Press Releases

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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


07.21.10

Murkowski: Tribal Law and Order Act Clears Congress, Awaits President’s Signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced that the Tribal Law and Order Act is now on its way to the White House for President Obama's signature following House passage of the legislation today. The bill, which passed the Senate last month, would improve law enforcement and the justice system on Indian reservations in the Lower 48. Murkowski, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, secured several provisions in the bill that would address the lack of la… Continue Reading


07.20.10

Murkowski on Unemployment Insurance Extension Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after voting against a procedural motion to end debate on legislation to extend unemployment benefits and move to a final vote. The motion passed 60 - 40, and the Senate could vote on final passage later today. "Republicans agree that we should extend unemployment insurance benefits, but we must find a way to pay for them, rather than adding the $33 billion in costs to our already staggering federal de… Continue Reading


07.19.10

Sens. Murkowski and Bayh Call For Support of Rare Earth Projects in DOE Loan Guarantee Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, today sent a letter to Secretary Chu urging him to expeditiously consider loan guarantee applications to rebuild America's rare earth supply chain and manufacturing sector. The bipartisan letter, signed by 20 senators, applauded the Department of Energy for their commitment to developing a long-term strategy to ensure a stable and adequate supply of rare earths. It also asked the Department to consider utilizing t… Continue Reading


07.15.10

Murkowski Votes for Federal Spending Cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today supported a plan by fellow Republican members of the Senate Appropriations Committee that would have taken a first step towards significantly reducing federal spending in the fiscal year that begins October 1, 2010. The Republican proposal sought to slow the growth of federal spending by slashing $20 billion from President Obama's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2011, essentially freezing discretionary spending at last year's levels. … Continue Reading


07.15.10

Murkowski Opposes Financial Regulatory Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after voting against the financial regulatory reform bill, which passed the Senate 60 - 39: "Everyone agrees that reform of Wall Street is necessary, but this legislation doesn't do that. It is disturbing to me that this bill has garnered the support of the very banks that helped bring on the financial disaster and is opposed by the community banks, credit unions and small businesses that had nothing t… Continue Reading


07.15.10

Sen. Murkowski Comments on the Passing of Maurice “Mo” Bailey

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of Maurice "Mo" Bailey, founder of Veterans Aviation Outreach, president of Vietnam Veterans of America Mat-Su Chapter 903 and 2007 recipient of the Alaska Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award: "I am profoundly saddened by the loss of my dear friend, Maurice "Mo" Bailey, who will long be remembered as one of Alaska's most significant veterans' leaders. Mo reminded us through h… Continue Reading


07.14.10

Senate Passes Murkowski-Boxer Legislation to Extend Moratorium on Discharge Permits for Commercial Vessels

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation that would 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, passed the Senate tonight by unanimous consent. The bill would provide these commercial vessels a three-year moratorium extension from permits for discharges under the Clean Water Act. Two years ago, in the 110th Congress, bipa… Continue Reading


07.14.10

Sen. Murkowski Reacts to White House Stimulus Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Conference, released the following statement in response to the White House's report on the Democrats' trillion dollar stimulus package: "While the Democrats tout their new report on stimulus spending most Americans are wondering: where are the jobs? The unemployment rate still hovers in the double digits in several states and many job seekers have simply given up trying to find work. "My constituents… Continue Reading


07.14.10

Murkowski Supports Bill to Rescind Onerous Health Care Law Tax Burden on Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today signed on to legislation that would rescind an onerous tax reporting burden on small businesses that was included in the new government health care takeover law. A provision in the new law requires any business that purchases more than $600 of goods or services from another business to submit a 1099 tax form to the IRS. The mandate will take effect at the end of next year and will result in small businesses paying the government $17 b… Continue Reading


07.13.10

Sen. Murkowski Introduces Bills to Increase Hydropower Generation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing the production of electricity from renewable hydropower and creating badly needed jobs in America's energy sector. The Hydropower Improvement Act and the Hydropower Renewable Energy Development Act would boost federal support for hydropower projects. "We have an incredible amount of hydropower potential in my home state of Alaska, and elsewhere in the country," Murkowski said. … Continue Reading

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