Press Releases

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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


06.16.09

Murkowski, Begich Announce Mobile Office Visits to Interior Alaska

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 Talkeetna, Healy, Anderson, Nenana, Delta Junction and Tok from June 22-26, 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 concerns about… Continue Reading


06.15.09

Murkowski Statement on Exxon Court Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, this evening issued the following statement after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Exxon Mobil Corporation to pay $507.5 million in punitive damages from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil disaster. In addition, the Court also ordered Exxon Mobil to pay 5.9 percent interest accrued from the 1996 trial judgment: "I am gratified by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to award interest to the plaintiffs of the Exxon Valdez… Continue Reading


06.12.09

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: $82,500 to the City of Kotzebue for the preliminary cost and analysis associated with the preparation of a preliminary engineering and environmental report for a proposed new water treatment plan. $528,860 to the City of Bethel for preliminary cost and analysis associated with the preparing of applicati… Continue Reading


06.11.09

Murkowski Applauds Major Disaster Declaration for Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration has declared a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska, a move that triggers the release of federal funds to help individuals and communities recover from extensive and widespread flooding that began on April 28, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced tonight. "The disaster declaration is welcome news for families living in communities such as Eagle, Stevens Village and Tanana which were hard hit by this spring's flooding," Murkow… Continue Reading


06.11.09

Secretary Shinseki Tells Sen. Murkowski VA Will Work to Improve Healthcare Access for Veterans in Rural Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki today acknowledged to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski that Alaska's unique geography makes it difficult to provide VA healthcare access to veterans in rural Alaska but he pledged to find ways to remedy the situation. "Geography in the United States by definitions used in the VA has three categories - urban, rural and highly rural," Shinseki said. "I'm not sure what category we use for those areas where there are no roads and you can't g… Continue Reading


06.11.09

Murkowski responds to TransCanada-Exxon announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the announcement that Exxon Mobil and TransCanada have agreed to work together to advance construction of a natural gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope to Lower 48 consumers. "A deal between TransCanada and Exxon is a major sign of progress toward our shared goal of commercializing Alaska's vast natural gas reserves," Murkowski said. "While a lot of work remains to be done, this brings us one step closer to bringing jo… Continue Reading


06.10.09

Senators, Public Health Community & Restaurant Industry Reach Historic Agreement to Provide Nutrition Information at Chain Restaurants

WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan coalition of senators on the Senate healthcare committees, as well as numerous public health organizations and the restaurant industry today announced an agreement that would require chain restaurants to list calories on their menus and menu boards. The compromise combines key elements of the Menu Education and Labeling (MEAL) Act, sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and the Labeling Education and Nutrition (LEAN) Act, sponsored by Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) … Continue Reading


06.08.09

Sen. Murkowski Thanks the Humane Society for Aiding Sled Dogs in Rural Alaska Affected by Recent Flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today thanked the Humane Society of the United States for its work in addressing the plight of hungry sled dogs affected by the recent flooding throughout Alaska. As a result of ice jams along the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers that caused extensive flooding during this year's spring melt, dog food caches and fish wheels were damaged or destroyed. In coordination with the Humane Society, Hill's Pet Nutrition is supplying the food for the sle… Continue Reading


06.06.09

Murkowski Announces Gas Line Provisions in Energy Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has won acceptance from her colleagues on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for several major provisions beneficial to Alaska's efforts to see a pipeline built to deliver North Slope natural gas to Lower 48 markets. Murkowski, the ranking Republican on the energy committee, and Chairman Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., have agreed to include the provisions in the base text of a comprehensive energy bill that's expected to pass the… Continue Reading


06.05.09

Murkowski Welcomes Summer Interns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, this week welcomed her first group of summer interns to her Washington, D.C., office. These young Alaskans will observe both the operations of a fast-paced Senate office and the legislative process from an up close view. For the first summer session, running June 1-26, 2009, Murkowski has welcomed Desmond Cole of Fairbanks; Caitlin Baalke, Soldotna; Noah Fields, Kodiak; Maggie Hepler, Eagle River; Hanna Kim, Anchorage; Emma Roemhildt, C… Continue Reading


06.04.09

Murkowski Wins Amendments to RES Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today voiced opposition to a one-size-fits-all national renewable mandate that excludes existing emissions-free energy technology, such as hydro and nuclear power. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today marked up a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that would require utilities to generate 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2021. Murkowski, the committee's top Republican, said she opposes the pl… Continue Reading


06.04.09

Murkowski RES Amendments Benefit Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today secured several key provisions beneficial to Alaska in a proposed national renewable electricity standard (RES). The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee marked up an RES measure crafted by the majority that would require utilities to generate 15 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by 2021.Utilities that sell less than 4 million megawatt hours annually would be exempt from the mandate. The RES is part of… Continue Reading


06.04.09

Murkowski, Begich Announce Mobile Office Visit to Prince William Sound

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 Glennallen, Copper Center, Valdez, Cordova and Whittier from June 10 - 15, 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 concerns about … Continue Reading


06.03.09

Senator Murkowski Introduces Alaska Aviation Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), today introduced legislation designed to protect and improve important aviation programs in Alaska, including an exemption that would allow the Iditarod Air Force to accept cost deferments for flying in support of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Murkowski's bill, the Alaska Omnibus Aviation Improvement Act (S.1170), was introduced in advance of Senate consideration of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill during… Continue Reading


06.01.09

Murkowski Reminds Alaskans of New Law Concerning Passports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Due to a new law taking effect today that greatly impacts Alaskans, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, urged Alaskans to apply for a U.S. Passport or a U.S. Passport Card as soon as possible if they travel regularly to and from Canada. The new law, known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), requires that all U.S. citizens present a valid U.S. Passport or passport card when traveling to and from the United States. This presents unique challenges for Alaskans… Continue Reading

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