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Murkowski Bill Aims to Protect Rural Subsistence Status from Federal Regulators

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced the introduction of the Subsistence Access Management (SACSMAN) Act to undo the federal government's decision that determined the Alaska Native village of Saxman (population: 410) was 'urban' under their guidelines, a judgment deemed 'arbitrary and capricious' by the Organized Village of Saxman, since it barred residents from legal subsistence practices on federal lands and waters. The SACSMAN Act would also require Congressional approval before the fede… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces First Session of Summer Interns

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced the names of her first session of summer interns who will work in her Washington, D.C. office beginning next month. Just weeks after graduating from high school, these young Alaskans will participate in the operations of her Senate office and get an up-close view of the legislative process. "These interns bring such a fresh perspective on various issues and great energy levels to my team. I truly enjoy having interns in my office, and my staff and I greatl… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes for Congressional Voice, Oversight in Iran Agreement

Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted for H.R.1191, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, and shared her thoughts with Alaskans afterwards: "A nuclear-armed Iran is a threat to the United States and the world, and whatever final agreement is reached must be Congressionally approved and enforceable - not just at the outset but at regular and continuous inspections several times a year. It's very important to me that Congress have a say in whether the sanctions we legislated are to be lifted when … Continue Reading


Attorney General Tells Murkowski Tribal Justice “Must Be Improved”

Senator Lisa Murkowski raised the issue of Alaska's rural safety challenges to the nation's top law enforcement official: Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Murkowski seized the opportunity of Ms. Lynch's testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee to get Ms. Lynch's thoughts on tribal courts, human trafficking, drug trafficking and the difficulties in getting full-time law enforcement for some villages. Lynch committed to Murkowski that she would participate in a dialogue with Senator M… Continue Reading


Murkowski Pursuing “Sensible Options” for Caribou and Cattle on Remote Alaska Islands

Senator Lisa Murkowski today followed up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) - the day after a face-to-face meeting with FWS Director Dan Ashe reiterate the need for the agency to reconsider some recent decisions involving the use of taxpayer dollars. In the past few weeks, the FWS announced it was planning to spend federal resources to send hunters out to the remote island of Kagalaska to remove any caribou that may have swam there from Adak, as well as conduct an environmental impac… Continue Reading


Chairman Murkowski Continues to Champion Alaska’s Energy Priorities

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has introduced a number of legislative proposals to facilitate the development of Alaska's energy and mineral resources as part of her efforts to win Senate approval of the first broad energy bill in nearly a decade. Murkowski's most recent legislative efforts promote the production of hydropower and other renewable energy resources; authorize research into Alaska's prolific methane hydrate resources; provide for predictability in rules for onshore oil and ga… Continue Reading


Budget Means a “Stronger, Sturdier American Economy”

Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted for the Senate Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 11) and explained her vote afterwards, saying: "Today the Senate did something it hasn't done since 2009: pass a budget resolution agreed upon by both chambers of Congress. It's just the most recent example that the United States Senate is getting back to being a functioning body Americans and Alaskans deserve. Getting a budget agreement on Capitol Hill is important for the nation because it gets us closer to re… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski Co-Sponsoring Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2

Senator Lisa Murkowski has signed on as co-sponsor of the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 - legislation that grants aviators more common-sense results and transparency in their interactions with the FAA and allows certified pilots to fly if they meet the medical requirements needed to acquire a driver's license. This bill broadens and expands the original Pilot's Bill of Rights that Senator Murkowski also co-sponsored in the previous Congressional session. "Alaskans depend heavily on aviation-with ove… Continue Reading


Murkowski Blasts “Big Brother” Surveillance of Civilians, Backs Bill to Restore Privacy Rights

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced her co-sponsorship of the USA FREEDOM Act, a bipartisan bill designed to restore American citizens' privacy rights and halt the federal government's far-reaching dragnet collection of phone records under the controversial Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. Building on a decade of resistance to government surveillance efforts in the wake of 9/11, Murkowski joined a bipartisan group of Congressmen in both chambers and called on leadership to take up this le… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation to Bring Together Grant Applicants, Federal Agencies at 2015 Symposium

