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Murkowski Votes to Protect Veteran Health Care and Jobs, Support Transportation and Infrastructure Efforts

Senator Lisa Murkowski cast her vote today for the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act, a bill featuring several benefits for Alaska's military community, construction sector and small businesses. It provides three months of critical federal funding for transportation projects across Alaska that need the resources to continue for the remainder of this construction season. The bill also transfers $3.4 billion from the VA Choice Card Program to keep the nationwi… Continue Reading


Murkowski: “Are We Getting Results” Must Be Core Goal of Federal Substance Abuse Fight

With alcohol and drug abuse being an enormous problem among Alaska Natives, Senator Lisa Murkowski today took the opportunity of a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) hearing to press for answers about how effectively federal government agencies are collaborating to crack down and counter the flow of illegal substances. Murkowski recounted a recent meeting with the Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration and how he updated her on the complex issue of curbing drug and a… Continue Reading


Murkowski Introduces Bill to Sustain, Expand Seniors’ Access to Healthcare

Senator Lisa Murkowski has introduced the Medicare Patient Empowerment Act with four U.S. Senate colleagues, in order to eliminate the bureaucratic red tape currently restricting seniors' access to medical professionals. Co-sponsored by Senators Barrasso (R-WY), Cassidy (R-LA), Inhofe (R-OK) and Paul (R-KY), the bill would allow patients to continue the existing relationship they have with their physician once they reach Medicare age, even if the doctor does not participate in Medicare or is no… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Introduces Combined Bill Increasing Alaska’s Share of Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Revenues, Lifting Crude Oil Export Ban

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, took an aggressive step today to ensure that Alaska receives its fair share of revenue from oil and natural gas production on Alaska's outer continental shelf (OCS) by introducing the Offshore Production and Energizing National Security Act (OPENS Act). The legislation is a combination of four bills already reviewed by the committee, including Murkowski's S.1278, the Alaska Offshore Lease Sale Act, and S.1312, the Energy Supply and Distribution Act. "Alaska's… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Bipartisan Energy Bill is Great News for Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today unveiled the broad, bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 with Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. Focused on a wide range of energy-related opportunities and challenges that have arisen over the past eight years, the bill's provisions will help Alaskans produce energy, save energy, pay less for energy, and protect the reliability of their electricity supply - without raising taxes or adding to the federal deficit. "This bipartisan bill is the res… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Today We Get One Step Closer to Getting Beyond No Child Left Behind

Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted for the Every Child Achieves Act, which passed the United States Senate by a vote of 81-17. The bill reverses many of the harmful impacts of the No Child Left Behind Act's one-size-fits all mandates like "Adequate Yearly Progress." The legislation - which Murkowski helped to write as a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee - restores major decisions and oversight of our schools back to the state and local level and allows… Continue Reading


Murkowski’s “Frankenfish” Labeling Provision Passes Committee

Senator Lisa Murkowski today successfully convinced her Senate Appropriations Committee colleagues to approve her amendment that would require the labeling of genetically-engineered (GE) salmon if approved for sale to consumers in the United States. This amendment was added to the FY16 Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration spending bill which passed out of the full Senate Appropriations Committee, and heads to the Senate floor for a final vote. Senator Murkowski has l… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Every Child Achieves Act Undoes NCLB, Addresses Alaskan Frustrations

With the U.S. Senate debating the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) - the long-awaited fix of the flawed No Child Left Behind law - Senator Lisa Murkowski took to the floor of the Senate to stress its advantages for Alaskans. Senator Murkowski had a hand in the design of the bill, serving on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee that worked together on the legislation and passed it 22-0 out of committee to the full Senate. (For Murkowski's view on the committee process, read … Continue Reading


Murkowski to Arctic Symposium: World Not Waiting on U.S. in Arctic

Senator Lisa Murkowski today spoke at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Arctic Symposium, urging action and warning that "an increase in Arctic activity will happen with or without the United States' involvement." During her speech, the Senator said that the international community is aggressively attempting to leverage interests and architecture in the Arctic and that more consideration should be given to public-private partnerships to boost the resources available fo… Continue Reading


Murkowski Skeptical of Iranian Nuclear Agreement

Senator Lisa Murkowski today shared her thoughts on the result of international negotiations with Iran that will limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief: "Today's Iran nuclear agreement by the administration demands a close look and full scrutiny. "The burden of proof is ultimately with the Obama administration to persuade Alaskans and the nation that this is not a dangerous diplomatic blunder. Originally, the President claimed that his goal was to 'dismantle' Iran's nu… Continue Reading


