Begich introduces 7 Arctic bills in Senate

The Arctic World Affairs Blog Network – On August 3rd, the 50th anniversary of Alaskan statehood, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) announced the introduction of a package of seven bills focused on developing and protecting the Arctic. Begich, a freshman senator who took over Ted Steven’s seat last November, sat out the traditional “waiting period” before giving his maiden speech on the floor of the Senate. He lived up to his reputation as one of the most active Arctic policymakers in the U.S. by introducing bills which focus on both domestic and foreign policy.

On the home front, Begich tries to balance development with science, research, and preservation … In regards to foreign policy, Begich is seeking to create a new position of a U.S. Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs and enhance American preparedness for increased maritime trade and shipping. The senator also spoke in favor of ratification of UNCLOS and the Treaty on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

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