Press Releases

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02.27.08

BREAST CANCER RESEARCH BILL APPROVED BY HELP COMMITTEE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today announced that the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act of 2007 was approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Senator Murkowski is an original cosponsor of the legislation which will now move to the Senate floor. "This legislation supports important research into the causes of and possible prevention strategies for breast cancer," said Senator Murkowski. "With three million women living with breast cancer today… Continue Reading


02.27.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI TO POST APPROPRIATIONS REQUESTS ONLINE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today announced that she will join Senator Stevens and Congressman Young in posting appropriations requests on her website. Her office received nearly 500 funding requests this year from local governments, organizations and the State of Alaska. "I am joining Senator Stevens and Congressman Young in taking this step to highlight the appropriations process that the delegation goes through each year," said Senator Murkowski. "By posting appropriations requests… Continue Reading


02.26.08

SENATE PASSES INDIAN HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENT ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Murkowski, the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced that the United States Senate passed S. 1200, comprehensive legislation to modernize the Indian health care delivery system. The bill reauthorizes the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which was last comprehensively reauthorized in 1992, and represents the first effort to comprehensively modernize the Indian health care delivery system in over 15 years. Senator Murkowski co-managed… Continue Reading


02.26.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI SPEAKS ON BEHALF OF EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL PLAINTIFFS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today made a statement on the Senate floor supporting the victims of the Exxon Valdez oil spill: Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear the appeal of the ongoing litigation between Exxon Mobil and commercial fishermen and other plaintiffs whose livelihoods were negatively impacted by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef at 12:04AM on March 24, 1989, spilling 11 million gallons of oil - about the same size as 125 Olymp… Continue Reading


02.14.08

ALASKAN SENATORS URGE UPGRADE OF INDIAN HEALTH CARE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski, the Vice-Chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today urged passage of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007. The legislation would reauthorize and update the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which governs the operation of the American Indian and Alaska Native health care delivery system. The Senate will resume consideration of the bill on Monday, February 25. "This bill is intended to bring new hope for Indian health, to … Continue Reading


01.30.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI INTRODUCES THE ROBERT JAMES ACT OF 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski last night introduced the Robert James Act of 2008. This legislation, which is co-sponsored by Senator Stevens, fixes an inequity in the Social Security Disability Insurance system by allowing the five month waiting period for disability compensation to be waived if an individual diagnosed with a terminal illness can demonstrate financial hardship. "My legislation would give the Social Security Commissioner the discretion to waive the arbitrary five month wa… Continue Reading


01.25.08

Alaska's Congressional Delegation Files Supreme Court Brief in Support of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska's Congressional Delegation, Senator Ted Stevens, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Don Young, today filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the victims of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in the case Exxon Shipping Co. and Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Grant Baker, et al. In the brief, the Delegation discusses the origins and legislative history of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the federal law that is central to the controversy. The brief incorporates l… Continue Reading


01.23.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI URGES PASSAGE OF INDIAN HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today offered the following remarks on the need to pass the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007: I rise to join my colleague Senator Dorgan on S.1200, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007. As Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, we join to offer this legislation as a culmination of considerable bi-partisan efforts over several Congresses by Members on both sides of the aisle. We have worked th… Continue Reading


01.16.08

DELEGATION ANNOUNCES INCREASED FUNDING FOR HEATING ASSISTANCE IN ALASKA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Murkowski and Stevens and Congressman Young today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will release $3,558,253 to Alaska for the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This nationwide program is designed to help low-income families and senior citizens pay home energy costs. “The cost of energy is having a detrimental impact across the state, particularly in rural areas,” said Senator Murkowski. “This increase to LIHEAP … Continue Reading


12.14.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI WINS PASSAGE OF EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL TAX LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today won Senate approval of tax legislation to give individual plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation ability to increase retirement contributions and to provide tax relief through income averaging. The legislation was included as an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill, which passed this afternoon. The legislation provides tax relief to all of the individual plaintiffs in the oil spill settlement, 80 percent of whom are commercial fishermen. … Continue Reading


