News from Senator Begich
May 3, 2011 Sen. Begich Reacts to News of Osama bin Laden's Death
I join Alaskans, all Americans, and people around the globe today applauding our country's military men and women, President Obama, and our intelligence officers for the death of Osama bin Laden. This is an historic moment, as Americans have waited nearly a decade, since the unforgettable tragedy of September 11, for justice to be served. It was a commitment by two presidents and thousands of American service members that I hope brings some sense of relief for the families of 9/11 victims and will help break the Al Qaeda network worldwide.
But we cannot rest and we must not give up the fight against terrorism. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I support the President's call for continued vigilance and strategic use of our armed forces to protect America's security. In the coming weeks and months, as we learn more about the events leading up to bin Laden's death, I look forward to the opportunity to work with the administration and other members of Congress as we continually reassess our military assets and strategy in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
The news of bin Laden's came late Sunday night as all of us were preparing to get back to work in Washington after a two-week Congressional recess. I am happy to have spent several days in Alaska attending events and meeting with folks from Anchorage, the Mat-Su, Kenai, Kodiak, and through the Interior at Clear Air Force Station, Anderson, Healy and Nenana. As always, it was an excellent opportunity to catch up with you and hear about the issues and challenges across our great state.
With rising gas prices pinching the pocketbooks of all of us, I will continue my push for a national energy policy that includes Alaska's oil and gas resources. This will undoubtedly be a major topic of discussion over the summer as well as our ongoing focus on the Fiscal Year 2012 budget and efforts to reduce spending and the deficit.
Senator Mark Begich
- Begich Introduces Arctic OCS Coordinator Legislation
- Begich to Introduce "FAST Act" to help with rising gas prices
- Website Revamped for Easier Navigation, Latest Information for Alaskans
8:30am - 9:30am EST
SR-485 Washington, DC Saturday 5/7/2011
Remarks to UAA Climate Symposium
Skype from Washington D.C. Thursday 5/12/2011
8:30am - 9:30am EST
SR-485 Washington, DC Monday 5/30/2011
Annual Memorial Day Service
Fort Richardson National Cemetery Tuesday 5/31/2011
10:00am - 11:00am AKST
Talk of Alaska on KSKA
Congressional Delegation Federal Grants Symposium and Information Forum
Dena'ina Center Friday 6/3/2011
Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center Groundbreaking
C Street near International Airport Road My Social Networks Useful Links Begich Introduces Arctic OCS Coordinator Legislation To promote oil and gas development in Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and remove roadblocks halting development in the region, Sen. Begich introduced legislation creating a federal coordinator for the Arctic OCS. Modeled after legislation the late Sen. Ted Stevens passed establishing a federal gasline coordinator, the office would have the authority to work across the agencies currently delaying development in Alaska. "I can best describe the situation as regulatory 'whack a mole' for developers in Alaska," Begich said. "Each time we have one mole beat down, another one pops up and derails the progress. But this isn't a game. It's about the future of Alaska and the energy security of our country." Begich's legislation, the Outer Continental Shelf Permit Processing Coordination Act, S.843, creates a lease and permit coordination office for the Alaska Region of the Outer Continental Shelf. Begich announced the legislation at a news conference in Anchorage where he was joined by representatives from Shell Oil, ConocoPhillips, the Resource Development Council, and the Alliance. April 18, 2011 - Anchorage's Channel 11, KTVA, reports on Senator Mark Begich's call for a federal coordinator for Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to remove roadblocks halting development in the region. April 19, 2011 - Sen. Begich participated in a ground breaking ceremony for the Southcentral Foundation's new primary care clinic in Wasilla. Begich Bill Helps Alaskans Save Money on Fuel Costs Noting that rising energy prices are putting enormous strain on Alaskans' pocketbooks, Sen. Begich will this week introduce legislation to help Alaskans save money on fuel costs. Begich's legislation, called the Family Account to Save on Transportation (FAST) Act, is modeled after medical savings accounts, which allow individuals to set aside pre-tax dollars for medical costs. The FAST Act would allow employers to set up pre-tax transportation savings accounts to help offset the pain of high gas prices on Alaskans. "With gas prices already more than four dollars a gallon, the average price is more than 95 cents higher than this time last year. In addition to focusing on long-term solutions for energy prices, the FAST Act could bring some short-term relief, allowing Alaskans to put some pre-tax money aside to help offset those costs," Begich said. The FAST Act would be designed to expire in two years so there would be no long-term burden on the federal budget.
April 22, 2011 - As Alaskans wait for breakup to determine the winner of this year's Nenana Ice Class, Sen. Mark Begich and Nenana Mayor Jason Mayrand stop for a photo at the Nenana Ice Classic tripod.
April 22, 2011 - Sen. Begich tours the Usibelli Coal Mine near Healy with company president Joe Usibelli Jr. New Website Launched, Easier to Navigate
Latest Information for Alaskans Continuing to focus on new and interesting ways to keep in touch with Alaskans, Sen. Begich today recently launched his newly-revised and revamped website. Begich's official Senate site, http://begich.senate.gov, is live with updated information on issues affecting Alaskans, full integration into Facebook and Twitter, and an overall emphasis on making the site user-friendly. Begich's new website design has a user-friendly homepage layout meant to engage Alaskans and encourage them to keep clicking. There is full Facebook integration which will allow Alaskans to share the website items with their friends on the social network. To better help Alaskans keep up with Begich's work on particular issues, the "Priorities" section of the website has been completely redone with fresh information, legislative text, fact sheets, videos, photos and more. Check out the new look at http://begich.senate.gov. This week's website features Cut Spending and Reform the Tax Code Find Out How Your 2010 Taxes Are Spent With a national debt that exceeds $14 trillion Senator Mark Begich is working to identify bipartisan commonsense ways to cut federal spending and get control of our deficit and debt. The staggering national debt burdens every Alaskan family and is the greatest single threat to our country's economic recovery following the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Get your 2010 Federal Taxpayer Receipt by filling out the three open fields below: The amount you paid in 2010 in Social Security Tax, Medicare Tax and Income Tax. Office of U.S. Senator Mark Begich. All Rights Reserved.