Update From Capitol Hill

It's been a busy December, overhauling our nation's outdated tax code and moving one step closer to achieving the decades long goal of opening a small portion of the 1002 Area within the non-wilderness portion of ANWR to responsible resource development. Here's a quick update with what's been happening here in D.C. and how it may impact you. As always, you can keep track of what I'm working on for Alaska in the U.S. Senate by following me on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Senate Action Tax … Continue Reading


End of Summer Newsletter for 2017

Greetings Alaska, It's hard to believe summer is behind us already! Coming home is always a breath of fresh air. Whenever I'm home I'm reminded of just how beautiful our state truly is and how important it is for me to be able to spend time connecting with Alaskans. You all help keep me grounded, energized, and most importantly, you remind me again and again how vital it is to continue to fight for our great state and people. I am excited for the work we've done and look forward to doing all I… Continue Reading


Early Summer Newsletter for May and June, 2017

Greetings Alaskans! May and June have been busy times for me, both in D.C. and on my trips back home. Many Alaskans made the long trip to our nation's capital, wanting to talk about healthcare, the proposed budget, infrastructure, and of course many school groups with young Alaskans visiting. I also had the opportunity to meet with many of you while I was up in Alaska for the Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Fairbanks and later during my trip throughout the state over the Memorial Day work… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for April in the State, 2017

Greetings Alaskans! I recently returned to Washington, D.C. after spending time at home in Alaska. I met with students, seniors, and Alaskans from Deadhorse to Utqiagvik, down to the Mat-Su, Anchorage, and the Kenai Peninsula. As we begin another busy legislative session here in the nation's capital, I wanted to give you a quick update on my travels around the state.… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for March, 2017

Hello, Alaska! It's been an extremely busy month in Washington, D.C. and I'm ready to be headed home for a state work period. Here's a recap from the last month. I was proud to cast my vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is an extremely well-qualified jurist with the right view of the role of the court under our Constitution. With Judge Gorsuch, western states like Alaska get an intellectual individual who understands our lives and … Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski Newsletter for February in the State, 2017

With the busy Senate schedule in Washington D.C., I haven't been able to get back home to the state as much as I would like. So I am challenged to find new ways to connect with fellow Alaskans. While in person is always preferred, it is not always possible, so I am going to use the tools available to help bridge the 3,000 miles that separate us.… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for January and February, 2017

I kicked off the New Year by spending time with loved ones, and I truly hope that you all had the opportunity to do the same! It was great to spend time with family and friends before jumping back into action and getting to work with the new Congress.… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for July and August, 2016

I was so happy to be able to spend a good portion of July and all of August at home in Alaska as the Senate adjourned for a longer than normal state work period. It was a productive, informative, busy, and rejuvenating time. I treasure every moment that I spend in our state, with my family, and all of you. From traveling along the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers and points in-between, to taking selfies with former interns in airports and local ferries, to meeting people at farmers markets in communit… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for April 19, 2016

Travel in Alaska can be an adventure - flexibility is key. I was in Fairbanks for an Energy Committee field hearing several weeks ago with a busy day scheduled the following morning in the Mat-Su Valley. Pavlof had other plans for my travel. The volcanic eruption grounded all air traffic in the Interior, which meant that I got to borrow a toothbrush and spend the night with my sister. With travel still shut down the next day, we decided to drive the Parks Highway south to Anchorage. The 360 mile… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for February 23, 2016

Hello Alaskans! It has been a busy six weeks since we began the New Year. The Senate's legislative agenda began early with my Energy Policy Modernization Act on the floor for debate. I have been working to craft this comprehensive energy bill for the past year, and I'm pleased to have it before the full Senate. Energy-related news was briefly eclipsed in January by serious snowfall in Washington, D.C. which shut down the Capitol-at least for some. (Believe it or not we had to include language … Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for July 13, 2015

