Congressman Young's February Washington Report
Rep. Young Urges Alaska's Senators to Put Hold on Interior Secretary Nominee over King Cove Road Access
In a speech on the House Floor, Alaskan Congressman Don Young urged his colleagues in the Senate to put a hold on the nomination of Sally Jewell to succeed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, until the Department of Interior signs off on a land exchange that would allow the residents of King Cove limited emergency road access through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. To read Rep. Young's entire statement on the King Cove road issue, click here.
Reaction to President Obama's State of the Union Address
Earlier this week, President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address to Congress. According to Rep. Young, the common theme in his address was that government is the solution to all of our country’s problems. From energy to guns, health care to job creation, the President continues to believe that where there is a new federal program, there is a solution.
But after four years of trying the same, what do we really have to show for it? Our economy remains fragile, millions remain unemployed, and 34,000 of our bravest Americans are now coming home to an economy that can’t even create enough jobs for all of our college graduates. To read Rep. Young's entire statement on the President's SOTU address click here.
Young Continues Fight Against GE Salmon
In his ongoing battle against genetically engineered salmon, Rep. Young has introduced H.R. 584 which would require all genetically engineered (GE) fish sold for consumption to be labeled as such. This legislation comes in response to a proposal by AquaBounty Technologies, currently under final consideration by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For more information on H.R. 584 click here.
The FDA earlier this week issued a 60 day extension of the comment period on GE Salmon. If you have not had a chance to weigh in please do! Submit electronic comments to: http://www.regulations.gov/ or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA–305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm.1061, Rockville, MD 20852
IN THE NEWS
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Alaska’s delegation responds to the State of the Union
Alaska's Delegation Continues Fight Against 'Frankenfish'
Congressman Young will be back in Alaska during the President's Day Recess, to discuss a variety of issues looming in Washington, including sequestration. Public events dates and times are below.
Wednesday, February 20th
12:00 p.m. - Congressman Young will address the Palmer Chamber of Commerce
5:30 p.m. - Mat-Su Business Alliance: Business Symposium featuring Congressman Don Young- How Washington Really Affects Our Local Businesses
ON THE HILL
Congressman Young met with U.S. Army LT General Richard P. Formica on the importance of continued support for Space and Missile Defense. Concerning Ft. Greely, He agreed with the General that it is a key part of credible defense against rogue nations with nuclear capabilities.
Despite these tough budgetary times, Rep. Young believes we must learn from our mistakes in the past and work to ensure that we do not dismantle the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen.
Rep. Young Co-Sponsors Early Learning Education Bill
As a former teacher, Rep. Young knows that students benefit greatly when educators collaborate and coordinate so that the stages of their development are linked. Kids in Alaska deserve these smart policy changes.
He was proud to cosponsor the Continuum of Learning Act this week and will fight to pass this bipartisan, no-nonsense bill. This legislation will dramatically improve kids' educational experience as they transition from Pre-K learning to elementary school, without any expense to the American taxpayer.