Press Releases

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09.07.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI JOINS COLLEAGUES INCREASING COLLEGE ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today joined with her colleagues in passing the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007. The bill increases students’ access to affordable education in college or through job training by increasing the amounts of Pell grants, putting a cap on student loan payments, providing for loan forgiveness and funding the new College Access Partnership Program. “This legislation makes higher education more affordable and accessible for students,” said Senator Murkowski.… Continue Reading


09.06.07

Senators Stevens and Murkowski Champion Rural Veterans Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment sponsored by Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. Senator Dan Inouye (D-Hawaii) cosponsored the amendment which requires the Veterans Administration (VA) to produce a report on the need to improve access to locally-provided care in areas far away from VA facilities. The Senate passed the FY08 Military Constructio… Continue Reading


08.30.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI ENCOURAGED BY SECRETARY SPELLINGS’ TRIP TO ALASKA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Murkowski and Stevens today concluded a two-day trip with United States Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings in which they visited with students, educators, administrators and policymakers. The No Child Left Behind Act, the Administration’s key education policy, is up for reauthorization in Congress this year. Senator Murkowski has introduced legislation that will make changes to the law to address Alaska’s needs. “I was encouraged that Secr… Continue Reading


08.09.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI COMMENDS ALASKAN EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today commended students and educators on the 2006-2007 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report for Alaskan schools. An additional 19 schools made AYP than the previous year, and 34 more schools made AYP than two years ago. Additionally, 58 schools that had been designated as being In Need of Improvement last year reached state proficiency goals this year. “I am proud of the progress that our students are making across the state,” said Senator Murkowski. … Continue Reading


08.02.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI SUPPORTS REAUTHORIZATION OF THE STATE CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today joined her colleagues in the Senate to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). SCHIP provides comprehensive health care coverage to low-income and uninsured children. “SCHIP provides vital health insurance to one of the most vulnerable segments of our population - low income children,” said Senator Murkowski. “The action that we have taken today will ensure that health coverage will continue for millions of children.” … Continue Reading


08.01.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI APPLAUDS COMMITMENT TO CONSIDER INDIAN HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENT ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski, Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed a commitment by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to bring the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to the Senate floor for debate and a vote later this year. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act was last authorized in 1992 and expired in 2001. Previous efforts to reauthorize the legislation, which governs the operation of the American Indian and Alaska … Continue Reading


08.01.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI’S RESOLUTION ON FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS PASSES SENATE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate last evening unanimously passed Senator Lisa Murkowski’s resolution to designate September 9, 2007 as National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Awareness Day. Tragically, Alaska has the highest rate of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders (FASD) in the nation. Approximately 163 Alaskan babies are born each year affected by maternal alcohol use during pregnancy. Among Alaskan Native communities, the rate of FASD is 15 times higher than non-Native areas in the stat… Continue Reading


07.31.07

STATEMENT BY SENATOR MURKOWSKI ON SENATOR TED STEVENS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today issued the following statement: “Senator Stevens has served his country and the State of Alaska with distinction for over 60 years. With the current investigation underway, it is not appropriate to jump to conclusions until the process is complete. Senator Stevens has the right to have the facts established in this matter.”… Continue Reading


07.26.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI ADDRESSES KENAI PROPERTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today made the following statement: “While Verne and I intended to make this our family home and we paid a fair price for this land, no property is worth compromising the trust of the Alaskan people. I cannot allow this to become a distraction from the major challenges I face in representing Alaska so we have decided to sell this property back to Bob Penney at the same price for which it was purchased. While it is disappointing for my family, we’ll event… Continue Reading


07.26.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI SUPPORTS DOLE-SHALALA COMMISSION FINDINGS URGING IMPROVEMENTS TO VETERANS HEALTH CARE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today announced her support for the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors. The commission issued six major recommendations calling for broad improvements to military and veteran health care. “We must quickly work to ensure that our returning soldiers receive the best possible care,” said Senator Murkowski. “I am committed to enacting reforms that would provide military and veterans with a modern, patient-oriented and na… Continue Reading


