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Murkowski Seeks to Pull Back "Window Dressing" of Arctic Rep

KETCHIKAN, Alaska -One day after sharing her concerns that the recently-announced 'Special Representative for the Arctic' position represents mere "window dressing" on Arctic engagement, Senator Lisa Murkowski called on Secretary John Kerry to meet with her and provide more information about the nature of the position -- and why he is declining to name an official to a full Ambassador position. With Senator Murkowski having recently delivered the Keynote Address at the Global Arctic Symposium a… Continue Reading


Murkowski Celebrates “Hidden Heroes” of Black History Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today shared with Alaskans her commemorating for Black History Month: Click on the image above to watch her video message "Every February, Americans come together to celebrate Black History Month. It is a valuable way for Americans across the country to appreciate and recall the profound impact African Americans have had on American history. There are many leaders you have heard of, including Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Malcom X, … Continue Reading


Murkowski Success Finalized on Alaska Native Care, Hundreds of Jobs Statewide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For years, Senator Lisa Murkowski has urged the federal government to follow through on its trust responsibility to America's first people and provide the necessary - and legally-required - resources to attend to their medical needs nationwide. Murkowski today is pleased to see the funding levels, or 'operating plans' of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service reflect her success in the Interior Appropriations Committee in rejecting the injustice of shortchang… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Arctic Representative An Improvement, but Questions Remain

Three days after Senator Lisa Murkowski expressed criticism of the Obama administration's lack of thoughtful, active engagement in the Arctic - through her letter to the President about his 'Implementation Plan' - Secretary of State John Kerry sent her a letter (attached) informing her of his plans to announce a 'Special Representative for the Arctic Region.' Today's letter from Secretary Kerry follows a series of discussions between Senator Murkowski and Vice President Joe Biden on this matter… Continue Reading


Murkowski Honors Former Alaska Territorial Governor Michael Stepovich

Senator Lisa Murkowski today shared her reflections on the legacy of Michael Stepovich, who passed away this morning at the age of 94: "I am incredibly saddened to learn of the loss of Mike Stepovich, the last of Alaska's territorial Governors. Mike played a vital role in Alaska's admission to statehood, and for the 54 years that followed he occupied a prominent place on the public policy scene. Today we have lost another link to Alaska's territorial history and that leaves a huge hole in my he… Continue Reading


Murkowski Slams “Unambitious” White House Arctic Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today reached out to the Obama administration and expressed her disappointment that its recently-released "Arctic Strategy Implementation Plan" falls far short of America's needs as the nation slips further behind other nations investing in the region. The United States is scheduled to become the Chair of the Arctic Council next year, and Senator Murkowski has been working with Cabinet officials, top military brass and international leaders to advocate … Continue Reading


Murkowski: Debt Limit Increase Ignores America’s Fiscal Issues

Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted against a measure to lift the federal debt ceiling through March 15th, 2015, and explained her vote to Alaskans: "I voted against the so-called "clean" 13-month suspension of the debt limit because it represents an abdication of Congress' responsibility to address a national debt that exceeds $17 trillion - over $54,000 for every man, woman and child in this country. We owe more to America than to simply increase the debt without addressing the root cause. A… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Restore Full Veterans Pensions

Senator Murkowski today voted with her Senate colleagues to rectify the 1% decrease in cost of living adjustments (COLA) to early military retirees included as part of the December bipartisan budget deal. Senator Murkowski has been a strong advocate in attempting to overturn this cut, and has worked with Senate colleagues across the aisle in order to correct this. "I stand with our brave men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line for the safety and comfort Alaskans enjoy. This cu… Continue Reading


Murkowski Tells Foreign Relations Committee: Alaskan Fisherman Need a Level Playing Field

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about the multi-million dollar economic threat posed by illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing to Alaska's seafood industry, and the need for Senate ratification for the Port State Measures Agreement. Murkowski's testimony took a unique and personal tone when she recounted that her own son is just returning to port after a season fishing crab, saying that strengthened laws h… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Voices Opposition to Interior Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today announced she will vote against President Obama's nominee to oversee the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service if the nomination is taken up for a vote Thursday in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Rhea Suh, who has been nominated to be the Interior Department's next assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks; lacks the leadership qualities and background knowledge necessary to right an agency… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Jewell: Keep Your Promises to King Cove

