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Story last updated at 6:45 PM on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Senator wants to hear from Alaskans on debt, deficit impacts on state

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Lisa Murkowski today will hold a town hall meeting, via phone, on the economic challenges facing the nation. The purppose is to hear from Alaskans who weren't able to make it to the three town hall meetings she held in Alaska in late October.

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction — 12 members of Congress tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in savings over the next decade — currently are reviewing all federal programs. The panel has a Nov. 23 deadline.

"There were a lot of positives that came out of my October town halls — from the ideas and suggestions to the attendance in all three locations," said Murkowski. "But the one negative is that I didn't get to have more than three town halls to hear from more Alaskans.

"This is crunch time in Washington, D.C., with the Super Committee deliberating and considering ideas, which is why I wanted to open up the conversation to all Alaskans, not just the people on the road system in Anchorage, Palmer and Fairbanks."

The meeting will begin at 5:45 p.m. Alaska time today.

Alaskans wanting to join in need to call 1-877-229-8493 and enter the pin No. 14674.