Press Releases

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08.02.12

Sen. Murkowski: Process Matters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of allowing a full and open amendment process when considering legislation to improve the nation's cybersecurity defenses. The Senate on Thursday voted against advancing the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, after the Majority Leader refused to allow members to offer amendments. Instead, Murkowski and a number of other Senate ranking members have introduced the SECURE IT Act, which takes a more … Continue Reading


08.02.12

USS Ted Stevens, the Next Naval Warship

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearing the midpoint between two major remembrances of Ted Stevens' life and legacy, the United States Appropriations Committee recommended that the next United States Navy warship be named after the Alaskan of the 20th Century, as they met and approved the 2013 defense appropriations bill. The provision placing a "strategic pause" on all Air Force structure changes and relocation efforts that Senator Murkowski supported out of subcommittee earlier this week was also maintain… Continue Reading


08.01.12

Murkowski Urges Federal Action on Tsunami Debris

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today stressed to the federal government that "we need to act now" and begin addressing the national problem of tsunami debris approaching the Pacific shore. In a speech delivered on the U.S. Senate floor, Murkowski discussed the urgency of action and a comprehensive plan for the national problem. (Click here for the entire floor speech) Senator Murkowski has also recommended to the White House that a task force be formed among related bureaus and age… Continue Reading


08.01.12

Bipartisan Working Group Members Comment on Nuclear Waste Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The members of the U.S. Senate bipartisan working group addressing the backend of the nation's nuclear fuel cycle - Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) - today released the following statement in response to the introduction of S. 3469 by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.): "Sen. Bingaman's bill makes substantial progress toward a long-term solution to the disposal of spent nuclear fuel. Its strengths are that it creates a single, accounta… Continue Reading


07.31.12

Murkowski Remembers Mary Louise Rasmuson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today released the following statement after learning of the passing of Mary Louise Rasmuson of Anchorage at age 101: "Mary Louise Rasmuson was an Alaskan pioneer in every sense of the word - from blazing a trail for herself as a military woman to Alaska soon after statehood, to creating pathways for every Alaskan to have access to better health and living conditions, as well as a stronger education and culture. I have known her my entire life to be a… Continue Reading


07.31.12

Murkowski Locks In “Strategic Pause” For Eielson AFB Moves

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski and the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee approved the 2013 defense appropriations bill today - including key language mandating a "strategic pause" for the proposed move of F-16 Aggressors and over 600 airmen from Eielson Air Force Base. In her remarks leading up to adoption of the bill, she took the opportunity to criticize the proposal and the way it was handled on behalf of Fairbanksans: "I think it takes a certain amount of audacity if … Continue Reading


07.31.12

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu Holding Kodiak Hearing With Murkowski

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee today announced that - at Senator Lisa Murkowski's request - it will hold a field hearing in Kodiak, Alaska. Next Monday's hearing will focus on the nation's need for a robust United States Coast Guard presence in Alaska as the nation begins to pursue expanding opportunities in northern waters. Senator Murkowski and Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) will receive … Continue Reading


07.30.12

Murkowski: Alaska’s Mariners Need 21st Century Data

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski welcomed the beginning of the NOAA Fairweather's 30-day mission in the Arctic today, as a crucial step forward in using 21st century technology to map some nautical routes last measured during the Revolutionary War - and collect data on some areas that have never been fully charted for depth levels. "We are living in an age of sophisticated navigational software and significant investments in fisheries, resource development and tourism," said Murkowski… Continue Reading


07.27.12

Murkowski: “Let’s Get Out And Play” for Uncle Ted

A day after remembering the legacy of Senator Ted Stevens on the U.S. Senate floor with her colleagues and the nation (click here to watch), Senator Lisa Murkowski today shared the following thoughts with Alaskans on the eve of Ted Stevens Day: "Happy Ted Stevens Day, Alaska! "Today marks the second year that we have celebrated the memory of Uncle Ted by following his lead and getting out - embracing Alaska's great outdoors on a fantastic July Saturday. "Theodore Fulton Stevens was the Alaska… Continue Reading


07.27.12

“On Hold” - Murkowski Gets Answer on Douglas Post Office Status

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski has received a response from the United States Postal Service with regards to the status of the Douglas Post Office, which - along with four other postal branches in the state - was threatened with possible closure as the USPS attempted to address its multi-billion dollar shortfall. Earlier this year, the USPS made the decision to cut hours at thousands of rural post offices across the country - including dozens in Alaska - but a small number of at-r… Continue Reading


