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Wild Alaska Salmon Second to None, Murkowski Morning Meeting, 7/25/2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

U.S. Senate Events 

Wild Alaska Salmon “Second to None” in Sustainability

Alaskan Impact: Alaska salmon is world-renowned for its taste, intelligent policies and sustainability. Days after Senator Lisa Murkowski called attention to Alaska’s problems with the National Park Service’s new, flawed policy of requiring high priced eco-endorsements from outside groups before selling wild Alaska salmon, the NPS is rethinking how it does things.  In an occasionally tense exchange, Murkowski convinced the NPS Director to change his guidelines –given the respect most experts (including him, having lived on the Copper River) give to Alaska wild salmon.

5:30am AKDT

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing

Topic: National Park Service's efforts to address deferred maintenance and operational needs.

Testimony from:

  • Jonathan Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service
  • Gerard Gabrys, President and CEO of Guest Services Inc.
  • Craig Obey, SR VP for Gov’t Affairs at the National Parks Conservation Association

Watch the entire hearing online: energy.senate.gov

Murkowski: Policy is limiting our ability to market the healthiest, best, sustainable fishery out there.

Making America’s Agenda an Arctic Agenda

Alaskan Impact: Alaska is the reason America is an Arctic Nation, and Senator Murkowski is a national leader in advocating for an improved commitment to Arctic matters.  In an Appropriations Committee markup today on 2014 Appropriations bills, Murkowski inserted language recommending the State Department beef up its Arctic staff.  When taking up government funding matters, she also voted to defund both the employer and individual mandate of health care reform for the year ahead – given the rampant problems in its implementation, rising costs and the cratering national support.

6:00am AKDT

Senate Appropriations Committee Markup

Topic: FY2014 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill; and the FY2014 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill.

U.S. House Events 

Intelligent Intelligence Practices?

Alaskan Impact: Many Alaskans are up in arms over the possible privacy rights violations related to the National Security Administration’s tracking of Internet records and phone logs.  As NSA leaker Edward Snowden remains in the Moscow airport, the debate still rages here at home over the information he leaked and what to do about it.  Just a day after the House voted down a bill that would have defunded the NSA’s intelligence activities, today the House is again examining the nation’s intelligence practices. 

5:00am AKDT

House (Select) Intelligence Committee Hearing

Topic: Full committee hearing on "Ongoing Intelligence Activities."

Watch the entire hearing online: intelligence.house.gov

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