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Upcoming Events January 15, 2011
Anchorage Covenant House
Fire & Ice Ball

Anchorage Marriott Hotel
7:00 p.m. (Alaska)

January 16, 2011
Anchorage Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Celebration
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
3:00 p.m. (Alaska)

January 16, 2011
Anchorage Alaska SeaLife Center Marine Gala
Dena'ina Civic &
Convention Center

7:00 p.m. (Alaska)

January 18, 2011
Wasilla Grand Opening:
Begich Mat-Su Borough Office

851 E. Westpoint Drive, Wasilla
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. (Alaska)

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enewsletter_title.jpg January 3, 2011 Happy New Year - Congress Gets Back to Work

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Sen. Begich joined thousands of Alaskans in welcoming 2011 at the Fire & Ice New Year's Party in Anchorage's Town Square.

After spending a productive holiday in Alaska, I am pleased Congress is resuming its work this week. Deborah, Jacob and I were in Anchorage to celebrate Christmas and New Year's catching up with friends and family. New Year's Eve in Town Square was a great event with thousands of Alaskans, and I was honored to welcome local residents and visitors alike in bringing in the New Year.

As the 112th Congress gets underway, I am ready to continue my tireless fight to deliver Alaska's fair share. Before we left for the holiday, I was happy to provide tax relief to more than 350,000 Alaskans in the tax cut compromise package. But, as I've said before, the real issue before us is true tax reform and I look forward to continuing to work with both Republicans and Democrats on finally fixing our broken tax system and getting the national debt under control. This year, I will continue to work toward a national energy policy that takes advantage of Alaska's enormous oil and gas potential. We need a real energy policy to decrease our dependence on foreign oil and increase our national and economic security. And we must continue our focus on jobs and the economy and look for ways to keep Alaskans employed while giving our small businesses new opportunities to expand and grow

Congratulations to Senator Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young as they are sworn into another term as Alaska's U.S. senator and representative this week. I look forward to continuing our work together for Alaska.

I hope the New Year brings you happiness and good health as we all work together to build a better Alaska.

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Senator Mark Begich

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Sen. Begich spent the Monday after Christmas taking calls and talking to Alaskans all afternoon on the Dan Fagan radio show on KFQD AM-750.

Begich Protects Alaska's Interests in Defense Bill Committed to providing for Alaska and America's service members during a time of war, Sen. Begich supported last month's passage of defense legislation strengthening our military and their families. The legislation provides a 1.4 percent pay raise for military members and includes Senator Begich's proposal to extend TRICARE coverage for dependent children of military members until the age of 26.

"It is absolutely essential that we provide for our troops, giving them the equipment and services they need to do their jobs fighting conflicts on two fronts," Begich said. "I am pleased we finally passed this legislation, which, unfortunately, was held up by politics and partisanship." The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 with the approval of all 100 Senators following bipartisan negotiations. The bill contains Begich's TRICARE proposal, which was introduced in April, matching a provision of health care reform extending the benefit for dependent children to civilian families.

Alaska Provisions Secured by Sen. Begich: · A land conveyance to the city of Whittier for purposes of economic development;

· An independent review of Alaska's ground-based midcourse defense system to determine if the program requires more resources;

A Sense of the Congress urging the Army, Air Force and other agencies work with the Alaska Railroad on the northern rail line extension;
A Government Accountability Office study on Basic Housing Allowance rates to ensure service members are adequately compensated;

Requires the Secretary of Defense to study Alaska National Guard Helicopter requirements to make sure they are properly resourced.  

Alaska's View From The Hill 110103 VFTHCap

Sen. Begich sits down with KTVA's Matt Felling to discuss the productive lame duck session of congress. The two talked about Sen. Begich's support of tax cuts benefiting 100% of Alaskans and how ending earmarks hurts Alaska while empowering bureaucrats and the executive branch.

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