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Murkowski Works to Protect Alaskans from Flight Fee Hikes

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced she has joined Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) to introduce legislation to exempt Hawaii, Alaska, and communities that rely on essential air service from a costly increase in air travel fees. The legislation would protect intrastate flights in Alaska and interisland flights in Hawaii from increased air travel fees, which have more than doubled from $2.50 to $5.60 per enplanement. "The aviation fee hike has a disproportionate impact on… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Army Chief of Staff: “What’s Putin Up to” in Arctic?

Senator Lisa Murkowski today questioned United States Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno about the recent surge in Russian military activity in the Arctic region. In light of the regional volatility and the Pentagon's heightened focus on the Asia-Pacific region, Murkowski questioned the reasoning behind the proposal to potentially draw down troop levels in Alaska - asking Odierno a straightforward question: "What is Mr. Putin up to here?" General Odierno informed Senator Murkowski tha… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: Need for King Cove Road Remains Indisputable

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell listing the medevacs carried out from King Cove, Alaska, in the 14 months since Jewell rejected an 11-mile, one-lane, gravel, non-commercial road that would have provided reliable medical transport to the all-weather airport in nearby Cold Bay. "I was surprised and dis… Continue Reading


Murkowski: ATF Backing Away from Unlawful Ammo Ban

Senator Lisa Murkowski today welcomed news from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that it is rescinding its recent unilateral "framework," which threatened to limit access to rifle ammunition that is used by Alaskans and sportsmen nationwide. The ATF's proposal expressly went against the 1986 Law Enforcement Officer Protection Act, and Senator Murkowski reminded the ATF of this yesterday in a letter from her and 51 of her Senate colleagues. "The fact that the ATF wou… Continue Reading


Delegation Doubles Down on Army Alaska Troop Levels

On the heels of two supportive and spirited United States Army listening sessions in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska's Congressional Delegation is sending a message to the military: given current global volatility, not only should Alaska hold onto current troops, the state should be considered for more. The United States Army is currently undergoing a national survey of thirty U.S. Army bases for potential troop reductions, and recently remarked on the tremendous turnout from Alaskans in suppor… Continue Reading


Murkowski Continues Push for DOJ Transparency, Trust

Senator Murkowski today announced she is co-sponsoring the bipartisan Inspector General Access Act (S.618), to improve and promote accountability standards within the U.S. Department of Justice to restore Americans' trust in law enforcement. This legislation will allow the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General to investigate all allegations of misconduct. Currently, allegations of attorney misconduct are investigated by the Office of Professional Responsibility, which reports to the Attorney Ge… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Agreement: Arctic Holds Strategic Value for United States

On a perfectly snowy day in Washington, DC, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., hosted a hearing on the economic and strategic opportunities in the Arctic as the United States prepares to assume the leadership of the international Arctic Council. Click photo to play video of Sen. Murkowski's opening statement "We are an Arctic nation because of Alaska, but truly the Arctic touches all 50 states and the … Continue Reading


Senators Murkowski, King Announce U.S. Senate Arctic Caucus

Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Angus King (I-ME) today announced they are forming the United States Senate Arctic Caucus in order to open up a broader conversation about the nation's future in the region as the United States prepares to accede to the Chair of the Arctic Council. "The United States is an Arctic Nation because of Alaska, but the Arctic community is a partner to each and every state; the sooner we fully engage and take on a leadership role, the better," said Senator Murkowski.… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Interior Budget Proposal ‘Wishful Thinking’

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Chairman of the Interior Appropriations subcommittee, today criticized the Interior Department's $12.1 billion budget proposal for programs within the subcommittee's jurisdiction- including the over $1 billion increase - for ignoring the statutory caps placed on Congress by the Budget Control Act. Senator Murkowski also pressed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on a number of issues important to Alaska: Arctic infrastructure, offshore oil development, revenu… Continue Reading


Sens. Murkowski, Heinrich Announce Growing Bipartisan Support for Sportsmen’s Act

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today announced 12 new Republican and Democratic cosponsors to the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015. The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act, which was introduced last month, includes a broad array of bipartisan measures to enhance opportunities for hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, reauthorize key conservation programs, improve access to public lands, and help boost the outdoor recreation economy. "Growing support … Continue Reading


