reduce suicide rates in Alaska and nationwide.  Today, the House examined the VA mental health commitment to America’s veterans.

6:00am AKDT

House Veterans' Affairs Committee – Hearing

Topic: "Honoring the Commitment: Overcoming Barriers to Quality Mental Health Care for Veterans"

Testimony from:

  • M. David Rudd, Ph.D. National Center for Veteran Studies University of Utah
  • Joy J. Ilem, Deputy National Legislative, Director Disabled American Veterans
  • Ralph Ibson, National Policy Director, Wounded Warrior Project

State of the Union Reaction

Senator Lisa Murkowski was disappointed in President Obama’s State of the Union address last night. She believes the President is looking to big government to step in and solve most of America’s tough problems, but she feels – along with most Alaskans – that in most cases the government should get out of the way.  She shared a thorough critique with Alaskans afterwards, discussing the President’s numerous suggestions and initiatives – from areas of agreement on energy policy to her concern that he is not taking America’s $16.4 trillion debt seriously.

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