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Murkowski Statement on Remembrance of 9/11 Attacks

Today Senator Lisa Murkowski shared her thoughts on the 14th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on America: "Like many Alaskans, I remember exactly where I was fourteen years ago on this day. I was in Anchorage, and at 5:30 in the morning, I woke up to a phone call from my mother, who told me: 'Turn on the TV, our country is under attack.' It gives me goosebumps to remember. My parents were in Washington, D.C. and my father was at the U.S. Capitol. I sat in our TV room in my paja… Continue Reading


Murkowski Speaks on Senate Floor Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Today Senator Murkowski voted to move forwards on a resolution to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal. Under the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, Congress has the opportunity to prevent implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. Today Senate Democrats blocked a vote on the Iran nuclear deal, but the Senate will reconsider the resolution again next week. After the vote, Senator Murkowski took to the Senate floor to explain her opposition to the deal: "Thi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Supports Legislation to Restore Voting Rights Act

Senator Murkowski today announced that she is co-sponsoring S. 1659, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, as the lead Republican on the bill. The legislation improves certain provisions of the original, bipartisan Voting Rights Act of 1965, which were determined to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2013. Senator Murkowski explained her support for this legislation, saying: "The Voting Rights Act of 1965 brought an end to the ugly Jim Crow period in American history. It is fundam… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Introduces Bill to Restore Alexander Creek’s ANCSA Village Status

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski today introduced legislation in the Senate that would settle the long-standing lands claims of the Alaska Native residents of Alexander Creek, Alaska. The legislation would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to recognize Alexander Creek as an Alaska Native village, allowing it to form a village corporation and receive either land or compensation as promised under the 1971 law. "The legislation I am introducing today would give the Secretary of t… Continue Reading


WWII Veteran Recalls Alaska’s Role in War

Senator Lisa Murkowski today is releasing her 25th Veteran Spotlight interview, focusing on the military service of WWII Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient Louis Fessler of Anchorage. Fessler began his military career in Alaska as a young man. He was working on the docks in Whittier as a rigger when he had to report for the draft in Cordova. During the war, Japanese forces invaded Attu and its neighbor Kiska in the Aleutian Islands. Fessler was part of the effort when U.S. troops retook bo… Continue Reading


Murkowski Delivers Welcoming Remarks at GLACIER Conference

Senator Lisa Murkowski tonight called on policymakers to listen to, respect, and advance the interests of the roughly four million people who live in the Arctic during her opening remarks at the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement, and Resilience (GLACIER). "As you gather for the GLACIER conference, I want to highlight one aspect of Arctic policy that I hope will be at the forefront of the discussion - the people who live in the region, and their … Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Official Recognition of Denali

Senator Lisa Murkowski today welcomed President Obama's recognition of Denali as the name of North America's tallest peak. Denali, meaning "the great one" or "the high one," is the ancestral name given to the mountain by Alaska's Koyukon Athabascans. While on Denali's Ruth Glacier, Senator Murkowski responded to the administration's decision to restore the mountain's traditional name, saying: "For centuries, Alaskans have known this majestic mountain as the 'Great One.' Today we are honored t… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski Commends Move to Block WOTUS Rule

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski today applauded the preliminary injunction put in place to block the Obama administration's controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, just hours before it was due to take effect. Federal Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota found that 13 states, including the State of Alaska, suing to block the rule met the conditions necessary for a preliminary injunction. "The ruling by a circuit court judge against the EPA's 'Waters of the United States' rule is a welc… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: Climate Change Not an Excuse to Deprive Alaskans of Best Economic Prospects

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to broaden the agenda of his upcoming trip to Alaska beyond the single issue of climate change. In the attached letter, Murkowski asks the President to acknowledge that climate change is only one part of the Alaska story, while detailing a number of investments Alaskans have made with renewable energy and innovative energy technologies. "First, climate change must not be used as an excuse to deprive Alaskans of our best e… Continue Reading


Murkowski Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced her opposition to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and shared her reasoning with Alaskans: "I will vote to disapprove of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with respect to Iran when the matter is put to a vote on the Senate floor in September. From the start, I viewed the proposed agreement with skepticism but owed it to my constituents to take an objective look. Since then I have reviewed the documents, received input from Alaskans, participate… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Chair Indian Affairs Committee Hearing Thursday in Anchorage Focusing on Strengthening Alaska Native Families

Senator Lisa Murkowski will chair a field hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) this Thursday, bringing together Alaskans to address the critical issue of "Strengthening Alaska Native Families: Examining Recidivism, Reentry, and Tribal Courts in Alaska." The hearing will take place in Anchorage at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. DETAILS: WHAT: A field oversight hearing on "Strengthening Alaska Native Families: Examining Recidivism, Reentry, and Tribal Court… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Sullivan Examine Federal Requirements Hindering Alaska Energy Production

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today hosted a joint Senate oversight hearing in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley to examine the effects of the federal government's regulatory practices, including mitigation and land use requirements, that often delay or prevent the development of energy projects in Alaska. "Here in Alaska and in the Lower 48, we have reached a point where federal agencies are unreasonably binding the hands of well-intentioned, environmentally principled,… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Interior’s Decision on Shell Exploration

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement on the Interior Department's final approval of Shell's drilling program in the Chukchi Sea this summer. "Today's announcement is welcome news for Alaska's economy and our nation's energy security," Murkowski said. "Shell has spent years preparing to fully explore its leases in the Arctic offshore. The responsible development of those resources will create jobs and provide a badly needed long-term supply of oil for the tran… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Seeks Answers on Reductions in U.S. Army Alaska Force Structure

In a letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young this week requested additional information and documentation relating to the Army's recent decision to reduce Alaska force structure by 2,600 troops. "In accordance with our Congressional responsibility to provide oversight, we request the documentation used by senior U.S. Army leadership to make this strategically short-sighted decision," the delegation wrote. "In our view, th… Continue Reading


Murkowski Works with USDA Head to Secure Purchase of Millions Worth of Surplus Sockeye Salmon for Americans in Need

Within days of Senator Lisa Murkowski urging Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to use existing federal funds to buy surplus Alaska canned sockeye salmon for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the cabinet official today agreed, announcing plans to buy up to $30 million worth. "Food banks nationwide are reporting higher numbers and more diverse numbers of Americans in need, and Alaskan sockeye salmon is an ideal source of protein and extremely heart healthy," said Murkowski. "Kno… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Climate Rule Exemption Huge Victory for Alaska

Senator Lisa Murkowski today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final version of its rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants: "A few hours ago, I spoke with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who told me that Alaska will be exempt from the steep requirements of its final rule. This is by far the best possible outcome for our state and therefore a significant victory. I appreciate the EPA's recognition of the fa… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Alaska Mobile Office Stops

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced her staff will visit select communities throughout Southeast and Southcentral Alaska during the month of August in an effort to advance her engagement efforts and expand constituent outreach and response across the state. During mobile office hours members of Senator Murkowski's staff will meet with constituents and community leaders to collect casework requests and listen to concerns about issues and policies related to the federal government. All inform… Continue Reading


Murkowski Advances Legislation Critical to Alaska’s Future

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today thanked her colleagues on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for supporting her broad, bipartisan energy legislation and a separate measure she introduced to grant Alaska and other coastal states a share of the revenue from offshore oil and gas activity. Click photo for video of business meeting. "Alaska's natural resources are vital to our prosperity," Murkowski said. "With exploration proceeding in the Chukchi Sea, and the Alaska off… Continue Reading


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

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