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Alaska Delegation Welcomes Disaster Declaration for Interior

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today the Alaska Congressional Delegation commended the Administration's response in issuing a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska in areas of the Interior where Alaskans are still recovering from devastating damages caused by heavy spring floodwaters. The declaration comes only weeks after Senators Lisa Murkowski, Mark Begich and Congressman Don Young wrote in a letter to President Obama and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate t… Continue Reading


Murkowski: U.S. Army Cuts Send “Mixed Signals” to Last Frontier

Washington, dc - Senator Lisa Murkowski today shared the following response to the United States Army decision to cut Fort Richardson manpower while adding troops to Fort Wainwright - resulting in 342 fewer U.S. Army soldiers in Alaska: "Alaska supports our men and women in uniform, as well as our veterans who have served valiantly in defense of our nation. Our connection to the military community is why our entire state stands ready to step up now that the Pentagon has declared the Asia-Pacif… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes For Commerce Nominee Penny Pritzker

Washington, dc - Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted for Penny Priztker, President Obama's Nominee to head the Department of Commerce, issuing the following statement afterwards: "When I recently met with Ms. Pritzker, I was pleased to hear a woman willing to engage on a number of key Alaskan concerns - from Arctic development and fisheries issues to the use of electronic monitoring for small boats and the impact of Stellar sea lion restrictions on commercial fishermen. "Ms. Pritzker gave me ad… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Innovation Needed to Reverse Falling Timber Harvests

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today called on U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to take immediate steps to reverse declining timber harvests and return the Tongass National Forest to a working forest. (Click video for Sen. Murkowski's opening statement) Murkowski, the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, pressed Tidwell on the need to increase timber harvest in the Tongass to create jobs, stimulate local economies, and maintain the… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Comments on Administration’s Climate Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement in response to President Obama's speech on climate: "The central feature of the president's climate agenda is command-and-control regulations that will drive up energy costs for all Americans. This is exactly the opposite of what we should be seeking from our energy and environmental policies. "In the past several years, we've already seen substantial decreases in greenhouse gas emissions thanks to l… Continue Reading


Murkowski “Separation of Powers” Legal Challenge to Get Supreme Court Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - In what is being called "a major constitutional test of executive power," the United States Supreme Court today agreed to hear arguments on President Barack Obama's controversial recess appointments, an act requested last month by Senator Lisa Murkowski and her Republican Senate colleagues (attached). By appointing four different government officials to positions when the Senate was not in recess, the DC Court of Appeals ruled this practice "would demolish the checks and balanc… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Directs $50 Million for Cleanup of Abandoned Wells

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, this week won the support of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for legislation that would provide $50 million for the cleanup of abandoned federal oil wells on current and former National Petroleum Reserve lands. The energy panel on Tuesday approved the Helium Stewardship Act (S. 783), which is expected to generate $495 million over the next 10 years through the sale of crude helium from the Federal Helium Reserve. NPR-A Le… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Renewable Energy Grants for Alaska Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced the awarding of $178,000 in U.S. Forest Service grants for renewable energy projects to the Chilkoot Indian Association and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. The Woody Biomass Utilization Grants encourages the clearing of dead trees and other potential forest fire fuel from national forest lands to create renewable energy for heating and electricity, and protect communities and critical infrastructure from wildfires. Under the… Continue Reading


Murkowski’s Frankenfish Labeling Measure Passes Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today won a major battle in the war over genetically modified salmon on Capitol Hill in the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee - as the amendment she introduced (attached) to mandating that 'Frankenfish' are labeled passed out of committee. Leading up to the vote, Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) asked Murkowski if she wanted a vote on her amendment (audio here), to which Alaska's senior Senator responded "I do if I'll win" to laughter and th… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Young Invite Jewell to Glacier Bay National Park

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, joined together in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to call upon her expertise and experience in the tourism industry to find a solution to the concessioner contract situation that is threatening to shut down Glacier Bay Lodge and the accompanying Day Boat Tour operation. "Both the Lodge and Day Boat Tour are integral to the Gustavus economy," Murkowski and Young wrote. "What troubles us is that… Continue Reading


