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KTOO: Murkowski supports a ‘complete exemption’ for Tongass from Roadless Rule

by Jacob Resneck

A decision by President Donald Trump's administration over exempting the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Rule is expected soon. That's according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who said Tuesday that rolling back restrictions to roadbuilding is crucial for Southeast Alaska's economy. "I, very early on, went to the Trump administration and said as we look to the state of Alaska and the application of the Roadless Rule, we have to be able to have a plan that is specific to us," s… Continue Reading


Morning Consult: Murkowski to Release ‘Strategic Energy for America Act’ for Global Project Financing

by Jacqueline Toth

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is taking the next step in her Strategic Energy Initiative, floating legislation aimed at pushing federal financial institutions to facilitate American energy leadership on the world stage. An official legislative discussion draft of the Strategic Energy for America Act will be released today, according to a committee spokesperson, which would leverage the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the U.S. International Development Financ… Continue Reading


KRBD: Murkowski talks healthcare, energy and natural resources at chamber lunch

by Maria Dudzak

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski was in Ketchikan earlier this month. She spoke at a special Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon last Friday, discussing issues such as healthcare, energy, and natural resource development. Murkowski was born in Ketchikan and was in the First City attending a family funeral. She said the morning of the chamber lunch, she informally asked people what issues were being talked about locally. She says most concerns were about the state budget, a topic she said she was… Continue Reading


Juneau Empire: Murkowski has health care on her mind

by Peter Segall

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, sat down with the Empire Tuesday to discuss her recent work in Washington and the groups she's meeting with in Alaska as she crisscrosses the state during the five-week recess from the Senate. "We've done a back-of-the-envelope mapping of the trip … it's 15,000 miles in state, so I'm making tracks," she said. Murkowski said that one of the most pressing concerns she hears about is health care and its costs. The senator was meeting with representatives… Continue Reading


Health Care Blog: Health Data Outside HIPAA: The Wild West of Unprotected Personal Data

by Vince Kuraitis and Deven McGraw

The McKinsey "2,750 times" statistic is a pretty good proxy for the amount of your personal health data that is NOT protected by HIPAA and currently is broadly unprotected from sharing and use by third parties. However, there is bipartisan legislation in front of Congress that offers expanded privacy protection for your personal health data. Senators Klobuchar & Murkowski have introduced the "Protecting Personal Health Data Act" (S.1842). The Act would extend protection to much personal hea… Continue Reading


Military: Lawmakers Urge DoD to Expand F-35 Foreign Military Sales

by Orinana Pawlyk

Several Republican senators are making the case that the U.S.-led F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program should be expanded with additional foreign sales to create a stronger coalition of allies. In a letter sent to Defense Secretary Mark Esper this week, Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said the U.S. would benefit by having more F-35s on flight lines around the world. "The National Defense Strategy makes clear that the United States must strengthen its allianc… Continue Reading


Alaska Journal of Commerce: Court fight over King Cove road enters third round

by Elwood Brehmer

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, holds up a copy of a news paper with a note from President Donald Trump during an event in her office in Washington on Jan. 22, 2018. Murkowski was joined by other Alaskan officials regarding the Interior Department's decision to the construction of a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska.The road would connect the communities of King Cove and Cold Bay, which has an all-weather airport needed for emergency medical flights. A lawsuit subsequently led to … Continue Reading


Bloomberg: Power and Tech Giants Fight Over Airwaves Space in the U.S.

by Millicent Dent and Stephen Cunningham

As tropical storm Barry roared ashore in Louisiana last month, Entergy Corp. monitored the electric grid using airwaves that have long been reserved for utilities and first responders. Those secure, wireless signals helped the company manage outages, even while winds of up to 65 miles (105 kilometers) per hour lashed the region. But as the world becomes increasingly wireless, U.S. regulators plan to open more of those airwaves to tech companies. The move pits two of the most powerful U.S. indu… Continue Reading


Kodiak Daily Mirror: Sen. Murkowski introduces bill to improve access to loan guarantee program to finance local energy infrastructure

by Kevin Randolph

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced Monday legislation to improve access to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Section 1703 loan guarantee program to help states secure financing for projects that will reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The bill would make certain state financing entities fully eligible for Section 1703 program. Murkowski included the text of the legislation in energy bills in the 114th and 115th Congresses. "Right now, the Department's loan guarantee program i… Continue Reading


Utlity Dive: Bipartisan Senate support for nuclear grows with $7.5B bill to extend life of current fleet

by Catherine Morehouse

Dive Brief: A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday introduced a bill that aims to extend the life of the United States' current nuclear fleet. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Martha McSally, R-Ariz., introduced the Nuclear Energy Renewal Act, which would authorize $755 million per year from 2019 to 2029 to "enhance the economic viability of the current U.S. nuclear fleet." Three other nuclear bills have advanced in the past three legislative sessions. Two passed the Senate and one more, … Continue Reading


