With the Senate in August recess, I'm happy to spend a lot of time visiting Alaskans across the state. Over the weekend, I welcomed Department of Defense Assistant Secretary for Energy Sharon Burke to Fairbanks and Tanana to show off energy technology. In Tanana, we looked at renewable energy projects and in Fairbanks toured the Cold Climate Housing Research Center and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power. Both offer great examples of how to develop practical, cost-effective energy solutions to reduce costs. It's an important subject for DOD and the visit was informative for the secretary. In Anchorage this afternoon we hold a roundtable with local energy companies to discuss Alaska's role in America's energy security.
When the Senate adjourned last week, several key pieces of legislation were left unfinished by the House. I was disappointed Republican House members left Washington without passing the Middle Class Tax Cuts Act of 2012, the Farm Bill, Postal Reform and the Violence Against Women Act, all of which were passed by the Senate.
This month will bring other important visitors to Alaska, including Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana; and Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp. It'll be an exciting and busy month, and I look forward to seeing you around the state.
Senator Mark Begich