Sullivan to Chair Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan has been named chairman of  the subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, part of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Its jurisdiction includes oversight of the Clean Water Act, wetlands, the Endangered Species Act, invasive species and National Wildlife Refuges. (It is not responsible for writing the update to the Magnuson Stevens Act, the nation’s primary fishing law. That’s a function of the Commerce Committee.) The Environment and Public Works Committee is expected to be lively this Congress. Its new chairman, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., calls the scientific consensus that humans are a major cause of climate change a hoax. The committee’s top Democrat is Barbara Boxer, one of the Senate’s most forceful voices calling for action on climate change.

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Liz Ruskin covers Alaska issues in Washington as the network's D.C. correspondent. She was born in Anchorage and is a West High grad. She has degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. She previously worked at the Homer News, the Anchorage Daily News and the Washington bureau of McClatchy Newspapers. She also freelanced for several years from the U.K. and Japan, in print and radio. Liz has been APRN’s Washington, D.C. correspondent since October 2013. She welcomes your news tips at lruskin (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  | About Liz