Sen. Murkowski eNewsletter 05/02/2008
SENATOR MURKOWSKI ATTENDS NATIVE YOUTH OLYMPICS
For more information about the games download this year's handbook (http://www.citci.com//uploaded_documents/2008%20nyo%20handbook.pdf), which gives details about each specific event from the seal hop to the one foot high kick. To see a slide show of photos from this year's event visit
SENATOR MURKOWSKI HONORS ALASKAN VETERANS
At the event, over a dozen Alaska Veterans from WWII to Operation Iraqi Freedom were honored with Alaska Veterans Service Medals. The award is sponsored by the Alaska Veterans Foundation and is a stunning medal made in America by Americans for Americans who served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States. Each Medal is registered by number in the order it is issued. Veterans do not have to be from Alaska, but must be IN Alaska to receive the medal. The medal is presented in a ceremony as a token of esteem from the citizens of our state who enjoy the Liberty and Freedom, the service and sacrifices of our veterans provide us all. For an application visit (pdf that I emailed you) or call the Alaska Veteran Foundation 907-222-6945.
SENATOR MURKOWSKI INTRODUCES INFANT IMMUNIZATION IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2008
This legislation is particularly important to Alaska, which in 2007 was ranked 48th in the nation for immunization coverage.
SENATORS MURKOWSKI AND STEVENS JOIN SENATE REPUBLICANS IN BILL TO INCREASE DOMESTIC FUEL PRODUCTION
The American Energy Production Act of 2008 addresses America's soaring gasoline prices by focusing on solutions that will increase domestic oil and gas production now and in the future. The bill contains a provision to open Alaska's Arctic Coastal Plain to environmentally-sensitive oil and gas development, including no more than 2,000 acres of physical disturbance to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The legislation also provides for increased oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf, provides for federal revenue sharing with states for permit leasing and encourages environmentally sensitive coal to liquid development. The bill will produce up to 24 billion barrels of new oil in America.
Our country has the resources to produce more oil and gas. We just need the policies that will allow us to develop those resources. We have the technology to not only safeguard the environment while developing resources, but also to safeguard Americans' bank accounts at a time when they are struggling to meet rising energy costs.
SENATOR MURKOWSKI THANKS STUDENTS FOR SERVING THE COMMUNITY
The benefits of our youth's contributions to the community cannot be overestimated. Their efforts not only help to immediately improve the community, but also manifest themselves in countless ways over time. I am proud of our young people for taking the initiative to improve the world around them and to contribute to society. Their volunteer efforts will yield great dividends, both for them as individuals and also for our community as a whole.
Earlier this month, Senator Stevens and I won final passage of a resolution designating April 25, 2008 as Global Youth Service Day.
SENATOR MURKOWSKI APPLAUDS SECRETARY KEMPTHORNE
I am encouraged that Secretary Kempthorne has taken a step toward streamlining gun laws in accordance with state laws. In Alaska, carrying firearms isn't just a right - it is often a necessity. If individual states allow guns on their lands, it makes no sense for the federal government to require them to render their firearm inoperable when they cross into a national park or wildlife refuge. Under the current law, firearms transported on lands administered by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must be rendered inoperable - though there are a few exceptions for remote areas.