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Murkowski Morning Meeting May 8, 2012

Saving Homeowners Money

Alaskan Impact:  Alaska’s home ownership rate is below the national average, but that may begin to  change now that mortgage rates are at or near record lows and legislation sponsored by Senator Murkowski has spurred positive movement in the housing industry.  Today the Senate Banking Committee discussed other ways to keep money in homeowners’ pockets.

6:00am AKDT

Senate Banking Committee Hearing

Topic: “Expanding Mortgage Refinancing”

Testimony from:

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan

Watch the entire hearing online: http://1.usa.gov/JMLpw1

House of Representatives Events

Improving Veterans Care

Alaskan Impact: Last week, many of Alaska’s 77,000 veterans received good news when the VA announced an agreement where rural veterans will soon be able to seek care at nearby Native health clinics, rather than flying to Anchorage – or in some cases Seattle – for their needs.  As the VA steps up efforts to add mental health staff, VA Secretary Shinseki updated the House on new initiatives.

6:30am AKDT

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing

Topic: “VA Mental Health Care Staffing”

Participants:

  • VA Secretary Eric Shinseki
  • Mary Schohn, Veterans Health Administration

Watch the entire hearing online: http://1.usa.gov/JQXt3O

Off the Hill Events

Boosting Community Law Enforcement

Alaskan Impact: Three weeks ago, Senator Murkowski secured provisions in the FY 2013 Commerce Justice and Science Appropriations Bill for key Alaskan priorities – including for the community oriented policing (COPS) program to boost community law enforcement on the state, local, and tribal levels. Today the Justice Department held a discussion about the grants provided by the program.

9:30am AKDT

Justice Department – Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

Topic: “Law Enforcement Grant Programs and Public Safety Trends”

Participants:

COPS Director Bernard Melekian

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