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Murkowski Morning Meeting, 10/1/2013


Government Shutdown

Like most Alaskans, Senator Murkowski has consistently opposed the Affordable Care Act.  As unworkable and bad as she believes the bill is, she understands that a government shutdown means lost paychecks for gas, rent and grocery money for the thousands of Alaskans who work for the federal government.  It also impacts vital services for our veterans, seniors, children and disabled – and creates a harmful ripple effect on the Alaskan economy. Last night, she shared her concerns about the lives and families impacted.

Click here to view the Senator’s floor speech from last night

What We Suggest Alaskans Read 

Given today’s uncertainty, the MMM team realizes that your interest in ‘What DC is Reading’ is not nearly as important as what the shutdown means to your day-to-day.  We found a very useful, understandable Q and A here:

What DC is Reading

·CNN – “Obamacare Debut Stymied by Glitches

U.S. Senate Events 

Sharing an Energy Coastline Border

Alaskan Impact: Alaskans understand what having another country next door means, and the considerations and collaborations that come with offshore development in waters that border Canada – and Russia. Today, Ranking Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski and the entire Energy Committee discussed a legal framework for developing oil and gas reservoirs that straddle the U.S.-Mexico maritime border in the Gulf of Mexico, and promoting dialogue on energy and security issues between the United States and Mexico.

5:30am AKDT

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing

Topic: "Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act."

Testimony from:

  • Carlos Pascual, International Energy Affairs, United States State Department
  • Tammy Beudreau, Acting Assistant Interior Secretary for Land and Minerals Management
  • Jacqueline Savitz, Vice President for U.S. Oceans at Oceana
  • Erik Milito, American Petroleum Institute's Upstream and Industry Operations

Watch the entire hearing online:energy.senate.gov

Lessons Learned from the Navy Yard Shooting - Cancelled Due to Shutdown

Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing

Topic: "The Navy Yard Tragedy: Examining Government Clearances and Background Checks

For more information: http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/hearings/the-navy-yard-tragedy-examining-government-clearances-and-background-checks

U.S. House Events 

Keeping College in Reach as Tuition Increases – Cancelled Due to Shutdown

6:00am AKDT

House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing

Topic: "Keeping College Within Reach: Simplifying Federal Student Aid."

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