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Murkowski Responds to Proposal for Syria to Surrender Chemical Weapons

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski offered the following statement on the proposal to have Syria turn over its chemical weapons arsenal to the international community: "I remain concerned about the Syrian government's use of internationally-prohibited chemical weapons on its own citizens. The indiscriminate massacre of innocent people is a heinous act which must not be tolerated. Given the incredible stakes at play globally, I will look critically at the proposal to require Syria to turn … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Announces Passage of Denali Park Improvement Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that her Denali Park Improvement Act is headed to President Obama's desk to be signed into law. The bill includes three separate measures to reduce the use of diesel fuel, improve energy access in Denali National Park and Preserve, and honor Athabascan climber Walter Harper. The bill, which was advance through the full Senate in June, was passed on the House floor today by voice vote. "I commend my colleagues - especially R… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Additional Funds for Alaska Tsunami Debris Relief

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today welcomed the news that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is directing an additional $750,000 towards Alaska's efforts to clean up and address debris from the $5 million gift from the Japanese government help in the response to the impacts from the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami: "When it comes to dealing with the effects of tsunami debris, Alaska has more shoreline than the rest of the country combined and therefore is deali… Continue Reading


Murkowski Encouraged by Alaska, Wal-Mart Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC - At the close of a meeting between Alaskan and Wal-Mart officials to discuss the world's top retailer recognizing the sustainability of Alaska salmon, crab and other seafood and continuing to sell it, Senator Lisa Murkowski shared the following statement: "Alaska salmon is globally recognized as a delicious, sustainable brain food and our fisheries are the envy of many in the international industry when it comes to sustainability, regardless of whether we pay to have a London-ba… Continue Reading


Each Soldier's Life Has Its Own Story, Says Spotlighted Veteran

Murkowski Honors U.S. Air Force Veteran, Pioneer, Veteran Museum Director WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today is releasing her 15th Veteran Spotlight, featuring Colonel Suellyn Wright Novak of Eagle River, a United States Air Force veteran who served more than 32 years active duty. During her Veteran Spotlight interview, Novak recalls knowing she wanted to join the Air Force from a very young age. In the 3rd grade, she was asked to draw a picture of what she wanted to be when she gr… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Receives NRECA’s Distinguished Service Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on Thursday received the Distinguished Service Award of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The NRECA put out the following press release on the award. "Sen. Murkowski is a true friend of electric cooperatives and a leader on energy issues. Her bipartisan approach to solving some of our country's most difficult problems offers a bright spot in our Nation's Capital while her steadfast focus on Alaska and its economy… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski to Visit King Cove with Interior Secretary Jewell

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will travel to King Cove on Friday, Aug. 30, with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to talk with local residents about the need for a life-saving road to connect them to the state's longest airport runway in nearby Cold Bay. The day-long visit will include a tour of King Cove, a visit to the local health clinic to discuss its capabilities and limitations, and a meeting with residents to hear testimony regarding the access issues and t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Public Schedule for Remainder of August Work Period

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced she will be visiting Barrow, Wainwright, Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, King Cove and Cold Bay over the second half of the August state work period and will be available for media opportunities at several events. Following are details of Senator Murkowski's public schedule. BARROW: WHEN: Thursday, August 22, 2013; 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. WHAT: Remarks: Roundtable with Coast Guard Admiral Papp WHERE: Barrow, AK WHEN: Thursday, August 22, 20… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Agreement to Keep Glacier Bay Lodge Open

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced an agreement between the National Park Service (NPS) and Aramark to keep the Glacier Bay Lodge open for the next two summer seasons. "I'm pleased that both the National Park Service and Aramark were able to reach common ground to ensure that the Glacier Bay Lodge will remain open. I know how important the lodge and day boat tour operation are to the community of Gustavus," Murkowski said. "While today is a positive step, I e… Continue Reading


Murkowski: In Galena, “There Is a Lot More Work to Do”

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - With the end of summer drawing near and winter looming, Senator Lisa Murkowski toured the village of Galena on Saturday with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State of Alaska Emergency Management officials and surveyed the progress being made in helping Galena as it recovers. Following conversations with government officials, contractors and local governments it became evident that all were not on the same page when it came to deadlines for completing work; Senat… Continue Reading


