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Rep. Young’s Hydrographic Services Bill Passes House; Final in Three-Bill package to Pass

For video of Rep. Young on the House floor speaking on this bill yesterday, click here

Washington, D.C. - Alaskan Congressman Don Young's Hydrographic Services Improvement Act (H.R. 2864) passed the House this morning with a vote of 420-0.

"H.R. 2864 is an important piece of legislation not only for Alaska but for the country," said Rep. Young.  "The United States is an Arctic nation because of Alaska and as activity in the Arctic picks up, Alaska will provide the gateway to our country's future.  We have the opportunity now to address the prospects of industry years down the road and how we can use changing Arctic conditions to our advantage.  It is incredibly important that we have abundant, accurate data to support safe navigation, claims to the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, and management of resources."

H.R. 2864, which would authorize much needed funds for hydrographic surveys and Continental Shelf mapping of the Arctic region, was introduced by Congressman Young in June, 2009.  This bill was part of a three-bill package introduced by Congressman Young in the 111th Congress, to address the effect changing Arctic conditions will have on commerce, resource development, tourism, and safe navigation of Arctic waters.  

The other two bills in this package are H.R. 2865 which will ensure safe, secure, and reliable marine shipping in the Arctic, and H.R. 4576, The Arctic Deep Water Sea Port Act.  H.R. 2865 was included in the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill (H.R. 3619) which passed the House last October.  H.R. 4576 passed the House on May 28, 2010 as part of the Defense Authorization bill (H.R. 5136).

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