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Murkowski Morning Meeting, 9/18/2013


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What DC's Reading

*        Wall Street Journal: Walgreen's Announces Health Care Policy Change<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323527004579081563998551366.html>

*        New York Times: U.N. Data on Gas Attack Points to Assad's Top Forces<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/world/middleeast/un-data-on-gas-attack-points-to-assads-top-forces.html?ref=todayspaper>

U.S. Senate Events

MAP-21: Bad for Alaska and in Need of "Common Sense"

Alaskan Impact: MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act<http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/>, is America's transportation and infrastructure plan, but many of its provisions don't work in Alaska and the process is a bureaucratic nightmare: 10 months and 40+ pages to process a 5 mile rural road?  During a February 2012 floor speech<http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=6dcdecae-199f-406b-8b96-79e4ee43033c&ContentType_id=b94acc28-404a-4fc6-b143-a9e15bf92da4&Group_id=c01df158-d935-4d7a-895d-f694ddf41624&MonthDisplay=2&YearDisplay=2012>, Senator Murkowski pointed out how the legislation does more harm than good in our state.  Today, the Senate spotlighted how it needs to move away from paperwork and back to building roads.

6:00am AKDT
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing
Topic: Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century's (MAP-21)

Testimony from:

*        Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari

*        Daniel Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

*        Nancy Helen Sutley, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality

*        Joseph Come, Department of Transportation

[13.09.18.Map21.Fischer]<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI4vaAw6Tls&feature=youtu.be> Click images to view  [Floor Speech Clip 1] <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QpSdoznkAg&feature=youtu.be>

Sen Fisher: 10 months, 40 pages for a 5 mile road?  Murkowski shares concerns over MAP-21 (Feb '12)

Watch the entire hearing online: epw.senate.gov<http://epw.senate.gov/>

U.S. House Events

Benghazi: Demanding Answers One Year Later

Hearing Quote: "No State Department personnel have been fired or even disciplined<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/us/politics/house-republicans-see-no-discipline-over-benghazi-attack.html>"

Alaskan Impact: It has been over a year since the September 11, 2012 attack<http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/09/15/benghazi-libya-violence/2813297/> on the American consulate in Benghazi, but families of the four Americans killed<http://video.foxnews.com/v/26785908%2039001/benghazi-victims-families-waiting-for-answers-a-year-later/> and Senator Murkowski are still looking for answers<http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=benghazi> from the State Department. Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee pressed the State Department about what exactly happened.

6:00am AKDT
House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing
Topic: "Benghazi: Where is the State Department Accountability?"

Testimony from:

*        Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy

Watch the entire meeting online: foreignaffairs.house.gov<http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/>

Responding to Ice Jams, Floods, Hurricanes

Alaskan Impact: As the nation's attention is focused on Colorado's recovery<http://www.ktul.com/story/23448920/colo-flooding-evacuees-remember-items-left-behind> from devastating flooding, Alaskans are still trying to pick up the pieces<http://www.newsminer.com/opinion/community_perspectives/cleanup-gets-a-camp-remote-location-extensive-damage-extend-work/article_dd3b02f6-1de1-11e3-a44d-0019bb30f31a.html> from Galena's spring flooding disaster.  With winter looming, news that FEMA funds will only be used to rebuild part of the community<http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/galena-won-t-receive-federal-funds-for-rebuilding-in-flood/article_40c73f36-1f6f-11e3-af14-001a4bcf6878.html> is troubling residents.  In August, Senator Murkowski visited Galena and asked tough questions and found that the federal recovery effort was far from streamlined<http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=DCF4E46A-93D4-4FBF-8368-C4414EEC8790>. Today, the House looked at ways to boost the FEMA process.

6:00am AKDT
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearing
Topic: "FEMA Reauthorization: Recovering Quicker and Smarter."

Testimony from:

*        Joseph Nimmich, Federal Emergency Management Agency

*        Yolanda Chavez, Housing and Urban Development

*        James Rivera, Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance

*        Glenn Cannon, Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

Watch the entire meeting online: transportation.house.gov<http://transportation.house.gov/>

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