Murkowski Works to Boost Food Security for Youth During Summer

Senator Lisa Murkowski today introduced bipartisan legislation to cut red tape and unnecessary federal mandates that threaten to prevent thousands of Alaskan children in need of nutritious summer meals from receiving meals that are normally provided by schools during the school year. The Summer Meals Act, co-sponsored by Murkowski and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), would make it easier for community organizations to feed children through the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free,… Continue Reading


Murkowski Working with Dept. of Transportation to Get Diomede Deliveries

Senator Lisa Murkowski reached out today to Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, calling his attention to the critical situation faced by the island community of Little Diomede. Mechanical and weather conditions have made the regular supply helicopters and other aircraft unable to deliver goods like food or prescription drugs - requiring Murkowski's efforts to get even a special flight there on February 13th. Photo Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard In a letter (attached) to Secr… Continue Reading


Murkowski Calls for “New Leadership” at Indian Health Service

Senator Lisa Murkowski today told former Acting Director of the Indian Health Service, Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, that she would not support a nomination for her to resume running the federal department that has consistently failed to deliver on the most basic federal trust obligations for America's First People. Though the Obama Administration claimed to be considering Roubideaux for I.H.S. Director, Murkowski suggested they look for "new leadership" instead that can work as partners with Alaska N… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Statement on President Obama’s Veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today criticized President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S.1), legislation that would approve the cross-border permit allowing for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. "Today, President Obama said no to job creation, no to new energy infrastructure, no to affordable energy, and no to greater North American energy security. With his veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, Preside… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Nome Port Project is Step Forward in Arctic

Senator Lisa Murkowski today responded to the Army Corps of Engineers' release of its feasibility report and environmental assessment for a Nome port that would boost marine traffic and infrastructure development in the region: "I commend the Corps of Engineers for its thoughtful and well-researched report identifying Nome as the site to develop an Arctic port that could mean a lot for jobs on the Seward Peninsula and the infrastructure to support our nation's Arctic future. "Though this is ju… Continue Reading


Murkowski Shares Thoughts on Black History Month

Senator Murkowski today shared her thoughts about the contributions of African Americans to the United States in honor of Black History Month: (Click image to watch video.) "Every February, millions of Americans come together to celebrate Black History Month. This month is an opportunity for us to honor the important role African Americans have played and continue to play in our great nation, and a chance to remember their struggles, accomplishments and contributions. "From Martin Luth… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Comments on Interior’s Draft Arctic Regulations

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today issued the following statement on the Department of the Interior's new draft regulations for oil and natural gas activities in Alaska's Chukchi and Beaufort seas: "We're still reviewing the draft regulations released today to see what impact they could have on the economic development of our vast Arctic resources. Responsible development of our Arctic resources is important the economic future of both Alaska and the nation as a whole. Given the oppositi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Co-Sponsors Bill Empowering Alaska’s Craft Brewers

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced she is co-sponsoring S.375, the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (The Small BREW Act), to promote local job growth, clear the way for these small businesses to expand, and level the playing field for Alaska's small breweries by restructuring the tax rates paid by small brewers. As Co-Chair of the Senate Brewers' Caucus, Senator Murkowski originally co-sponsored the bill when it was introduced back in 2013 and continues to advocate for … Continue Reading


Murkowski Backs Bill to “Shut the Door” on New Internet Taxes

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced she is co-sponsoring the bipartisan Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act, a bill to ban taxes on Internet access and other forms of unnecessary e-commerce taxation that could cause pricey tax hikes on Alaskans who already pay the highest Internet access rates in the nation. Since 1998, Congress has banned taxes on Internet access through a limited moratorium, which is scheduled to expire on October 1, 2015. The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act would permanent… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes for Secretary of Defense Nominee Ashton Carter

Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted in support of Dr. Ashton Carter's nomination to be America's next Secretary of Defense, discussing her decision afterwards, saying: "When I met with Dr. Ashton Carter yesterday, two things became clear: he is an intelligent, capable candidate to oversee the Pentagon; but more importantly he understands the strategic and tactical value of Alaska to our national security. His intellectual breadth and judgment are incredibly important as we deal with a complex, v… Continue Reading

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