Press Releases

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09.23.08

SENATE PASSES MURKOWSKI RESOLUTION THAT RECOGNIZES LONG STANDING DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN

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09.18.08

SENATORS MURKOWSKI AND STEVENS AND REP. DON YOUNG ANNOUNCE $1.69 MILLION IN ENERGY AID TO ALASKANS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Ted Stevens and U.S. Rep. Don Young today announced the release of another $1.69 million in federal funds to help low-income Alaskans buy fuel for the coming winter heating season. Alaska has received a total of $16.8 million in federal funds matching a similar amount of state spending for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Roughly 14,400 households in Alaska have applied for aid through the Alaska State Department … Continue Reading


09.15.08

MURKOWSKI BILL TO CREATE THE KENAI MOUNTAINS-TURNAGAIN ARM NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA CLEARS SENATE PANEL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation that would establish the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area in Southcentral Alaska today unanimously passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, sponsor of the measure. The bill would establish Alaska's first National Heritage Area. Administered by the National Park Service, the National Heritage Area program provides grant funding to community organizations to undertake tourism and histor… Continue Reading


09.15.08

Senator Murkowski Wins Energy Committee Passage of King Cove Land Trade Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, that could lead to the construction of a road linking King Cove to the all-weather airport at Cold Bay. The bipartisan bill authorizes a land exchange under which the State of Alaska and the King Cove Native Corporation would give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service more than 61,000 acres. In return the State of Alaska would get 206 acre… Continue Reading


09.09.08

MURKOWSKI URGES GREATER AWARENESS OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF DRINKING DURING PREGNANCY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In commemoration of International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Awareness Day, Senator Lisa Murkowski urges all Americans to spread the word that no amount of alcohol is safe to consume during the nine months of pregnancy. Senator Murkowski sponsored the resolution, which passed the Senate Monday night, designating September 9th 2008 as National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Awareness Day. Tragically, Alaska has the highest rate of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the nation. … Continue Reading


08.29.08

MURKOWSKI COMMENTS ON SELECTION OF GOV. PALIN AS VICE PRESIDENTIAL CHOICE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement regarding the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate: "John McCain has taken a bold step today in choosing Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. Gov. Palin has risen to every challenge she's faced, and her choice is historic for Alaska and for the women of America. Sarah brings a great deal of excitement to the campaign and she make… Continue Reading


08.06.08

SEN. MURKOWSKI CALLS ON THE WHITE HOUSE TO ENDORSE CONSTRUCTION OF MORE ICEBREAKERS

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08.04.08

PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNS MURKOWSKI BILL FOR A MORATORIUM ON DISCHARGE PERMITS FOR COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSELS

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07.31.08

SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES MURKOWSKI BILL TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR WATER AND SEWER PROJECTS IN RURAL ALASKA

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07.31.08

HIGHER EDUCATION BILL THAT CLEARS CONGRESS INCLUDES MURKOWSKI PROVISION TO HELP MILITARY FAMILIES

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07.23.08

MURKOWSKI SAYS RATIFICATION OF LAW OF THE SEA TREATY IS BEST WAY TO PROTECT AMERICA’S ARCTIC INTERESTS

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07.22.08

CONGRESS PASSES MURKOWSKI BILL FOR A MORATORIUM ON DISCHARGE PERMITS FOR COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSELS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress today passed and sent to the White House legislation authored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and co-sponsored by Sen. Ted Stevens, that would provide commercial fishing boats and other small commercial vessels a two-year moratorium from permits for discharges under the Clean Water Act. The bill also directs the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study to determine the types, volumes and effects of discharges from commercial vessels of different sizes and categor… Continue Reading


07.16.08

MURKOWSKI: GLOBAL AIDS BILL INCLUDES FUNDING FOR ALASKA NATIVE ORGANIZATIONS

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07.15.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI LAUDS VETO OVERRIDE OF MEDICARE BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today voted to override President Bush's veto of the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act. The legislation, which became law after the Senate's override, blocks a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare provider reimbursement rates and provides a permanent 35 percent increase in Medicare reimbursement rates for Alaska's physicians. "Senator Stevens and I worked hard to get the Alaska reimbursement fix included in the legislation, … Continue Reading


07.14.08

MURKOWSKI APPLAUDS LIFTING OF EXECUTIVE BAN ON OFFSHORE DRILLING

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07.11.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI DECRIES MISINFORMATION ON lEASING IN NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE, ALASKA

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07.09.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI VOTES FOR PERMANENT MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT FIX FOR ALASKA

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06.26.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI LEADS RECOGNITION OF ALASKA STATEHOOD 50TH ANNIVERSARY ON U.S. SENATE FLOOR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski today spearheaded an Alaska birthday celebration in the United States Senate, complete with a white and royal blue "Alaska's 50th" cake and floor speeches commemorating the debate leading up to Senate passage of the Alaska Statehood Act 50 years ago. "I rise to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Senate passage of the Alaska Statehood Act, the act which eventually conferred Statehood upon our great State after a fight for equal rights and representati… Continue Reading


06.26.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT DECISION TO OVERTURN D.C. GUN BAN

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today applauded the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the District of Columbia's handgun ban. The decision was 5-4 and marked the first time the Supreme Court has ruled on Second Amendment rights since 1939. "I am pleased that the Supreme Court has upheld every individual's constitutional right to bear arms," said Senator Murkowski. "In Alaska we enjoy the right to own guns, and I believe that right should be available to all Ameri… Continue Reading


06.26.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO HELP COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN WITH EXCESSIVE FUEL COSTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced legislation that would provide commercial fishermen a temporary income tax credit to help them offset the high cost of fuel. "My office has received a petition signed by more than 1,700 Alaskans asking Congress to help provide commercial fishermen with emergency relief from high fuel prices," Murkowski said. "The Fisheries Fuel Tax Relief Act of 2008, which I introduced today along with Sen. Ted Stevens as an original co-spo… Continue Reading

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