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Congressman Young's Washington Report

Washington Update | July 15, 2011
U.S. Congressman Don Young TOP ISSUES


Congressman Don Young reintroduced the Public-Private Vocational Partnership Act this past week. This legislation would strengthen vocational education programs by offering a tax credit for businesses that either donate equipment to vocational education programs or host an intern as part of an educational training program. To read more, click here.

Congressman Young
was able to add an important provision to the FY 2012 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. This provision forbids the National Park Service from enforcing regulations on waters in Alaska's Yukon-Charley National Preserve. This provision will go a long  way in curbing the overreach by the Park Service in Yukon-Charley. To read more, click here.

Congressman Young voted in favor of H.R. 2219, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for 2012. H.R. 2219 contains $530.5 billion in non-emergency, discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense (DoD). This legislation ensures the military is adequately funded while also making cuts where we can. To read more, click here.

The House Natural Resources Committee passed H. R. 2150, the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act,  out of committee this past week. This legislation expands energy production by requiring that annual lease sales be held in the NPR-A, as well as expediting permitting in infrastructure development. This legislation was introduced in June as Congressman Young, Chairman Hastings, and Governor Parnell were touring the NPR-A. To read more, click here.


IN THE NEWS:
The secret of wild salmon

Park Service may lose authority over Wilde Alaska river showdown

Both sides prepare for Sealaska bill's next stop

ON THE HILL Congressman Young spoke during a House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands hearing regarding the Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization this past week. To watch video of Congressman Young's testimony, click here.


SPOTLIGHT Congressman Young attended a reception on Capitol Hill for the Air Force Liason Office. Click below to enlarge the photo of Congressman Young posing with members of the Air Force. 
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
This week, the Alaska Delegation introduced legislation to repeal the Roadless Rule which prohibits new roads in roadless areas and prohibits most timber harvest in these areas. To read Rep. Young's statement, click here.


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