Feds Backtrack Daycare Picnic Fine After Murkowski Involvement

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - Senator Lisa Murkowski today welcomed a United States Forest Service decision to dismiss a citation issued to a Southeast Alaska daycare center for using a picnic table without a permit. The operator of Auntie's Day Care in Wrangell was facing a $350 fine (plus a $25 processing fee) for allowing youngsters to eat at a picnic table in the Tongass National Forest. Murkowski shared the anecdote during her comments at a Federal Overreach Summit in Anchorage on Tuesday, saying "Wh… Continue Reading


Murkowski Spells Out Alaska Overreach Frustration

ANCHORAGE, AK - Senator Lisa Murkowski today addressed the Citizens Advisory Commission on Federal Areas taking up the issue of federal overreach, and speaking about her commitment to pushing back through her daily work in Washington, DC. During her speech, Sen. Murkowski talked about a small daycare in Wrangell that was hit hard by federal overreach for simply using a picnic table located just outside of town in the Tongass National Forest. Click on the image for video of Sen. Murkowski spe… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Get Government Out of Alaska’s Way

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski will address the Citizens Advisory Commission on Federal Areas tomorrow morning - taking up the issue of federal overreach, and her commitment to pushing back through her daily work in Washington, DC. In order to advance the debate and create a better environment to develop solutions, Murkowski will define the problem in concrete terms and suggest new ways of dealing with the problem. During her speech, Senator Murkowski will speak to attendees about how… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Welcomes Key Cosponsors of Sportsmen’s Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today welcomed Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and James Risch (R-Idaho), co-chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, as cosponsors of the Sportsmen's Act. The bill recognizes and ensures the rightful place of hunting and fishing on our nation's public lands. "I am very pleased that my colleagues, Sens. Thune and Risch, have joined me in this effort to move a comprehensive sportsmen's package through Congress," … Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes DOE Approval of Lake Charles Export License

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement on the Department of Energy's approval of a license to Lake Charles Exports to ship up to 2 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) a day to nations with which the United States does not have free trade agreements: "The approval of the Lake Charles export license is great news for the economy. I'm hopeful that it also shows a willingness by the Department of Energy and Secretary Moniz to make t… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Issues Report Warning of Narrowing Window for LNG Exports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released a white paper outlining the case for exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and urging swift action on permit approvals before the nation misses a historic opportunity. The paper, entitled The Narrowing Window: America's Opportunity to Join the Global Gas Trade, includes in-depth analysis that leads to a set of pro-growth policy recommendations. "We've carefully examined the issue of natural gas exports, weighing the evidence… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Public Schedule for Beginning of the August State Work Period

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced she will be visit Juneau, Angoon, Kake, Petersburg, Ketchikan, Anchorage, Soldotna, Napaskiak, and Galena over the first half of the upcoming state work period and will be available for media opportunities at several events. Following are details of public events: JUNEAU WHEN: Monday, August 05, 2013; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. WHAT: Tour - United Human Services of Southeast WHERE: United Way of Southeast Alaska 3225 … Continue Reading


Sens. Murkowski, Wyden Applaud Passage of Two Hydropower Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., commended their Senate colleagues for passing by unanimous consent two hydropower measures - the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act (H.R. 267) and the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act (H.R. 678). "I applaud my colleagues for finally giving hydropower the recognition it deserves," Murkowski said. "I consider hydropower to be our hardest working renewable resource and one … Continue Reading


Begich, Murkowski Bill Tackles Domestic Violence in Rural Alaska

U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski today introduced the Safe Families and Villages Act of 2013 to give Alaska tribes more power to combat drug and alcohol abuse in their communities and to address the rates of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect. "I introduced the Alaska Safe Families and Villages Act because the status quo just isn't working," said Sen. Begich. "Tribal leaders throughout Alaska desperately need more resources and local control to manage domestic violence, sub… Continue Reading


Murkowski Launches Congressional Inquiry into Stuart Creek 2 Blaze

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today leveraged her position on the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to add language to the FY2014 Defense Appropriations committee report requiring the United States Army to explain why the live artillery exercise believed to have started the 85,000 acre Stuart Creek Fire was allowed to proceed despite warnings from the Alaska Fire Service and the Fort Wainwright Garrison that wildfire risks merited postponement of the exercise. The Stuart Creek… Continue Reading

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