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Murkowski Launches "Eielson Closing Argument" Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Though the Eielson F-16 public hearings around Alaska have concluded, Senator Lisa Murkowski wants every concerned Alaskan to know the comment period doesn't end until March 1st. Unfortunately, the Air Force has not set up any online system for collecting public comments. In an effort to give every concerned Alaskan a direct line to the Pentagon before the deadline, Senator Murkowski today is launching the "Eielson Closing Argument" project to compile viewpoints before deliv… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: Meeting with USFWS on King Cove Access Road “Unsatisfactory”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Thursday met with top officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the agency's opposition to a land exchange that would provide emergency road access for the people of King Cove, Alaska. Murkowski, who met with USFWS Alaska Regional Director Geoff Haskett and USFWS Director Dan Ashe in her Washington, D.C. Senate office, called the meeting "unsatisfactory." "I am now even more concerned that the Fish and Wildlife Service simply… Continue Reading


Murkowski Urges President Obama to Approve Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the top Republican on the United States Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski recently participated in a Senate floor conversation focused on energy and pressured President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline - pointing out how projects like this are consistent with her recently-released national energy blueprint: Energy 20/20. The colloquy was led by Senator John Hoeven, R-ND and included a bipartisan group of eight senators. (Clic… Continue Reading


Murkowski Fighting to Improve Alaska, National Housing Market

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski has introduced an important bill with a diverse, bipartisan group of Senate colleagues designed to help potential homebuyers get out of 'limbo' when considering a short sale property. Murkowski was joined by five Senators from both sides of the aisle in an effort to fix the lengthy closing process associated with short-sales - where banks are called on to approve offers on properties where sellers owe more on their mortgage than the selling price. "For … Continue Reading


Murkowski Pushes Senate Panel on “Enormously Disruptive” Alaskan Impacts of Sequestration

WASHINGTON, DC - With $85 billion in across-the-board federal cuts set to begin on March 1st, Senator Lisa Murkowski today pressed administration officials about the rationale being used and attempted to get hard specifics about where those cuts will be made. In a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee - one which Murkowski had asked the Committee Chairs to hold - Murkowski used the opportunity to prod the witnesses to give more details or explain their process. Senator Murkowski opene… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Hagel Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today released the following statement after she voted to end debate and proceed to a final vote on Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel: "I recognize that many of my Republican colleagues have unanswered questions about Chuck Hagel and I understand their reasoning for not advancing this to a 'yes or no' vote. Given the fact he was moved out of committee just two days ago - and on a party line vote - I don't believe it was unreasonable … Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Extension of Frankenfish Comment Period

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today welcomed a Food and Drug Administration decision to extend the 60-day comment period on genetically engineered salmon through April 26th - ensuring that the concerns of countless Alaskans and hundreds of fish, consumer, environmental and religious groups will have a full chance to be heard. Murkowski, long an opponent of "Jurassic Park"-style DNA splicing of 'Frankenfish," has worked with a Coastal Coalition of Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Ocean S… Continue Reading


Murkowski: State of the Union Speech a Disappointment

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski tonight responded to President Obama's State of the Union address in a thorough critique she shared with Alaskans, where she discussed the President's numerous suggestions and initiatives. (Senator Murkowski comments on State of the Union Address) Senator Murkowski on the President's lack of economic focus: (:28 -1:00) "I was disappointed. I have stated that the number one issue for us as a Congress and as a nation is to get our fiscal affairs in or… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Comments on President’s Energy Security Trust

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commented on the Energy Security Trust that President Obama proposed in last night's State of the Union: "There is an idea I may agree with in the president's State of the Union address - an Energy Security Trust. I proposed this idea in my Energy 20/20 blueprint that I released last week. Under my Advanced Energy Trust Fund proposal, new production on previously-closed federal lands could provide a substantial source of new revenue … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Comments on Executive Order on Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement in response to President Obama's executive order on cybersecurity: "I understand that the executive order emphasizes a partnership with the owners and operators of critical infrastructure to improve cybersecurity protections. That's good but the details will define where we are headed. "Because information technology is changing at such a quick pace and cyber threats are also evolving at breakneck sp… Continue Reading


