In Washington, the government shutdown continues with no resolution in sight.
Alaska Congressman Don Young says the latest House proposal is going nowhere. It would fund the government and raise the debt ceiling, but make changes to the Affordable Care Act.
Young believes a solution will come from the Senate. He predicts House Speaker John Boehner will put it up for a vote, and if that happens, Young says he’ll support it, despite objections from the right flank of the House Republicans.
“It’s not Boehner’s fault,” Young said. “I mean a lot of people blame the speaker but this is more than that.”
“This is a very large group of individuals who very frankly don’t want anything to pass and that’s what you have to deal with.”
Young also says the minute-by-minute news reporting makes this impasse tougher to resolve than budget battles in decades past.
“This is a case where we’re overexposed and it’s hard for people to back down,” he said. “Egos are involved in this, and yet they know there’s a problem.”
Among the casualties of the shutdown is the Bering Sea crab fishery. It was supposed to open Tuesday, but the federal workers who issue the annual permits are on furlough.
Young says he wants to change U.S. fisheries law to take that office out of the process in future years.
- “Clearly those are going to be the most difficult issues that have to be solved going forward," said Republican Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, a leader in the Senate. "I don’t think they’re going to happen in this bill.”
- On many Alaska beaches, plastic washes up faster than it can be picked up. The remote locations and mountains of plastic make Chris Pallister’s clean up work incredibly expensive.
- The unofficial mayor of Talkeetna, Stubbs the cat, passed away in the overnight hours between Thursday and Friday, according to his owners.
- The Trump administration has directed the National Park Service in Alaska and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to reconsider bans on certain state allowed game harvest techniques.