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Senators Murkowski, Wyden Wrap Up Energy Tour of Alaska

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Lisa Murkowski and Ron Wyden (D-OR) wrapped up a wide-ranging, bipartisan tour of Alaska's energy resources today, as part of an ongoing study of energy-producing regions of the United States. Senator Wyden made the trip at the invitation of Senator Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Depending on how the 2012 elections impact the political balance of the Senate, either Murkowski or Wyden is poised to be the committee's ne… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Backs Parnell Request For Federal Fisheries Disaster Declaration on Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Runs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Concerned with low Chinook salmon returns throughout the state, the Alaska Congressional delegation today wrote to Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank in support of Alaska Governor Sean Parnell's request for a disaster declaration for the Upper Cook Inlet region. This letter (attached) of support comes after Governor Parnell requested federal assistance to address the immediate needs of fishermen and businesses that depend on the fisheries in the Kenai, Susitna and oth… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Protests Administration Decision to Lockup 11.8 Million Acres of Petroleum Reserve

WASHINGTON,D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) today sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar protesting a proposed land management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) that represents the largest land withdrawal by the federal government in decades. If allowed to stand, the Interior Department's decision to place half of the 23.5 million acre petroleum reserve under special protection status would block ac… Continue Reading


Murkowski Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Attu Invasion, Village Sacrifice

WASHINGTON,D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski this week traveled with U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo to Alaska's Aleutian Islands - including to Attu - to dedicate apermanent memorial that honors the sacrifice of the Attu villagers on the 70th anniversary of Attu being invaded by Japanese troops. Sen. Murkowski with Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo at the Attu Village 70th Anniversary Memorial (Click image or HERE for video of the dedication, click HERE for photo gallery) On Sunday, Jun… Continue Reading


Sen. Wyden to Tour Alaska Energy Facilities at Invitation of Sen. Murkowski

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will spend the weekend showing Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) around Interior and Southcentral Alaska to discuss energy and public lands policies with her colleague on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The senators will hold media availabilities in Chena, Kenai and Anchorage while they are in Alaska. The visit, which begins in Fairbanks on Saturday, is an opportunity for Sen. Murkowski to acquaint Sen. Wyden with Alaska's vast and var… Continue Reading


Murkowski Honors New Generation of Heroes with ‘Veteran Spotlight’ on National Airborne Day

In honor of National Airborne Day, Senator Lisa Murkowski today released the Veteran Spotlight of Paul Shirey, an Army infantry veteran living in Eagle River, Alaska who was inspired to join the Army after 9/11 and did tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. In a compelling and honest Veteran Spotlight interview, Paul recounts his experiences while serving with the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division based at Fort Richardson. Paul served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanist… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Hold an “Alaskan Bottom Line of Health Care Reform” Event

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski is holding an "Alaskan Bottom Line of Health Care Reform" in Anchorage tomorrow, August 15th 2012, and will live web-stream the event to all Alaskans at www.Murkowski.Senate.Gov . The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 28th,2012, with the justices ruling the controversial individual mandated was only legal as a tax. According to research by one of the nation's largest health insurance providers, the ACA imposes more t… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Criticizes Administration’s Decision to Lock Up Millions of Acres of Petroleum Reserve

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following comment regarding the Obama administration's decision to unilaterally ban oil and natural gas exploration in half of the 23.5 million acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. "Today, The Obama administration picked the most restrictive management plan possible," Murkowski said. "The environmentally sensitive Teshekpuk Lake area was already under a 10-year deferral for additional study, but this alternative goes vas… Continue Reading


Murkowski Mourns the Death of Al Adams

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski was saddened today to hear of the death of former Alaskalegislator Al Adams. Adams, 70, passed away this morning at his home surrounded by his family. "Throughout his career, Al was a leader in the Alaska Native community, in the Alaska State Legislature and as an Alaskan statesman," said Sen. Murkowski. "Al will be remembered for his many accomplishments but also for his quick wit, keen insights and unyielding commitment to working for what was best f… Continue Reading


Murkowski Responds to Romney’s Selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Running Mate

