Begich Remembers Fallen Heroes
As the Senate gets back to business this week, I am energized after spending a week in Alaska, visiting several communities and getting the chance to hear the latest on important issues across our state. It was a whirlwind trip with great stops in several communities.
I honored our fallen heroes in Fairbanks at the Memorial Day service at Veterans Memorial Park. It was a beautiful day, and the ceremony was incredibly moving. As we remember those who have given their lives in service to our country, it is also important to remember and honor those still serving and who have served. I also spent part of the day hosting a town hall and meeting with several locals and community leaders in Fort Yukon.
My trip home included stops in Petersburg and Ketchikan where we talked mining and fishing. It was fun to walk around the Petersburg dock during the Memorial Day Salmon Derby and see some of the catch coming in. I also stopped in Seattle where I got to tour the Kulluk, Shell's ice-class drilling rig that is about to get to work in the Beaufort Sea. We have made such significant progress helping the industry secure permits and cut through bureaucratic red tape, it is exciting to see oil and gas exploration get underway this summer in Alaska's Arctic.
I ended my trip with a day in the Mat-Su Valley, speaking to the Palmer Rotary and with Valley realtors. I also met with small business owners who showed me their innovations around Unmanned Aircraft Systems and support for aerospace companies. I was reminded once again that entrepreneurship is alive and well in Alaska.
The Senate takes up the Paycheck Fairness Act this week, important legislation which I have co-sponsored, designed to bring pay equity for women. I hope to see progress soon from the House on the transportation bill and postal reform legislation, both which have passed the Senate.
Senator Mark Begich
Posted: June 4, 2012