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Murkowski Seeks Answers from Odierno on “Pivot to the Pacific”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski focused on Alaska's strategic location to the Pacific theater when U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno appeared before her in the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, inquiring how safe its Army assets are from the larger budget cuts contained within the bipartisan Budget Control Act (BCA) passed in 2011. Murkowski also thanked General Odierno for Major General Karen E. Dyson, Director of the Army Budget traveling to Fairbanks to del… Continue Reading


Murkowski “Shocked” at National Guard’s Lack of Intervention on Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today pressed the National Guard's Chief about whether it is able to adequately pursue answers and justice when allegations of sexual assault arise among members of the Alaska National Guard - saying she is "surprised and shocked that the National Guard says it has no power to pursue them" at the state level. In a hearing of a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, Murkowski asked General Frank J. Grass why more wasn't done by the National Guard when accus… Continue Reading


Murkowski: “It’s Groundhog Day” on Tongass Timber Problems

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today pressed U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on his failure to increase the amount of timber cut annually in Alaska's Tongass National Forest. (Click to play video) Murkowski referred to Chief Tidwell's appearance Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee hearing on the Forest Service's budget request as "Groundhog Day." "Because every year you commit to working with me to improve the timber sale prog… Continue Reading


Murkowski Unveils Smart Phone Friendly Website

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today introduced Alaskans to her new website connection with constituents, providing a user-friendly stream of news and contact information for Alaskans searching the web from smart phones or tablets. Instead of previous technology which displayed the website as it appeared on a laptop or desktop computer, the new website will convert and customize the new website's appearance to best suit the type of device being used. "More and more Alaskans are keep… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces 1st Session of Summer Interns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced the names of her first session summer interns who will work in her Washington, D.C. office next month. Just weeks after graduating from high school, these young Alaskans will participate in the operations of a fast-paced Senate office and get an up-close view of the legislative process. "Being a Senate intern years ago instilled in me a deep respect and appreciation for service to Alaskans and the importance of influencing federal polic… Continue Reading


Murkowski Thanks Forest Service for Administrative Fix to Cabin Fees in the Tongass

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today commended the U.S. Forest Service for administratively enacting language to limit fees on subsistence cabins in the Tongass National Forest that Murkowski originally proposed in the Alaska Subsistence Structure Protection Act of 2013 (S. 736). "It was wrong for the Forest Service to charge subsistence users for owning cabins on national forestry land at the same rate they charged non-subsistence users," Murkowski said. "With today's a… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes IHS Payment to Alaska Native Healthcare Provider

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski is applauding news that the Indian Health Service has reached an agreement with one of Alaska's largest Native health care providers to pay the contract support costs IHS owes it. Southcentral Foundation President/CEO Katherine Gottlieb informed Murkowski yesterday that Acting Director of the Indian Health Service, Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, is agreeing to pay $96 million to SCF so the organization can continue to provide health care for Alaska Native and A… Continue Reading


AK Delegation to FCC: Fulfill Universal Service Obligations for Alaska

WASHINGTON, DC - Alaska's Congressional delegation raised concerns this week with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about its lack of progress in fulfilling universal service goals established by Congress and crucial to expanding Alaska's telecommunications network. Universal service is the principle that all Americans should have access to communications services. In a letter sent to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Congressman Don Young emphasiz… Continue Reading


Murkowski Responds to GAO Arctic Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today responded to the Government Accountability Office's report on Maritime Infrastructure: Key Issues Related to Commercial Activity in the U.S. Arctic in the Next Decade, saying: "I appreciate the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for its focus on our nation's Arctic Maritime Infrastructure needs, though I disagree with the suggestion that our development and activity are not on the rise. Given the substantial lack of Arctic infrastructure, now … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Blasts State Department Decision to Further Delay Keystone XL Approval

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today issued the following response to the U.S. State Department's decision to indefinitely delay the process for approving the Keystone XL pipeline project: "The administration's choice to delay indefinitely a decision on extending the Keystone XL pipeline is nothing short of a stunning act of political cowardice. And the timing of this announcement - waiting until a Friday afternoon during the holy Passover holiday in the hope that most A… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions “Nickel and Diming” of Military Health Care Cost Increases

