- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A smaller number of legislators are expected to attend The Energy Council and other meetings in Washington, D.C., than last year.

Currently, nine members are slated to attend, according to lists provided by the House and Senate majorities. Requests were pending for two other representatives.

Lawmakers have defended the annual trip as important given Alaska’s heavy reliance on oil. They say it also provides a chance to meet with members of Congress and other decision-makers.

Besides the Energy Council meeting during the first week of March, the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region plans an Arctic roundtable on March 6.

While activity at the Capitol has slowed during Energy Council week in past years, House and Senate leaders said they planned to continue holding floor sessions and committee hearings.

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