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Murkowski to I.H.S.: Alaska’s Patience Has Worn Out

Senator Lisa Murkowski today sternly informed the Acting Director of the Indian Health Service and Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the U.S. Department of Justice that neither she nor Alaskans will accept underfunding of critical public safety clinics in rural Alaska any longer, that Alaska is past being "polite" and will now demand the same treatment and resources that Native Americans receive in the Lower 48. Murkowski also repeated her commitment … Continue Reading


Murkowski, Rubio Introduce Bill Extending Discharge Moratorium for Fishing Fleet

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced a bill to extend the moratorium protecting the commercial fishing fleet from unnecessary regulations threatened by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for one additional year. Given that the commercial vessels exemption from pending EPA regulations expires at Midnight on December 18, 2014, this bill (attached) aims to shield fishermen from these regulations until permanent legislation can be passed in the new Congress. "Thi… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Vows to Revisit Keystone XL in New Congress

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today expressed disappointment with the Senate's failure to pass legislation (S. 2280) that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. "I'm disappointed that we couldn't get the votes tonight to approve this important infrastructure project, but this isn't over. The Keystone XL pipeline will be a top priority next year for the new majority," Murkowski said. "It's been over six years that this project has been under review - that's more than… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Justice Hidden Remains Justice Denied

Senator Lisa Murkowski today offered the following observation upon the release of the "Material Indifference" study conducted by the University of Santa Clara Law School and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers showing that legal mischief - like that seen in the Ted Stevens trial - continues to be a reality in courtrooms nationwide, saying: "Though Attorney General Eric Holder threw Ted Stevens' guilty verdict out of court because Department of Justice attorneys played 'hide the fo… Continue Reading


Murkowski Lauds Passage of Child Care and Development Block Grant Act

Senator Murkowski today applauded the passage of the bipartisan S.1086 Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) by the U.S. Senate, sharing the following statement: "I would like to commend the Senate for coming together in a bipartisan fashion to craft and pass such an important piece of legislation. This will assist states, tribes, and providers to improve the quality of child care for America's working families," said Murkowski, "Alaskan voices were heard, and many provisions of th… Continue Reading


Murkowski Introduces Bill to Improve Vets Mental Health Care

Senator Lisa Murkowski today co-sponsored The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Bill of 2014 - bipartisan legislation introduced this afternoon to offer several critical measures to improve mental health care and suicide prevention resources for American men and women in uniform. The bill would require a third-party evaluation of existing suicide prevention programs at the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to gauge their effectiveness and make recommendations for con… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Differing Findings of Alaska National Guard Investigations

Senator Lisa Murkowski today called upon the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoDIG) to reexamine the evidence and conclusions of its investigation into misconduct of the Alaska National Guard done at her request - which concluded the allegations of sexual assault and misconduct within the Guard were unsubstantiated - seeking accountability and transparency of the review processes. With the release of the National Guard Bureau Office of Complex Investigations (OCI) report in … Continue Reading


Murkowski Shares Veterans Day Message with Alaskans

Senator Lisa Murkowski today commemorated Veterans Day by sharing her thoughts with Alaskans: "As Alaskans, we have the honor of being surrounded by veterans, more so per capita than any other state in the nation. Veterans are our neighbors, co-workers, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers and friends. Our communities are enriched by their presence, and we can never thank them enough for their courage, sacrifice, and service. "Today is not only a day dedicated to those who have served our country… Continue Reading


Murkowski Urges Secretary of Army to Remove Barrier to Substance Abuse Care for Alaskans

As United States Army soldiers in Alaska cope with the lingering impacts of more than a dozen years of sustained combat operations abroad, Senator Lisa Murkowski is asking the Secretary of the Army to rethink a regulatory barrier that is keeping Alaskan-trained and -educated substance abuse counselors from providing care and therapy to returning soldiers. Presently, the criteria for being hired by the U.S. Army as an Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) counselor includes accreditation from a Co… Continue Reading


Murkowski Joining World Leaders to Represent U.S. at Arctic Circle 2014

Senator Lisa Murkowski will attend this weekend's Arctic Circle 2014 conference in Reykjavik, Iceland - an annual event designed to increase the Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the region. Alongside international leaders such as Iceland President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Finland President Sauli Niinistö and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Murkowski and recently announced Arctic Representative Admiral Robert J. Papp will lead one of four… Continue Reading


Murkowski: “One Step Closer to the Last Honeybucket”

