Press Releases

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08.11.10

Senate Convenes Thursday to Honor the Late Ted Stevens

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that the United States Senate will convene tomorrow for a brief session to pass two legislative items, including a resolution honoring the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska. Stevens died Monday in a plane crash near Dillingham. "It is a fitting tribute that the Senate will convene to recognize the life and accomplishments of Sen. Stevens, an Alaska legend and patriot who served our state and nation with the highest disti… Continue Reading


08.11.10

Murkowski Bill to Benefit National Law Enforcement Museum Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has announced that the legislation she introduced to extend the deadline by three years for construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C., has been signed into law by the President. Passed by Congress in 2000, the National Law Enforcement Museum Act granted land for construction of a new National Law Enforcement Museum. The legislation required the museum to be financed with private contributions and that constructi… Continue Reading


08.10.10

Sen. Murkowski’s Statement on Plane Crash That Claimed the Life of Sen. Ted Stevens

ANCHORAGE, AK - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following statement after learning of the tragic death of Sen. Ted Stevens and others in a plane crash near Dillingham: "Last night, Alaska lost a hero and I lost a dear friend. The thought of losing Ted Stevens, a man who was known to business and community leaders, Native chiefs and everyday Alaskans as 'Uncle Ted,' is too difficult to fathom. His entire life was dedicated to public service-from his days as a pilot in World Wa… Continue Reading


08.10.10

Sen. Murkowski Comments on Airplane Crash Near Dillingham

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement regarding the crash of an airplane near Dillingham last night: "While we await further information about this tragic accident, I ask Alaskans to join me in prayer for all those aboard the aircraft and their families." # # #… Continue Reading


08.06.10

Murkowski Resolution Designating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day Passes Senate

Murkowski Resolution Designating Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day Passes Senate WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate has passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, designating September 9, 2010, as "National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day." The resolution passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Thursday evening. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are the leading cause of cognitive disability in the United States and are 100 percent preventa… Continue Reading


08.05.10

Murkowski Thanks Second Session Summer Interns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today thanked her second group of summer interns for their service in her Washington, D.C., office. These interns spent part of the summer observing both the operations of a fast-paced Senate office and the legislative process from an up-close view. For the second session, Murkowski welcomed Gizelle Baylon, Anchorage; Tanner Berube, Anchorage; Courtney Enright, Ketchikan; Ryan Gildersleeve, Palmer; Anna Hahn, Nome; Briana Murphy, Wasilla; N… Continue Reading


08.05.10

Murkowski Opposes Latest Democratic Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today voted against the latest $26.1 billion Democratic spending measure that cleared the Senate 61-to-39. "To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, here they go again. The Democrats continue to embrace huge spending bills at a time of record high federal deficits. The measure approved today by the Senate would extend last year's trillion-dollar failed stimulus bill by $26.1 billion for teacher salaries and Medicaid spending. What happened to Democrat… Continue Reading


08.04.10

Murkowski Remarks on Nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today spoke from the Senate floor on her opposition to Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court. The following are excerpts from Sen. Murkowski's speech and her entire remarks, as prepared for delivery, are attached. On Elena Kagan's failure to answer questions on the Second Amendment in her confirmation hearings: "The conclusion I draw from all of this is that Ms. Kagan is at best uninterested in the Second Amendment at this point in… Continue Reading


08.03.10

Sen. Murkowski Comments on Delay for Oil Spill Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commented on the short life of Majority Leader Reid's thrown-together energy bill. The Majority Leader kept up the highly partisan nature of the bill's development and announced its demise after meeting with members of the Democratic caucus. "Sen. Reid is predictably blaming Republicans for standing in the way of a bill that he threw together in secret and without input from almost any other member of the Senate. Process alone guaran… Continue Reading


08.02.10

Murkowski-Boxer Legislation to Extend Moratorium on Discharge Permits for Commercial Vessels Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation to extend the current moratorium on a permit requirement for commercial and charter fishing vessels and other commercial vessels under 79 feet long, sponsored by U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Barbara Boxer, D-California, has been signed into law. The bill, signed by President Obama late Friday, provides these commercial vessels a three-year moratorium extension from permits for discharges under the Clean Water Act. Two years ago, in the 110th Congress,… Continue Reading


