News From Senator Begich; June 6, 2011: Another Great Trip Home
June 6, 2011 Another Great Trip Home
June 3, 2011 - Sen. Begich takes part in the groundbreaking and "beam signing" for the new Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center.
What an incredible week at home in Alaska. From Memorial Day celebrations to town halls and so many other celebrations and meetings, I was gratified to get a chance to see and speak with so many Alaskans all across the state. I was also pleased to welcome Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki to our state to show him the challenges facing our veterans - particularly in rural areas. After Memorial Day ceremonies in Anchorage, the Secretary and I traveled to Bethel and Kwigillingok to hear from veterans about how the VA can better deliver the services they earned and deserve.
It was great to see more than 100 Alaskans at my Town Hall meeting in Anchorage Wednesday night. We had the chance to discuss topics such as energy, Medicare, health care, veterans’ services, Afghanistan and the federal budget. These open, casual settings where we can talk face to face are important to me and a great way to hear more about how I can work for you in Washington.
Now we get back to business in Washington this week. Our focus is on America’s continued involvement in Afghanistan when we meet with Secretary of Defense nominee Leon Panetta at his confirmation hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee. I’ll be participating in several events devoted to America’s oceans, including an Oceans Week Arctic Panel discussion. Other issues on tap this week include seafood safety, transportation, and the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act in the Commerce Committee.
I hope you’re enjoying your summer and I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Senator Mark Begich
Remarks at Capitol Hill Oceans Week
Remarks to Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau
My Social Networks Useful Links Serving Those Who Served: Alaska Heroes Card To provide Alaska’s veterans, especially those living in rural areas, with access to health care in their own communities, Sen. Begich has announced The Alaska Heroes Card Act of 2011. The legislation would allow Alaska’s veterans to receive care in their communities, rather than traveling to Anchorage or Seattle, by presenting the new Alaska Heroes Card. “Veterans ask me repeatedly, ‘why can’t we get to the clinics and hospitals in our communities rather than travel to Anchorage or even Seattle?’” Begich said. “We need to constantly strive to better serve our veterans. This is one step forward for our veterans in the most remote parts of America.” June 2, 2011 - Sen. Begich visits the Monterey Lake Memorial Park at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. June 2, 2011 - Sen. Begich looks at the dispatch map for the Bureau of Land Management - Alaska Fire Service in Fairbanks. Developing the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska
Advocating for responsible development of Alaska’s resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, Sen. Begich welcomed an announcement from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that the Bureau of Land Management will not designate any new public lands as Wild Lands. “I am pleased to see Secretary Salazar’s decision, as this is the position I have advocated for since the beginning of this discussion. Particularly, I was concerned this could impact oil and gas development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.” Sen. Begich received assurances the Obama administration would allow plans for new leasing in NPR-A to move forward this year from BLM Director Robert Abbey during a meeting in Anchorage.
June 3, 2011 - Sen. Begich participated in a Naturalization Ceremony at the federal courthouse in Anchorage on Friday, welcoming and congratulating several new U.S. citizens.May 31, 2011 - Senator Mark Begich hoists the Kelly Cup at FireTap Alehouse in Anchorage. The Alaska Aces won their second ECHL Championship in May. This week's website features Parks Highway Road Trip Memorial Day in Alaska Senator Mark Begich hit the Parks Highway for a daylong road trip. During his trip from Clear Air Force Station to Fairbanks Sen. Begich made the following pit stops: Toured Clear Air Force Station | Visited with Anderson's Mayor and City Council | Town Hall Meeting in Healy | Alaska Postmasters Convention in Healy | Visited Usibelli Coal Mine | Visited Nenana to View the Ice Classic Tripod and Meet w/ Volunteers May 30, 2011 - On Memorial Day Sen. Begich hosted Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to Alaska. Together Sen. Begich and Sec. Shinseki paid tribute to our veterans in Anchorage at the Delaney Park Strip and Fort Richardson. Following ceremonies in Anchorage, they traveled to Kwigillingok & Bethel in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to meet with veterans who live in rural Alaska..
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Posted: June 6, 2011