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Murkowski Morning Meeting, June 26th -- Helping Military Members Become Homeowners

U.S. Senate Events 

Empowering Servicemen & Women

Alaskan Impact: Alaska’s military members put their lives on the line to protect us, and we show our appreciation back home with support.  But, if the Air Force’s proposed F-16 move from Eielson AFB proceeds, Anchorage housing for soldiers and their families could become a problem. Today, the Senate Banking Committee discussed the difficulties of homeownership for our itinerant troops.

6:00am AKDT

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing

Topic: “Protecting Servicemembers, Vets and their Families in the Consumer Financial Marketplace”

Testimony from:

·         Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden

·         Col. Paul Kantwill, Pentagon Office of the Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness

·         Holly Petraeus, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Sen. Shelby (R-AL): How does the constant moving affect military members’ housing decisions?

Banking Hearing

Watch the entire hearing online: http://1.usa.gov/LwL32u

On the Hill Events

Saving the U.S. Postal Service & Saving the U.S. Money

Alaskan Impact: Post offices are a lifeline for Alaskans, as residents across the state depend on the U.S. Postal Service for goods, medicine and food.  Senator Murkowski has been fighting for the state’s post offices, but as the Post Office struggles to redefine itself in the 21st Century, the New America Foundation explored solutions to these problems.

6:00am AKDT

The New America Foundation Discussion

Topic: “Saving (at) the Post Office”

Participants:

·         Congressional Savings and Ownership Caucus co-chairs Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn.

·         Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis.

·         Sheldon Garon, professor of history at Princeton University

Find out more here: http://bit.ly/KJnTX0

Off the Hill Events

Defense Cuts – What they Could Mean

Alaskan Impact: When Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testified before the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee earlier this month, he discussed Eielson AFB with Senator Murkowski and said that cuts to the Pentagon budget through sequestration is “a meat ax.”  Today, impacts of budget cuts on the nation’s defense were discussed at the Brookings Institution.

9:30am AKDT

The Brookings Institution Discussion

Topic: “Sequestration and the Nation’s Defense: Prospects and Perils”

Participants:

·         Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., delivers keynote address

·         Steve Bell, senior director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center

·         David Worn, head of the Washington office at Palantir Technologies

Find out more here: http://bit.ly/NKUP2n

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