Alaskan students visiting Washington, D.C. with the Southcentral Foundation recently stopped by Congressman Young’s office to get an up close look at Congress and snap a few photos.
Young and Hinojosa Introduce Legislation to Extend Rural Veteran Transportation Program
June 23, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Standing up for veterans across rural America, yesterday Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Rubén E. Hinojosa (D-TX) introduced H.R. 5558, the VA Highly Rural Veteran Transportation Program Extension Act, bipartisan legislation to reauthorize funding for a vital transportation grant program created by Congress in 2010 to expand healthcare access to veterans. H.R. 5558 provides a three year extension to the Highly Rural Transportation Grant (HRTG) program, which is set to exp...
FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill Passes House
June 16, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Moving ahead in the annual appropriations process, today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017, by a vote of 282 to 138. The legislation provides $517.1 billion in discretionary funding and $58.6 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations to support military operations and readiness programs, base operations, health and quality-of-life programs and a 2.1 percent pay raise for our troops. “Simply pu...
Congressman Young’s Legislation to Empower States to Improve Forest Management Advances Through Committee
June 15, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources overwhelmingly approved legislation introduced by Alaska Congressman Don Young to reform the federal government’s broken system of forestry management in a manner that empowers local communities, builds resilient forests and streamlines burdensome management practices. H.R. 3650, the State National Forest Management Act, was introduced by Congressman Young on September 29, 2015. The bill, which works to address major failures of ...
Delegation Comments on Alaska Changes Within VA Choice Program
June 14, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Veterans Affairs has informed Alaska’s congressional delegation that as of July 10, 2016, the scheduling for Choice Act medical appointments in Alaska will revert back to being handled by local VA integrated care personnel, instead of its current practice of outsourcing scheduling requests to contractor-operated call centers in the Lower 48. The delegation has been demanding this change after hearing from numerous Alaska veterans who have been ill-served by the...
House-Passed Bill Reauthorizes Vital Program for Small Rural Hospitals in Alaska and Across the Nation
June 10, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young took to the House floor this week in support of H.R. 5273, the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016, which contains a provision supporting seniors and healthcare providers in rural Alaska by providing a 5-year extension to a program utilized by hospitals in Juneau, Soldotna and Sitka – the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program (RCH). Congressman Young speaking in support of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program (...