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Sequestration and the Military - Murkowski Morning Meeting, 2/28/2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

U.S. Senate Events 

The Military on Sequestration:

Alaskan Impact: Alaska’s strategic importance  is on the rise as the Pentagon shifts its focus to the Pacific.  But the blind, across-the-board cuts from sequestration could needlessly undermine the military when more common sense flexibility is needed to prioritize expenses.  Today, the Senate Armed Services Committee focused on the threat posed by the less responsible, current approach of sequestration.

5:30am AKDT

Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing

Topic: Full committee hearing on nominations

Testimony from:

  • Alan Estevez to be deputy Defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics;
  • Eric Fanning to be undersecretary of the Air Force.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) : Would it help you to have more flexibility in how to administer cuts?

VIEW the entire hearing online: www.armed-services.senate.gov

U.S. House Events 

House Passes Senate Version of Violence Against Women Act

Within days of Senator Lisa Murkowski sending a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) urging him to allow a vote on the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill, the House of Representatives today passed the Senate version.  Today marks the culmination of a lengthy bipartisan advocacy campaign by Murkowski dating back to the previous session of Congress, and her work has been acknowledged by the AWAIC shelter in Anchorage and the Tlingit Haida Central Council.

Senator Murkowski added a number of provisions to the bill to reflect key Alaskan priorities:

  • Justice on Reservation Lands:  The VAWA bill grants reservation tribes jurisdiction over criminal domestic violence committed on reservation lands.  Senator Murkowski added an amendment to make sure that Alaska’s only reservation, Metlakatla, is included in this critical provision. (Click here to watch Murkowski discuss this.)
  • Rural Justice Commission: The Rural Justice Commission is an important tool for public safety in rural Alaska, initiated by Senator Ted Stevens in 2004.  With the funding for the program having run out, Senator Murkowski included language to restart the Commission as a permanent forum for discussions among the federal government, the state and the tribes on improvement of public safety in rural Alaska.

Safety in the Sky

Alaskan Impact: Senator Murkowski believes that a major boost for the nation’s economy would be for the government to ‘just get out of the way.  She has long been an advocate for the business community, recently calling for a one-year regulatory timeout.” Today, the House investigated what impacts the administration’s regulations are having on the nation’s economy.

5:00am AKDT

House Judiciary Committee Hearing

Topic: Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee hearing on "The Obama Administration's Regulatory War on Jobs, the Economy, and America's Global Competitiveness"

Testimony from:

  • Robert Glicksman, George Washington University Law School
  • Drew Greenblatt, CEO of Marlin Steel
  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum

The hearing can be seen here: judiciary.house.gov

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