Articles & Op-eds


Richmond Times-Dispatch: OPINION: David Banks column: Make smart changes to the General Mining Law

by David Banks

Clamp a royalty on minerals and metals mined on federal lands in the United States? Congress is considering doing so as part of an effort to radically change the General Mining Law. It would be a mistake that would penalize U.S. companies and workers, make worse our dependence on foreign sources of metals and minerals critical to the national defense, and hamper efforts to reduce carbon pollution. The most destructive effect of a bill introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) would be on U.S. … Continue Reading


Detroit Authority: Senators Look to Rally U.S. EV Material Production

by Joseph Szczesny

While the Trump administration - through the Environmental Protection Agency - continues to press for changes in fuel economy regulations that would to sideline efforts to put more EVs on the road across the United States, the U.S. Congress is getting nervous about China's fast moving electric-car effort. Both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate are voicing support for a national electric car supply chain policy in the United States Senate, according to a report from Reuters. The Sena… Continue Reading


Becker's Hospital Review: Senators release plan to end surprise medical bills with arbitration: 8 things to know

by Kelly Gooch

A bipartisan group of senators has unveiled legislation to end surprise medical bills. Eight things to know: 1. Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Bill Cassidy, R-La., and a bipartisan group of senators introduced the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act May 16. Ms. Hassan and Mr. Cassidy, along with Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Todd Young, R-Ind., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Tom Carper, D-Del., announced the introduction of the bill. 2. The legislation would prohibit surprise billing for emergency … Continue Reading


KITV4: Schatz introduces legislature to help Defense Dept. take on child pornography

U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) re-introduced bipartisan legislation that would help the Pentagon stop the use of the Defense Department's network to possess, procure and even produce child pornography. The measure, End National Defense (END) Network Abuse Act is said to give military leaders tools needed to get rid of child pornography on DoD's network, go after offenders and protect children. "The widespread abuse of the Department of Defense's network to … Continue Reading


KTUU: Air Force plan will permanently station six more F-22 fighter jets at JBER

by Laura Holman

The Air Force has released a plan to permanently station six additional F-22 fighter jets at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. The jets were previously based at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, but moved to JBER after Tyndall was severely damaged during hurricane Michael. Today, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, applauded the Air Force on the potential plan. "We have long advocated for our military in Alaska, including the importance of our … Continue Reading


Arctic Today: Will the Arctic Council begin addressing national security?

by Melody Schreiber

This year's Arctic Council ministerial meeting showcased increasingly complicated issues in the region - from national security to climate change and more - and the subsequently complex discussions around them. In its aftermath, attendees and observers are debating where the organization will go from here, and whether its mandates - particularly the exclusion of national security issues - will change. Although it's unlikely the council will take on defense issues, observers say, conversations a… Continue Reading


E&E News: Murkowski hopes it's 'finally the year' for minerals bill

by Dylan Brown

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski refuses to give up on passing legislation to encourage the domestic extraction of minerals for electric vehicles and other technologies. The Alaska Republican held a seventh hearing on her "American Mineral Security Act," S. 1317, making the case once again that reliance on foreign minerals is the nation's "Achilles' heel" as the Trump administration levies more tariffs on China. "I hope that this is finally the year that Congress w… Continue Reading


Indian Country Today: Deb Haaland announces U.S. House version of Savanna’s Act and addresses efforts for MMIW

by Vincent Schilling

Haaland: 'Congress has never had a voice like mine, a Native American woman who sees the blind spots that have existed for far too long' On a media conference call Tuesday morning, Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-01) announced the U.S. House version of Savanna's Act 2019, a bill that will supplement the Senate bill introduced by Lisa Murkowski in January of this year. As previously reported on by Indian Country Today, Savanna's Act will combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls b… Continue Reading


KTUU: Lawmakers re-introducing legislation that calls for DOJ review of Indian Country probes

Federal lawmakers are re-introducing legislation that calls for the Justice Department to review how law enforcement agencies respond to cases of missing and murdered Native Americans. The legislation is named Savanna's Act for 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, whose body was found in a North Dakota river in 2017. U.S. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced the legislation in the Senate earlier this year. It was re-introduced Tuesday in the U.S. House. It also seeks to expand tribes' acce… Continue Reading


Reuters: U.S. faces hurdles in push to build electric vehicle supply chain

by Ernest Scheyder

The United States faces stiff challenges as it moves to create its own electric vehicle supply chain, industry analysts say, with the extent of the country's metal reserves largely unknown and only a few facilities to process minerals and produce batteries. Legislation making its way through the U.S. Congress aims to help offset those gaps, but China remains the global EV sector leader, a dominance seen by some as difficult to supplant. "China has a huge head start," said Gavin Montgomery, a b… Continue Reading


