Snapshots from Congressman Don Young’s Busy September
September was a busy month for Alaska Congressman Don Young. From constituent meetings to speeches on the House Floor, take a look at some photos from September that you might have missed. As always, be sure to follow @RepDonYoung on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to keep up with the Congressman for ALL Alaska.
1) Congressman Young met Niko, a 10-year-old Dutch Shepherd from Willow who was deployed to Afghanistan to locate explosives, assist with route clearance for advance teams, execute open area and house-to-house sweeps, and search the support vehicles that came into camp. Niko was awarded American Humane’s 2019 K-9 Medal of Courage, the nation’s highest honor for military working dogs, and we’re all very proud of him. Click here for more
2) In response to efforts by House Democrats to reverse progress made on energy exploration in the 1002 Area of ANWR, Congressman Young took to the House Floor to lead his colleagues in opposition to this partisan, anti-Alaska legislation. Click here or on the below image for his closing remarks on the House Floor.
3) Congressman Young and Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan hosted the Alaska Native Village Corporation in Washington, D.C. to discuss their legislative priorities, including protecting contracting opportunities for Native-owned businesses, rehabilitating contaminated lands, and much more. These Alaskans made the long journey to Washington, D.C., and Congressman Young was thrilled to meet with them.
4) In the past year, 23 Members of Congress have passed away, including Congressman Young’s good friend Congressman John Dingell – who served as the Dean of the House himself. A memorial service was held in Statuary Hall featuring speeches by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. During the service, Congressman Young and Congresswoman Dingell shared a moment to remember her husband. Congresswoman Dingell’s speech recalled the great friendship her late husband and Congressman Young shared. Click here for Congressman Young’s Speech, and here for Congresswoman Dingell’s speech.
5) Alaska’s wild salmon is one of the most iconic symbols of the state. Congressman Young joined Senators Murkowski and Sullivan at the third-annual celebration of Bristol Bay Salmon Week hosted by the Bristol Bay Native Corporation. It’s always great to showcase Alaska’s delicious salmon to friends from the Lower 48, and a great time was had by all!
6) At this year’s 30th Annual Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation banquet, Congressman Young and Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) were recognized for being the longest-serving members of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. Congressman Young is a committed sportsman, as anybody who has ever stepped foot in his office to see his many hunting trophies can attest!