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Murkowski: Maniilaq Land Transfer Means Health Care Gains in Kotzebue

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today was proud to see her U.S. Senate colleagues unanimously approve HR 443, which transfers the deed for several acres of property in Kotzebue from the Indian Health Service (I.H.S.) to the Maniilaq Association and gives them "unencumbered ownership" so they can fully develop and expand their health care facilities autonomously. The bill passed includes Senator Murkowski's substitute amendment, which strengthens the bill's ability to deliver on its prom… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Akaka: We Work in the ‘Aloha Spirit’

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today took to the United States Senate floor to compliment and honor the departing Hawaiian Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), standing 20 feet away from her friend and colleague to thank him, express her appreciation - and give him a hug afterwards. (Senator Murkowski discusses the Hawaii/Alaska connection. CLICK to watch.) "As neighbors in the Pacific, Hawaii and Alaska have always shared a special bond, not only because of our geography, not only because… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Benghazi Investigation “Confirms My Worst Concerns”

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today responded to an independent review of the September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that finds the security there to have been grossly inadequate in addition to systemic failures in communication and leadership - and which has led to the resignation of three State Department officials: "The release of today's independent investigation into the September 11th attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya unfortunately confirms my … Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski Announces 2013 Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today proudly announced the names of 33 Alaska high school seniors she is nominating for appointment to the U.S. military service academies for the class of 2017. "This year's group of highly motivated men and women embody the strength of character and depth of knowledge we expect to see in our future leaders - both in the armed forces and in our communities," Murkowski said. "Each and every year, I am honored to nominate such accomplished Alaskans to o… Continue Reading


Murkowski Pays Tribute to “Alaska’s Third Senator” Daniel Inouye

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today spoke on the United States Senate floor, paying her respects to longtime Hawaiian Senator and legendary lawmaker Daniel K. Inouye on behalf of Alaskans who feel as if they've lost a member of the family - saying of his legacy that "a big tree has fallen" and "He never let us down." If you would like to watch the speech in its entirety, click here: Below are three selected excerpts, c… Continue Reading


Murkowski Honors “New Veteran,” Student Advocate Nichole Tovar

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski is releasing her 7th Veteran Spotlight installment today, featuring Nichole Tovar, a U.S. Army veteran who served as a nurse in the Baghdad Green Zone and continues her service in the U.S. Army Reserves, as well as being a proud advocate and representative for young veterans of our current conflicts. Nichole Tovar grew up in Palmer, Alaska, and joined the Army as soon as she turned 18. During her Veteran Spotlight interview she recalls a powerful draw to… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comment on Passing of Senator Daniel Inouye

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today reacted to the news that Hawaiian Senator Daniel Inouye, a longtime ally to the state of Alaska, passed away at the age of 88: "I am deeply saddened to hear that we lost Senator Daniel Inouye today. Senator Inouye was a soldier, a hero, a statesman, a patriot, a gentleman and a true friend to all Alaskans. His loyalty was as solid as a rock, and his commitment to his principles and his country was something you could bank on." "Senator Inouye e… Continue Reading


Murkowski Hires New Fisheries, Economics Policy Experts

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced the hiring of Jay Sterne to advise her as she shapes effective federal fisheries policies for the nation - and the hundreds of thousands of square nautical miles off Alaska's shores that fall under federal jurisdiction. Sterne, a twenty year veteran of fisheries and Arctic policy discussions, brings intellectual heft to a key position for a state where the fishing industry and emerging Arctic possibilities represent a growing economic engin… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Federal Worker Retirement Wave in Alaska Presents Local Hire Opportunity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With up to 10 percent of Alaska's federal workforce retiring in two weeks because of financial incentives, Senator Lisa Murkowski is urging federal hiring managers in Alaska to take advantage of the Alaska National Interest Land Conservation Act (ANILCA) local hire program that she restored in the 2012 Department of the Interior spending bill. Local hire job postings, like the recent ones at Kenai Fjords National Park, give preferred employment status to Alaskans because of Mu… Continue Reading


Murkowski Proudly Votes for First Filipino-American Federal Judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate today voted 91-0 today to confirm Lorna G. Schofield to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York - becoming the first Filipino American to serve on the federal bench. Senator Murkowski cast her vote in support of the confirmation and had the following comment afterwards: "It's expected that in about a decade, one out of every four Alaskans will be of Filipino heritage - and today's vote is a historic force not only for our nation… Continue Reading