Senator Lisa Murkowski today welcomed the announcement from United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack that Alaska's rural community infrastructure needs will receive more than $12 million to boost the construction, maintenance, and upgrading of water and wastewater systems throughout rural Alaska. "A cornerstone of my commitment to Alaska has been to bring safe water and sewer systems to our rural communities, where they are still seeking 20th century standards in the 21st century, and… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces First $7.5M for Fishery Failure Relief

ANCHORAGE, AK - After a lengthy effort of advocacy and creating a bipartisan "Coastal Coalition" of lawmakers from states seeking relief for federally-recognized fishery disasters, Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced the first round of payments are being sent out to Alaskans beginning today totaling $7.5 million. The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, working closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, developed a "… Continue Reading


Murkowski Inspects Icebreaker for First-Hand Answers on Arctic Availability

As the other Arctic nations - and many outside of the region - surge their investment and focus in the area, Senator Lisa Murkowski paid a visit to the United States Coast Guard Cutter POLAR SEA in Seattle to get an update on its status. With the POLAR SEA having been commissioned in 1977 and one of only two heavy-duty icebreakers in America's fleet, Murkowski sought answers on just how much more of a contribution the USCG expects the ship to be able to make. "In a matter of months, the United… Continue Reading


Murkowski Congratulates “Best of the Best” Alaskan Blue Ribbon Schools

- Senator Lisa Murkowski today offered her congratulations to three Alaska elementary schools for being named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education: Haines Elementary School, Crawford Elementary on Eielson Air Force Base, and Peterson Elementary in Kodiak. These schools were recognized as "Exemplary High Performing Schools" based on their overall academic excellence. "I'd like to offer an Alaska-sized congratulations to each of these schools for their outstanding acco… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski Working to Create “National Lao-Hmong Recognition Day”

Senator Lisa Murkowski recently co-sponsored the bipartisan National Lao-Hmong Recognition Day Resolution with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), as part of her ongoing effort to call attention to and honor the Hmong Veterans who supported the U.S. cause during the Vietnam War - as well as the contributions they and their families provide to our communities today. "The Hmong Veterans selflessly risked their lives in service to America during the Vietnam War and deserve this honor and recognition," s… Continue Reading


Murkowski on Forest Service’s Proposed Regulation Requiring Permits for Photography and Filming

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement on the Forest Service's proposed rule, expected to be finalized in November, which would require photographers to buy special permits - at a cost of up to $1,500 - to shoot photos or video in wilderness areas: "This proposed regulation is just one example of the kind of federal overreach that comes when we lock up our public lands in wilderness designations," Murkowski said. "Although The Wilderness Act does restrict comm… Continue Reading


Murkowski “Deeply Concerned” About President’s Ocean Waters Block

In an action called a "unilateral move" to cordon off more than 300,000 square miles in the Pacific Ocean from commercial activity, President Obama today designated a large portion of the area off limits through executive action. Senator Lisa Murkowski shared her response: "I am deeply concerned that this Administration has proceeded with the use of the Antiquities Act to block off an additional 350,000 square miles in the Pacific Ocean. Having heard from commercial fishermen and territorial… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Pushes FDA to Support U.S. Pollock Fisheries

Alaska's Congressional Delegation and their colleagues from Washington State are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to change the market name for pollock and clearly differentiate it from inferior fish harvested in Russia. Supporting a request by the Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP), the bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote a letter (attached) to the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner seeking to change the legal market name from "Alaska pollock" to "pollock" to differentiate A… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Presents New Indicators to Measure Energy Insecurity for Alaskans

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Tim Scott, R-S.C., on Friday offered a new set of economic indicators to measure the impact of rising energy costs on American families. Murkowski and Scott described the tools in a new report entitled, Plenty at Stake: Indicators of American Energy Insecurity. The report is available on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee website. (Click for video of Sens. Murkowski and Scott discussing their energy insecurity report.) "The cons… Continue Reading


Murkowski Efforts Brush Back New Brewer Regulations

Senator Lisa Murkowski welcomed news from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that it is reconsidering an expensive proposed regulation that would have compelled Alaska's small brewers to take on unnecessary expense when transferring or donating so-called spent grains to farms for animal feed. (Spent grains are the by-product of the brewing process.) Co-chairs of the United States Senate Brewers Caucus, Murkowski and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) urged the FDA Commissioner in a letter (attached) … Continue Reading

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