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Congressman Young's Washington Report

Washington Update | March 11, 2011

U.S. Congressman Don Young Top Issues

As Colonel Gaddafi started bombing Libyan oil pipes this week, Congressman Young stressed the need to increase energy production domestically so as to make the US more energy independent and reduce our oil imports.  In a letter to President Obama, Congressman Young outlined some of the ways Alaska could be significantly contributing to this effort, and to America's economic strength.  
Additionally, Congressman Young sent a letter to his colleagues, Congressman Markey (D-MA), Congressman Welch (D-VT), and Congresswoman DeLauro (D-CT), in response to their letter asking for the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).  To read more, and for a copy of the letters, click here

Congressman Young voted yes last week on H.R. 4, which amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal a provision that requires all businesses to report any transaction of $600 or more to the Internal Revenue Service, placing undue burden on small, family owned businesses.  Additionally, it repeals 1099 reporting requirements for owners of rental properties.  Rep. Young is also a cosponsor of this legislation.  To read the Congressman's comments, click here

Congressman Young introduced legislation this week amending the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to allow the importation of polar bear trophies taken in sport hunts in Canada before May 15, 2008, the date the polar bear was determined to be a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (H.R. 991).   As of the listing date, there were roughly 41 hunters with legally taken trophies now prohibited from entering the U.S.  In conjunction, Congressman Young also introduced legislation this morning allowing for the continued importation of legally taken polar bear trophies from Canada (H.R. 990).  To read more click here


ON THE HILL The House Committee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, chaired by  Congressman Young, held its first Oversight hearing this week.  To read more, click here

SPOTLIGHT Congressman Young was a vocal participant in this week's Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands oversight hearing. 

He took it as an opportunity to hold National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis' feet to the fire regarding the egregious abuse of power displayed by NPS employees last summer in dealing with boaters in the Yukon Charley Rivers Preserve.

For part 1 of the video, click here
For Part 2 click here
Please note that the volume is low, so you  may need to adjust accordingly.

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