07.25.07

SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE MOVES PIPELINE COORDINATOR LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Energy Committee today moved legislation sponsored by Senator Murkowski that will speed the full functioning of the Office of Pipeline Coordinator. The legislation facilitates the hiring of personnel in the Office of the Pipeline Coordinator, allows the coordinator to establish reasonable filing and service fees and clarifies the intent of the Natural Gas Pipeline Act regarding litigation. “This legislation accelerates the process of building an Alaskan Gas Pipe… Continue Reading


07.24.07

MURKOWSKI SUPPORTS THE HIGHER EDUCATION AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today joined her colleagues in the Senate in passing the Higher Education Amendments of 2007. The bill includes language authored by Senator Murkowski that makes college more affordable for military service members and spouses, authorizes the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program and helps inform students and parents on the costs of college. “The amendments the Senate passed to the Higher Education Act increase student’s access to post secondary e… Continue Reading


07.19.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI NAMED VICE-CHAIRMAN OF SENATE INDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Indian Affairs Committee today confirmed Senator Murkowski as its 11th Vice Chairman. Earlier this week Senate Republicans elected her to serve as the Committee’s top Republican. “I am honored and humbled by my selection as the 11th Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the first woman, as well as the first Alaskan to serve in that role,” said Senator Murkowski. “I look forward to working with the rest of the Committee on issues important t… Continue Reading


07.18.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI SUPPORTS INCREASED FUNDING TO COLLEGE ACCESS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today introduced an amendment to the Higher Education Access Act that would increase funding for the College Access Partnership Program by $176 million. The amendment, introduced with Senator Ted Kennedy, increases student access to higher education by expanding borrower benefits for students seeking financial aid and invests in programs to assist students and parents in the college application process. “This amendment makes higher education more affordab… Continue Reading


07.11.07

MURKOWSKI AND STEVENS INTRODUCE MAJOR CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska Senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski today joined a bipartisan group of six senators in introducing major legislation to address global climate change by reducing carbon emissions, encouraging technological innovation, and developing alternative fuels. The Low Carbon Economy Act of 2007, sponsored by Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), would establish a “cap and trade” program which sets annual targets for carbon emission reduction. Carbon… Continue Reading


07.10.07

IMPACT OF AN ICE-DIMINISHED ARCTIC ON NAVAL AND MARITIME OPERATIONS

Thank you for inviting me to speak at the symposium today. I believe this meeting is the first time that we have convened such a broad group of experts both from within and outside of the government to discuss the implications of an accessible Arctic Ocean. I am honored to be here today to speak to you today about such an important topic. “Naval Operations in an Ice Free Arctic” was the name of a symposium held here in Washington D.C. in April of 2001. At that time the symposium was solely… Continue Reading


07.10.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI ADDRESSES ARCTIC SYMPOSIUM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today spoke at the National Ice Center and U.S. Arctic Research Commission’s symposium: Impact of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations. The symposium brings together representatives from scientific agencies, the military and other government agencies to discuss the many policy implications of an ice-free Arctic. The U.S. Arctic Research Commission and the National Ice Center, a joint agency that consists of personnel representing t… Continue Reading


06.28.07

MURKOWSKI COMMENTS ON IMMIGRATION VOTE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today offered the following comments following the cloture vote on the immigration reform bill. “Today I voted against invoking cloture on the immigration reform bill. Over the course of the last few days, amendments I felt were needed to improve this legislation did not advance. As an outcome of this debate, it also became clear that important pending amendments would also not advance. I remain convinced that our immigration policies need to be re… Continue Reading


06.26.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF OF STAFF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today announced Karen Knutson as her new Chief of Staff. Knutson is a long-time Alaskan with years of experience on Capitol Hill. She will begin on August 21st. Knutson joins Senator Murkowski’s office from the Business Software Alliance, where she serves as Vice President of Government Relations. In this capacity Knutson coordinates policy activities in the more than 80 countries where BSA has operations. She directs strategy and policy campaigns on… Continue Reading


06.22.07

MURKOWSKI SUPPORTS SENATE ENERGY BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski last night joined her Senate colleagues in passing far-reaching energy legislation. The legislation aims to increase energy efficiency and conservation, while expanding the development of alternative and renewable energy. The bill requires average vehicle fuel economy standards of 35 mpg by 2020 and raises the renewable fuel standard to require the production of 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022, of which only 15 billion gallons can come from corn-… Continue Reading

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