Murkowski Memo October
The Murkowski Memo
August and September were filled with travel throughout our great state, to see and hear firsthand from Alaskans. This time at home – visiting remote communities as well as urban hubs, using various modes of transportation unique to Alaska, and always being flexible when plans change due to weather – it’s all a reminder of how special Alaska is. I am grateful to all the Alaskans who helped make this time so energizing and successful. This includes all who were able to attend the second Infrastructure Grant Symposium, which I hosted alongside the Alaska Municipal League and the Alaska Federation of Natives. We’ve seen great benefits from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act already, and I look forward to building on that momentum, to bring as much investment home for Alaska as possible, as we look to our state’s future.
Alaskans also filled the vacancy in the U.S. House of Representatives with the swearing-in of Mary Peltola, our newly-elected Congresswoman, who will serve the remainder of the late Congressman Don Young’s term. With over 663,000 square miles in our great state, we have a lot to fight for as a delegation of three, and it is significant that Alaskans once again have a voice in the House. We have already hit the ground running as a delegation through a joint letter to the Biden administration advocating for the Willow Project.
Following the devastating storm from Typhoon Merbok in Western Alaska, the entire Alaska Delegation came together to urge the President to not only declare a federal disaster, but also to provide a cost waiver for the State to help ease the financial burden of recovery efforts. As soon as I was able, I surveyed the storm damage firsthand, which included visits to Nome, Elim, Golovin, Hooper Bay, and Chevak. Know that I am focused on the urgent recovery effort and working with leadership at all levels to help provide necessary support.