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KTVA: Murkowski-backed bill would help Alaskans prepare for landslides

by Angela Krenzien

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, along with four other U.S. senators, is introducing legislation that would help communities prepare for and respond to landslides. The National Landslide Preparedness Act would establish a National Landslide Hazards Reduction Program at the U.S. Geological Survey, which would identify and understand landslide risks and prepare for future landslides. "Alaska has been dealing with the impacts of landslides for decades, most recently as a result of the Southcentral earthquake … Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Murkowski, Sullivan worried Alaska could lose military funding to border wall

by Erin McGroarty

Alaska's two Republican senators said they are concerned at the possibility of Alaska military funding being redirected toward President Donald Trump's border wall effort. Trump declared a national emergency regarding the Southern border last week, a move that will likely take funding from the Department of Defense to fund the border wall. That is, if the declaration doesn't run into any legal roadblocks. Democrats in the House and Senate are already questioning the legality of the declaration… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Delegation wins $655 million for polar icebreaker, plus other funds for new cutters coming to Alaska

by Alex DeMarban

The spending package Congress passed last week to avoid another government shutdown provides $655 million for construction of the first polar icebreaker in decades and additional money for new Coast Guard cutters in Alaska, Sen. Dan Sullivan's office said. It's the first time in 40 years the nation is building a new icebreaker, and more will be built in the future, Sullivan, R-Alaska, said Thursday. The appropriations bill also includes $20 million to begin acquiring materials for a second iceb… Continue Reading


Smoky Mountain News: Congress moves forward on Land and Water Conservation Fund reauthorization

The U.S. Senate voted Feb. 12 to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, an important funding source for conservation projects nationwide. The bill was introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, with a bipartisan list of co-sponsors. Though Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, is not included on the sponsor list, he introduced a related piece of legislation this month that also attempted to permanently reauthorize the fund. "The Land an… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Alaska's congressional delegation lauds icebreaker funding

by Erin McGroarty

Alaska's congressional delegation are celebrating the bicameral passage of a federal government spending package that will not only keep the federal government from shutting down but also funds the construction of a new polar icebreaker for the United States Coast Guard fleet, something the state's three members of Congress have been pushing for. The funding bill included $655 million for the design and construction of the icebreaker, $20 million for materials for an eventual second icebreaker,… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Murkowski: Cutting state funds makes it more difficult to unlock federal cash

by James Brooks

Gov. Mike Dunleavy's cost-cutting budget proposal may make it more difficult for Alaska's congressional delegation to deliver federal money to Alaska, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Tuesday during her annual visit to the state Capitol. Alaska's two U.S. senators normally stay away from legislative issues when they deliver their annual addresses to the Alaska Legislature, but Murkowski obliquely and directly addressed aspects of the governor's planned $1.8 billion budget cut. In a news conferenc… Continue Reading


Alaska Journal of Commerce: Murkowski leads major lands bill through Senate

by Elwood Brehmer

Sen. Lisa Murkowski was happy to talk with reporters after shepherding the first omnibus lands bill package through the Senate in years with overwhelming support. The U.S. Senate passed the Natural Resources Management Act Feb. 12 on a 92-8 vote. The legislation addresses a plethora of "small matters that in local communities can really make a significant difference," Murkowski said in a conference call with Alaska reporters. "When we can come together on a bipartisan basis - move something o… Continue Reading


KNBA: Native language revitalization bill moves to full U.S. Senate

by By Tripp Crouse

A bill that supports the revitalization of Native American languages has moved to the full U.S. Senate. According to a news release from Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, she and New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall introduced the bill (S. 256 Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act) to improve a grant program that funds language learning. Four tribes in Alaska currently receive funding from that grant program: Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indain Tribes of Alaska; Chicka… Continue Reading


Bloomberg: An Epidemic of Violence Against Native American Women

by Bloomberg Ed-Board

Americans may be largely unaware of the extreme and pervasive dangers facing American Indian and Alaska Native women. According to a National Institute of Justice study, more than half have been sexually assaulted. More than a third have been raped - a proportion more than double that of white women. For girls and young women aged 15 to 24, homicide is the third leading cause of death. And thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls have simply gone missing. It is a crisis th… Continue Reading


Washington Post: The Senate just passed the decade's biggest public lands package. Here's what's in it.

by By Juliet Eilperin and Dino Grandoni

The Senate on Tuesday passed the most sweeping conservation legislation in a decade, protecting millions of acres of land and hundreds of miles of wild rivers across the country and establishing four new national monuments honoring heroes including Civil War soldiers and a civil rights icon. The 662-page measure, which passed 92 to 8, represented an old-fashioned approach to dealmaking that has largely disappeared on Capitol Hill. Senators from across the ideological spectrum celebrated home-st… Continue Reading


