Articles & Op-eds

04.08.19

Electrek: US looks to launch national electric vehicle supply chain, report says

by Phil Dzikiy

U.S. government officials are looking to develop a domestic electric vehicle supply chain that would encourage the mining of materials for automakers and battery manufacturers, according to a recent report. Officials from the U.S. Department of State, Department of Energy, Department of the Interior and the U.S. Geological Survey will meet in early May with automakers and lithium miners to discuss the effort, Reuters reports. Representatives from Tesla, GM, and Ford also plan to attend the meet… Continue Reading


04.07.19

Must Read Alaska: Lisa, Dan, Don unite on side of cannabis, states’ rights

by Suzanne Downing

DELEGATION SAYS IT'S 'HIGH TIME' U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young have added their support for legislation to protect states, like Alaska, that have legalized marijuana. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reintroduced bipartisan legislation, The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act, to remove the threat of federal intervention and prosecution in states that regulate marijuana use and sales. Reps. David Joyce (R… Continue Reading


04.03.19

Bloomberg: EPA to Ease Air Limits for Alaska Diesel Generators

by Abby Smith and Amena H. Saiyid

The EPA will issue a rule in June relaxing air pollution standards for diesel generators in remote areas of Alaska, Administrator Andrew Wheeler told senators. "We are working to provide regulatory relief" and plan to remove so-called tier 4 air pollution requirements for operators of diesel generators in those areas, Wheeler said in response to questions from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) during an April 3 budget hearing. The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to release a notice of… Continue Reading


04.03.19

Bustle: This Bill Addressing Violence Against Native Women Could Bring Real Change, Senators Say

by Monica Busch

The lack of concrete data surrounding missing and murdered Native American women can make the problem difficult for law enforcement, legislators, and advocates to combat. A new bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate this week, the Not Invisible Act, would tackle violence against Native women through a joint committee made up of tribal, local, and federal leaders. Sponsored by Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jon Tester, some of these lawmakers tell… Continue Reading


04.03.19

Anchorage Daily News: In Senate hearing, Murkowski cites Alaskans’ frustrations with navigating earthquake disaster assistance

by Annie Zak

In a U.S. Senate hearing Wednesday, Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski highlighted the difficulties some Alaskans have had trying to get disaster aid after the Nov. 30 earthquake. People are dealing with confusion around what types of home repairs are eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Murkowski said. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security hearing was to review FEMA's budget request for fiscal year 2020. Aid some Alaskans have received… Continue Reading


04.03.19

Juneau Empire: Murder is the third leading cause of death among Alaska Native women Here’s what Lisa Murkowski is doing about it

by Mollie Barnes

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is a part of a group of senators who introduced a bill in Congress on Wednesday that addresses the crisis of missing, trafficked and murdered indigenous women. The Not Invisible Act of 2019 is legislation that would engage law enforcement, tribal leaders, federal partners, and service providers and improve coordination across federal agencies, according to a press release. "Human trafficking is a horrifying reality across the state of Alaska and is dispropor… Continue Reading


04.02.19

Tech Stock Standard: Senate votes to end support for Saudi war in Yemen

by Susannah George

The voted Wednesday to end U.S. support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition's war in , bringing Congress one step closer to a unprecedented rebuke of President Donald Trump's foreign policy. Lawmakers have never before invoked the decades-old War Powers Resolution to stop a foreign conflict, but they are poised to do just that in the bid to cut off U.S. support for a war that has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe. The vote puts Congress on a collision course with Trump, who has already thre… Continue Reading


04.02.19

Huffington Post: Senate Bill Pushes The Feds To Focus On Violence Against Native Women

by Jennifer Bendery

A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation Wednesday to make the federal government step up its response to the largely overlooked crisis of Native American women going missing, being murdered or being forced into sex trafficking. The Not Invisible Act would help establish an overarching federal strategy for addressing the skyrocketing rates of violence targeted at indigenous people. It creates an advisory committee of local, tribal and federal leaders to brainstorm best practices for … Continue Reading


04.01.19

Geek: Senators Reintroduce Bill to Advance Nuclear Technology

by Stephanie Mlot

A group of 15 senators last week reintroduced bipartisan legislation to boost nuclear energy innovation. The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA) aims to reestablish U.S. leadership in the field, while ensuring advanced reactors can provide clean, safe, affordable, reliable power to meet national and global needs. "As we seek to maintain electric reliability, keep energy prices affordable, and address climate change, nuclear power stands out as one of our very best options," Sen. Lisa Murkowski… Continue Reading


04.01.19

Military: Contract for New Coast Guard Icebreaker Could Be Awarded this Month

by Richard Sisk

The estimated cost of a new new Coast Guard icebreaker is significant, but the need is urgent given the state of the only heavy icebreaker currently in service, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz said last week. "This is going to be a world-class Polar icebreaker; high horsepower, the ability to drive through, you know, six, seven feet of ice at three knots continuous," Schultz said March 28 in testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security. Schultz said the… Continue Reading


