Murkowski Morning Meeting, 6/21/2012 -- Safer Alaskan Skies
Thursday, June 21, 2012
U.S. Senate Events
Safer Alaskan Skies
Alaskan Impact: Alaska’s skies are our highways, and we have six times the national average of pilots – so we need safe airspace. However, the nation’s air traffic control system uses WWII-era technology. Senator Murkowski has pushed for NextGen Air Traffic Modernization to improve the technology of our navigation and safety efforts. Earlier today, acting Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta gave an update on Capitol Hill.
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Hearing
Topic: “Federal Aviation Administrator Nomination”
· Michael Huerta, acting FAA Administrator
Huerta: NextGen is “the transformational aviation technology of the future”
Watch the entire hearing online: http://1.usa.gov/KNIlYc
House of Representatives Events
Misuse of National Weather Service Funds
Alaskan Impact: Some Alaskans were worried earlier this year to hear the Weather Service may be cutting positions to save money. But now it has come out that the NWS misused nearly $44 million dollars in bonuses and unnecessary contract extensions. This morning House members grilled officials about what happened.
House Appropriations Committee Hearing
Topic: “Mismanagement of Appropriated Funds within the National Weather Service”
· Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator
· Kathryn Sullivan, Deputy NOAA administrator and acting chief scientist
Watch the entire hearing online: http://1.usa.gov/MvdjjB
Welcome-home Gift for Veterans: Jobs and Housing
Alaskan Impact: Thousands of Alaskan troops currently are deployed and thousands more will be coming home in the coming year. Assisting our vets in their transition back into civilian life is important – and good for business. The House addressed concerns about housing for soldiers and their families and future jobs outside of the military.
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing
Topic: “Helping Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Return Home to Employment and Housing”
· Ryan M. Gallucci, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
· Steve L. Gonzalez, National Economic Commission, The American Legion
Watch the entire hearing online: http://1.usa.gov/MFZnF4
Off the Hill Events
Commemorating Title IX
Alaskan Impact: This Saturday marks 40 years since Title IX levelled the playing field in America, by giving girls the same advantages as their male counterparts. Senator Murkowski has joined with 35 of her Senate colleagues to mark this anniversary.
The Center for American Progress Discussion
Topic: “Playing Fair: Title IX Now, the 40th Anniversary of Sports Equality”
· HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
· Erin Hamlin, member of U.S. Olympic and National Luge Team