HJR 27: Requesting the United States Department of Defense to invest in the Port of Alaska.
00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 27 01 Requesting the United States Department of Defense to invest in the Port of Alaska. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS the Port of Alaska is one of 17 seaports designated as commercial 04 strategic seaports by the United States Department of Defense; and 05 WHEREAS commercial strategic seaports are significant transportation hubs that are 06 important to the readiness and cargo handling capacity of the United States Department of 07 Defense; and 08 WHEREAS the Port of Alaska is one of only two commercial strategic seaports 09 located outside of the contiguous United States, and is strategically located near Arctic 10 shipping channels; and 11 WHEREAS the Port of Alaska supports four major United States Department of 12 Defense installations, including Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Fort Wainwright, Eielson 13 Air Force Base, and Fort Greely; and 14 WHEREAS Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Fort Wainwright, Eielson Air Force 15 Base, and Fort Greely are undergoing critical expansions for fighter jet and missile defense 16 capacity, and the necessary material for these projects is entering the state primarily through
01 the Port of Alaska; and 02 WHEREAS the Port of Alaska provides the only fully operational port for handling 03 containers and roll-on-roll-off cargo twice a week and provides goods and commodities that 04 are necessary for base operations and the daily needs of service members; and 05 WHEREAS the Port of Alaska is the critical fuel distribution hub for aviation fuel for 06 operations at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base; and 07 WHEREAS the Port of Alaska is already implementing significant tariff increases to 08 maximize consumer and business contributions to port infrastructure improvements, and the 09 tariffs will not be adequate to fund the critical maintenance that is essential to replace 10 corroded and earthquake-damaged components of the Port of Alaska; and 11 WHEREAS, in November of 2019, the Port of Alaska suffered infrastructure damage 12 in a major earthquake, which exacerbated preexisting damage from corrosion; and 13 WHEREAS the state's fiscal situation prevents the state from being the sole or 14 primary funder of upgrades to the Port of Alaska; 15 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature requests that the United States 16 Department of Defense augment existing public and private funding of the Port of Alaska to 17 ensure that the Port of Alaska remains operational and can withstand potential future 18 earthquakes and to guarantee continued support of operations at Joint Base Elmendorf- 19 Richardson, Fort Wainwright, Eielson Air Force Base, and Fort Greely. 20 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President 21 of the United States; the Honorable Michael R. Pence, Vice President of the United States and 22 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of 23 Representatives; the Honorable Mark Esper, United States Secretary of the Department of 24 Defense; the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and 25 the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in 26 Congress.