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Murkowski, Young Express Concerns Over New EPA Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, wrote to President Obama to express their concerns over new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. The EPA is reportedly scheduled to release the new regulations by Friday. Such rules would disproportionately affect fossil fuel-based electricity plants, which have been and remain the foundation for stable and low-cost power generation in America. "… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Comments on Nominee to Lead FERC

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today said she could not support the nomination of Ron Binz to lead the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission (FERC). Murkowski, at a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Binz' views on the role of FERC are incompatible with the independent agency's mission to ensure Americans have access to affordable, abundant, and reliable energy. (Click to play video) "Based on my meeting last week with Mr. Binz and m… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Obama Administration “Rewriting History,” Shortchanging Native Health Funding Needs

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today criticized the Obama Administration's proposal to short-fund the operation costs of tribally run hospitals, despite last year's historic Supreme Court ruling requiring full funding of contract support costs, saying: "I am deeply troubled by the Indian Health Service's continued resistance to the Supreme Court's ruling last Summer that the federal government must pay the full amount of contract support costs to our tribes' tireless and, oftentimes, t… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Comments on Anglo American Decision on Pebble Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement regarding Anglo American's decision to pull out of the Pebble Limited Partnership, which was formed to develop a gold and copper mine in Southwest Alaska: "Anglo American's choice to withdraw from development of the Pebble mine was a private business decision driven by a variety of economic factors. The company has stated its reasons and I have no reason to question the decision," Murkowski said. "Mining… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Americans Weren’t Daunted or Divided By 9/11

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today shared her observations and reflections with Alaskans on the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks: (Click image to watch Senator Murkowski's 9/11 statement) "It has now been twelve years since the horrific attacks on 9/11 that took thousands of American lives in New York City, at the Pentagon and in an airplane crash that broke the stillness of a Pennsylvania farmland morning. Though Alaskans were thousands of miles away from those sites, we … Continue Reading


Murkowski Cuts Through Red Tape, Helps Alaska War Veterans Get to Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC - With Senator Lisa Murkowski's help in cutting through government bureaucracy, the Last Frontier Honor Flight will be able to make its inaugural trip to Washington, D.C. next month with 25 Alaskan veterans of World War II - ranging in age from 87 to 94 years old - who will tour the monuments and memorials honoring their service at no cost to them. The Internal Revenue Service had originally given the non-profit a timetable extending into next year for reviewing its non-profit st… Continue Reading


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

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