MEDIA ALERT: Young Bills Set to Pass U.S. House on Monday, June 1st
House Consideration Includes Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization, Transfer of Archives Property to MOA
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives is set to pass two pieces of legislation introduced by Alaska Congressman Don Young on Monday, June 1, 2015. The bills include H.R. 1335, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, and H.R. 336, the Anchorage Land Transfer Act.
H.R. 1335, “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act:
Young’s legislation works to strengthen and reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary law governing fisheries resources and fishing activities in United States. The bill aims to improve federal fishery management in order to give Regional Fishery Management Councils the proper tools and flexibility necessary to effectively manage their fisheries. Congressman Young shared the following statement upon passage of H.R. 1335 in the House Natural Resources Committee on April 30, 2015. For more details, click here.
“H.R. 1335 reflects more than 4 years of work with fisheries managers and stakeholders across the nation. Through a number of modest but necessary reforms, this legislation ensures the needs of our fisheries resources are balanced with the needs of our fishermen and coastal communities. By reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act, we allow for this important law to more closely reflect the current science, management techniques and knowledge of our fishermen and regional management councils. I look forward to building upon the many successes of the MSA, which has always recognized our nation’s different ocean conditions, harvesting methods, management techniques, and distinct community impacts.”
House debate on H.R. 1335 is set to begin on Monday, June 1st at approximately 3pm (ET). Congressman Young will speak on behalf of his legislation prior to an anticipated 6:30 pm (ET) passage of the bill. Click here to watch a live stream of the House floor.
H.R. 336, the Anchorage Land Transfer Act, will allow for the sale of unused National Archives property to the Municipality of Anchorage for fair market value. The bill unanimously passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on April 18, 2015. Congressman Young shared the following statement upon passage:
“H.R. 336 allows for the sale of unused National Archives land, roughly 9 acres, to the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA). The sale of this federally owned property, which is no longer in use, has been requested by MOA and supported by the National Archives. This is an excellent step towards getting this land to the city of Anchorage for future development purposes and out of the federal governments growing footprint of unused properties. The sale will truly be a win-win for Alaskans. Development of the prime midtown real estate will bring additional tax revenue for MOA, while the proceeds of this fair market sale will be deposited in the U.S. treasury for debt reduction."
The House is scheduled to pass H.R. 336 at approximately 6:30 pm (ET) on Monday, June 1st. Congressman Young will manage the floor during consideration of H.R. 336, which will include brief remarks in support of the legislation. Click here to watch a live stream of the House floor.