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Murkowski, Begich Joining in Formation of Ocean Caucus

Members of the U.S. Senate have formed a bipartisan caucus focused on the oceans, and both of Alaska’s Senators are on board. Republican Lisa Murkowski is co-chairing it with Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.

Murkowski, Begich Joining in Formation of Ocean Caucus

Members of the U.S. Senate have formed a bipartisan caucus focused on the oceans, and both of Alaska’s Senators are on board. Republican Lisa Murkowski is co-chairing it with Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.

Alaska Delegation Reacts to President’s Jobs Speech

Alaska’s Congressional delegation is giving the President’s speech Thursday night on creating jobs and boosting the economy mixed reviews along party lines. Before a rarely-convened joint session of Congress, President Obama laid out a plan he’s calling the American Jobs Act.

Obama’s Jobs Speech Receives Mixed Reviews

Alaska’s Congressional delegation is giving the President’s speech Thursday on jobs mixed reviews, mostly along party lines. President Obama laid out a plan he’s calling the American Jobs Act.

Congress Reconvenes After Five-Week Recess

As Congress comes back to work after a five-week recess, the White House is going on the offensive, pushing lawmakers to pass what’s normally routine legislation instead of getting tied up in politics.

Postal Service Might Lose $10 Billion This Fiscal Year

Tuesday, the U.S. Postal Service warned Congress it could lose $10 billion in the fiscal year that ends this month. That puts the Postal Service in danger of defaulting as it reaches its borrowing limit.

Art Exhibit Showcases Indigenous Experiences with Climate Change

From Ethiopia to the Himalayas to Alaska, indigenous people are experiencing the affects of a changing climate.

Alaska Issues Under Scrutiny in Wake of Fuglvog Incident

The admission this month by a Senate staffer that he’s guilty of illegal fishing in Alaska is creating greater impact than just one man’s future.

Murkowski Answers Questions on ‘Talk of Alaska’

Jane Lubchenco interrupted the meeting in Anchorage this morning to announce there had been an earthquake in Washington DC.

Murkowski Unaware for Months of Aide’s Plea Deal

Senator Lisa Murkowski says she didn’t know for months that her fisheries aide had signed a plea deal with federal authorities admitting to fishing illegally.

Partial FAA Shutdown Will Continue Through Congressional Recess

Congress wrapped up its summer work Tuesday without passing legislation to keep the Federal Aviation Administration open. Political bickering has partially shut it down – and may continue to until after Labor Day when Congress returns from its August recess.

Congress May Leave FAA in Partial Shut-Down Mode

Congress may have sorted out a plan to raise the debt limit this week, but it’s in danger of leaving the Federal Aviation Administration in partial shut-down mode for the next month.

Obama Signs Debt Deal Legislation into Law

President Obama has signed into law a deal to raise the debt ceiling, fending off a national default, which he warned could roil the markets and leave the U.S. without enough money to pay its bills.

House Passes Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling

The U.S. House passed tonight a bill to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts. The tally was 269 to 161.

Alaska Delegation Will Vote in Favor of New Debt Ceiling Plan

All three members of Alaska’s Congressional delegation say they will vote for the deal to raise the debt ceiling and cut spending. The plan announced Sunday night by President Obama slashes spending by about a trillion dollars over the next decade and raises the debt ceiling in time for the U.S. to avoid defaulting on its bills.

Debt Ceiling Proposal Would Cut Spending by Almost $1 Trillion Over 10 Years

The votes still have to come but Sunday night President Obama announced an agreement between Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders. Just what the rank and file membership think will be revealed Monday morning.

Senate Kills House Bill to Raise Debt Limit, Cut Spending

The U.S. House passed a bill Friday that would raise the national debt limit and cut spending. It was a close shave, with just two more members voting for it than needed for passage, 218 to 210.

Debt Ceiling Dominates Senator Begich’s Town Hall

Thursday night, as Congress continued the debate, Senator Mark Begich hosted a town hall by telephone.

House Delays Vote on Debt Ceiling Plan

Despite a big build-up Thursday and a late night on Capitol Hill, the U.S. House did not vote on a plan to raise the debt ceiling and cut spending. House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t muster enough votes. He has the lukewarm support and promised vote of Alaska’s Congressman Don Young, but conservative Republicans say the plan doesn’t make deep enough cuts, and Democrats are staunchly opposed.

Begich Answers Citizen Questions in Tele-Town Hall

Thursday night, as the House wrestled with its plan, Senator Mark Begich hosted a town hall by telephone.