With military retirees and family members facing a surge in out-of-pocket costs for medical care co-pays due to new TRICARE policies within the Fiscal Year 2015 Pentagon budget, Senator Lisa Murkowski is pressing the military for the reasoning behind these fee hikes. In a recent Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Murkowski asked the Surgeon Generals of the military whether these increases were fully thought out in addressing the military's bottom line or strictly to hit a budge… Continue Reading


Murkowski Urges Agriculture Secretary to Alaskanize Food Assistance Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski reached out to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to remind him of guidance she placed in the recently-enacted Farm Bill as he crafts rules for stores participating in the food stamp program, warning without such guidance, "proposed regulations may be drafted based on circumstances commonly found in the Lower 48, rather than the more unique and challenging environment of rural Alaska." The Agriculture Bill of 2014 (also known at the Far… Continue Reading


Alaska Senators Congratulate 2014 Cherry Blossom Princess

WASHINGTON, DC - Alaska's United States senators were thrilled this week to congratulate Anchorage born-and-raised Chelsea Marlow for being this year's Alaska representative in the Cherry Blossom Princess Program. Senator Mark Begich was pleased to nominate Marlow, who works in his Washington, DC office, to represent Alaska in this week's festivities. Senator Lisa Murkowski - a former Cherry Blossom Princess herself, served as an honorary Chair of the Cherry Blossom Congressional Reception thi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Co-Sponsors Legislation to Boost Alaska’s Tourism Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski and 24 other Senators co-sponsored bipartisan legislation this week aimed at boosting international tourism to the United States. S.2250, the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act, would reauthorize Brand USA, a public-private partnership that promotes international travel to the United States, through 2020. "People around the world are drawn to our state's beauty and culture, and our tourism industry made a $3.9 billion impact last year … Continue Reading


Murkowski Continues Building Arctic Partnership with Iceland

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today met with Icelandic Minister of Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson to continue advancing a thoughtful and productive conversation among Arctic nations. Sveinsson, whose position is comparable to the U.S. Secretary of State, came to Senator Murkowski's office to discuss diplomatic relations among Arctic countries and update her on Iceland's recent work and initiatives. Murkowski is committed to pushing the U.S. government to demonstrate greater… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Calls for Redoubling Efforts to Improve Grid Security, Reliability

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today called for greater focus on the potential impacts of a range of threats facing the nation's electric grid, including physical and cyber security dangers, and risks posed by an expanding list of federal environmental regulations. (Click here for video of Sen. Murkowski's opening statement.) "It has been apparent for some time that we may need to empower the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to protect the grid from our own fede… Continue Reading


Murkowski: “Those Susceptible to This Horrible Disease Need More”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today pushed the Department of Defense for answers on its research and progress in fighting ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's" disease - reminding Pentagon leadership that the military and veteran population are two-times as likely to be affected with this devastating disease. Senator Murkowski asked U.S. Army Surgeon General Patricia Horoho how Congress could help them research ALS, making the point that costs are going to rise as more military members are diagnos… Continue Reading


Murkowski to EPA: Alaskans Concerned by “Regulatory Onslaught”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today questioned Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy about the potential economic impact of several proposed rules, including a recent rulemaking to "clarify" a statutory definition that appears to significantly expand the agency's control over lands and waters in Alaska. (Click to play video) "I am concerned that EPA continues to regulate without appropriate coordination with other agencies and impacted industries. I think th… Continue Reading


Murkowski Co-Sponsors Effort to Hire Veterans, Help Alaskan Businesses Deal With Employer Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski is co-sponsoring S.2190, The Hire More Heroes Act - a bill incentivizing companies to hire more American veterans by exempting those employees with health coverage through TRICARE or the VA from being counted as part of the 50 employee requirement under the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate. "This legislation is a positive step forward in assuring that onerous burdens are not placed on employers to provide health care coverage for those who already … Continue Reading


Murkowski: “U.S. Can’t Afford to Sit on the Sideline” with Arctic Opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski - seen as the leader on Arctic issues in Congress - today spoke on the Senate floor, urging the White House and federal government to seize the opportunities opening up in the Arctic and invest in an Arctic future like the international community is. After months of seeking answers and action from the administration, Murkowski laid out her frustrations with its "National Strategy" - which she called a "glorified memo" - and its "Implementation Plan" - w… Continue Reading

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