In anticipation of his trip to Alaska this weekend and the 2013 Iditarod, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has been counting down the seconds until the he returns home for the start of the "The Last Great Race".
This Sunday from Noon till 2:00, Senator Ellis and myself, Les Gara, will be in Anchorage if you'd like to hear a legislative update, and share your thoughts and concerns. Or you can pretend that's why you're coming, bring your kids, and eat free pizza. ... Full story
"Take it from two United States Senators from both sides of the aisle who have decades of experience in public life: Campaign-finance rules have a tremendous impact on the public policy agenda in Congress. Contrary to the popular perception, the prospect of getting - or not getting - a check from an individual or political action committee does not drive the typical decision on Capitol Hill. ... Full story
As we spend time with our families and reflect on the things we are grateful for, Sen. Begich takes time to send a special thank you to our active duty military men and women and our veterans for all they have done and continue to do to serve our country.
In this week's Begich Minute, U.S. Senator Mark Begich films the Begich Minute from the Food Bank of Alaska where he spent time over the weekend with his staff putting together boxes of food and supplies for those in need over Veterans Day. Begich took the opportunity to emphasize the importance of giving back as we enter the holiday season. Begich also reminded Alaskans to thank our veterans for their service to our country.
In this week's Begich Minute, U.S. Senator Mark Begich highlights the over 1650 petition signatures he submitted to Brigadier General Mark McLeod from Alaskans and individuals around the country opposing moving the F16 squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Anchorage. Begich is joined by his military legislative assistant, Linsday Kavanaugh, who has helped Begich with the effort to save the F16's and keep Eielson fully operational.
In this week's Begich Minute, Sen. Mark Begich commemorates Father's Day by stressing the importance of reading to your children. Earlier in the week he participated in the Alaska OWL project with connects students with distance education opportunities. In this case, students at several libraries across Alaska were able to listen to Begich read Blueberry Shoe, written by Alaskan Ann Dixon, to them from the U.S. Senate.
This week U.S. Sen. Mark Begich's "Begich Minute" features the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers who visited Washington, DC to take part in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)'s 37th Annual Fish Fry. Sen. Begich joined the Bering Sea Crabbers at the event to help serve crab sliders and bisque, showing off Alaska's prized crab to visitors like Secretary of Commerce Bill Bryson and NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, just to name a few. Joining Sen. Begich are Kale Garcia, Siri Dammarell, Angela Keeling-Garcia, Kiyo Marsh, Jim Stone, and Mona Stone
In this week's Begich Minute, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and his staff bring the "Got Your 6" movement, a campaign to "inspire Americans to help bridge the civilian-military divide," to offices on Capitol Hill, rallying staffers and members of the military working on the Hill to let veterans know that their government is committed to supporting returning military veterans and their families. Used in the military, the expression "Got Your Six" means "I've got your back." Begich, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and Senate Veterans Job Caucus, promoted the campaign today by delivering Got Your 6 pins to Senators and their staffs. About Got Your 6: Through the six pillars outlined on www.GotYour6.org website --jobs, education, housing, health, family, and leadership -- GotYour6 partners with veterans and military groups, housing organizations, education advocates, and groups like the Chamber of Commerce to make sure that our nation's returning service men and women, who are "civic assets" and well-suited to leadership roles in our communities, are reintegrated into civilian life, helping to strengthen our communities.
The comet that will make its closest approach to the sun on November 28th, had its picture taken by the Hubble telescope on April 10th. ... Full story