The Alaska congressional delegation is pressing hard for the state's interests in appropriations bills being debated in Washington, D.C., according to U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens. But some items on the state's wish list are looking less likely than others, he said. Congress has passed bills for defense appropriations and military construction, but the energy bill that decides the fate of state projects such as opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and construction of a gas pipeline still is in negotiations.
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