- Ms. Julie Gourley, Senior Arctic Official, Department of State
- Mr. John Pendleton, Director of Force Structure and Readiness Issues, Government Accountability Office
- Ms. Sherri Goodman, Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Member, Joint Ocean Commission Initiative
Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young today shared his thoughts following the State Department’s announcement to name retired Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp, Jr. the first United States Special Representative to the Arctic:
WASHINGTON—To help the U.S. better prioritize its interests in the Arctic, Reps. Rick Larsen, WA-02, and Don Young, AK, announced today they are creating the Congressional Arctic Working Group.
Don Young, a Republican, and Rick Larsen, a Democrat, represent Alaska and Washington, respectively, in the House.
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The nation’s fleet of ice-cutting ships is getting older, and congressional action to modernize it isn’t moving at breakneck speed.
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Rep. Don Young (Alaska), a senior Republican on the House Natural Resources and House Transportation and Infrastructure committees, has joined with Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) in launching an Arctic Working Group to advise Congress on commercial, navigation and U.S. security issues and other issues stemming from rapidly melting Arctic sea ice.