Murkowski’s Priorities for Alaska Included in Coast Guard Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate today unanimously passed the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, and Senator Lisa Murkowski was pleased to see the final legislation reflected a number of needs she highlighted with key Congressional colleagues earlier this year - from avoiding onerous regulations for small craft owners to a needlessly-long process for renewing maritime security badges to serious infrastructure consideration of an Arctic port as northern waters open up new opportunities a… Continue Reading


Murkowski’s Committee Work Helps Bring Relief to Alaska for Tsunami Debris, Salmon Disaster

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the United States Senate takes efforts to aid states impacted by Hurricane Sandy and other recent disasters nationwide, Senator Lisa Murkowski - a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee - was able to address a number of Alaska-specific concerns stemming from this season's salmon shortfall and the rising threat of debris from last year's earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Senate Appropriations Committee today released a Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Funding bill, i… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on North Korea Long-Range Rocket Launch

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today expressed grave concern at the recent rocket launch by North Korea, against international warnings from the United States and several other countries: "This test-run is a clear example of chest-thumping aggression from North Korea, defying the United Nations, international community - and even earning criticism from its nearest neighbors China and Russia. "North Korea's act marks a clear, threatening step forward for that rogue nation's nucle… Continue Reading


Delegation to Commerce: Observer Program Unfair to Alaska Fishermen

Small vessels in Alaska's fishing fleet are being subjected to an expensive and poorly devised program for monitoring their take of groundfish and a delay in implementation is needed, according to a letter sent by Alaska's Congressional delegation today to Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank of the Department of Commerce. The letter outlined issues with what is known as the observer program. Plans to implement the program were recently published as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Post-Bankruptcy Auction Shows Folly of Stimulus Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following comment in the wake of the bankruptcy-induced auction of A123 Systems' assets to a Chinese auto-parts maker. "The results of this auction further expose the folly of the administration's attempts to pick winners and losers, and provide huge subsidies to force the commercialization of technologies," Murkowski said. "Congressional oversight of DOE spending, to ensure taxpayers are being protected, is one of my t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Amplifies Eielson Fight to Defense Bill Conference Members

Senator Lisa Murkowski today reached out to the key members of the Senate and House Committees in charge of addressing the differences between the two chambers' versions of the National Defense Authorization Act, urging them to keep provisions in place that support her fight against the proposal to move the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. In one letter (attached) directly from her to the Armed Services Committee heads, Senator Murkowski ex… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Additions To Energy Committee Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced several additions to the professional staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The new hires include Brian Hughes, Kate Williams, Lucy Murfitt, Tristan Abbey, and Dr. Ron Faibish. "Kate, Ron, and Lucy will be great additions to the Energy Committee staff," Murkowski said. "All three are experts in their fields and have decades of experience between them working on energy and lands policy. Tristan, who join… Continue Reading


Murkowski Praises Groundbreaking Indian Health Service/VA Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For years a champion of "Care Closer to Home" for Alaska's veteran population statewide, Senator Lisa Murkowski lauded the Department of Veterans Affairs and Indian Health Service agreement signed this morning where the VA will reimburse tribal health providers nationwide for direct health care services provided by clinics to American Indian and Alaska Native Vets. Rural Alaska Native veterans currently travel hundreds of miles away to the VA health clinics in Anchorage - whi… Continue Reading


Murkowski Commends Cable Box Energy Efficiency Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today lauded the Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement, which will make television cable boxes more energy efficient. The agreement, announced by the Consumer Electronics Association and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, will take effect next month. "I commend the industry for proactively developing a consensus agreement that will save their customers money, and not waiting for a federal mandate that forces them to… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Obama: No Double Standard for Debt Ceiling

Senator Lisa Murkowski has joined 43 of her Republican colleagues in responding to President Obama's demand to remove Congressional involvement in raising the debt ceiling - a clear abrogation of the check-and-balance role of the legislative branch spelled out by the U.S. Constitution - as negotiations proceed to avert the fiscal cliff. In a letter (attached) to the President, Senator Murkowski and her colleagues pointed out that every significant step towards bipartisan deficit reduction in th… Continue Reading

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