Articles & Op-eds


CNN: For Murkowski, the fight to open up ANWR was generations in the making

by Ashley Killough

Washington (CNN)Sen. Lisa Murkowski wasn't up for re-election on November 4, 2014, but she still scored a personal victory that night. With Republicans taking control of the Senate, she effectively became the next chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. According to High Country News at the time, Murkowski hoisted a chair over her head at an election party in Anchorage and declared to the crowd: "I am the chairmaaaaaan!" Landing that position, followe… Continue Reading


OPINON: Historic Opportunities for Alaska in Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Senator Lisa Murkowski

This holiday season, Alaskans can have a renewed sense of hope for good jobs, larger paychecks, stronger growth, and enduring prosperity. The reason why is today's passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which includes two historic opportunities for our state. The first - and perhaps most unexpected, at the start of this year - is the opening of the 1002 Area within the non-wilderness portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Set aside by Congress in 1980, Alaskans never gave up on its incr… Continue Reading


Juneau Empire: Young says Arctic drilling is priority from tax bill; Murkowski wants quality

by James Brooks

Rep. Don Young is clear about what he wants from the Republican tax legislation being debated in Congress. "ANWR's the No. 1 thing," he told reporters during a press call last week. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she wants to see good legislation. "I want a good tax bill. I want a tax bill that really does provide for a level of equity and fairness and simplicity," she said Monday. Young are both members of the House-Senate conference committee that will meet Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washingto… Continue Reading


KTUU: Senator Murkowski on GOP Tax Plan

by Samantha Angaiak

ANCHORAGE, (KTUU) - Now that both the House and Senate have passed their versions of the GOP tax plan, it's up to the conference committee to come up with a final package. Both Representative Don Young and Senator Lisa Murkowski have conference committee seats, which Murkowski said is good news for Alaskans. Sen. Murkowski said she's focused on protecting provisions included by the senate, such as accessing a small portion of the 1002 area in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Additionally, … Continue Reading


The Hill: Murkowski pushes back on ObamaCare 'scare tactics'

by Peter Sullivan

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is pushing back on Democratic attacks that she is undercutting ObamaCare, saying opponents are simply using "scare tactics." In a question-and-answer video posted on her YouTube page, Murkowski defended her vote for tax reform this month. Murkowski backed a bill that includes language repealing ObamaCare's individual mandate. "I think it's important that people really look to what is included in this bill when it relates to the Affordable Care Act and to get beyo… Continue Reading


AJOC EDITORIAL: GOP finally delivers on promise to Americans

by Andrew Jensen

Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain to development wouldn't be necessary if only we could power our economy with Democratic hysteria. The biggest outrage since the last outrage, of course, is the impending passage of a tax reform bill that should reach President Donald Trump's desk for his signature before the end of the year. In the days since the Dec. 2 Senate vote that cleared the way for a conference committee with the House, Democrats and their media sympathizers hav… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Delegates praise ANWR opening in tax bill

by Erin Granger

Alaska's congressional delegation, as well as Gov. Bill Walker, are praising legislation folded into the Senate's recently passed tax reform bill to open the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration and development. Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said passage of the Senate GOP's tax overhaul and the subsequent vote to open the 1002 area for oil development was a milestone in securing the state's energy future. "Opening the 1002 Area and tax reform both stand… Continue Reading


OPINION: Why I Support Eliminating the Individual Mandate Tax Penalty

by Senator Lisa Murkowski

I have always supported the freedom to choose. I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy, in order to avoid being taxed. That is the fundamental reason why I opposed the Affordable Care Act from its inception and also why I cosponsored a bill to repeal the individual mandate tax penalty starting as early as 2013. And that is why I support the repeal of that tax today. Over the course of this year, the Senate has considered bills th… Continue Reading


OPINION: 150 years of the Army in Alaska

by Captain Richard Parker

SITKA, Alaska - I recently attended the 150-year commemoration of the transfer of Alaska, previously known as Russian America, from tsarist Russia to the United States. The original ceremony occurred in Sitka (New Archangel while under Russian rule) on October 18, 1867, and just like the modern ceremony, the U.S. Army was present for the first ceremony.Seeing modern-day Paratroopers mingling with Sitka residents dressed as Civil War-era Soldiers impressed upon me just how prominently our Army ha… Continue Reading


KSRM: Allowing Alaska Ivory Act Introduced To Remove Bans

by Dorene Lorenz

After states like California banned all ivory following a domestic ban on African elephant ivory, this week U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski introduced Senate Bill 1965: the Allowing Alaska Ivory Act. Since the elephant ivory ban, Murkowski says Alaskan ivory has been confiscated at airports around the country. Senator Lisa Murkowski R-AK: "Unfortunately, what has happened is there has been unintended negative consequences on the Alaska Native Arts economy." The legis… Continue Reading


