The Senate is out for the week. But it will return to a full slate.
Congress gave itself an entire week off for Memorial Day. Both chambers are set to return a week from today.
The recess comes at an unfortunate time, since the Senate was starting to show signs of productivity. The Judiciary Committee debated hundreds of amendments to an immigration reform package that’s expected to take much of the Senate calendar for the next month.
And the Farm Bill that Congress extended at the end of last year was recently reintroduced onto the Senate floor. Already it’s had votes on amendments and will get future ones … on controversial issues like crop insurance and food assistance for the poor.
That massive piece of legislation also reauthorizes the Denali Commission.
The fate of the Farm Bill remains uncertain though. Last year the Senate passed one, only to see it fester in the House.
- SueAnn Lindoff is in charge of the new youth tribal court program. She hopes it will start taking youth in a few weeks, a student or two at a time.
- Sen. Dan Sullivan said visiting communities in Alaska, and hearing directly from constituents, helps keep him inspired in the Senate. It also helps him know what’s important to Alaskans in those individual communities.
- It appears a proposed Skagway raptor tour that has drawn resistance from some in the community will be able to move forward. Alaska Mountain Guides is partnering with the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines to bring a raptor tour to the Liarsville neighborhood in Skagway.
- Alaska Division of Homeland Security and the Juneau Local Emergency Planning Committee hosted the event featuring earthquake simulator located in downtown Juneau.