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) yesterday sent a letter calling on Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to uphold the promises and commitments she made more than seven weeks ago to protect the health and safety of those who live in the remote village of King Cove, Alaska. "While you chose to deny the surest option to provide safe and reliable emergency medical access for the residents of King Cove - a short, one-lane gravel road that would be used only for non-commercia… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Calls for Greater Emphasis on Protecting Electric Reliability

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today warned that the reliability of the nation's electric grid could suffer unless federal policymakers pay greater attention to the impacts of a range of new factors and forces, including changes in the nation's electricity mix and regulations being issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Murkowski made her remarks at the annual winter meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). In additi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes for Senate to Take Up Restoring Full Veterans Benefits

Senator Lisa Murkowski today cast a vote to begin debate on S.1963, the Military Pension COLA Bill, after over a month of seeking legislative solutions to this issue, saying: "I have left no doubt that I am committed to restoring the full pension benefits to early military retirees, set to see a 1% cost-of-living cut starting in January of 2016. I have backed a number of sensible pieces of legislation that will deliver on our promise to veterans without digging the nation deeper into debt, and… Continue Reading


Murkowski: White House Admitting Health Care Law Broken

Today the White House announced that it was again delaying the midsize-employer mandate for a year until 2016. Senator Murkowski had the following response to the decision, which the Washington Post reported was done to "defuse another potential controversy involving the 2010 health care law": "The White House delayed the employer mandate last July, they postponed the limit on out-of-pocket expenses for Americans in August, they admitted they weren't truthful about 'if you like your health pla… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Testify on Pirate Fishing Fight at Foreign Relations Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski will provide expert testimony on Wednesday in front of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about the threat posed by illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing on Alaska's seafood industry and the need for the Port State Measures Agreement. "Since 1990, illegal and unlawful fishing is estimated to be a half a billion dollar problem to Alaska's economy - and we can regain control over our fisheries by better policing and enforcement at the p… Continue Reading


Murkowski Meets with Arctic Council Chair, Iceland Ambassador Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski held two meetings with Arctic officials in her ongoing effort to build relationships and consensus within the region, with the United States scheduled to begin the 2-year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council next year. "As I work in Washington, DC, national leaders are beginning to acknowledge we are an Arctic nation - which begs the question 'What now?' The dynamic Arctic region presents significant opportunities and challenges for Alaska, the U.S. and … Continue Reading


Murkowski Encourages Alaskans to Learn Online Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski shared a message in support of National Digital Learning Day, being commemorated statewide (at locations like Haines, Juneau and Kenai) and across the United States today: Click on the image above to watch her video message "Across Alaska, digital technology is opening up doors many never thought were possible. Every day, teachers bring students into a vast world by using computers, iPads, and even smart phones. Through technology, even students from… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Comments on Closing of Flint Hills North Pole Refinery

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today released the following statement on Flint Hills' decision to close its petroleum refinery in North Pole, Alaska: "This is a major blow to our state, particularly the economies of Fairbanks and North Pole as the refinery paid some of the highest wages in the region. My thoughts right now are with the families of the workers who will lose their jobs or will have to transfer out of the state. I have reached out to the Alyeska Pipeline Se… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Bloated Farm Bill is “Business as Usual”

Senator Lisa Murkowski today cast her vote against the Farm Bill, which CBS News reports contains "billions of dollars of subsidies" and the AP reports has "goodies scattered throughout the nearly 1,000 page bill for members from all regions of the country," explaining her vote to Alaskans afterwards: ""I committed to Alaskans that I would make the difficult decisions when it comes to curbing federal spending. This is why I cannot in good conscience support this bill when it continues billions … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Grills Nominee Suh over Interior’s Lack of Respect for Alaskans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today firmly pressed the nominee for Assistant Secretary for Fish Wildlife and Parks, Rhea Suh on the Interior Department's disregard for the needs and concerns of the people of Alaska. Murkowski questioned Suh about whether the department was doing anything to ensure the safety of the people of King Cove after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell rejected, on Dec. 23, a proposed a life-saving road that would have connected the isolated communit… Continue Reading

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