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Begich Receives Confirmation of Arctic Ambassador from State Department

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February 14, 2014

In response to U.S. Sen. Mark Begich's long-standing calls for increased U.S. attention in the Arctic, the State Department today announced in a call to Begich's office that they will create an American Arctic Ambassador.

Begich has been advocating for an Arctic Ambassador since he first came to the Senate and has repeatedly pressed the Administration to do its part in addressing the changing Arctic. The first package of bills Begich introduced in 2008 when he arrived in the Senate was his Arctic Package- which includes legislation to create an Arctic Ambassador- in recognition that the Arctic will play a major role in the nation's commerce, foreign policy, and energy independence in the coming years. He has introduced the package every Congress since.

With six of the eight Arctic nations currently having ambassador-level diplomats representing their interests before the Arctic Council, Begich has been relentless in fighting for the U.S. to have an Arctic Ambassador.

 

"It's not always easy explaining to Washington bureaucrats how things are different at home in Alaska, but today's decision by Secretary of State John Kerry to finally create an Arctic Ambassador is an important step in the right direction," said Sen. Begich. "The bottom line is that the changes we see in the Arctic warrant a higher level of involvement from the U.S. and this position will allow us to better exercise leadership and vision in Arctic policy moving forward."

In addition to previously introducing his own legislation, this year Begich used his position on the Appropriations Committee to include language during the mark-up process calling for the creation of an Arctic Ambassador. Begich also sent the attached letter to President Obama last year specifically requesting an Arctic Ambassador. He also pressed Secretary of State John Kerryat a hearing of the Appropriations Committee just last April on the issue and spoke to Kerry just two days ago.

In response to U.S. Sen. Mark Begich's long-standing calls for increased U.S. attention in the Arctic, the State Department today announced in a call to Begich's office that they will create an American Arctic Ambassador.

Begich has been advocating for an Arctic Ambassador since he first came to the Senate and has repeatedly pressed the Administration to do its part in addressing the changing Arctic. The first package of bills Begich introduced in 2008 when he arrived in the Senate was his Arctic Package- which includes legislation to create an Arctic Ambassador- in recognition that the Arctic will play a major role in the nation's commerce, foreign policy, and energy independence in the coming years. He has introduced the package every Congress since.

With six of the eight Arctic nations currently having ambassador-level diplomats representing their interests before the Arctic Council, Begich has been relentless in fighting for the U.S. to have an Arctic Ambassador.

"It's not always easy explaining to Washington bureaucrats how things are different at home in Alaska, but today's decision by Secretary of State John Kerry to finally create an Arctic Ambassador is an important step in the right direction," said Sen. Begich. "The bottom line is that the changes we see in the Arctic warrant a higher level of involvement from the U.S. and this position will allow us to better exercise leadership and vision in Arctic policy moving forward."

In addition to previously introducing his own legislation, this year Begich used his position on the Appropriations Committee to include language during the mark-up process calling for the creation of an Arctic Ambassador. Begich also sent the attached letter to President Obama last year specifically requesting an Arctic Ambassador. He also pressed Secretary of State John Kerry at a hearing of the Appropriations Committee just last April on the issue and spoke to Kerry just two days ago.

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This document was issued by Mark Begich and was initially posted at www.begich.senate.gov. It was distributed, unedited and unaltered, by noodls on 2014-02-14 22:35:59. The original document issuer is solely responsible for the accuracy of the information contained therein.

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