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Murkowski’s 10,000th Book Donation Honors Longtime Anchorage Librarian

Senator Lisa Murkowski is proud to announce that she has now donated over 10,000 books to Alaskan schools, libraries, tribes and other non-profit agencies through a partnership with the Library of Congress. The program donates excess unused books nationwide to non-profit entities, and Murkowski has leveraged it to deliver books statewide - including to replace books stolen or damaged in Togiak in 2011. Aesop's Fables was the 10,000th book and part of a larger donation to Chester Valley Element… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on EPA Restrictions on Bristol Bay Watershed

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed restrictions on possible economic development activity on state-owned lands in Alaska's Bristol Bay region: "The EPA is being disingenuous in saying that this decision is only going to impact mining in a particular area of Alaska," Murkowski said. "The EPA is setting a precedent that strips Alaska and all Alaskans of the ability to make decisions on how to develop a health… Continue Reading


Murkowski Criticizes Latest Health Care Move

In response to the Health and Human Services letter dated 7/16, that United States territories can opt out of many provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Senator Lisa Murkowski issued the following statement: "Here they go again -- after continuing to selectively push the pieces of the flawed health care law to suit their agenda, and offer waivers when convenient, this administration has once again unilaterally changed the law when politically convenient. After years of Territory leaders plea… Continue Reading


Murkowski Nominates Alaska Libraries and Museums for National Honor

Senator Lisa Murkowski announced her nominations for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, a prestigious award for institutions that make significant contributions to their communities. The six Alaskan libraries and museums nominated are: The Anchorage Museum's Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi (The Dena'ina Way of Living) exhibit Haines Library Bethel's Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center Museum Dorothy Page Museum and Historic Town Site (Wasilla) Fairbanks Children's Museum Kenai Com… Continue Reading


Murkowski Locks in Funding to Combat Military ALS

Through her position on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski today put the Senate on record that the Defense Department must continue to fund research into causes, treatments, and therapies of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or "Lou Gehrig's Disease." Prior to today, resources to fund ALS research were contained within the multi-million dollar Peer Reviewed Medical Program at the insistence of the House of Representatives. But in negotiations within the Committee he… Continue Reading


Murkowski Works for Alaska Military Pay, Priorities in Committee

Senator Lisa Murkowski today successfully added a number of critical provisions into the 2015 Defense funding bill to improve the Alaska military's ability to save lives and protect the nation, while also lifting troop morale through improvements to their quality of life. Her additional support of military through less tangible means - whether fighting for critical ALS research, keeping commissaries open or delivering high quality nutrition - are reflected in the results of the bill that passed… Continue Reading


Murkowski Introduces Legislation Requiring Congressional Approval of National Monuments

Senator Lisa Murkowski has introduced legislation requiring congressional approval of any new national monument designation considered by the President. The bill, the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act (S. 2608), would block the Obama Administration from unilaterally using the Antiquities Act to lock up millions of acres of public lands and waters. "Alaskans know what happens when the President unilaterally closes millions of acres of public lands - it means a loss of jobs and … Continue Reading


Murkowski Heading to U.S./Mexico Border to Get Questions Answered

Less than a week after she questioned a number of Cabinet officials about the crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, Senator Lisa Murkowski is joining a number of her Congressional colleagues on a trip to the border to see how the situation is unfolding, how federal authorities are responding, and to discuss what federal options should be considered to address the crisis. On Friday, Senator Murkowski and a bipartisan group of members of Congress will travel to the border town of McAllen, Texas, join… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Papp’s Arctic Knowledge “Vast as the Region Itself”

Senator Lisa Murkowski today welcomed the news that Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr - who retired as Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on May 30th - has been named the United States' first Special Representative to the Arctic. The new position will be charged with coordinating and prioritizing America's advancing progress in the Arctic, as well as interacting and cooperating with other Arctic nations in developing a sound strategy for the region. "With a dynamic region like the Arctic, yo… Continue Reading


Murkowski Committee Work Boosts Alaska’s Military Efforts

Senator Lisa Murkowski today spoke at the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee 'markup' of the fiscal year 2015 defense spending bill about a number of critical provisions into the 2015 Defense funding bill she played a role in including to improve the Alaska military's ability to save lives and protect the nation. "We ask a lot of our men and women in uniform, and they deliver day in and day out, so I wanted to see their work respected through big efforts like continuing the Combat Rescue Heli… Continue Reading


