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.
Senate Banking Committee Hearing
Topic: “Expanding Mortgage Refinancing”
- 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.
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing
Topic: “VA Mental Health Care Staffing”
- 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.
Justice Department – Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
Topic: “Law Enforcement Grant Programs and Public Safety Trends”
COPS Director Bernard Melekian