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Port and Harbor Investment - Murkowski Morning Meeting, 1/31/2013


Thursday, January 31, 2013

U.S. Senate Events 

Pushing for Arctic Infrastructure

Alaskan Impact: Senator Murkowski has long pushed for more Arctic infrastructure as the waters around Alaska expand with shrinking sea ice – creating new opportunities in shipping and tourism, but also new challenges as well. In December, the Senate passed the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill which included a number of Senator Murkowski’s Arctic priorities, including a study on an Arctic deep water port.  Today, the Senate discussed investment in ports even during fiscally-challenged times.

6:00am AKDT

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing

Topic: “The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and the Need to Invest in the Nation's Ports”

Testimony from:

  • Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army Civil Works
  • Michael Christensen, Deputy Executive Director of development for the Port of Los Angeles
  • Mike Lorino, President of the Associated Branch Pilots

(Sen. Barrasso – “Our nation’s ports are vital”)                                                       (Sen. Merkley – Ports are critical to commerce and recreation”)

Standing Up for Sitting Down

For the 3rd year in a row, Senator Murkowski is joining with Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) in calling upon members of Congress to sit together across party lines at the President’s State of the Union Address.  Last year, the two Senators led an effort that resulted in over 200 members of Congress sitting with the other party – in an attempt to avoid the frequent political theater of one side standing up while the other remains seated.

House of Representatives Events 

The House of Representatives currently stands in recess.

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