Tag: Washington DC

Alaska Delegation Will Vote in Favor of New Debt Ceiling Plan

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All three members of Alaska’s Congressional delegation say they will vote for the deal to raise the debt ceiling and cut spending. The plan announced Sunday night by President Obama slashes spending by about a trillion dollars over the next decade and raises the debt ceiling in time for the U.S. to avoid defaulting on its bills.

Debt Ceiling Proposal Would Cut Spending by Almost $1 Trillion Over 10 Years

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The votes still have to come but Sunday night President Obama announced an agreement between Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders. Just what the rank and file membership think will be revealed Monday morning.

House Delays Vote on Debt Ceiling Plan

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Despite a big build-up Thursday and a late night on Capitol Hill, the U.S. House did not vote on a plan to raise the debt ceiling and cut spending. House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t muster enough votes. He has the lukewarm support and promised vote of Alaska’s Congressman Don Young, but conservative Republicans say the plan doesn’t make deep enough cuts, and Democrats are staunchly opposed.

Begich Answers Citizen Questions in Tele-Town Hall

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Thursday night, as the House wrestled with its plan, Senator Mark Begich hosted a town hall by telephone.

House Bill Would Strip Park Service’s Enforcement Power in Yukon Charley Preserve

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A bill before the U.S. House would strip away the National Park Service’s power to enforce regulations on the waters of the Yukon Charley Preserve. Representative Don Young inserted language into an appropriations bill now being voted on in the House.

36 Alaska Post Offices in Danger of Closing

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The U.S. Postal Service is again looking at closing post offices in Alaska to save money. Tuesday, the Postmaster General announced a list of more than 3,600 offices around the country being examined for closure or relocation. Three-dozen of them are in Alaska.

Congress Goes into Final Week to Come Up with Debt Ceiling Deal

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Congressional experts say there’s just one week left until politicians in Washington have to come up with a debt ceiling deal. It's actually two-and-a-half weeks when the U.S. will hit its debt limit, but the Congress needs the extra time to write up a plan and get it passed through the House and Senate.

Confirmation Hearing Held for Two Alaskan Judges

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Wednesday, there was a confirmation hearing for two Alaska women who have been appointed to federal judgeships by President Obama. The hearing went well but the appointments could still get snagged on national politics.

Obama Creates Group Coordinating Alaska Oil and Gas Development

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It pulls together top officials from agencies like Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency and will be led by Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Hayes.

Juneau Will Retain Mail Processing Center

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The U.S. Postal Service was considering closing Juneau’s mail processing center and transferring its operations to Anchorage, but it’s nixed the idea.

Officials Confirm High Gas Price Investigation

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington says federal officials have confirmed to her that they are investigating the high price of fuel.

House Votes to Bar FDA Approval of Genetically Modified Salmon

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The U.S. House has voted to bar the Food and Drug Administration from approving genetically modified salmon for human consumption.

Congress Members’ Financial Disclosure Forms Made Public

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Alaska’s congressional delegation annual financial disclosure forms were made public Wednesday.