The Hill: OPINION: Congress has a chance to make saving for college a lot easier

by Young Boozer

As back to school season, September is marked by heightened attention to education. To further this mindset, The College Savings Plans Networkalso recognizes September as college savings month to highlight the importance of saving for higher education expenses. With recent college finance statistics essentially screaming for the need to save, this awareness month couldn't be more timely. According to the College Board, the average total cost at public four-year institutions is $20,090 for in st… Continue Reading


OPINION: We can reform health care with open process, all hands

by Senator Lisa Murkowski

When Republicans assumed the majority in the Senate in January 2015, we pledged to return to "regular order," governing openly, processing bills through committee and opening the floor debate to members of both parties. Committee work takes time and floor debates can appear confusing, but they give the public a chance to contribute and allow input from all members in developing policy. Leader Mitch McConnell led us through a productive process that resulted in bipartisan achievements like the fi… Continue Reading


GRAY TV: A nutritional trendsetter, Sen. Murkowski growing lettuce on Capitol Hill

by Peter Zampa

Things are getting green in Senator Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) Washington, D.C. office. Inspired by an Alaska renewables innovator, Murkowski is growing vegetables in her office waiting room for all to see. Murkowski says fresh vegetables should always be accessible. "We can be growing lettuce year-round in a Senate office," said Murkowski. She is a nutritional trendsetter on Capitol Hill. Three buckets, a pump and some seeds; Murkowski is eating green in D.C. She wants it known that if one wants… Continue Reading


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Health reform revived: Murkowski says bills will advance via committee process

by Erin Granger

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said the health care discussion in Congress is moving forward nearly a month after the failed Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "The committee process, which is something that I had been pounding the drum on for months and months, is underway," Murkowski said at a Monday interview with the Daily News-Miner editorial board. Murkowski, a Republican who was re-elected in November, was one of the deciding votes in blocking the repeal attempt i… Continue Reading


Alaska Public Media: Bill rider holds GE salmon at bay

by Liz Ruskin

Federal regulators have already approved a genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. One reason it's not for sale in the U.S.: A few short paragraphs that have hitched a ride on a congressional spending bill. Regulators say GE salmon can't be sold until the FDA publishes final labeling guidelines, and the agency hasn't. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has again inserted that rider in the agriculture spending bill, which would continue the restriction for another year. The bill cleared t… Continue Reading


E&E News: Timber interests cheer Senate energy bill provision

by Marc Heller

Energy legislation awaiting action in the Senate could boost timber interests trying to gain more business on federal construction projects. The bill, S. 1460, proposed in late June by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), calls on the Energy Department to honor four industry-sponsored certification systems for sustainable forestry in "green" construction. That's more than U.S. EPA accepts for its green-building certification, and industry groups say the pro… Continue Reading


Alaska Dispatch News: An Alaskan wants to put a lettuce tower in every elementary school in America

by Erica Martinson

Last month, Bernie Karl flew down to Washington, D.C., and installed a hydroponic grow tower in Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office. Next, he wants to hit every public school in Alaska. Karl, who owns Chena Hot Springs northeast of Fairbanks, has a mission: He wants to teach kids how to feed their families using cheap, easily obtained materials. Karl's daughter has a tower at her house - hers grows strawberries and cherry tomatoes, he said. In Murkowski's office, the tower grows only lettuc… Continue Reading


Alaska Dispatch News: Farming Alaska’s seas

by Bethany Goodrich

It's 4:30 a.m. and the wake-up alarm screams. There is no escape. There's barely enough room to roll over. Lia Heifetz, Matthew Kern and Clayton Hamilton stumble to their feet in the dank belly of the F/V Dial West. Time to go kelping. "Kelp has always been a guaranteed catch for us when the fish weren't biting," laughs Heifetz. The crew pulls the anchor and leaves the quiet safety of Cosmos Cove, east of Baranof Island. They scan the opalescent horizon for beds of bullwhip kelp to harvest. He… Continue Reading


SitNews: Bills Introduced to Improve the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

Last week a total of 15 bills were introduced to improve the 46 year-old Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and ensure that it continues to serve Alaska Native residents, tribes, and corporations. "ANCSA was intended to be a living measure that would change as the needs of Alaska Natives changed," U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said. "Over the years, Congress has amended the Act more than 40 times, and this package contains the latest series of common-sense solutions to real issues… Continue Reading


The Hill: Op-ed: Supporting the role of subnational governments and the value they add to our interests in the Arctic

by Senator Lisa Murkowski

Justice Louis Brandeis coined the phrase "laboratories of democracy" to describe how states, as subnational governments, could try social and economic experiments that might later become a model for the entire nation. Today a new, but similar laboratory is emerging in the Arctic, as regional and local leaders are connecting to share experiences and best practices. As the United States transitions away from its chairmanship of the Arctic Council, we would do well to look at what is taking place i… Continue Reading

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