Alaska Public Media: Big win for Murkowski: Public lands bill passes Senate

by Liz Ruskin

The U.S. Senate today passed a massive public lands bill, and to the delight of its sponsor, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the vote was overwhelming. "92-8, which is a pretty good tally," said Murkowski, chair of the Energy and Natural Resources committee. The bill is an amalgamation of more than 100 bills, requested by 50 senators. Many provisions deal with local issues in Western states, like changing the boundaries of a federal refuge or allowing access to public lands. But the bill creates or exten… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Giant lands act passed by US Senate includes allotments to Alaska Native veterans and improved volcano monitoring

by Alex DeMarban

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Tuesday that the sweeping lands package she sponsored includes wide-ranging benefits for Alaskans, including Alaska Native veterans who never received their federal land allotment. The measure will help some individual areas, such as requiring the federal government to convey sand and gravel resources to the Alaska Native village corporation in Utqiagvik, creating a revenue source. "Small matters that in local communities can really make a significant d… Continue Reading


FCW: Murkowski optimistic on funding deal: 'We're going to get this figured out'

by Chase Gunter

On the sidelines of a federal union legislative conference, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said she thought lawmakers would avoid a repeat of the partial government shutdown that saw 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay. "You know what, it's Monday," she said. "Friday is a lifetime away. We're going to get this figured out." Murkowski's optimism appeared well founded, as congressional negotiators said late Monday night that they had reached an "agreement in principle" … Continue Reading


Federal News Network: Agencies, AFGE begin preparations for another government shutdown

by Nicole Ogrysko

With less than a week now until the latest funding deadline expires this Friday, agencies are officially preparing for another government shutdown. Guidance from the Office of Management and Budget instructs senior agency officials to begin preparations one week before the possibility of a lapse in appropriations. The American Federation of Government Employees is also preparing for the possibility. "We informed our members that a shutdown is possible," AFGE National President J. David Cox tol… Continue Reading


GovExec: GOP Senator Endorses 2.6 Percent Pay Raise for Feds, Improving Proposal's Prospects

by Erich Wagner

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska became the first Republican in the Senate to sign onto a plan to give federal civilian employees a 2.6 percent pay increase this year and provide parity between military and civilian compensation. Murkowski announced Monday that she would cosponsor the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act (S. 262), which would override President Trump's executive order mandating a pay freeze for civilian federal employees in 2019. The 2.6 percent pay raise figure would… Continue Reading


City Journal: The Nuclear Option

by James B. Meigs

At the heart of the sprawling Indian Point Energy Center, 30 miles up the Hudson River from Manhattan, stands a modest, oblate structure easy to overlook at first glance. The plant's massive, torpedo-shaped containment domes, which shelter Indian Point's two active nuclear reactors, dominate the skyline. But the smallish, squat dome in the middle of the complex, its gray concrete streaked with age, is where it all started. This incongruous building contains Indian Point's long-dormant Unit 1, am… Continue Reading


Herald Net: Legislation targets missing and murdered indigenous women

by Melissa Hellmann

When Puyallap tribal member Carolyn DeFord's mother, Leona LeClair Kinsey, went missing in 1999, DeFord was at a loss for how to find her. A lack of guidelines or resources to help native communities document information on missing and murdered individuals made it difficult for her to track down clues on her mother's disappearance. "A lot of rumors have flown around and until we can either find her or find evidence linking somebody to her, it's just speculation," DeFord told Seattle Weekly in a … Continue Reading


Bustle: The Global HER Act Wants To Repeal Trump's Global Gag Rule Once & For All

by Morgan Brinlee

For decades, Democratic and Republican presidents have played tug of war with legislation, known as the Mexico City Policy of the Global Gag Rule, that prohibits U.S. funds from being allocated to foreign non-governmental organizations that provide abortion services, counseling, or information. While Democratic presidents would rescinded the policy, every Republican president elected since 1985 has re-instated it, including Donald Trump, who rolled out an expanded version of the rule in 2017. No… Continue Reading


KFYR: Turtle Mountain chairman sends letter of support for Savanna's Act

by Joe Skurzewski

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Chairman Jamie Azure has penned a letter of support to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on behalf of the tribe for Savanna's Act. The legislation is named after the late Savanna Greywind, who was killed for her unborn child in 2017. It would improve legal resources for investigations into violence against Native American women. Former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp introduced the bill, but it stalled in the House. Murkowski, along with Sen. Catherine Cortez Mast… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Alaska congressional delegation praises Trump speech

by Erin McGroarty

Alaska's three members of Congress released statements in support of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski noted the overall message of the speech, urging bipartisan work to address some of the issues Trump identified as important, was a much-needed theme based on the current political climate. "The president's address to the nation was designed to encourage, to be uplifting. He began with a message to us in the Congress to come tog… Continue Reading

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