Press Releases

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11.17.09

Murkowski Announces Senate Approval of Funding for Alaska Projects in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Defense Department would spend nearly $336 million in military construction on Alaska's Army and Air Force installations in Fiscal Year 2010 under a $133.9 billion Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill approved today by the Senate, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The legislation now goes to a joint House-Senate conference committee to reconcile differences in each chamber's version … Continue Reading


11.17.09

Murkowski Says Action On Climate Change Must be Global

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today stressed that action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must be international in scope to truly address climate change. "Climate change mitigation must be a global effort to be effective, but progress on the international front has been slow and difficult," Murkowski said at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the international aspects of climate change. "Those who assume that others will follow if America acts … Continue Reading


11.16.09

Murkowski on Resignation of Federal Coordinator for Alaska Gasline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today thanked Drue Pearce for her service to Alaska and the nation in working to make a North Slope natural gas pipeline project a reality. The Obama administration on Monday announced it was replacing Pearce as Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects. Pearce was appointed to the position by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate in 2006. "Drue has long been a strong advocate for the gas pipeline and her co… Continue Reading


11.12.09

Murkowski Welcomes President Obama to Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his first visit to Alaska, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, sends her warm welcome to President Barack Obama: "I am pleased to see that our Commander in Chief, President Obama, is visiting Alaska today and spending time with the brave men and women of Alaska's military. I send my warm welcome to him as he visits our state for the first time and experiences Alaska's beauty and people. Due to a previous commitment, I will be unable to welcome the President in person, but … Continue Reading


11.10.09

Sen. Murkowski Issues Veterans Day Message

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement: "In Alaska we have the distinct pleasure and honor of having the largest per capita percentage of veterans of any state in the Union. We call them our neighbors, our co-workers, and our friends. Our communities benefit from the experience and expertise which they've brought home with them from their time in the service of our Nation. "As we reflect on the service o… Continue Reading


11.06.09

Murkowski Statement on Fort Hood Tragedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement regarding the mass shooting at Fort Hood: "My heart goes out to the victims of the horrible mass shooting at Fort Hood as well as their families. Alaska is fortunate to have some of the finest military installations in the world, so we in Alaska can identify and empathize with the Fort Hood community as it tries to deal with this senseless tragedy. To have such an incident occur at a military base on American … Continue Reading


11.05.09

Murkowski Announces Town Hall Meeting on Health Care in Chugiak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that she will hold a town hall meeting in Chugiak on health care reform next Wednesday, November 11, 2009, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Mirror Lake Middle School. "In my efforts to keep Alaskans informed about the health care debate in Washington, I will hold a health care town hall meeting in Chugiak next week," Sen. Murkowski said. "I continue to hear from Alaskans on this critical issue. The opportunity to share with my … Continue Reading


11.05.09

Murkowski Announces Senate Passage of Funding Bill That Includes Resources for Alaska Fisheries Research and Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a member of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill which includes a number of important projects for Alaska. The bill now goes to a joint House-Senate conference committee to reconcile differences in each chamber's version of the bill. "This bill provides important resources for fisheries research and manage… Continue Reading


11.04.09

Murkowski Statement on Unemployment Insurance Extension and Tax Relief Bill Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement on her vote in favor of an unemployment insurance extension and tax relief bill that passed the Senate today 98 - 0. "Like the rest of the nation, Alaska is seeing job losses as the result of the economic crisis," Murkowski said. "Recent data from the Alaska Department of Labor shows that 2,749 Alaskans would be eligible for unemployment benefits under the Senate-passed legislation. It is important to ensure t… Continue Reading


11.02.09

Ranking Republicans Seek Satisfactory Analysis of EPW Climate Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, all six ranking Republicans of the Senate committees with jurisdiction over portions of the "Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act" called for an analysis of the bill. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has announced plans to mark up the bill in the Environment and Public Works Committee starting tomorrow, despite concerns that a full accounting of the bill's projected impact on the nation's economy has not been completed. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, ranking member o… Continue Reading