07.27.12

Alaska Delegation Seeks to Fix Excise Tax Issue for Air Taxis

Washington, D.C. - Alaska's Congressional Delegation is working to clarify the excise tax structure for small air taxi operators in Alaska. U.S. Sen. Mark Begich filed a bill yesterday, co-sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, to help the operators with an inconsistent application of excise taxes by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Rep. Don Young is drafting companion legislation in the House. Several small Alaska air carriers, who have been battling the IRS over the taxes, in some cases for yea… Continue Reading


07.26.12

Murkowski Expresses Frustration with New ECA Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today spoke on the Senate floor about the Environment Protection Agency's lack of understanding of Alaska with their new Emission Control Area (ECA) requirements. The EPA was a major proponent of including waters off southern and southeastern Alaska in an international ECA, which requires ships to use fuel that meets 1-percent sulfur limits starting Aug. 1. The new requirements tighten to 0.1 percent sulfur content beginning in 2015. Cli… Continue Reading


07.26.12

Murkowski Vows to Press for Comprehensive Energy, Jobs Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today joined Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and other Senate Republicans, in unveiling comprehensive legislation to expand domestic energy production and provide a shot in the arm to the struggling economy. The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act of 2012, sponsored by Sen. Hoeven, includes 13 measures that would truly establish an "all-of-the-above" energy plan, including congressional approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project and expanded oil and… Continue Reading


07.26.12

Murkowski to President: 2nd Amendment Rights Are Not Negotiable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today joined a bipartisan coalition of her Senate colleagues to express grave concerns to the Obama Administration about the dangerous potential impacts on Alaskans' Second Amendment rights posed by the proposed United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty being negotiated this week in New York City attempts to address "international arms transfers" and purports to crack down on terrorism and rogue regimes, but could threaten the rights of law-abiding … Continue Reading


07.25.12

Murkowski: Tax Hike Would Cost Alaska 1,800 Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today cast her vote to protect the nation's struggling economy and not threaten 700,000 jobs nationwide. In back-to-back votes, she voted to extend the 2001/2003 tax cuts for one more year, and voted against raising taxes for some Americans, increase capital gains and dividend rates, and hike estate taxes from 35% to 55%, impacting many family-run businesses. She shared the following thoughts after the vote: (Click image to watch) "Today I joined … Continue Reading


07.25.12

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Expanding Offshore Leasing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced bipartisan legislation to expand American offshore energy production with a revised five-year leasing plan and provide revenue sharing to all participating coastal states. The Offshore Petroleum Expansion Now Act of 2012 - OPEN Act - is co-sponsored by Sens. Jim Webb, D-Va.; Mark Warner, D-Va.; Mary Landrieu, D-La.; John Hoeven, R-N.D.; Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. The bill provides a common-sense alternative to the president's pro… Continue Reading


07.25.12

Murkowski Pushes Administration for Follow Through, More Rural Doctors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today urged Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to enforce existing law on rural medical training - and create an environment that will boost rural medicine nationwide. The Senator wrote a letter with Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) - co-signed by a bipartisan group of 18 other Senate colleagues - that was sent to the HHS Secretary. Congress passed a bill in 1999 that included a provision called the Rural Training Trac… Continue Reading


07.25.12

Murkowski Calls for Action on Critical Minerals Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - What do 450,000 scientists plus thousands of miners and manufacturers have in common? They all want the "Critical Minerals Policy Act" (S.1113) enacted. Today, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, again called for a markup of the "Critical Minerals Policy Act" after receiving a letter from a broad coalition of stakeholders supporting of the legislation. "Critical minerals make it possible for us to innovate and invent - and in the process they shape our daily lives, our stand… Continue Reading


07.24.12

Murkowski Lauds Skagway Post Office Hire

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today was informed by the United States Postal Service that a new staff member has been hired for the Skagway Post Office. She welcomed the news, coming less than two months since she visited Skagway and encouraged Skagwegians to share their stories and concerns about the Postal Service to seek reinforcements for the then under-staffed facility. "The situation in Skagway was unacceptable for all parties involved, and this is the first step in getting t… Continue Reading


07.24.12

Murkowski Comment on Expanding Natural Gas Use in Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today spoke about the potential benefits of increasing the use of natural gas in the transportation sector, as well as the danger that government intrusion in the marketplace could jeopardize continued increases in natural gas production. Click photo to play video "Our interest today is in hearing about both the existing federal barriers but also in what federal policies threaten the ability of entrepreneurs and innovators to compete i… Continue Reading

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