On Monday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) will visit Kodiak to hold a field hearing of the Senate’s Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee.
Adm. Robert Papp, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, will be on hand with Mark Myers of the University of Alaska, Merrick Burden of the Marine Conservation Alliance and Bruce Harland of Crowley Marine to answer questions about the need for a “robust United States Coast Guard presence in Alaska,” according to an email from the senators’ offices.
“It’s one thing to tell, another thing to show — and Senator Murkowski is looking forward to taking advantage of this opportunity to illustrate to Senator Landrieu the unique character of the Coast Guard’s Alaska responsibilities,” wrote Murkowski spokesman Matthew Felling in an email to the Daily Mirror.
Landrieu and Murkowski have worked together on the appropriations subcommittee and on legislation that would give Alaska the same rights to federal oil drilling revenue that Louisiana and other Gulf of Mexico states enjoy.
“Senator Landrieu is fully up to speed on maritime issues in warmer, tropical climates that you find in the Gulf of Mexico, but we look forward to demonstrating first-hand the different characteristics of Alaska’s waters. Landrieu is a friend of the Coast Guard and a friend of Alaska, so I know she will get a warm welcome from The Rock,” Felling wrote.
The field hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in Coast Guard Hangar No. 3. The public is invited to attend the hearing, which is expected to last about three hours long.