10.30.09

Alaska Delegation Announces Grants to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants awarded to communities in the State of Alaska: U.S. Department of Agriculture: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the following nine communities will receive funds through the Rural Alaska Village Grant Program. According to Sec. Vilsack, these funds will "help improve water service, provide 21st century waste disposal system and continue our efforts to retire the use of 'honey buckets' … Continue Reading


10.30.09

Important Information for Military Families from TRICARE about H1N1 Immunizations

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Immunizations against the H1N1 virus will soon be available, and people are eager to take precautions. TRICARE Prime, Standard and Extra beneficiaries can get their shots from network and non-network providers without paying a deductible or making a co-payment. A temporary waiver allows non-active duty TRICARE Prime enrollees to get the H1N1 immunization from non-network providers without a referral or authorization, eliminating point-of-service charges. Prime enrollees will … Continue Reading


10.29.09

Murkowski Announces Interior Funding Bill Approved by Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a member of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the Senate passed a $32.24 billion Fiscal Year 2010 Interior and Environment Appropriations conference report. Following today's action, the bill will go to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. "This bill includes resources for key programs and projects in Alaska," said Murkowski. "I am pleased to see that the conference recognizes the import… Continue Reading


10.29.09

Alaska Lawmakers Call on Air Force Brass to Brief Delegation on Eielson Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Alaska congressional delegation today wrote to top Air Force officials requesting a briefing on why the Air Force dropped Eielson Air Force Base from a short list of potential installations to base the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The letter is attached. # # #… Continue Reading


10.29.09

Murkowski Disappointed in Air Force Decision Not to Base the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Eielson Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the Air Force made it known that Eielson Air Force Base has been removed from a short list of potential installations to base the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: "At this time last year Eielson was on a short list of six bases under consideration for the F-35. In fact, the Air Force had scheduled scoping meetings in the Interior in November 2008 to begin preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement … Continue Reading


10.28.09

Murkowski Cites Analysis that says Alaska Health Insurance Premiums Would Spike Under Senate Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said today that a large portion of Alaskans would see their health insurance premiums increase by as much as 161 percent under a Senate Finance Committee proposal that Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada could use to help craft a new massive health care overhaul measure. Reid has merged the Finance bill with another health care reform measure passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Reid has yet to unveil the n… Continue Reading


10.28.09

Legislation That Restores ATG Retirement Benefits and Ensures Fair Retirement Benefits for Federal Workers in Alaska Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite opposition from the Obama administration to restoring retirement benefits for Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG) members, President Obama today signed into law a wide-ranging defense bill that resumes payment of the retirement benefits, announced U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. The 2010 Fiscal Year Defense Authorization bill that Obama signed also will ensure pay and retirement equity for federal employees in Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. territories. "I have worked… Continue Reading


10.23.09

Murkowski Comments on Federal Review of Subsistence Management Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, made the following statement in response to Interior Secretary Salazar's announcement today that the Interior Department will begin a review of federal subsistence management in Alaska: "Subsistence is of critical importance, and I think the review announced today by Interior Secretary Salazar is appropriate. As the senior Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Interior Department, I… Continue Reading


10.23.09

CRS: America's Combined Energy Resources Largest on Earth

Washington, D.C.-Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released a preliminary government report today showing America's combined recoverable natural gas, oil, and coal endowment is the largest on Earth. America's recoverable resources, Congressional Research Service (CRS) shows, are far larger than those of Saudi Arabia (3rd), … Continue Reading


10.22.09

Murkowski Comments on Proposed Polar Bear Critical Habitat Designation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) proposal to designate 200,000 square miles in Alaska for polar bear critical habitat. The announcement opens a 60-day public comment period on the proposal. The polar bear was listed as threatened last year under the Endangered Species Act due to a loss of sea ice habitat caus… Continue Reading

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