Press Releases

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07.08.09

Murkowski, Begich Announce Mobile Office Visits to the Kenai Peninsula

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska, and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, today announced that members of their staffs will visit the communities of Seward, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing, Kenai, Soldotna, Ninilchik and Homer July 13-17, 2009. Congressional staff hold mobile office hours in Alaska in order to meet with constituents and community leaders. During their mobile office hours, staff from each office will be available to take casework requests and listen to constituent conce… Continue Reading


07.06.09

Murkowski Announces 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 a Senate subcommittee, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a member of the panel. The legislation now goes to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. The bill, approved by the Military Construc… Continue Reading


07.03.09

Sen. Murkowski Comments on Gov. Palin's Decision to Step Down

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following statement after Gov. Sarah Palin's announcement that she plans to step down as governor later this month. "I am deeply disappointed that the Governor has decided to abandon the State and her constituents before her term has concluded." Sen. Murkowski is in interior Alaska and communicating via satellite phone and is unavailable for follow up questions. She will be available on Monday afternoon.… Continue Reading


07.02.09

Delegation Announces Grants and Contracts to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants and contracts awarded to communities in the State of Alaska: U.S. Department of the Army: · $7,175,837 to Goldbelt Cedar, LLC of Juneau. Goldbelt has been awarded a contract to construct a tactical wheeled vehicle repair facility at Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas. · $41,292,586 to B.I.N.L., Incorporated for construction of privately owned vehicle stora… Continue Reading


06.27.09

Waxman-Markey Not a Solution to Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today expressed concern with passage of the Waxman-Markey climate change bill and criticized the process by which it was considered in the House of Representatives. "This bill was forced through the House in a process designed to minimize open, transparent debate and preclude a thorough analysis of what the bill actually does," Murkowski said. "Elected o… Continue Reading


06.26.09

Delegation Announces Grants and Contracts to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants and contracts awarded to communities in the State of Alaska: U.S. Department of Agriculture: · $19,650 to the City of Hughes for a preliminary cost and analysis associated with the preparation of a preliminary engineering and environmental report for a proposed water and sewer system improvement project. · $59,085 to the Homer Society of Natural History, Inc. (Doing Bu… Continue Reading


06.26.09

Murkowski, Begich Ask Obama Administration to Clarify Ruling Affecting Small Business Set-Aside Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich today asked the Obama administration to clarify that a recent federal circuit court ruling on the Small Disadvantaged Business program at the Defense Department does not apply to Alaska Native Corporations, 8a and other such small business set-aside categories. In November 2008 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the Small Disadvantaged Business program at the Department of Defense is unconstitutiona… Continue Reading


06.25.09

Sen. Murkowski Elected to Senate Republican Leadership Team

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today was elected unanimously by her fellow Republican senators Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, the fifth-highest party leadership position in the United States Senate. "It is an honor to be elected to the Senate Republican leadership team, and I greatly appreciate the trust and confidence my colleagues have placed in me," said Murkowski, who ran unopposed. "As the only West Coast senator on the leadership team, this p… Continue Reading


06.24.09

Murkowski Announces Funding for Alaska Projects in the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a member of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced subcommittee approval of a number of important projects for Alaska in the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill. Following today's action by the subcommittee, the bill goes to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration. "This bill provides important resources for fisheries research and management, extended continenta… Continue Reading


06.23.09

Murkowski Announces Funding for Alaska Projects in the Interior, the Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a member of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced subcommittee approval of a number of important projects for Alaska in the Fiscal Year 2010 Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill. Following today's action by the subcommittee, the bill goes to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration. "This bill includes resources for key programs … Continue Reading


06.23.09

Delegation Reacts to Report on General Aviation Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Alaska Delegation responded today to a recent finding by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security that General Aviation poses little risk to aircraft security. In a report entitled "TSA's (Transportation Security Administration) Role in General Aviation Security," the Inspector General's office concluded, "We determined that general aviation presents only limited and mostly hypothetical threats to security." The report notes that TSA and the … Continue Reading


06.23.09

Murkowski Appointed to Naval Academy Board of Visitors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has been appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors. Similar to a college board of trustees, the Board oversees a number of areas impacting cadets at the Academy and provides recommendations for improvements. As part of the Academy's Board, Murkowski will join other appointed individuals responsible for examining the state of Academy morale and discipline, the curriculum, instruction, physical equipment and fiscal affairs of … Continue Reading


06.22.09

Murkowski Requests Funding for Over-extended Abused Women's Shelter in Anchorage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today called on the head of the Justice Department's Violence Against Women office to provide up to $552,000 to help the Abused Women's Aid in Crisis, or AWAIC, shelter in Anchorage cope with serious over-capacity. In a letter to Catherine Pierce, acting director of the department's Office of Violence Against Women, Murkowski said the Anchorage AWAIC is in "critical need" of $552,000 for additional staffing to meet the needs of domestic … Continue Reading


06.22.09

Murkowski Applauds Kensington Mine Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court's decision reaffirming the validity of Coeur Alaska's permit to dispose of mine tailings at the Kensington gold mine near Juneau. "I've long agreed with all of the federal agencies that had reviewed the Kensington plan, that it was environmentally, the best option," Murkowski said. "Now the Supreme Court has found that it's 100 percent compliant with the law." The high court ruled Monday that t… Continue Reading


06.19.09

Delegation Announces Grants and Contracts to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants and contracts awarded to communities in the State of Alaska: U.S. Department of Transportation: · $2,141,950 to the City of Kenai in order to rehabilitate the aircraft aprons for the Kenai Municipal Airport, Kenai, Alaska. · $21,000,000 to the State of Alaska/Department of Transportation & Public Facilities in order to construct the new airport in the comm… Continue Reading


06.19.09

Murkowski Responds to Change at U.S. Forest Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee which oversees the U.S. Forest Service, responded to Wednesday's announcement that Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell was retiring immediately, to be replaced by Regional Forester Tom Tidwell. Murkowski, who became acquainted with Kimbell when Kimbell was the forest supervisor of the Stikine area of the Tongass National Forest in Petersburg, Alaska, thanked Kimbell for her ye… Continue Reading


06.18.09

Murkowski Gets New Appropriations Subcommittee Assignment - Homeland Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, will have a greater supervisory role over the United States Coast Guard as a result of moving onto the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee. With the recent party switch of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Murkowski rotated off the Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee and onto Homeland Security which, in addition to the Coast Guard, also oversees the Department of Homeland Security… Continue Reading


06.18.09

National Energy Bill Beneficial to Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today approved new national energy legislation that will provide a number of benefits to energy development in Alaska. The American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009, which passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee by a 15-to-8 vote, boosts the federal loan guarantee for a North Slope natural gas pipeline to Alaska and Lower 48 markets to $30 billion, plus inflation. It also allows the use of the Federal Financing … Continue Reading


06.18.09

Murkowski Donates Senate Computers to Alaska Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that five Alaska schools will receive a shipment of surplus computers from the United States Senate. Schools in Hoonah, Kake, Metlakatla, Nome and Pelican will each receive five computers from the United States Senate's Computers for Schools Program. "These computers will provide a substantial boost to the learning and teaching taking place in these communities," Murkowski said. "I am pleased to once again be able to prov… Continue Reading


06.17.09

Against All Odds: Energy Bill Includes Production

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today voted in favor of passing a comprehensive energy bill to improve the nation's energy system. The American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009 will enhance energy efficiency, boost investment in renewable energy, open promising new areas in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas production, inventory offshore resources, aid construction of a natural gas pipeline from Alaska, improve the nation's aging transmission grid and reaffirm the n… Continue Reading

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