Alaska's Congressional Delegation today announced it will hold the 2015 Federal Grants Symposium at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and visit with representatives from federal agencies offering grants and loans. Additionally, The Foraker Group, Rasmuson Foundation, and Alaska Community Foundation will provide educational seminars highlighting information about federal grant and… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: EPA’s Troubling Policy and Budget Priorities are Harmful to Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today challenged the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to justify the agency's efforts to expand its regulatory reach through its Waters of the United States and power plant proposals, despite the potential economic consequences for Alaska and the rest of the nation. Click to view video Murkowski, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee, criticized the EPA's proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) ru… Continue Reading


Murkowski Blasts EPA on Harmful Budget and Policy Priorities

Senator Lisa Murkowski today pressed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy about what she and Alaskans consider clear examples of federal government overreach the EPA is engaged in - from its power plant guidelines to the economic "show stopper" presented by the Waters of the United States policy. Towards the close of the lengthy Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Murkowski blasted the EPA on the sheer lack of common sense and understanding of the harmful impact… Continue Reading


Murkowski: DHS Must “Step It Up” on Arctic Commitment

Senator Lisa Murkowski today questioned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson on his department's commitment to the Arctic - saying the U.S. is "woefully behind" in Arctic investments. In a Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the DHS budget request for Fiscal Year 2016, Senator Murkowski noted that only $4 million out of a total $41 billion requested was designated for "initial acquisition activities" for a new polar icebreaker. Senator Murkows… Continue Reading


Nat’l Guard to Murkowski: Military Code “Needed to be Beefed Up” in Alaska

Senator Lisa Murkowski today sought answers from the National Guard Bureau about its investigation into military sexual assault and misbehavior in the Alaska National Guard, asking the official in charge where things stand in terms of policy changes and the guards' readiness levels. At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Murkowski leveraged the appearance of National Guard Bureau Chief General Frank Grass to follow up on the investigation done by the Office of Complex I… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Announces $11.7 Million in Secure Rural Schools Payments

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today welcomed the announcement by the U.S. Forest Service that Alaskan communities will receive nearly $11.7 million to support local schools and roads as part of Congress' two-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS). "Until we agree to return to actively managing our national forests to support jobs and economic activity, we owe the effected communities a way to pay for public services that are typically pai… Continue Reading


Murkowski: ALS Fight Gets Win for Those Battling Disease

Senator Lisa Murkowski today expressed heartfelt gratitude for her Senate colleagues' support in unanimously passing the Steve Gleason Act of 2015 that will improve access to speech generating devices (SGDs) for Americans living with Lou Gehrig's Disease. Since many suffering from the disease lose the ability to talk - a devastating impact for patients and their loved ones - SGDs are a tool to communicate and help maintain more independent lives. "We must use every tool in our toolbox to help … Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes Against AG Nominee Loretta Lynch

Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted against advancing the nomination of Attorney General candidate Loretta Lynch, and detailed her reasoning for Alaskans afterwards: "I voted against advancing Loretta Lynch's nomination through the cloture vote this morning, and I will oppose it in the final vote this afternoon. "When considering a nominee for Attorney General I'm looking for someone who will champion our civil liberties against government infringement, vigorously defend the Second Amendment ri… Continue Reading


163 Members of Congress Urge Admin. to Increase Energy Production in Outer Continental Shelf

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, along with Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, today led 159 of their Senate and House colleagues in urging Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to increase access to the energy resources on our nation's outer continental shelf (OCS). The bicameral letter comes in response to the administration's draft 2017-2022 f… Continue Reading


Murkowski: “Sex Trafficking is 21st Century Slavery,” Must Be Abolished

Senator Lisa Murkowski today cast her vote for the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act that would enhance protections for victims of sexual trafficking. The bill - which passed 99-0 - contains provisions that will crack down equally on both buyers and sellers of prostitution, as well as allocate criminal fines and penalties towards victim rehabilitation programs to restore the lives of those caught in the middle. "In Alaska, the sex trafficking trade leaves seen and unseen scars… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Applauds House Action to Approve Energy Efficiency Legislation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today applauded action taken by the House to approve, by voice vote, energy efficiency legislation authored by Sens. Portman, R-Ohio, and Shaheen, D-N.H. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 would promote increased energy efficiency for grid enabled water heaters and in buildings and is now on its way to President Obama for his signature. "The House's action today sends a strong signal that increasing energy efficiency is a bipartisan issue that ena… Continue Reading

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