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No Century-Long Solution for Legacy Wells


Note to readers: To answer the question of some readers, there was no Murkowski Morning Meeting yesterday because many hearings were postponed due to the funeral of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg.  The MMM team is committed to giving you an Alaskan perspective on Capitol Hill activities, but only when there are events to share.  If you ever have questions, comments or would like to add a subscriber to the daily digest, we can be reached at MMM@murkowski.senate.gov

Thursday, June 6, 2013

U.S. Senate Events 

Alaska’s Legacy Wells Deserve More than a Century-Long Solution

Alaskan Impact:  As the largest manager of land in Alaska, the U.S. Interior Department’s policies touch Alaskans’ lives every day. Earlier today, Senator Murkowski raised a number of Alaska issues with Secretary Sally Jewell during her appearance in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where Murkowski is the top Republican.  She reminded Jewell of her promise to come to Alaska to witness King Cove residents’ need for an emergency access road and Interior’s plans to clean up more than 100 federally-drilled “legacy wells” in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska – while the feds suggested Alaska pick up some of the expenses, a plan Murkowski called “dead on arrival.”

9:30am AKDT

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing

Topic: Full committee hearing on programs and activities of the Interior Department

Testimony From:

  • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell

Murkowski: At the current pace, the government will take over 100 years to clean up its legacy well mess.

Watch the recorded hearing online at energy.senate.gov

Justice Delayed for Uncle Ted

Alaskan Impact:  Alaskans are demanding many answers from the federal government, but the most lingering concern remains the wrongful prosecution of Sen. Ted Stevens.  After clear evidence of prosecutorial misconduct, Sen. Murkowski was outraged when the punishments for the prosecutors were overturned a few months ago. Today Senator Murkowski once again asked Attorney General Eric Holder about accountability within the Department of Justice.

6:45am AKDT

Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing

Topic: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on "The Department of Justice's FY2014 Budget Request."

Testimony From:

  • Attorney General Eric Holder
  • Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz

Watch the recorded hearing online: appropriations.senate.gov

U.S. House Events 

IRS -- Political Profiling to Star Trek Scandals

Alaskan Impact:  As the investigation continues into the IRS targeting of conservative non-profits, news is also coming out that the IRS reportedly threw lavish conventions and funded “Star Trek” style videos – spending $49 million on 225 employee conferences from 2010 to 2012. Today, the House takes a closer look at the IRS’s balance sheets.

5:30am AKDT

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing

Topic: Full committee hearing on "Collected and Wasted: The IRS Spending Culture and Conference Abuses."

Testimony from:

  • IRS Inspector General J. Russell George
  • Gregory Kultz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit in the Office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
  • Faris Fink, Commissioner of the IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Division
  • Danny Werfel, Acting IRS Commissioner

Watch the recorded hearing online: oversight.house.gov


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