12.14.07

MURKOWSKI PRAISES PASSAGE OF SENATE ENERGY BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today welcomed final Senate passage of major energy legislation. “This is a great step in reducing energy costs for Alaskans and the nation,” said Senator Murkowski. “While the bill is not the total solution to our country’s energy needs, it does make major advances in aid for renewable energy and promotes greater energy efficiency in vehicles, buildings and appliances. The bill does not contain the provisions many of us wanted to include to increas… Continue Reading


12.05.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI JOINS COLLEAGUES IN INTRODUCING TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION RESOLUTION

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In an annual effort to raise awareness of the crime of teen dating violence nationwide, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York), Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut), and Joe Biden (D-Delaware) joined together to introduce a Resolution declaring February 4 - 8, 2008, “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.” This marks the third year that the United States Senate has introduced a resolution declaring the first … Continue Reading


12.04.07

HARKIN-MURKOWSKI AMENDMENT WILL UPDATE DECADES- OLD NUTRITION STANDARDS IN SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that they plan to offer an amendment to the pending Senate farm bill to update decades-old nutrition standards in schools. The amendment, the result of months of negotiation with both the public health community and the food and beverage industry, seeks to establish appropriate school nutrition standards for foods and beverages offered in school vending machines, school stores and other venues outside of the… Continue Reading


11.14.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI SUPPORTS HEAD START

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today joined her colleagues in the Senate in passing the conference report to the Head Start School Readiness Act. Head Start prepares low-income children for school by providing comprehensive, early childhood development services including educational, health, nutritional and social activities. “The Head Start program is an important part of our children’s educational development,” said Senator Murkowski. “This legislation includes many priorities of… Continue Reading


11.14.07

SENATORS MURKOWSKI AND STEVENS HONOR MILITARY FAMILIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Murkowski and Stevens today won final passage of a resolution recognizing and thanking military families for the tremendous sacrifices and contributions they have made to the Nation. “Military families bear a profound burden when their loved ones are away defending our Country,” said Senator Murkowski. “They serve their country every bit as much as their loved ones do. I deeply appreciate the contributions and sacrifices they make to help keep our soldiers strong… Continue Reading


11.09.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI COMMEMORATES VETERANS DAY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today issued the following statement to commemorate Veterans Day: On the 11th hour, on the eleventh day of this eleventh month each year --the point at which the First World War ended -- communities across America are pausing to remember those who have defended our Nation’s freedom over these past 231 years. As Alaskans we have much to be thankful for this Veterans Day. In early October some 600 members of the Third Battalion, 297th Infantry Brigade of… Continue Reading


11.08.07

MURKOWSKI AND STEVENS VOTE TO OVERRIDE VETO OF WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate today voted 79-14 to override President Bush’s veto of H.R. 1495, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The House took similar action on Tuesday which means the Act will now become law. Congress authorizes specific Army Corps of Engineers projects in WRDA, including studies, before appropriating funds to them. Congress has not completed a WRDA since 2000. “Passage of a Water Resources bill is long overdue,” said Senator Murkowski. “I appl… Continue Reading


11.07.07

Alaska's Congressional Delegation Vows to Defeat Anti-Development Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska’s Congressional Delegation, Senator Ted Stevens, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Don Young, today released the following statement in response to Senator Joe Lieberman’s (ID-Conn.) newly introduced bill to designate Alaska’s Coastal Plain as wilderness. “With the price of oil approaching $100 per barrel and with our energy dependence on hostile foreign nations at a record high, now is not the time to cut our country off from the resources held in Alaska’s C… Continue Reading


11.06.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI SUPPORTS TRAINING FOR AN ALASKA NATURAL GASLINE WORKFORCE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today reiterated her support for construction of the Pipeline Training Facility in Fairbanks at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on workforce labor shortages. “We must ensure we have the workers to build and operate a gas pipeline in Alaska,” said Senator Murkowski. “We need to jumpstart efforts to recruit and train workers, before we find ourselves with a shortage of workers throughout the entire energy industry at a time when we… Continue Reading


11.01.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI SUPPORTS CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today joined her colleagues in the Senate in supporting the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP provides comprehensive health care coverage to low-income and uninsured children. “The Children’s Health Insurance Program extends vital health insurance to the most vulnerable segments of our population - low income children and children of the working poor,” said Senator Murkowski. “This CHIP bill will provide performance bonuses to states that … Continue Reading

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