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


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for the week of August 5, 2014

Hello, Alaska! Summer is in full swing, which means I'm home in Alaska for the full month of August. I will be traveling all over the state, from the Southeast to the Interior, and am looking forward to connecting with many of you and hearing your stories and concerns about what is going on in Washington, D.C. But in the meantime, I wanted to update you on the latest … America is an Arctic Nation Time and time again, I have pressed our government to take our future in the Arctic serio… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for the week of July 17, 2014

Greetings, Alaska! A week in the state is good for the mind and body. Over the 4th of July weekend, I was able to escape the heat and humidity in Washington and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine (and showers) from Fairbanks to Wrangell. All over the state people are talking about fishing. My son is on a tender in Bristol Bay and he reports that the season is good, the reds are running in Southcentral and folks are waiting to go dipnetting, but those on the Yukon and Kuskokwim are again disappointed… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for the week of June 20, 2014

Greetings, Alaska! Hello from Washington, D.C., where summer is in full swing and it's awfully hot and humid. It was truly a breath of fresh air to be home in Alaska last weekend. I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Alaskan summer full of hiking, fishing, camping, biking, and all of the activities that make this season in our state so special! Delivering on the Promise to our Veterans Alaska embraces our veteran community and cares for them - which is why the recent revelations about 'secret… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for the week of May 23, 2014

Hello, Alaska! Greetings from Washington, DC, where I have been busy with Alaska-related events and hearings, many of you have come through town to visit and catch up with me on the latest news and developments back home. Though I was back in Alaska for Mother's Day weekend, I am looking forward to Memorial Day week when the Senate's schedule will allow me to visit more areas of the state. But most of all, the Memorial Day events will be an opportunity for us as a community to thank those in … Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for the week of April 8, 2014

Friends, March was a whirlwind of a month. Spring back in Alaska allowed many of you to make the long trek back to D.C. so I had the chance to meet a lot of Alaskans on Capitol Hill to discuss issues. I also spoke with many of you while I was up in Alaska for a week traveling through the Railbelt. I will be back in Alaska soon for a Senate State Work Period and look forward to connecting with many more of you across the state. King Cove Like thousands of Alaskans, I continue to be appalled… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for the week of March 18, 2014

Friends, The last few weeks have been a whirlwind! I was back home in Alaska for the start of Iditarod 42, and then off to Houston, Texas to speak at a major international energy conference before heading back to Washington, D.C. for a number of important votes. Many Alaskans make the trek back to D.C. in March and I was busy with constituent meetings throughout last week. Now I am back in Alaska and spent time in Fairbanks to help kick off the Arctic Winter games before taking a road trip to… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski E-Newsletter for the week of February 26, 2014

Friends, I just wrapped up a great week back home in Alaska, where I was able to catch up with many of you in Anchorage, Girdwood, Kenai, Juneau, and Ketchikan. I gave my annual speech- for the twelfth time - before our state legislature, and met with Alaskans around the state to discuss issues across all economic sectors. I thank each and every one of you for your time. Arctic Representative On February 14, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States would soon name a Spe… Continue Reading

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