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Murkowski Morning Meeting: Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Making Alaskan History

Alaskan Impact: In moments, Morgan Christen, nominee to be U.S. circuit judge for the Ninth Circuit, and Sharon Gleason, nominee to be U.S. district judge for the District of Alaska will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Murkowski, along with Senator Begich, will introduce both nominees - the first two Alaskan women nominated for federal justice positions - with hopes for a swift confirmation for her fellow members of the Alaska Bar.

10:30am AKDT

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Topic: "Judicial Nominations"

LIVE Webcast: http://1.usa.gov/oAuewC

Video footage via a joint press release from Senators Murkowski and Begich will be distributed soon after the hearing's conclusion.

Preventing Violence Against Alaska's Women

Alaskan Impact: Alaska's sexual assault rate is two and a half times the national average. In rural Alaska, it's an epidemic: 3 out of 4 American Indian and Alaska Native women will be physically assaulted in her lifetime. The Violence Against Women Act may be getting more robust, with the Partner Violence Reduction Act. Alaska's political leaders have joined the Choose Respect movement to raise awareness across the state. Efforts to halt violence were the topic of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

6:00am AKDT

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Topic: "Violence Against Women Act"

Testimony from:

·         Phillip McGraw, host of TV's "Dr. Phil"

·         Michael Shaw, Co-director, Waypoint Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services


Questioning/Hearing: http://1.usa.gov/qpl2FT

Dr. Phil answering a question on "How to break the cycle of violence" http://bit.ly/pUUiO2

"Cramming" Alaskan Cell Phone Users: Crafty Companies Making Millions

Alaskan Impact: Ever get lost looking at your cell phone bill?  It may be cramming - not a college all-nighter but an illegal practice common in telecom. Recent reports have linked "cramming" - or placing unauthorized, misleading or deceptive charges on consumer's telephone bills to Verizon, AT&T and Century Link/Quest. And it's lucrative, bringing in $650 million since 2006. In June, the FCC fined four companies almost $12 million for cramming. Today the Senate scrutinized the issue.

6:00am AKDT

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Hearing

Topic: "Unauthorized Telephone Charges"

Testimony from:

·         Walter McCormick Jr., president and CEO, U.S. Telecom Association

·         Lisa Madigan, attorney general of the State of Illinois


Questioning/Hearing: http://1.usa.gov/nojUzV

House of Representatives - Events

How Vulnerable Are Alaska's Federal Workers?

Alaskan Impact: According to 2010 numbers, 17,600 Alaskans are federal employees. And federal agencies are a cybersecurity target, with Americans' personal and financial information on servers nationwide. Last year, legislation was proposed in the House to enhance the Federal Protective Service's ability to prevent attacks on our infrastructure. A House hearing evaluated where things stand today.

5:30am AKDT

House Homeland Security, Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Subcommittee Hearing

Topic: "Federal Protective Service Reform"

Testimony from:

·         FPS Director Eric Patterson

Questioning/Hearing: http://1.usa.gov/nf7CKM

VOTE ALERT - Today, Senator Lisa Murkowski voted in favor on cloture to move forward with the Military Construction - VA Appropriations Bill, an 89-11 vote for the measure.  Murkowski believes that Alaska's military community deserves certainty when it comes to veterans benefits and $335 million in needed construction projects statewide.

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