Anti-Obesity “Champion” Murkowski Targeting America’s Obesity Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In her continued effort to promote health in America through fitness and nutrition, Senator Lisa Murkowski today co-sponsored bipartisan, bicameral legislation to target the growing national obesity epidemic. The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act that Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced with Senator Murkowski - and in the House of Representative by Representatives Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ron Kind (D-WI) - would work to lower short- and long-term health care costs linked to o… Continue Reading


Murkowski’s Committee Work Reaps “Ten Point Plan” for Veterans Care

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today was pleased to address key Alaskan priorities for the state's military community through her work on the Military and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee - including an unprecedented attempt to address the vast backlog of veterans' benefits claims within the Veterans Administration (VA). In addition to getting the VA to better address its treatment of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) through adding language to the MilCon… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Applauds Passage of Bill to Rename Mount McKinley

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commended her colleagues on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for helping advance legislation to officially restore the nation's tallest peak, Mount McKinley, to its traditional Koyukon Athabascan name, Denali. The energy panel on Tuesday approved the measure by voice vote, clearing it for consideration by the full Senate. (Photo credit: National Parks Service) "In Alaska, we don't refer to it as Mount McKinley; we… Continue Reading


Energy Committee Advances 12 Lands, Energy Bills to Full Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today applauded her colleagues on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for advancing 12 energy and lands bills out of the panel for consideration by the full Senate. "It's important to acknowledge the work that has gone into these bills, as some have been worked on for many years," said Murkowski, the ranking Republican on the panel. "To be able get to a point where we can move these bills out on a bipartisan basis really says … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Delivered Keynote Address at EIA Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today delivered a keynote address during the Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s annual conference. The conference focused on current and future challenges facing domestic and international energy markets and policymakers. 2013 EIA Annual Conference Senator Lisa Murkowski June 18, 2013 "Good morning, and thank you, Adam, for that kind introduction. It is a true pleasure to be here. At this early hour I'm reminded of advice the Engl… Continue Reading


Murkowski Co-Sponsors Effort to Restrict Surveillance “Rubber Stamp”

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today joined a bipartisan effort to tighten the standards required for federal intelligence workers to be permitted to search through Americans' phone and/or Internet records - a practice recently dubbed "metadata surveillance." Murkowski's decade-long concern over surveillance activities have been borne out by recent reports that the government has collected millions of Americans' call data - who they are calling and for how long - as well as the appeara… Continue Reading


Murkowski Calls on White House to Expedite Disaster Funds for Alaskan Flood Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today wrote President Barack Obama to ensure Interior Alaskans recovering from receding spring flood waters and devastating damage are given the same federal assistance to help their communities recover as all others across the nation. In doing so, she stressed equal attention to Alaska's rural community needs, saying it would be wrong "to exclude these communities from individual assistance simply because they are small and remote." "This spring, whil… Continue Reading


Murkowski-Backed Measures Combating Sexual Assault Included in Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today expressed appreciation that language and provisions from a bill she co-sponsored to prevent military sexual assaults and protect victims has been included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) considered in the Senate Armed Services Committee this week. Key provisions from within bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Murkowski - the Combating Military Sexual Assault Act introduced by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Kelly Ayotte (… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Delivers Keynote Address on Geological Impacts of U.S. Tight Oil Boom

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today delivered the keynote address at the Bipartisan Policy Center's event, "The Geopolitical Impacts of the U.S. Tight Oil Boom: Implications for OPEC and the U.S. Strategic Posture." The event is the first of four the BPC will host on the geopolitics of petroleum and natural gas over the course of 2013. The Geopolitical Impacts of the U.S. Tight Oil Boom Sen. Lisa Murkowski June 12, 2013 "Thank you, Senator Domenici for that wonderfu… Continue Reading


Murkowski Chides Washington, D.C. Dictating Rural Education Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - There are at least fifteen different and distinct federal definitions of 'rural' in the U.S. government - eleven alone from an agricultural policy perspective - and today Senator Lisa Murkowski argued for more sensible policies to address America's rural regions that reflects the needs of the nation's less populated areas. This priority was a driving force in Murkowski introducing The Educational Accountability and State Flexibility Act, which would take power from Washington… Continue Reading

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