Murkowski: “Luck Is No Substitute for National Policy” on Arctic Security

Senator Lisa Murkowski today thanked the United States Coast Guard and the crew of the cutter Healy for their rescue mission of a stranded mariner attempting to sail through the Arctic region, saying: "While I realize that an icebreaker is a high cost item, America needs to step up its investment in the Arctic as the waters there open up to possible travel, economic and military activity. I continue to raise the need for a new icebreaker and the Senate is beginning to understand the importance … Continue Reading


Murkowski Critical of Administration Governing By Crisis

Senator Lisa Murkowski today questioned a number of Cabinet officials about the crisis at the U.S./Mexico border - as tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors are entering the U.S. from Central America - asking why they waited for the slow-motion migration to reach "emergency" status to seek a $3.7 billion increase in funding to combat the problems. At the outset of her questioning, Murkowski noted the gradual rise of the numbers of youth entering the country illegally over the years indicati… Continue Reading


Murkowski “In Awe” of Silver Star Medal Recipient’s Heroism

With his honor ceremony scheduled to be held tomorrow, Senator Lisa Murkowski praised Alaska Air National Guardsman Master Sergeant Roger Sparks for receiving the Silver Star Medal. Sergeant Sparks earned the military's third highest decoration for valor and gallantry while in action against enemy forces in Afghanistan in 2010 during a lifesaving rescue in the face of a fierce and coordinated Taliban assault. Sergeant Sparks will receive his medal on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Joint Base Elmendor… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Applauds Senate Passage of Gull Egg Use Bill

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today applauded the unanimous passage in the Senate of the Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use Act, a bill championed by Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska. The bill was one of apackage of 16 public lands bills approved Wednesday by the Senate. "Today's passage of the Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use Act completes the legislative process we started over three years ago when I first introduced a version of this bill in the Senate," Murkowski said. "… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Open, Fair Amendment Process Essential in Considering Sportsmen’s Package

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today called on Senate Democratic leaders to allow for an open and fair amendment process that permits all members to participate in shaping the Murkowski-Hagan Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act. (Click for video of Sen. Murkowski's comments) "We have to return to regular order. We have to have a fair and healthy debate on legislation, especially legislation that has not gone through the committee process," Murkowski said. "A lot of hard work has gone into … Continue Reading


Murkowski Shares Independence Day Message with Alaskans

Senator Lisa Murkowski today commemorated the 4th of July by sharing her thoughts on the importance of the date with Alaskans: "238 years ago, a group of courageous and brilliant men put their names and fates on the line to ensure that their children and grandchildren - and us, two centuries later - could live in a nation that values the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These were truly revolutionary concepts at the time, and are ideas that we must defend and p… Continue Reading


Murkowski Committee Work Leads to Over 150 Alaskan NPS Jobs

Senator Lisa Murkowski today welcomed the news that 157 Alaskans have gotten National Park Service jobs this year because of the ANILCA Local Hire provision she restored in the 2012 Department of Interior funding bill through her position as top Republican on the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. The National Park Service recently informed Murkowski that they are making the best use of her legislative fix to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) - resulting in the hir… Continue Reading


Murkowski’s HAARP Fight Keeps Wrecking Ball Away for a Year

Senator Lisa Murkowski today received official word from the Secretary of the Air Force that the Pentagon is delaying its plans to demolish the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program facility site in Gakona - or 'HAARP' -for another year so that a possible transfer to a university or scientific institution can be explored. This news comes as a result of Murkowski's recent attempts to communicate the important work done by the facility among Pentagon brass, including sharing the favorab… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Karina Petersen to Communications Team

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced that Karina Petersen has joined her Anchorage office as the new Communications Director for Alaska. "I am tremendously excited for Karina to join my Communications Team," Murkowski said, "With her deep Alaskan roots, Karina will be a perfect fit in my Anchorage office and bring the information about my work within the federal government with the Alaskans who are impacted. It's clear that Karina sees communications as a vocation, not just a profession. Ala… Continue Reading


Murkowski Gets FedEx to Rethink its Rural P.O. Box Policies

Waiting for days to get prescription drugs. Trips to the post office to find an empty box where your business-critical supplies should be. After hearing these and other rural Alaskans' frustrations about FedEx delivery problems that occur when FedEx hands packages over to the United States Postal Service in Anchorage for the final miles of delivery, Senator Lisa Murkowski's efforts led FedEx CEO to reconsider its protocols. For years, Alaskans who live in post office box only communities have… Continue Reading

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