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Making a Great Military Better, Pushing an Arctic Strategy -- Murkowski Morning Meeting, 11/19/2013

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U.S. Senate Events 

Improving the Culture within the Military

As the United States Senate debates the National Defense Authorization Act this week, they are taking up a number of improvements to how the military deals with assault in all its forms among the ranks – harmful to the victims, but also to troop morale and their ability to fulfill missions. Senator Murkowski today took to the United States Senate floor to speak about how the bill being discussed is going to make for a military better suited to the best country in the world.

(Click image for floor speech)

Alaskans Seeking to Aid, Connect With Philippine Typhoon Victims

Alaskan Impact As many Alaskans reach out to connect to family members affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines, it is important to know how the recovery is going across the world.  Though there are a number of websites available to Alaskans seeking answers to their questions, today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee examined some good approaches that everyone can take to pitch in.

6:00 AKDT

Senate Foreign Relations Committee -Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee hearing

Topic: "Assessing the Response to Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan."

Testimony From:

  • Scot Marciel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Jeremy Konyndyk, Director, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development

Watch the entire meeting online: foreign.senate.gov

Alaska’s and America’s Veterans Deserve Certainty

Alaskan Impact: In Alaska, we have more veterans per capita than in any other state.  Senator Murkowski co-sponsored the “Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013” because she believes it is vital to provide veterans certainty when it comes to services and care.  The bill would ‘forward fund’ a number of health and financial programs for veterans, so that they can plan ahead and not be at risk of discontinuing if there is another shutdown. Today the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs took up this bill and others.

6:00 AKDT

Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs Markup Hearing

Topic: Markup hearing on S. 932, the “Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013”, S. 1262 the “Veterans Conservation Corps Act of 2013”. S.1604, the "Veterans Health Care Expansion Act of 2013"

For more information and to view the recorded hearing online: veterans.senate.gov

U.S. House Events

Ensuring Alaskan’s Privacy on Healthcare.gov

Alaskan Impact: Alaskans are frustrated about the health care law – not just the 15-day shutdown of EnrollAlaska to repair its technical problems or the President’s recent ‘fix’ but also the fact that HHS Secretary Sebelius admitted it was “possible” that convicted felons could be hired as navigators with Americans’ financial information.  Senator Murkowski recently co-sponsored the ‘Trust But Verify’ bill to make sure that the security settings on the health care exchanges were immune to hackers, and today’s House hearing focuses on other ways to ensure Americans private information stays that way.

6:00 AKDT

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Hearing

Topic: "Is My Data on Healthcare.gov Secure?"

Testimony From:

  • Mr. Morgan Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Crowd Sourced Investigations, LLC
  • Dr. Fred Chang, Southern Methodist University
  • Dr. Avi Rubin, Director, Information Security Institute, Johns Hopkins University
  • Mr. David Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer, TrustedSEC, LLC

Watch the entire meeting online: science.house.gov

Around Washington, DC

Pressing an Arctic Agenda with the Secretary of State

(Earlier today, Senator Murkowski visited the State Department to pursue and advocate for action by Secretary Kerry and the administration as America moves towards an Arctic future.)

Source: Office of US Senator Lisa Murkowski

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