03.31.19

World Nuclear News: Bill Gates 'thrilled' by legislative boost for nuclear

The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA), bipartisan draft legislation which aims to accelerate the development of advanced nuclear technologies and re-establish US leadership in nuclear energy has been re-introduced to the US Senate. NELA was submitted on 27 March by a group of 15 senators led by Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. It was previously introduced to the Senate in September 2018 and was one of several bipartisan bills supporting advanced nuclear innovation to be considered by the 11… Continue Reading


03.31.19

Jewish Journal: Republicans and Democrats Unite to Save the Planet, and No One Notices

by David Suissa

Media companies have become so driven by ratings and click bait they're having a hard time covering political news that don't involve partisan food fights- even when that news involves saving our planet. Take, for example, the news last week that a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced legislation to support a potential breakthrough against global warming. Who noticed? I couldn't find anything in The New York Times or on CNN, but I did see a tweet from someone who cares deeply about the … Continue Reading


03.31.19

Anchorage Press: Murkowski teams up with AFN to support David Bernhardt for new Secretary of the Interior

by John Tetpon

It's going to be rough sledding for U.S. Secretary of the Interior nominee David Bernhardt when it gets down to the votes he'll need to be confirmed. Bernhardt has been acting secretary at Interior since the departure of Ryan Zinke, who served from 2017 until his resignation in 2019. Zinke resigned to avoid what he called unwarranted attacks on himself and his family after numerous investigations began and after a host of allegations of ethics violations surfaced. Bernhardt is not new to being… Continue Reading


03.28.19

Anchorage Daily News: Many wins for Alaska in bipartisan lands bill

by Lisa Murkowski

Earlier this month, I joined Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate at the White House with President Trump for the signing of major lands and conservation legislation. The "John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act" is now law after years of effort. As Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I worked to combine more than 120 lands, resources, and water measures - including many that will help resolve long-standing issues for Alaskans. One o… Continue Reading


03.28.19

Daily Energy Insider: Alaska lawmakers support Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil, gas development

by Dave Kovaleski

The congressional delegation from Alaska expressed their support for the oil and gas leasing program for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the program. "We are pleased the Department is complying with its legal mandate to hold multiple lease sales and encourage you to continue to prioritize this program. We believe the Final EIS should maximize acreage ava… Continue Reading


03.28.19

KTUU: After proposed cuts to Special Olympics, Alaska's Congressional delegation voices support

by Grant Robinson

After the White House proposed a budget that would eliminate federal funding for Special Olympics programs in schools, members of Alaska's congressional delegation say they will continue to support the organization's mission. Unified Champion Schools is one of several program Special Olympics participants. More than 50 schools in Alaska participate in the program. "We have many different programs that serve seniors, that serve adults - this is the the one that serves our youth," Special Olympi… Continue Reading


03.27.19

Op-Ed: Sens. Murkowski And Cantwell: The Significance Of The Public Lands Package

by Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Maria Cantwell

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), former ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Americans have a lot to celebrate in the sweeping public lands package the president signed into law this month. This landmark package includes more than 120 bills that will protect treasured landscapes, spur economic development, address a wide rang… Continue Reading


03.26.19

Must Read Alaska:No deal: Murkowski, Sullivan vote against ‘Green New Deal’

by Suzanne Downing

Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor in advance of the vote, turning her remarks toward the more practical, pragmatic steps Congress can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Murkowski emphasized areas where Congress has made progress in supporting policies to reduce emissions: increased funding for the research and development of clean technologies, expanding the tax credit for carbon ca… Continue Reading


03.26.19

Anchorage Daily News: Supreme Court backs Alaska moose hunter over park service but steers clear of Katie John

by Zaz Hollander

An Alaska moose hunter whose case against the federal government made a rare second trip to the U.S. Supreme Court prevailed on Tuesday. The ruling marks a win for Alaskans unhappy with federal "overreach" on some public lands but doesn't topple rural subsistence rights as some feared it might. John Sturgeon sued the National Park Service after rangers on the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in 2007 ordered him off the hovercraft he used for moose-hunting trips through the shallows of th… Continue Reading


03.19.19

Alaska Public Media: Green New Deal? Murkowski says no, opts for middle way on climate

by Liz Ruskin

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is talking about global warming more than ever these days. While the Green New Deal is a lightning rod in Congress, Murkowski says she's reaching for what's politically possible. Among the big goals included in the Green New Deal is to transition to energy sources with zero emissions, within a decade. Murkowski takes a more measured and less specific approach. "We propose that we focus on these technologies that will allow us to get us to a lower carbon economy reduce our e… Continue Reading

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