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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


Murkowski Supports Federal Government Funding Bill, Initial Response to ISIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted for H.J. 124, the Continuing Resolution bill that passed the House of Representatives yesterday and will fund government operations through December 11th. The bill also includes a provision to begin supporting the moderate Syrian rebel forces as a counter to the ISIS threat. Murkowski shared her reasoning with Alaskans: "As I said last year when I worked with my Senate colleagues to re-open the federal government, a government shutdown bene… Continue Reading


Murkowski Honored for Fight Against Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Senator Lisa Murkowski today was honored by the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) for her leadership on the issue at the Smart Moms, Healthy Babies International Commemoration event - hosted by NOFAS to raise national and international awareness about recommendations and resources for a healthy pregnancy. "I am incredibly honored and humbled to be recognized as a champion for the awareness and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - which breaks my heart by bein… Continue Reading


Sens. Murkowski, Scott Present New Indicators to Measure U.S. Energy Insecurity

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Tim Scott, R-S.C., today 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. "As we seek to understand the consequences higher energy costs have on our constituents, this tool will enable us… Continue Reading


Murkowski’s Work Leads to Alaskanized Food Assistance Policies

Senator Lisa Murkowski's outreach to the Secretary of Agriculture has yielded an agreement from the USDA that they won't use Lower 48 perishable food availability standards to judge how Alaska's rural residents and retailers participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). With the logistical and economic challenges of getting affordable perishable food out to Alaska villages, as well as the lack of broadband connectivity, Murkowski reminded USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack that s… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Criticizes Forest Service for $2 Million Expenditure to Study Tongass Transition

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today questioned the U.S. Forest Service's decision to award a $2.1 million contract to a private firm to develop a report on the effects of the agency's proposed transition to young-growth timber management in the Tongass National Forest. Murkowski said the money would have been better spent assisting Southeast Alaska's struggling timber mills retrofit their existing equipment to handle young-growth. To date, the Forest Service has yet to provide any money -… Continue Reading


Murkowski: GAO Findings Reinforce Reliability Concerns

At the request of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a report documenting federal agencies' inadequate response to concerns about the potential electric reliability impacts of multiple federal regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report is an update to GAO's previous work in 2012 on electric reliability. The nonpartisan GAO found that federal agencies have in the last two years taken only "initial step… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on 13th Remembrance of 9/11 Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Senator Lisa Murkowski shared her thoughts on the 13th anniversary of 9/11: Thirteen years after the tragedies of 9/11, thousands of Alaskans still remember waking up to the national nightmare playing out on every single television; many of us were awakened by friends and relatives in the Lower 48 calling us about the horrible news: that 3,000 people were killed for simply living, working, and being in America. When I reflect back on September 11, 2001, I remember the … Continue Reading


Murkowski: Action Without a Plan Is Not Effective Foreign Policy

Senator Lisa Murkowski tonight responded to President Barack Obama's national remarks explaining his thoughts on dealing with the Islamic State: "Like all Americans, I am extremely concerned with the rapid growth of ISIS and the threat this barbaric group poses to Americans abroad, at home, and our allies around the world. "President Obama recently inadvertently admitted what many Alaskans already knew: that he did not have a strategy to protect Americans against the spread of violent Islamic … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Welcomes DOE Action on LNG Export Licenses

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today applauded the Department of Energy (DOE) for granting final approval to two liquefied natural gas export projects - Cameron LNG in Louisiana and Carib Energy in Florida. The approvals come after repeated calls from Murkowski for DOE to streamline its export review policies to ensure that American natural gas maintains its competitive edge in the world marketplace. "I have long advocated for expediting federal approval of increased natural gas exports. … Continue Reading


Murkowski Helps Convince Administration to Buy Millions in Alaska Pink Salmon for Americans in Need

Just more than a month after Senator Lisa Murkowski urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider Governor Sean Parnell's proposal to use existing federal funds to buy extra Alaska canned pink salmon for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has agreed to purchase up to $13 million worth. This news is welcomed by Alaska's seafood industry, which has been burdened by a glut of pink salmon from last year's record harvest, and boosts the nutrition options… Continue Reading


Murkowski’s Behind-the-Scenes Effort Makes UAF Drone Research Flight a Reality

This past weekend, a small, unmanned aerial system (UAS) conducted flights over Alaska's skies and waters, collecting vital data and information on whales and marine wildlife to inform the resource development work being considered for oil leases in the Chukchi Sea - but the flight would not have been possible without Senator Lisa Murkowski's involvement. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) originally declined to authorize continuing University of Alaska-Fairbanks' research flights - the … Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation: U.S. Should Push Back Against Russian Seafood Boycott

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska's Congressional Delegation today reached out to the White House, encouraging strong and immediate action from the administration to respond to Russia's boycott of American food imports, including seafood. In a letter (attached) to the White House, Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Congressman Don Young suggest America increase the intensity of its negotiations with Russia, and if needed, that the nation respond with a ban on Russian seafood imports They writ… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Obama Administration’s Bergdahl Transfer Broke Law, According to Independent Report

ANCHORAGE, AK - Senator Lisa Murkowski today shared the findings of a U.S. Government Accountability Office legal opinion into the administration's controversial negotiations with the Taliban for the release of Bowe Bergdahl. The GAO inquiry - done at her and a number of her U.S. Senate colleagues' request - found that the Obama Administration broke federal law when the Pentagon swapped five high-risk Taliban members from Guantanamo Bay for the release of Bergdahl without providing advance noti… Continue Reading


Murkowski Lauds F-35 Preliminary Basing Decision for Eielson

Senator Lisa Murkowski today greeted the news from the United States Air Force that Eielson Air Force Base has been judged to be a "Preferred" base for two squadrons of F-35 II Lightning aircraft. During a conversation with the Alaska Delegation, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said that an environmental impact analysis process would now begin, that will result in an Environmental Impact Statement -- with a Record of Decision expected to be made publicly in the fall of 2015. (Mu… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Results of Interior Funding Negotiations, Funding Bill to Strengthen Alaska’s Tribes, Lands and Parks

Senator Lisa Murkowski is proud to share the results of her negotiations with Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) through the release of today's draft fiscal year 2015 Senate Interior Appropriations bill. With the Department of the Interior managing a majority of Alaska's lands, forests and waters - in addition to providing oversight of many services and programs for Alaska Natives and tribes - this bill has a significant impact to Alaska. (Click image to vi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes for VA Reform Bill, Calls it a “First Step”

Senator Lisa Murkowski today cast her vote in favor of the Veterans Access to Care Act, saying: The Veterans Administration's mission is a promise to the men and women who put their lives on the line around the world for our defense, and it's a simple promise that we will look after them in their times of medical need. Red tape and systemic failures cannot stand between our veterans and the care they have earned. I am voting for this bill because it represents a critical beginning to reform… Continue Reading

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