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Murkowski Launches Congressional Inquiry into Stuart Creek 2 Blaze

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today leveraged her position on the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to add language to the FY2014 Defense Appropriations committee report requiring the United States Army to explain why the live artillery exercise believed to have started the 85,000 acre Stuart Creek Fire was allowed to proceed despite warnings from the Alaska Fire Service and the Fort Wainwright Garrison that wildfire risks merited postponement of the exercise. The Stuart Creek… Continue Reading


Wyden, Murkowski Introduce Legislation to Encourage Marine Hydropower

Washington, D.C.- Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced legislation to remove regulatory obstacles and encourage research and development for the next generation of hydropower - renewable energy from waves, currents, ocean tides and free-flowing water in lakes and rivers The Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Act of 2013 (S. 1419) encourages private investment in marine hydrokinetic (MHK) pow… Continue Reading


Murkowski Releases Interior Bill, Addresses Alaska Needs

Ranking Republican Shares Results of FY2014 Senate Interior Appropriations Bill Negotiations WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski is proud to share the results of her negotiations with Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) through the release of today's draft FY 2014 Senate Interior Appropriations Bill. With the Department of the Interior managing a majority of Alaska's lands, forests and waters - in addition to providing oversight of many services and progra… Continue Reading


“My Point in Life Was Not to Go to War, It Was to Help Others Who Had”

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski is releasing her 14th Veteran Spotlight installment today, featuring Wasilla resident James Hastings - a U.S. Army veteran who served 22 years in the Infantry. After his time in the Infantry, Hastings went on to the U.S. Army Reserves and the Alaska National Guard before continuing his service to the nation by serving the battle wounded and battle weary in Alaska and beyond. During his Veteran Spotlight interview, Hastings recalls being only 17 when he k… Continue Reading


Murkowski Lauds Aviation Red Tape and Pirate Fishing Fights Passing Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today commended the Senate Commerce Committee for passing two bipartisan bills out of committee that she advocated for as lead Republican co-sponsor: the Pirate Fishing Elimination Act and the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act. The Pirate Fishing bill would crack down on illegal fishing operations that are harming America's fisheries and Alaska's economy by creating harsh enforcement mechanisms against violators; the Small Aircraft bill would fight the FA… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: Bipartisan Nuclear Bill Represents Real Progress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today spoke on the merits of the Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2013 (S. 1240) during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the bill. Murkowski, along with Sens. Wyden (D-Ore.), Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced the bipartisan legislation last month to address the back end of the nuclear energy fuel cycle. (Click to play video of Murkowski's opening statement.) "We know there are certain s… Continue Reading


Eielson F-16 Move Defunded, Prohibited in Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today thanked her Defense Appropriations Subcommittee colleagues for including language to prohibit the use of FY2014 funds to implement the transfer of the F-16 Aggressor Squadron, a move she requested in an April letter to the Subcommittee Chair and Ranking Republican and subsequently reinforced in a mid-July letter. As a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations subcommitee, Murkowski took the chance to once again lay out the wrongheaded proposal to … Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Wins Two-Year Reprieve from FCC on Universal Service Fund Changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After unrelenting pressure by the Alaska Congressional Delegation, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced it will be suspending cuts to small rural Alaska telecommunication companies for nearly two years. This suspension will finally force the FCC to reexamine how its new Universal Service Fund (USF) reforms will impact residents of Alaska. For the last two years the Alaska Congressional Delegation has written nearly a dozen letters to the FCC critical o… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Alaska Mobile Office Stops

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced her staff will visit select communities throughout Interior, Southcentral, and Southeast Alaska during the month of August in an effort to advance her engagement efforts and expand constituent outreach and response across the state. During mobile office hours members of Senator Murkowski's staff will meet with constituents and community leaders to collect casework requests and listen to concerns about issues and policies related to the f… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Alaska Natives Deserve “More Action Than Rhetoric” from Administration

WASHINGTON, DC - As the Obama administration prepares to convene its new White House Council on Native Affairs next week, Senator Lisa Murkowski is calling for it to pursue policies that are consistent with tribal self-determination - especially allowing tribes to determine the best methods to implement integrated economic policies to promote opportunities for Alaska Natives, rather than top-down guidelines from Washington, D.C. In a letter to the White House (attached), Senator Murkowski urged… Continue Reading


