Frustrated by the shutdown

Like most Alaskans, I’m angry and frustrated by the unnecessary federal government shutdown. The U.S. House can end this in 15 minutes by voting on the Senate-approved budget bill, without trying to impose the extremist policies of a few on the entire country.

 

I sympathize with the 13,000 Alaskan federal employees, most of whom are directly affected by layoffs, and the many more families and businesses hurt in the shutdown. I don’t believe Congress should be exempt, so I’ve furloughed about 85 percent of my own staff and am donating my salary for every day of the shutdown to an Alaska charity.

I’m also co-sponsoring the “no budget, no pay” bill, which prohibits any member of Congress from getting paid when the government is shut down or defaults on our debts.

Meanwhile, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I’m working every day to end the shutdown. I’m bending the arms of Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate to let common sense prevail and focus on getting America’s economy back on track.

Sincerely,

U.S. Senator Mark Begich

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING

 

More

Firearm hazards

The U.S. Congress is considering an absurd retraction of some already near irrelevant gun safety laws with a so called and obtuse, “Sportsmen Heritage and... Read more

Alaska’s government need to ‘tighten the belt’ on finances

“The total per diem for all 60 legislature members for a single day is $17,478.75,” reported Andrew Hawkins on Webcenter11.com on June 7.

Read more

Appreciation in workplace more than just monetary

As a 10-year employee of Alaska Airlines I have seen many changes to the industry. Being that it is our second round of negotiations since... Read more

Birthday gifts for turning 65

On my 65th birthday, my wife and I went around to claim my birthday gifts from government offices.

Read more