Violence Against Women Act Bill Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted in support of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill that she co-sponsored, adding that the legislation is now at a critical juncture as it heads to the House of Representatives. The bill resoundingly passed on a bipartisan basis, 78-22. The bill reauthorizes the landmark Violence Against Women Act which was enacted nearly two decades ago, strengthens and improves existing programs that assist victims and survivors of dome… Continue Reading


Murkowski Keeps Top Republican Position on Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced that she is retaining her Ranking Member status on the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee - where she will have a critical seat at the negotiating table to set the funding priorities for an enormous range of Alaskan-related policy areas. In her position of Ranking Member, she will work directly with both Senate and House Chairmen, as well as the Administration to craft each year's final bill. The Subcommittee holds responsibility for th… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: America’s Abundance of Natural Gas Holds Great Economic Promise

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today stressed the importance of a thoughtful approach to dealing with issues affecting natural gas during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the topic. (Click photo for full video of the opening statement.) "Without a doubt, the new technology that we're seeing has enabled a natural gas boom that has changed our energy landscape and the outlook for our economy," Murkowski said. "Natural gas is now an abundant, affordable, … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Calls on White House, Interior to Approve King Cove Access Road

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today sent letters to President Obama and Vice President Biden urging them to reverse a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision opposing a land exchange that would provide emergency road access for the people of King Cove, Alaska. "I could not feel more strongly that the Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision was wrong, and that if allowed to stand it would have grave consequences for the people of King Cove," Murkowski wrote in the le… Continue Reading


Murkowski Urges Senate Action on Violence Against Women Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski took to the United States Senate floor for the second time in two consecutive Senate workdays, urging her colleagues to pass the important Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill that will continue support efforts and programs nationwide to combat and police domestic violence. Last Thursday, Murkowski opened her remarks focused on the Interior Department's controversial Izembek decision by asking her colleagues to advance the important VAW… Continue Reading


With Murkowski Seeking Answers, Senate Appropriations Committee Schedules Sequestration Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - A week after Senator Lisa Murkowski urged the heads of the Senate Appropriations Committee to get clarity on the looming threat of sequestration and undefined across-the-board federal cuts, a hearing today was scheduled for next Thursday where Cabinet officials will present their spending plans. With $85 billion in indiscriminate cuts to many federal agencies set to begin on March 1st, there has been little solid information shared by the administration on how these cuts will b… Continue Reading


Murkowski Urges Secretary of State Kerry to Maintain American Leadership, Momentum in Arctic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today reached out to new Secretary of State John Kerry, asking him to prioritize America's Arctic engagement as his predecessor did, with Murkowski becoming the first U.S. Senator to participate in the Arctic Parliamentarians' conference in 2011 with former Secretary of State Clinton - making a high-profile national commitment to Arctic issues. In a letter to the Department of State (attached), Senator Murkowski calls upon expanded U.S. leadership in a … Continue Reading


Murkowski Co-Sponsors Frankenfish, Pirate Fishing Fights

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today joined two Senate colleagues in introducing a number of bills that would protect Alaska's fishing industry from foreign and domestic threats in the form of illegal fishing and Genetically Engineered Fish, including GE salmon known as "Frankenfish." "We have scientists splicing fish DNA with an antifreeze-like chemical compound and considering feeding that to Americans," said Murkowski. "That kind of idea didn't work out so well in 'Jurassic Park' … Continue Reading


Murkowski to Interior: Respect the Lives of Alaskans First

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate demanding that the Secretary of the Interior put the health and safety of Alaskans above the inconvenience of migrating birds when deciding whether a land exchange, involving the Izembek National Refuge, that would grant the residents of King Cove limited road access to emergency medical care was in the public interest. Click to watch video clip of Sen. Murkowski's floor speech on t… Continue Reading


Murkowski on USPS Saturday Service Cancellation

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today responded to the United States Postal Service's decision to stop delivering to street addresses all mail but packages on Saturdays as the financially-challenged service tries to cut costs: "Last year the United States Postal Service lost 16 billion dollars, with more and more Americans relying on e-mail, texting and online billpay - so the time has come to reevaluate how they do things. Even the Social Security Administration, which began phasing … Continue Reading

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