Daily Energy Insider: Sens. Cassidy, Murkowski lead senators in introducing bill to strengthen offshore energy revenue sharing

by Kevin Randolph

Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently led a group of senators in introducing legislation that would strengthen offshore energy revenue sharing. The bill, the Conservation of America's Shoreline Terrain and Aquatic Life (COASTAL) Act, would strengthen the offshore energy revenue sharing program under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) and create a new revenue sharing program for future offshore energy production in Alaska. Sens. John Kennedy (R-LA), Dan Sulliv… Continue Reading


KTVF: Murkowski talks Alaskan current events while visiting Fairbanks

by Sara Tewksbury

While in Fairbanks, Senator Lisa Murkowski visited the Tanana Valley State Fair and gave an update on her current travels and work in Washington D.C. She says September will be a busy month as they work to advance all of their appropriations bills. "As the chairman of the Interior Appropriations subcommittee, we'll be working on those accounts that relate to the Department of Interior, the EPA, the IHS, the BIA, so we've got a lot of work to do in front of us," said Murkowski. Before she goes … Continue Reading


Juneau Empire: Murkowski, Sullivan urge action on mine cleanup

by Peter Segall

Alaska's Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both Republicans, on Monday hosted a number of state and federal agencies, local organizations and commissioners of the U.S.-Canada International Joint Commission for a round-table discussion of transboundary mining. Among the organizations present were the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Salmon Beyond Borders, Council of Alaska Producers, Alaska Miners Association and United Fishermen of Alaska. Government organi… Continue Reading


Kodiak Daily Mirror: Sen. Murkowski stresses importance Coast Guard in defending the Arctic

by Iris Samuels

Sen. Murkowski stresses importance Coast Guard in defending the Arctic In an April visit to Coast Guard Base Kodiak and Air Station Kodiak, Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, discussed funding for two new Offshore Patrol Cutters, which will be homeported in Kodiak. The move is part of her ongoing effort to secure funding to bolster the Coast Guard capabilities in Alaska. In a July 23 interview with the Kodiak Daily Mirror, Murkowski highlighted the growing importance of the Coast Guard's role in de… Continue Reading


Nevada Independent: Nevada's veto power a sticking point in congressional negotiations on Yucca Mountain

by Humberto Sanchez

House proponents of storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain are unwilling to negotiate with members of the state's congressional delegation over whether to give the state veto power over building the repository. But key members of the Senate, led by Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, who are frustrated with the lack of progress on the long-delayed project, are working with Nevada's senators to pass nuclear waste legislation that would include a consent provision for the state. California Democr… Continue Reading


New Security Beat: Concerns Rise Over Governance Gap in Arctic

by McKenna Coffey

"We're attempting to do something that's never been done before in world history," said Senator Angus King (I-ME). "The peaceful development of a major new physical asset." He spoke of the Arctic Ocean at the 8th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations. The symposium was hosted by the Wilson Center's Polar Institute, in partnership with the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, U.S. National Ice Center, Arctic Domain Awareness Center, Patuxent Partnershi… Continue Reading


Daily Energy Insider: Senate hearing examines benefits of energy innovation on the economy

by Dave Kovaleski

The U.S. Senate held a hearing last week to examine the importance of energy innovation to economic growth in the United States. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) opened the hearing by outlining the importance of innovation to our success as a nation. "Whether we are looking to bolster our energy supply or reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, innovation will need to be front and center and recognized as our best solution," Murkowski said. "In Alaska, we have alrea… Continue Reading


Maryland Matters: Rallying for the ERA

by Danielle E. Gaines

Lawmakers and advocates gathered on Capitol Hill this week to push for a change in law … that many American assume has already happened, they said. "Most Americans believe we've already gotten this done. But we haven't. And we're paying a heavy price because we have not," U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Maryland) said at a briefing about the proposed Equal Rights Amendment on Thursday in the Russell Senate Office Building. "We're still on that path for equal rights for women. And we wil… Continue Reading


Elwood City Ledger: Casey bill reauthorizes funding for domestic violence program

by J.D. Rose

An estimated 1.3 million survivors of domestic violence could benefit from a bill co-introduced by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and a Republican colleague. Casey, D-Scranton, and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have proposed renewing the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act. According to a statement from Casey's office, the bill would authorize increased funding for the National Domestic Violence Hotline to be improved, especially for underserved communities, such as the deaf and… Continue Reading


Investor Intel: The U.S. rare earths saga continues…

by Matthew Bohlsen

Put simply, the US produces minimal rare earths, while China produces 70.59% (in 2018). This is important as rare earths are used as components in most electronic devices, electric vehicles, wind turbines, and the aerospace and defense industries. They are essential to our modern society, and the US depends on China's exports. Global rare earths production is dominated by China (in red) The US' only domestic rare earths producing mine is California's Mountain Pass rare earths mine, owned by MP… Continue Reading

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