Murkowski Promotes from Within to Boost Alaska-DC Coordination

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced that Michael Pawlowski will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Coordination of Alaska and Washington, D.C. Affairs beginning August 3, 2015. A lifelong Alaskan, Pawlowski will add to the efforts of the Murkowski team to effectively respond to immediate and long-term concerns of Alaska residents. He will join Kate Williams, who serves as Deputy Chief of Staff coordinating Murkowski's legislative priorities. "Michael Pawlowski has a firm grasp of the impa… Continue Reading


Murkowski Extends J-1 Visa Program, Supports Alaska’s Seafood Industry

Senator Lisa Murkowski today successfully secured language in the 2016 State and Foreign Operations spending bill that extends the J-1 Visa program through the next fiscal year to help Alaska's seafood processors statewide hire needed staff. Murkowski also made sure that Arctic matters were given more attention and resources, while encouraging the United States to keep the interests and views of indigenous peoples in mind while forming policy. The J-1 Visa program is an important policy for ma… Continue Reading


AK Congressional Delegation Speaks Out Against Troop Cuts at Fort Richardson

Alaska's Congressional Delegation today is responding to the news of continued significant reductions in the size and capability of the U.S. Army. In addition to cuts in Georgia and Hawaii, the Army told the delegation it will be downsizing its operations in Alaska at Fort Richardson by cutting 2,600 soldiers there and 75 soldiers at Fort Wainwright. "Along with thousands of Alaskans, I find this decision devastating, far beyond what it means to our state economy, but what it means to America'… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Alaska VA Report Confirms Worst Suspicions

Senator Lisa Murkowski shared the following reaction to the Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General report of the Alaska VA and Wasilla Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) done at her request and made public today: "Today's report of the Alaska VA doesn't merely admit what many in our state already knew, it also confirms some of our worst suspicions: that the VA allowed veterans with serious health conditions to fall through the cracks, causing them to be denied potentially life-s… Continue Reading


Murkowski Reflects on Importance of Independence Day

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski shared her reflections on the meaning of Independence Day with Alaskans saying: "On July 4th, 1776, 56 men put their signature on the Declaration of Independence to put a stop to the King of England's unjust policies and move toward a new age of freedom and liberty. As we celebrate the actions of those individuals, it's important to remember they did not act alone. Our young nation was filled with men and women who supported them to make a permanent mark in histor… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Second Session Summer Interns

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced the names of her second session summer interns who will work in her Washington, D.C. office in July. These recent high school members of the "Class of 2015" will get personal insight into the operations of a U.S. Senate office by shadowing Murkowski throughout the day, helping with day-to-day clerical and administrative tasks, and assisting staff with research projects. "The first session of interns were energetic, engaged and informed, so this next group … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Welcomes Supreme Court Decision on EPA Rule

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the United States Supreme Court decision on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) failure to consider the costs of compliance when making rules for electric utilities. "The sweeping powers asserted by the EPA at issue in today's opinion could cost billions of dollars and impose unreasonably high costs on American families and businesses without making them any safer," Murkowski said. "It is heartening to hear that the court has reined in … Continue Reading


Murkowski Presses Administration About Double Standard on Alaska Native Treatment in Health Care Law

Senator Lisa Murkowski is reaching out to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to resolve the problem of how "Indian" is defined within the Affordable Care Act. Many Alaska Natives are presently blocked from securing the protections and exemptions afforded to them under the law. The narrow current definition is inconsistent with the existing one for Alaska Natives under several federal health programs, because many young Alaska Natives are not shareholders in ANCSA corporations that stop… Continue Reading


Murkowski Responds to Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling

Senator Lisa Murkowski today responded to the decision from the United States Supreme Court that the U.S. Constitution bars states from denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying: "I support marriage equality, and believe today's ruling is the right one as it reinforces limited government and promotes family values. The decision keeps governments out of the most private and personal aspects of peoples' lives, supports adults' decisions to make lifetime commitments to one another, and… Continue Reading


Murkowski Blasts “WOTUS” Rule on Senate Floor

In a speech on the U.S. Senate floor, Senator Lisa Murkowski today outlined the wide range of threats to Alaska posed by the Environmental Protection Agency's new "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule, which significantly expands the EPA's ability to regulate more of Alaska's land and water. The rule includes provisions that give EPA control over areas within 4,000 feet of a jurisdictional "water"- using a dubious methodology that fails to take into account the on-the-ground reality for s… Continue Reading

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