U.S. Senator Mark Begich made his fifth visit to the joint Alaskan Legislature today, speaking about state and national issues. Among hot topics like federal spending cuts, education reform and oil development, Sen. Begich “challenged” the State to dig $2 billion out of it “rainy day fund” for arctic port infrastructure.
Sen. Begich(D-AK): “These ports would help ensure the safety of growing trans-Arctic shipping. It’d allow government agencies like the Coast Guard and NOAA to monitor and protect the Arctic. In a region where prices are sky-high, a series of ports also would bring down prices for groceries and fuel for the Arctic region.”
Sen. Begich called the challenge ‘bold,’ but was a little more cautious when asked if he would publicly support the Legislature in HJR4, urging the President to rescind his 23 Executive Orders on gun control.
Sen. Begich(D-AK): “I’m happy to say that that’s the statement there, and I’m happy to say, ‘go for it,’ but it’s irrelevant, to be frank with you, because it’s not constitutional. Your own people have told you that, but that’s your choice. You gotta’ make your statement, and that’s okay.”