Hello, Alaskans - It was energizing and educational to be home for the Solstice Weekend in June and the Fourth of July work period, catching up with so many of you! Before I update you about my work in Washington, D.C. and across Alaska, I must share with you my extreme disappointment that the Obama administration is cutting 2,600 soldiers from Fort Richardson and 75 from Fort Wainwright. This does damage to our national defense capability as well as our state's economy. I am troubled that th… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for June 18, 2015

Hello Alaskans, It was great to be surrounded by so many of you when I was up in Alaska for the Memorial Day state work period. It's vital for me to be on the ground, talking directly with Alaskans on issues that you're thinking and worrying about, so I can see what we can do to best facilitate solutions back in Washington, D.C. I look forward to catching up with even more of you during the Independence Day state work period later this month. Thank You to our Firefighters (Click image … Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for May 5, 2015

Greetings, Alaska! Last week I returned from a trip to Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, where the United States assumed Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The Arctic Council is comprised of the eight Arctic nations which come together to cooperate and collaborate on issues facing the North. Taking the lead of the Arctic Council for the next two years provides an opportunity for us to make the Arctic a national priority. I continue to press the administration on our preparedness to take on our obliga… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for March 13, 2015

Hello from Washington, D.C., where a week after most of the Senate (but not me) shut down for snow, it's hitting spring-like temperatures in the 60s. We have been busy with budget hearings in committees and have begun our appropriations subcommittee work. The best part of my recent days is visiting with so many Alaskans who have made the trip out here to Capitol Hill. It's D.C.'s version of March Madness! Here are some stories about my recent trips back home, along with an update on what I've b… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for February 4, 2015

An Update from D.C. - The 114th Congress is off to a running start, and I am optimistic about all the opportunities this presents for Alaska. I am now Chairman of two Committees that hold great potential for positive developments in Alaska: Energy and Natural Resources, as well as Interior Appropriations. Having oversight of the budgets of the Interior Department, Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Forest Service, and the EPA is more important than ever right now. Last week, th… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for the Week of December 23 ,2014

Happy Holidays, everyone! As we head into the last 2 weeks of the year, I hope that you take time to reflect on your blessings; do what you can for those less fortunate; and keep our brave men and women in uniform (and their families) in your thoughts. It's because of their service to protect us at home and abroad that we can worry less and enjoy more. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Here is the last legislative update from 2014 on what's been going… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for November 18, 2014

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014 Greetings Alaskans! As always, I loved making the most of my time while in the state in the last month. Connecting with Alaskans day in and day out keeps me informed about what's happening in your communities and the current issues you face. I definitely didn't mind the unusually warm November weather…especially when I'm walking my dog at night. Now, it's back to D.C. for me as the Senate heads back into session. We have a lot of work to do! Alaska Federa… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for October 28, 2014

Greetings, Alaska! The snow is on the mountains and getting closer every day. It's officially fall! With the Senate in an extended recess period, I am making the most of this time to travel and connect with Alaskans from the railbelt to the bush before Congress heads back into session in November. Monitoring Ebola Throughout my travels in Alaska, I have heard many concerns about the developing Ebola cases in the Lower 48 and the Administration's response. I hear concerns about the appointment… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for September 19, 2014

Greetings, Alaskans! I'm back in Washington, D.C. after a fantastic August work period in Alaska. Over the month, I was honored to have the opportunity to travel all across our great state, visiting a number of communities, from western Alaska to the Interior to Southcentral and back to Southeast. While I loved every minute of it, it was not a vacation; it was an opportunity to see firsthand the issues that Alaskans are facing. Being able to connect with so many of you was invaluable to me a… Continue Reading


E-Newsletter for August 26, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Greetings, Alaska! August is marked down on the U.S. Senate schedule as a "State Work Period" for lawmakers to head back home. So I have to chuckle when I hear some call it "recess" as if it's some sort of vacation at a playground. I work just as hard during August on the home front as I do when I'm back on Capitol Hill. Day in and day out I'm traveling all around the state determined to hear from as many Alaskans as I can about your opinions, your hopes, and your co… Continue Reading

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