Engine: Looking Back on National Small Business Week 2019

by Edward Graham

Last week, communities all across the country celebrated the 56th annual National Small Business Week (NSBW). With 30.2 million startups and small businesses across the United States employing 47.5 percent of the country's private workforce, entrepreneurial endeavors represent the economic backbone of our country. That's why policymakers from across the aisle strongly support small business innovation and growth across their districts and states. House and Senate lawmakers shared a total of 887… Continue Reading


Freight Waves: Alaska LNG exports proposed to fund Arctic icebreakers and ports

by John Gallagher

Revenues generated from Alaskan energy exports could be the key to closing a wide infrastructure gap that some assert has left the U.S. a decade behind its competition. Testifying on Capitol Hill on May 8, Mead Treadwell, an Arctic policy expert from the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., predicted liquefied natural gas (LNG) the "next big wave" of economic activity in the region that could help fund ice-breaking ships and deep-water ports. "[The Russians] are bringing 16.5 million ton… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: A new era in nuclear energy

by Senator Mike Crapo

A new chapter in U.S. nuclear energy started with the enactment of two pieces of legislation that further nuclear innovation-S. 97, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA) and S. 512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA). These laws help ensure the research conducted at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) continues to contribute to our diverse domestic energy resources and keeps our nation at the forefront of nuclear innovation. Empowering the long-term developm… Continue Reading


Alaska Public Media: As the ice goes, Arctic nations find their bonds are tested

by Liz Ruskin

In the end, the eight nations of the Arctic Council signed a short statement, affirming their commitment to peace and cooperation. But two major issues loomed over the Arctic Council meeting in Finland this week, and they pull at the seams of Arctic unity. Arctic Council meetings have always ended with a long declaration. The one signed in Fairbanks in 2017 had 46 points, acknowledging shared values, goals and concerns. But this year the countries couldn't reach a unanimous agreement on a d… Continue Reading


E&E News: EV 'arms race' revs up Murkowski's old minerals bill

An old proposal to jump-start American mining has been recharged by a newfound focus on electric vehicles and the elements needed to power them. Congress has bandied about ideas for mining more "critical minerals" for as long as the United States has been losing ground to other nations, namely China, in supplying elements used in military, energy and emerging technologies. But a different narrative took center stage when Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced her latest critical minerals bi… Continue Reading


E&E News: Murkowski pressed Pompeo on climate language

by Kellie Lunney

The Arctic presents opportunities for greater resource extraction and trade, but leaders must also account for the impacts of climate change and food insecurity on the region's residents, Alaska's senior senator said yesterday. "We cannot forget that there are people who live and work and raise their families in the Arctic," Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska told reporters on Capitol Hill during a briefing on her recent trip to Rovaniemi, Finland, for the 11th Arctic Council Ministerial … Continue Reading


KTVA: Murkowski co-sponsors bill to clarify prescription drug price increases

Sen. Lisa Murkowski and three of her colleagues have introduced a bill which would require prescription-drug makers to be more transparent when increasing the prices of their products. Murkowski said in a statement that Sens. Mike Braun, R-Indiana, Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin and Tina Smith, D-Minnesota, have joined her in co-sponsoring the Fair Accountability and Innovative Research Drug Pricing Act. The senators' measure would require drugmakers to notify the U.S. Department of Health and Hum… Continue Reading


KTVA: Murkowski pushes feds for study on missing, murdered indigenous women

by Chris Klint

More than a dozen federal lawmakers, among them Alaska's senior U.S. senator, are seeking federal help in examining the nation's wave of kidnapped and murdered Alaska Native and Native American women. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office said in a Tuesday statement that she was one of 11 senators and six representatives in a bipartisan group asking the Government Accountability Office, the government's top watchdog group, to conduct a study on "the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis." … Continue Reading

05.07.19 US senate introduces new bill to boost domestic battery minerals supply

Republican senators led by Lisa Murkowski has introduced bipartisan legislation to secure mineral resources and supply chains, reducing reliance on foreign sources. The new legislation - the American Minerals Security Act - listed lithium, graphite, cobalt and nickel as "critical minerals" to the auto and energy industries. "Our nation's mineral security is a significant, urgent, and often ignored challenge. Our reliance on China and other nations for critical minerals costs us jobs, weakens ou… Continue Reading


Wall Street Journal: U.S. Navy Plans to Extend Its Reach in the Arctic

by Ben Kesling

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are deepening their commitments to Arctic security and to operations in Alaska, top Pentagon officials told Congress on Wednesday. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said the service would undertake extensive Arctic operations this summer and fall, while the Marine Corps commandant said that Marines are committed to training in Alaska to an extent not seen in decades. The actions are part of a broader U.S. commitment to step up its presence in a region taking on expa… Continue Reading

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