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Murkowski Wins Approval of Alaska-Related Energy Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today won approval from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for two lands bills that will help facilitate energy projects in Alaska. The committee, on which Murkowski is the ranking member, passed legislation that would allow construction of a natural gas pipeline along the Parks Highway on the border of Denali National Park, and a small land exchange in the park to allow the National Park Service to permit the constructio… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Review Questions Constitutionality of Bypass Mail Challenge

Senator Lisa Murkowski today welcomed a Congressional Research Service (CRS) analysis she requested on the Constitutionality of a provision to require the State of Alaska to pay the cost of bypass mail - as a Senate Committee considered wide-ranging postal reforms. On the heels of the analysis being released, the bipartisan postal reform bill passed out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee without an amendment to charge Alaska for bypass mail. The CRS analysis det… Continue Reading


Increasing List of Federal Regulations Drag on Economy

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski today took to the Senate floor to speak in favor of overturning two new federal regulations that threaten the economy at a time when the country can least afford it. Murkowski said she would support resolutions of disapproval against the Federal Communications Commission's Internet and Broadband rule and the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. "One of the key ways to create real jobs is by getting the federal government … Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes News of Veteran Virtual Career Fair

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today shared her appreciation with the Department of Veterans Affairs' decision to hold a national virtual job fair this Thursday, the day before America observes Veterans Day. "Alaska's veteran community is the highest per capita in the nation and they're spread across the state, requiring flying or driving great distances to seek job opportunities," said Murkowski. "This event lets those Alaskans with Internet access point and click their way to the … Continue Reading


Murkowski: Proposed Lease Plan a Positive Sign

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement in response to the Obama administration's release of its five-year offshore leasing plan for 2012-2017: "The lease sales the administration has proposed in the coming five years are a positive sign for our energy security. While the administration has not opened any new areas to leasing, I'm encouraged that they are moving forward with offering sales in both the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. Leasing is o… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Economics Should Determine Market for U.S. Natural Gas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today expressed her view that local and world economics should guide the potential exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States. Murkowski made her comments during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the issue Tuesday. "Not long ago, we feared that large-scale LNG imports would be necessary to meet our domestic demand," Murkowski said. "Suddenly, we have a considerable supply of natural gas, which can help… Continue Reading


Alaska’s Proposed Military Postal Closures Based on “Data from the Clinton Administration”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski questioned the United States Postal Service's decision-making process behind the proposed closure of the Eielson Air Force Base, Fort Wainwright and Elmendorf Air Force Base post offices. In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, she pointed out that not only is the USPS using 17-year old population data to make the determination, but also that both Fairbanks locations made money last year, calling the entire process' accuracy into question. Se… Continue Reading


Murkowski To Hold “Tele-Town Hall” on Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced that she is holding an extra town hall this Thursday evening, via phone, on the economic challenges facing the nation and to hear from Alaskans who weren't able to make it to her three town halls in late October. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction - 12 members of Congress are tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in savings over the next decade - are currently reviewing all federal programs with a November 23rd deadline. This … Continue Reading


Delegation Welcomes Cook Inlet Natural Gas Discovery by Escopeta

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Alaska congressional delegation today welcomed Escopeta Oil's discovery of an estimated 3.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in Cook Inlet as a critical step in exploring Cook Inlet and vindication of the congressional delegation's efforts to address Jones Act issues related to the company's use of a foreign-flagged vessel to deliver a specialized drilling rig to Alaska. The discovery is good news for Southcentral residents, who face rising utility bills because of dec… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes New Alaska Communications Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced Alaskan journalist Andrea Gusty is joining her staff as the Communications Director for Alaska. "Andrea is going to be a tremendous help in keeping Alaskans connected to the work of my office in Washington, DC, -- and vice versa," Murkowski said. "She has been serving Alaska for years through her reporting, and her commitment to the issues facing our state will continue in her new role." Originally from Aniak, Gusty comes to Sen. Murkow… Continue Reading


Murkowski: EPA Should Aid Fairbanks in Meeting New Air Quality Requirements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, sent a letter this week to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson urging her to reconsider the agency's refusal to provide grant assistance to the Fairbanks North Star Borough to meet new particulate matter standards (PM 2.5) for air quality. "In a community where electricity costs more than twice the national average; where the EPA has dragged its feet in permitting the restart of the Healy clean coal power plant; and … Continue Reading