WASHINGTON, DC - Mitt Romney today announced he has selected Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his vice presidential running mate. Senator Lisa Murkowski had the following reaction to the news: "America needs bold and intelligent problem solvers to put our nation on a sound path for the future and restore the people's trust. "With an accomplished background as one of the brightest and most visionary economic minds on Capitol Hill, Governor Romney's selection of Representative Paul Ryan is a … Continue Reading


Murkowski Encouraged by Increased Tribal Consultation Announcement

Just weeks after Senator Murkowski urged the Obama Administration to follow through on the federal government's commitments and fulfill the expectations surrounding tribal consultation - as well as the need for promises to Alaska's First People to be kept - she welcomed the news that the Department of Interior is revising its consultation framework, providing a greater role for Alaska Native Corporations to be involved in federal decisions affecting them and their Native shareholders. Senator M… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Visit Ketchikan, Introduce Sonia Henrick on Friday

Senator Murkowski will host an open house at her Ketchikan office this Friday to meet with Alaskans and also introduce Sonia Henrick - her recently hired Southeast Alaska Representative. Senator Murkowski is spending much of August visiting many areas to spend time with Alaskans and hear their concerns. "As a born-and-raised Ketchikan resident, Sonia's network of friends and contacts in Ketchikan is extensive," said Murkowski. "But I want everyone in the First City to come and to see first-ha… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Share the “Alaskan Bottom Line of the Health Care Law”

Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced she will hold an "Alaskan Bottom Line of Health Care Law" panel discussion in Anchorage next Wednesday morning. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28th, 2012, with the justices ruling the controversial individual mandate is legal - but only as a tax. According to research by one of the nation's largest health insurance providers, the ACA imposes more than $340 million in new taxes on Alaskans including a "Cadillac t… Continue Reading


Senators Tour Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf

U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp, for a tour in Cold Bay today of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf. The Bertholf is part of the Coast Guard's Arctic Shield operation which will be in full operation as Shell moves toward drilling in the Arctic this summer. "Touring the Bertholf… Continue Reading


Murkowski Brings U.S. Senate Hearing to Kodiak Hangar

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a U.S. Senate field hearing at U.S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Mary Landrieu (D-LA) discussed the imperative needs of the Coast Guard in northern waters with four witnesses and an audience gathered at Base Support Unit Hanger 3. Senator Murkowski opened by highlighting the commitment level of the Coast Guard, who are continuously asked to guard more of Alaska's waters as ice recedes and wi… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Hoeven Tout Benefits of Alaska Energy Production

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) this weekend inspected the nation's third-largest oil producing region during a two-day tour of northern Alaska. Murkowski, the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Hoeven, one of the committee's most active members, viewed North Slope facilities on state-owned land responsible for producing 13 percent of the nation's oil. "As the Arctic becomes more accessible and world… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: Process Matters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of allowing a full and open amendment process when considering legislation to improve the nation's cybersecurity defenses. The Senate on Thursday voted against advancing the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, after the Majority Leader refused to allow members to offer amendments. Instead, Murkowski and a number of other Senate ranking members have introduced the SECURE IT Act, which takes a more … Continue Reading


USS Ted Stevens, the Next Naval Warship

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearing the midpoint between two major remembrances of Ted Stevens' life and legacy, the United States Appropriations Committee recommended that the next United States Navy warship be named after the Alaskan of the 20th Century, as they met and approved the 2013 defense appropriations bill. The provision placing a "strategic pause" on all Air Force structure changes and relocation efforts that Senator Murkowski supported out of subcommittee earlier this week was also maintain… Continue Reading


Murkowski Urges Federal Action on Tsunami Debris

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today stressed to the federal government that "we need to act now" and begin addressing the national problem of tsunami debris approaching the Pacific shore. In a speech delivered on the U.S. Senate floor, Murkowski discussed the urgency of action and a comprehensive plan for the national problem. (Click here for the entire floor speech) Senator Murkowski has also recommended to the White House that a task force be formed among related bureaus and age… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Working Group Members Comment on Nuclear Waste Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The members of the U.S. Senate bipartisan working group addressing the backend of the nation's nuclear fuel cycle - Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) - today released the following statement in response to the introduction of S. 3469 by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.): "Sen. Bingaman's bill makes substantial progress toward a long-term solution to the disposal of spent nuclear fuel. Its strengths are that it creates a single, accounta… Continue Reading

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