Eight congressmen join Young on Alaska visit

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) Eight members of Congress are joining Rep. Don Young in Alaska as the U.S. House takes its traditional summer recess.

The group left Washington, D.C., Monday and will visit communities across the state.

Senators plan to remain in session this week, with the GOP leadership hoping to finish a national energy bill.

The members accompanying Young are members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which Young chairs.

''This gives them an opportunity to meet with people in communities throughout the state and hear how residents truly feel about the numerous projects we need to expand our economy and improve our infrastructure,'' Young said.

The group includes Republican Reps. John Mica of Florida, chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee; Bob Beauprez of Colorado, Michael Burgess of Texas, Steve Pearce of New Mexico, Jon Porter of Nevada and Steve King of Iowa.

Democratic representatives include Bob Filner and Michael Honda, both of California.

The group will meet with transportation and maritime officials in Ketchikan, where Young hopes the federal government will help build a bridge across Tongass Narrows to Gravina Island.

In Anchorage, the delegation will talk with aviation, military and transportation officials.

In Valdez, they will see the oil tanker tracking and control system and be briefed on pipeline oversight and spill response plans.

The group will tour the SeaLife Center and talk with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and local government officials in Seward. The group also plans to meet with officials in Sitka, Prudhoe Bay, Kaktovik and Nome.

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