Murkowski “Cautiously Optimistic” in Bypass Mail Battle

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today applauded the fact that the bipartisan postal reform bill introduced this week by members of the Senate committee with jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service - which does not make changes to the U.S. Postal Service's bypass mail service in Alaska. "We have a ways to go in terms of ensuring that this critical and unique Alaskan service continues to benefit urban and rural Alaska," said Murkowski. "But I am cautiously optimistic that my Senate c… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Today’s Competing Infrastructure Bills

Washington, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted for the S. 1786, the Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act - an alternative measure to S.1769, the American Jobs Act - which she voted against in back-to-back votes on the floor of the U.S. Senate, and had the following statement afterwards: "Alaska would have seen more work and funding from the Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act than the American Jobs Act, and the funds would have gotten to the state quicker without raisi… Continue Reading


Delegation Questions Air Force on Civilian Personnel Decreases at Alaska Bases

WASHINGTON DC - Reacting to the announcement that the U.S. Air Force will be eliminating 53 jobs at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) and several at Eielson Air Force Base, the Alaska Congressional Delegation wrote a letter today to Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Norton Schwartz expressing concern and asking for more details on the cuts to the workforce. The letter expresses concern with the decision to find budget cuts by arbitrarily laying … Continue Reading


Universal Service Fund Reform Protects Alaska

WASHINGTON, DC - Alaska's Congressional Delegation remains committed to fighting for Alaskans to ensure that the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) reform of the Universal Services Fund (USF) continues to provide support for the telecommunications services in rural America, including rural areas of Alaska. The FCC voted on October 27 to reform the USF, part of a major effort to overhaul a system that was designed in the early days of the Internet, when services came through dial-up phon… Continue Reading


Murkowski Speaks on Importance of Spurring Critical Minerals Domestic Production

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today delivered the following remarks at the National Center for Policy Analysis' "Rare Earths, Critical Metals, and National Security" conference in Washington, D.C.: "Good afternoon, and thanks for the invitation to join you here. "I also want to thank NCPA - and everyone attending this conference - for taking time to focus on our nation's mining industry. Not enough attention is paid to the positive impact it has on our daily lives … Continue Reading


Murkowski Presses Coast Guard on Needed Icebreaker Action

Washington, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today urged the United States Coast Guard to move forward with a required analysis, in order to move closer to a decision point on acquiring new icebreakers for the Arctic - as they are nearly three weeks past the deadline for providing that analysis to Congress. "There are different options being proposed for the acquisition of new icebreakers," Murkowski wrote. But the Coast Guard needed to get a Business Case Analysis (BCA) to Congress by October 15th… Continue Reading


Rural Alaska’s Heat, Housing, Infrastructure Getting Support

Washington, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted in support of an appropriations bill combining three separate spending bills - referred to as a 'minibus' bill - that passed the U.S. Senate, containing millions in essential supplies and services for rural Alaska. Murkowski serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and 6 different Appropriations Subcommittees. Many Alaskan imperatives have been addressed through the appropriations process, including: High Energy Cost Grants: $10 mi… Continue Reading


Murkowski at Economic Town Hall: “This is the Fight We Fight Every Day As Alaskans”

WASHINGTON D.C. - Just a week after holding economic town halls in three Alaskan communities, Senator Lisa Murkowski today released video from her presentations to make the information more accessible to all Alaskans to hear her thoughts about getting the nation on a stable financial path."I was happy to speak with so many Alaskans last week and share the DC situation with them," said Murkowski. "But I realize that I was only able to talk with a fraction of the state's residents about a situati… Continue Reading


Appropriations “Minibus” Delivers Alaska Needs

Washington, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted in support of an appropriations bill combining three separate spending bills - referred to as a 'minibus' bill - that passed the U.S. Senate and contain millions for projects and necessary work in Alaska. Murkowski serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and 6 different Appropriations Subcommittees. The 'minibus' bill (HR 2112) includes the Agriculture spending bill with the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill and the Tran… Continue Reading

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