Press Releases

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12.15.08

Murkowski responds to President-elect Barack Obama's energy team

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, welcomed the official announcement today of President-elect Barack Obama's energy team. "The incoming administration's choice of seasoned energy and environmental advisors demonstrates the seriousness with which the new president takes the challenges facing the country in simultaneously tackling climate change and energy security," Murkowski said. Sen. Murkowski, who is expected to be the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natura… Continue Reading


12.12.08

SEN. MURKOWSKI COMMENTS ON CHOICE OF FORMER SENATOR TOM DASCHLE AS HHS CABINET SECRETARY

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11.20.08

Alaska receives additional $9.5 million in PILT payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that the Department of the Interior is distributing an additional $9.5 million to Alaskan communities in compensation for taxes that could not be levied on federal lands in their jurisdictions during fiscal year 2008. The Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program provides monetary compensation to local governments that contain National Forests, Bureau of Land Management public lands, National Parks and other lands dedicate… Continue Reading


11.20.08

SEN. MURKOWSKI RECOGNIZES SEN. STEVENS’ SERVICE TO ALASKA

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11.12.08

MURKOWSKI WELCOMES NEW ASSESSMENT OF NORTH SLOPE METHANE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed a new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey indicating that up to an additional 157.8 trillion cubic feet of methane gas hydrates may be recoverable from Alaska's North Slope. The study adds urgency to efforts to get an Alaskan natural gas pipeline under construction. "This report improves the economics of an Alaskan natural gas pipeline, and may be key to keeping America from increasing its dependence on imported sourc… Continue Reading


11.10.08

SEN. LISA MURKOWSKI ISSUES VETERANS’ DAY MESSAGE

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11.04.08

SEN. MURKOWSKI’S STATEMENT ON BARACK OBAMA’S PRESIDENTIAL VICTORY

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10.27.08

SEN. LISA MURKOWSKI ON THE SEN. TED STEVENS VERDICT

SEN. LISA MURKOWSKI STATEMENT ON THE SEN. TED STEVENS VERDICT WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following statement regarding the conviction of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska: "Given today's verdict, it's a sad day indeed for Sen. Stevens and his family as well as for Alaska. Ted Stevens is an honorable, hard-working Alaskan who has served our state well for as long as we have been a state. It was clear that the prosecution blundered in several instan… Continue Reading


10.27.08

IRS Seeks to Return More Than One Million Dollars in Undeliverable Refunds

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10.24.08

SEN. MURKOWSKI ADDRESSES THE ALASKA FEDERATION OF NATIVES CONVENTION

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10.17.08

MURKOWSKI COMMENTS ON NOAA’S LISTING OF COOK INLET BELUGA AS ENDANGERED

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10.16.08

Murkowski welcomes increase in offshore oil and gas impact assistance for Alaska

Contact: Michael Brumas at 202.224.9301 or Anne Johnson at 202.224.8069 WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed news that Alaska's share of Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas impact assistance is increasing more than 10-fold for 2009-2010. Murkowski, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was one of several authors of a provision added to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that provided $250 million a year for four years to the five states … Continue Reading


10.02.08

Murkowski votes for economic rescue plan

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09.29.08

Sen. Murkowski introduces Sealaska land bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced S. 3651, legislation that would enable Sealaska Corporation, the regional Alaska Native Corporation for Southeast Alaska, to satisfy its remaining land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Estimates place Sealaska's remaining land entitlement at 65,000 to 85,000 acres. Murkowski introduced the bill, which was referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, to stimulate public comment. … Continue Reading


09.27.08

MURKOWSKI ANNOUNCES CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE OF NATIVE HOUSING BILL

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09.27.08

SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO HELP SAFEGUARD ALASKA SEAFOOD

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09.25.08

MURKOWSKI COMMENTS ON FINANCIAL STABILIZATION EFFORTS

I have heard from many Alaskans, and share their concern, regarding the Treasury's proposal to stabilize financial markets by allowing banks and other financial institutions to ask the federal government to purchase distressed mortgages and mortgage-related securities. In general, I do not believe taxpayers should be called upon to rescue financial institutions that made risky business decisions that resulted in financial loss. The financial crisis that we face today, however, is unprecedented a… Continue Reading


09.24.08

MURKOWSKI RECOGNIZES HEAD START MILESTONE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today marks a milestone for the federal Head Start program - a child from the District of Columbia will be recognized as the 25 millionth Head Start child to go through the program, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a strong advocate for early childhood education. "Providing children with the fundamental tools to sustain a lifetime of learning and healthy living is essential to ensuring their success in life," Murkowski said. "High-quality early education re… Continue Reading


09.24.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ALLOW DONATIONS TO VOLUNTEER PILOTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced legislation that would provide guidance to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding donations and reimbursement for pilots who volunteer their time to help a charity. "Volunteer pilots provide a great pubic benefit by facilitating free air transportation for needy patients, moving lifesaving tissue and organ donations, helping transport veterans for medical care, and by supporting community events like the Iditarod… Continue Reading


09.24.08

Senators Murkowski and Carper introduce bill to help Americans make smart and healthy choices when dining out

WASHINGTON (Sept. 25, 2008) - U.S. Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today introduced the Labeling Education and Nutrition Act (LEAN Act), which would provide consumers with the tools they need to make educated and healthy decisions when eating at restaurants and chain food establishments across the country. Today, more than 60% of American adults and 30% of American children suffer from obesity, which can lead to many chronic health risks, including diabetes, heart dis… Continue Reading

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