07.29.10

Murkowski Comments on Additional F-22 Raptors Headed for Elmendorf

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed news of the Air Force's announced intention to transfer six additional F-22 Raptors and 102 personnel to Elmendorf Air Force Base as part of a larger national realignment of F-22 assets. "After a rigorous and objective selection process, the Air Force has determined that it is in our nation's security interest to bring an additional six F-22 Raptors to Elmendorf. This decision confirms that Alaska continues to be one of the … Continue Reading


07.29.10

Murkowski Statement on C-17 Crash at Elmendorf

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after learning of the crash of an Air Force C-17 cargo plane at Elmendorf Air Force Base Wednesday evening: "I am deeply saddened by the news of this terrible accident," Murkowski said. "Incidents like this remind us that whether in training or in battle there is inherent danger in the warrior's profession. We must never forget that their's is a life of selfless sacrifice in defense of our freedom. I u… Continue Reading


07.27.10

Murkowski: Congress Clears Yukon Salmon Disaster Relief Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House has passed a 2010 supplemental appropriations bill that includes $5 million requested by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to help mitigate the Yukon River Chinook salmon fishery failure. The bill now goes to the White House for President Obama's signature. The $58.8 billion supplemental bill, which cleared the Senate in May, provides funding to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief fund and s… Continue Reading


07.27.10

Murkowski Statement on DISCLOSE Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after voting against proceeding to debate on the DISCLOSE Act. Introduced following the Supreme Court's holding in the Citizens United case, the DISCLOSE Act would impose stringent rules on campaign advertising paid for by corporations, unions and other interest groups. The bill would also prohibit contributions to campaigns from overseas corporations that have received government assistance. Today's Se… Continue Reading


07.26.10

Murkowski Calls for Full Safety Review of Alaska Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today called on the president of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. to undertake a safety review of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline to ensure that it can continue to supply America with North Slope oil for decades to come. "The integrity of the trans-Alaska pipeline is vital to both the economy of the state and our nation's energy security," Murkowski said. "It's imperative that we have the highest level of confidence in Alyeska's maintenance of t… Continue Reading


07.22.10

Murkowski Comments on EPA Regulation of Leaded Aviation Fuel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that any new regulations on leaded aviation fuel under the Clean Air Act are implemented in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation stakeholders and that no changes be implemented until an alternative aviation fuel can be developed and tested. The EPA has formally begun a regulatory process under the Clean Air Act which may result in standards … Continue Reading


07.22.10

Murkowski, Landrieu, 22 other Senators Call for Revenue Sharing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, today sent a letter to their colleagues in the U.S. Senate urging them to support revenue sharing for energy production on the outer continental shelf (OCS), ensuring coastal states, including Alaska and the Gulf states, receive a fair share of the revenue from oil and gas production off of their coastlines. "We are united in our position that any production in federal waters must include a program in which … Continue Reading


07.22.10

Murkowski Comments on EPA Regulation of Leaded Aviation Fuel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that any new regulations on leaded aviation fuel under the Clean Air Act are implemented in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation stakeholders and that no changes be implemented until an alternative aviation fuel can be developed and tested. The EPA has formally begun a regulatory process under the Clean Air Act which may result in standards … Continue Reading


07.22.10

Senators Urge Interior Secretary Salazar to Resume and Expedite Shallow Water Drilling Permits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, led by Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.), urged the Department of the Interior to resume and expedite consideration of shallow water drilling applications and to provide adequate guidance to those seeking new permits. Hutchison and Landrieu were joined by Sens. Wicker (R-Miss.), Cochran (R-Miss.), Vitter (R-La.), Cornyn (R-Texas), Sessions (R-Ala.), Murkowski (R-Alaska), Begich (D-Alaska), and Shelby (R-Ala.)… Continue Reading


07.22.10

Delegation Calls on Homeland Security Secretary to Request Replacement of the Lost HH-60 Helicopter

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska's congressional delegation today wrote to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano urging her to request funding to replace the recently lost HH-60 helicopter from Air Station Sitka. The request comes in the wake of the recent HH-60 crash in which three Coast Guard personnel were killed. The crew and helicopter were based in Sitka. The crash occurred in waters near James Island near La Push, Washington. The Alaska congressional delegation extend… Continue Reading

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