Murkowski: “Get Out and Play” for Ted Stevens Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today shared the following message with Alaskans in anticipation of the third annual Ted Stevens Day tomorrow, as she prepares to join Alaskans at community gatherings in Anchorage and Fairbanks this weekend: (Click the image above to view Senator Murkowski's remarks) "Happy Ted Stevens Day, Alaska! "This fourth Saturday of July, marks the third time that Alaskans from across the state will join together to "get out and play" in memory of the life and l… Continue Reading


Murkowski Continues Pushback Against Flawed Health Care Bill Through Appropriations Committee Votes

WASHINGTON, DC - With structural flaws, skyrocketing health care costs, cratering public support, and former Congressional supporters calling it a "train wreck" - in addition to a $684 million federally-funded advertising campaign scheduled for this fall selling the policy to Americans - Senator Lisa Murkowski today continued to support efforts to block the most controversial components of the Affordable Care Act. (ACA) The Appropriations Committee took up the FY 2014 Financial Services/General… Continue Reading


Murkowski Backs Park Service Off Its Flawed Fish Policy

WASHINGTON, DC - In an occasionally tense questioning of the National Park Service Director today, Senator Lisa Murkowski convinced him in his public comments to revise the agencies guidelines and take steps to allow wild Alaskan salmon and other wild Alaska seafood back on the concession stands of national parks nationwide. Two weeks ago, Senator Murkowski originally called attention to her problems with the National Park Service's flawed June decision to require high priced eco-endorsements f… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: Park Service Needs to Look at Alternative Funding for Maintenance Backlog

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today expressed her frustration with the National Park Service's (NPS) handling of their maintenance backlog, which they estimate to be up to $13 billion, during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing. (Click to play video.) "We are taking a very important step with today's hearing in starting the discussion about how to begin addressing the National Park Service's $13 billion maintenance backlog," Murkowski said. "This … Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes for Permanent Fix on Student Loan Rates

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted for a bipartisan bill, The Smarter Solutions for Students Act, to provide a permanent fix for all federal student loan rates by tying the rates to the U.S. Treasury's 10-year borrowing rate. The bill passed the U.S. Senate on a vote of 81-18. The bill also grants retroactive relief to new loans received in the brief July period after rates had doubled, and caps rates at certain limits for the duration of the loan. This is the second time in … Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation: Air Force Overlooking Several F-16 Impacts

Alaska Delegation: Air Force Overlooking Several F-16 Impacts Congressional Delegation Seeks Extra Time for Additional DEIS Input, Including Mountain View Community WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska's Congressional Delegation is reaching out to the United States Air Force and highlighting several additional concerns that need to be addressed as they conduct their Draft Environmental Impact Statement Review surrounding the proposed transfer of the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to … Continue Reading


Eielson Proposal is “Fire, Ready, Aim” Move

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski testified today before the Commission on the Structure of the Air Force - an independent panel designed by Congress to take a strategic view of the Air Force's future direction - and pushed back on the United States Air Force proposal to transfer the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and "warm base" Eielson. Taking place less than a mile from the Pentagon, Murkowski's presentation touched on the poten… Continue Reading


Murkowski Taking Eielson Argument Directly to Air Force Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski is testifying tomorrow before the Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, stressing the case that if the Department of Defense is truly changing its strategic focus towards the Pacific Rim, the Pentagon should not be considering any Alaskan actions that hinder the nation's defense. For over eighteen months, Murkowski has made the case that the United States Air Force proposal to transfer the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson AFB to Joint Base E… Continue Reading


Murkowski Co-Sponsors Pension Protection Effort for Rural Co-ops and Charities

Alaska Power Association, Girl Scouts Appreciate Bill Providing Pension Law Change WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski has joined a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues in introducing legislation designed to make it easier for charities and rural cooperatives to offer pension plans. The Cooperative and Small Employer Charity Pension Flexibility Act of 2013 (CSEC) would make permanent a provision exempting charities and rural cooperatives across the country from participating in the … Continue Reading


Alaska’s Needs Advanced, Approved by Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski succeeded today in pushing a wide range of Alaskan priorities through the Senate Appropriations process, as the provisions and funding levels that she successfully passed through two subcommittees on Tuesday were advanced and approved by the entire Appropriations Committee this morning. Those two bills included funding for fishery disasters, Coast Guard operations, icebreaker construction, firefighter grants, tsunami debris funding, prioritizing electroni… Continue Reading

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