Murkowski Morning Meeting, 9/19/2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
What DC’s Reading
- USA Today: IRS list reveals concerns over Tea Party 'propaganda'
- Daily Beast: NSA Opinion More Political than Legal
U.S. Senate Events
Alaskan Subsistence Today & In the Future
Alaskan Impact: This morning, Senator Murkowski made history in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee by holding the first hearing on subsistence issues in nearly 20 years on Capitol Hill. Senator Murkowski and Alaskans from across the state opened up this critical dialogue on fish and wildlife management, allocation, and the partnership between Native groups, the State of Alaska and the federal government moving forward. Today’s hearing was the culmination of public meetings Senator Murkowski held on subsistence in Bethel and Glennallen, and a Kuskokwim River fish camp trip she took this past summer.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing
Topic: “Wildlife management authority within the state of Alaska under the Alaska National Interest Lands Act and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.”
- Gene Peltola, Office of Subsistence Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Region, Department of the Interior
- Beth Pendleton, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Craig Fleener, Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
- Ana Hoffman, President/CEO, Bethel Native Corporation
- Robert T. Anderson, University of Washington School of Law
- Dr. Rosita Worl, President, Sealaska Corporation
- Jerry Isaac. President, Tanana Chiefs Conference
The entire hearing can be watched online at energy.senate.gov
A Post Office for the Future
Alaskan Impact: A critical connection in Alaska due to our state’s unique infrastructure challenges, Senator Murkowski believes the Postal Service needs to evolve to survive while still maintaining vital services for rural Alaskans and Americans who depend on it. Senator Murkowski knows the importance of the Postal Service in Alaska, especially when it comes to bypass mail, and has seized opportunities to stress that importance to the Postmaster General. Today, a Senate committee discussed ways to modernize the USPS.
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing
Topic: "Outside the Box: Reforming and Renewing the Postal Service”
- Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service
- David Williams, Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service
- Cliff Guffey, President of the American Postal Workers Union
- Jeanette Dwyer, President of the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association
Watch the entire meeting online: www.hsgac.senate.gov
U.S. House Events
Keystone: Five Years of Red Tape
Today marks the 5th anniversary of the application for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Senator Murkowski has called Keystone an important part of a comprehensive energy plan that includes both traditional and renewable energy sources to boost our nation’s energy independence – not to mention a source of thousands of jobs to help the national economy. The House today discussed a path forward for the pipeline and today House members dig deeper into the 5 year process.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing
Topic: "Keystone's Red Tape Anniversary: Five Years of Bureaucratic Delay and Economic Benefits Denied."
- David Delie, President of Welspun Tubular LLC
- Karen Harbert, U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy
- Dennis Houston, President and CEO of the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce
Watch the entire meeting online: energycommerce.house.gov