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Murkowski Morning Meeting, 3/19/2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

U.S. Senate Events 

“You’ve Got to Have Some Way for These Communities to Survive”

Alaskan Impact: Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) are two federal programs that impact rural communities and schools in Alaska. SRS is a temporary program that provides additional funding for communities impact by declining timber sales. PILT is a permanent program that provides compensation to local governments from the loss in tax revenue from nontaxable federal lands within their boundaries. Today, Senator Murkowski shared the importance of these funding sources to communities such as Wrangell and Ketchikan at a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

6:00am AKDT

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing

Topic: Reauthorizing and reforming the SRS and PILT program.

Testimony from:

  • Thomas Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service
  • Pamela Haze, Deputy Assistant Interior Secretary
  • Anne-Marie Fennell, Government Accountability Office

Murkowski: We have an obligation to our rural communities.  (PILT communities in Alaska)

U.S. House Events

Smart Cuts, not Sequestration

Alaskan Impact: More than two weeks into sequestration, Alaska’s federal civilian employees have begun feeling the impacts. But didn’t have to be this way.  Before the cuts were imposed, Senator Murkowski advocated for a common sense approach, not blind across-the-board cuts in a bipartisan vote that fell short of passage.  She believes that with a $16.7 trillion debt and rising, we need a comprehensive review of all our federal spending – including the automatic increases spiraling out of control. Today, the House examines the federal spending cuts and the furloughs and the impacts nationwide. 

9:30am AKDT

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing

Topic: Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulations Subcommittee and Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census Subcommittee joint hearing on "Sequestration Oversight: Understanding the Administration's Decisions on Spending Cuts and Furloughs."

Testimony from:

  • David Robbins, Managing Director of the Federal Communications Commission
  • Agriculture Department Budget Director Michael Young
  • Deputy Assistant Commerce Secretary for Resource Management Hari Sastry

Watch the entire hearing online: oversight.house.gov

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