Focus on Legislative Accomplishments and Vision for Alaska Native Communities
ANCHORAGE, AK – Today, the Alaska Federation of Natives hosted Congressman for All Alaska Don Young and his opponent for the Congressional Candidate Forum. Congressman Young had a command of the issues that are impacting Alaska and made it clear why he should continue to be Alaska’s voice in Washington. Congressman Young covered topics ranging from economic development to the 8(a) contracting, the CDQ Program and renewable energy sources. Congressman Young clearly articulated his effectiveness and vision for the future of Alaska which the audience responded to with enthusiasm and a standing ovation.
“This election is about the state of Alaska and that’s what I’ve always stood up for. I am still fired up about where we’re going as a state and where you can go,” said Congressman Young. “I understand the challenges and the problems from education to health care to subsistence which you deserve a say in. Of the 81 bills I have had signed into law, over half of them are dedicated to Alaska Native issues. My experience of living in rural Alaska is crucial to my knowledge and expertise I bring to Congress because I listen to you and I take great pride in my ability to serve you.”
Current Congressional Native Legislation Congressman Young Has Accomplished:
- Actively supporting the Alaska Native Education Program.
- Protected ANCSA and the Alaska Native Regional and Village Corporations from numerous funding cuts.
- Added a provision go the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that provides a tax incentive for ANC’s to contribute to Settlement Trusts which will support the wellbeing of future generations of Alaska Natives.
- Passed the King Cove Land Exchange Act which authorized the construction of the life-saving road for the isolated community of King Cove. The land transfer was completed by Interior Secretary Zinke.
- Passed the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolation Act of 2017 to help improve the “477 Program” for workforce development and training.
- Opened the 1002 Area of ANWR to oil discovery which will create jobs for Alaska Natives.
- Traditional Foods Amendment was included to the 2018 Farm Bill allowing traditional foods to be incorporated in all child nutrition and senior meal initiatives.
Congressman Young is the longest current serving member of the United States House of Representatives and holds the title of Dean of the House. He is Chairman Emeritus of the House Natural Resources Committee and a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The Washington Post named Congressman Young as one the top 10 most effective lawmakers, credited for his ability to work across party lines to focus on Alaskan interests. The Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy have recently ranked Congressman Young among the top 10% of bipartisan Members of Congress.