As the United States Senate currently in their 2014 budget, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is taking advantage of the amendment process to introduce or co-sponsor deficit-neutral legislation to address a number of Alaskan needs, including following through on fish disasters
The state’s senior senator told us that this amendment is aiming to help to deliver funds for federally-recognized fisheries disasters in Alaska and other states. As we reported, the Secretary of Commerce declared fisheries disasters in Alaska, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island. Senator Murkowski has been a leading advocate for these resources, telling her Senate colleagues that fisheries disasters are no different than farm droughts and should be addressed.
Other Alaska beneficial amendments include funding the Indian Health Service a year in advance, removing barriers to Medicare access, and labeling genetically modified salmon commonly referred to as “Frankenfish.”