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Congressman Don Young to Alaskans: Get Vaccinated, Protect Your Communities!

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young released a public service announcement personally appealing to Alaskans – and families across the country – to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Congressman’s message can be viewed here or by clicking on the image above. It can be downloaded here. Background and timeline: March 2020: Congressman Young helps the House of Representatives pass...

Alaska Congressional Delegation Introduces Legislation to Bring Economic Development and Growth to Alaska Native Communities

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Washington, DC – The Alaska Congressional Delegation introduced landmark legislation to increase accessibility for tax-exempt financing on economic development efforts for Alaska Native and American Indian projects. Such financing, known as Tribal Economic Development, or TED Bonds, is an important tool for Tribal governments to finance economic development opportunities and diversify resources th...

During Week of ADA Anniversary, Young, DeSaulnier, Duckworth, Casey, Feinstein, Introduce Bill to Make Fitness Facilities More Accessible for People with Disabilities

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during the week marking the 31st Anniversary of the enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Congressmen Don Young (AK) and Mark DeSaulnier (CA), in addition to Senators Tammy Duckworth (IL), Bob Casey (PA), and Dianne Feinstein (CA), introduced the Exercise and Fitness for All Act. The Exercise and Fitness for All Act would require the Department of Justic...

Congressman Don Young Introduces Legislation to Strengthen American Flower Industry

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during American Grown Flowers Month, Alaska Congressman Don Young, Co-Chair of the Congressional Cut Flowers Caucus, introduced the American Grown Act – legislation requiring the U.S. Federal Government to purchase cut flowers and greens grown in the United States. According to Certified American Grown, approximately 80 percent of cut flower and greens purchased in the Un...

Congressman Don Young Stands Up for Alaska’s Environment and Public Health, Votes for PFAS Action Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young, a member of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, helped the House pass H.R. 2467, the PFAS Action Act of 2021. This legislation mandates the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to declare two polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances eligible for EPA Superfund cleanup resources and implement a requirement that pollu...

Young, Kuster Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Incentivize Hydropower Upgrades, Restore River Flow, and Enhance Electric Grid Resiliency

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Don Young (R-AK-AL), Annie Kuster (D-NH-02), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), and Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) introduced the Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity and River Restoration Act. This bipartisan legislation creates new federal tax incentives to bolster the long-term integrity of hydropower dams across the country. By implementing tax incentives, th...

Sullivan, Young Respond to USDA “Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy”

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young (both R-Alaska) today issued the following statements after the Biden administration announced it will seek to revoke the Tongass National Forest’s full exemption from the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule (Roadless Rule), granted under the previous administration, and also further diminish the supply available for a viable timber i...

ICYMI: Young, Kuster Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Restore Rivers, Improve Public Safety, and Modernize Hydropower

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This month, Representatives Don Young (AK-AL) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) introduced H.R. 4375, the bipartisan Twenty-First Century Dams Act. This bill makes a $25.8 billion investment in enhancing the safety, grid resilience benefits, and power generating capacity of America’s existing dams while also providing historic funding to remove dams that are no longer necessary. Upon int...

Congressman Don Young Announces Over $5 Million in Department of Energy Grants Awarded to Alaska Native Communities

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded over $5 million in funding to help Alaska Native communities pursuing projects that will reduce energy costs and increase energy security and resiliency. These Alaskan grant recipients were among the first to receive awards from the DOE Office of Indian Energy this year. Selected p...

Congressmen Young and Gonzalez Introduce Bill to Repatriate Deported U.S. Military Veterans

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Don Young (AK-AL) and Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) introduced the Repatriate Our Patriots Act (ROPA), bipartisan legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for deported veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. In December of 2018, deported U.S. Army veteran, Carlos Jaime Torres returned home, but did so in death. He passed away in Reynosa, Mexico – across th...

Young, Jayapal Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Federal Properties From Being Sold if the Sale Harms Tribal Access to Federal Services

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Don Young (R-AK-00) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-07) led fellow lawmakers today in introducing bipartisan legislation to require that federally recognized Indian Tribes are fully consulted before the sale or transfer of federal property that would impact their members. The ARCHIVES Act amends the Federal Assets Sale Transfer Act (FASTA) to add a requirement tha...

Delegation Welcomes Over $20 Million in Funding to Improve Rural Alaska Airport Infrastructure

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WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, announced that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded over $20 million to the Robert Curtis Memorial Airport in Noorvik, and the Togiak Airport in Togiak Village. This funding was made available under the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which allocates funding fo...

Murkowski, Young Address Enduring Public Health Issue

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Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Congressman Don Young introduced the Advancing FASD Research, Services, and Prevention Act of 2021 (FASD Respect Act) in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill addresses prenatal substance exposure through early intervention—by providing support through programs and funding for prevention efforts and for individuals and fa...

Supreme Court Rules Alaska Native Corporations Eligible for CARES Act Tribal Relief

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WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today welcomed a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation that upholds the decades-long inclusion of Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) as “Indian tribes” under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDA)—also known as ISD...

Congressman Young’s Statement on Secretary Haaland’s Announcement on Federal Boarding Schools for Indigenous People

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"The history of federal boarding school programs for Native Americans is dark, and has caused significant pain for our First Peoples, including Alaska Natives. These institutions were expressly designed to force Native assimilation, thereby crushing rich histories and unique cultures. We have felt this in Alaska. Just 13 years ago, the last speaker of the Eyak language passed away, resulting in a ...

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