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Murkowski, Landrieu, 22 other Senators Call for Revenue Sharing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, today sent a letter to their colleagues in the U.S. Senate urging them to support revenue sharing for energy production on the outer continental shelf (OCS), ensuring coastal states, including Alaska and the Gulf states, receive a fair share of the revenue from oil and gas production off of their coastlines. "We are united in our position that any production in federal waters must include a program in which … Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on EPA Regulation of Leaded Aviation Fuel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that any new regulations on leaded aviation fuel under the Clean Air Act are implemented in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation stakeholders and that no changes be implemented until an alternative aviation fuel can be developed and tested. The EPA has formally begun a regulatory process under the Clean Air Act which may result in standards … Continue Reading


Senators Urge Interior Secretary Salazar to Resume and Expedite Shallow Water Drilling Permits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, led by Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.), urged the Department of the Interior to resume and expedite consideration of shallow water drilling applications and to provide adequate guidance to those seeking new permits. Hutchison and Landrieu were joined by Sens. Wicker (R-Miss.), Cochran (R-Miss.), Vitter (R-La.), Cornyn (R-Texas), Sessions (R-Ala.), Murkowski (R-Alaska), Begich (D-Alaska), and Shelby (R-Ala.)… Continue Reading


Delegation Calls on Homeland Security Secretary to Request Replacement of the Lost HH-60 Helicopter

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska's congressional delegation today wrote to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano urging her to request funding to replace the recently lost HH-60 helicopter from Air Station Sitka. The request comes in the wake of the recent HH-60 crash in which three Coast Guard personnel were killed. The crew and helicopter were based in Sitka. The crash occurred in waters near James Island near La Push, Washington. The Alaska congressional delegation extend… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Tribal Law and Order Act Clears Congress, Awaits President’s Signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced that the Tribal Law and Order Act is now on its way to the White House for President Obama's signature following House passage of the legislation today. The bill, which passed the Senate last month, would improve law enforcement and the justice system on Indian reservations in the Lower 48. Murkowski, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, secured several provisions in the bill that would address the lack of la… Continue Reading


Murkowski on Unemployment Insurance Extension Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after voting against a procedural motion to end debate on legislation to extend unemployment benefits and move to a final vote. The motion passed 60 - 40, and the Senate could vote on final passage later today. "Republicans agree that we should extend unemployment insurance benefits, but we must find a way to pay for them, rather than adding the $33 billion in costs to our already staggering federal de… Continue Reading


Sens. Murkowski and Bayh Call For Support of Rare Earth Projects in DOE Loan Guarantee Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, today sent a letter to Secretary Chu urging him to expeditiously consider loan guarantee applications to rebuild America's rare earth supply chain and manufacturing sector. The bipartisan letter, signed by 20 senators, applauded the Department of Energy for their commitment to developing a long-term strategy to ensure a stable and adequate supply of rare earths. It also asked the Department to consider utilizing t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes for Federal Spending Cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today supported a plan by fellow Republican members of the Senate Appropriations Committee that would have taken a first step towards significantly reducing federal spending in the fiscal year that begins October 1, 2010. The Republican proposal sought to slow the growth of federal spending by slashing $20 billion from President Obama's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2011, essentially freezing discretionary spending at last year's levels. … Continue Reading


Murkowski Opposes Financial Regulatory Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after voting against the financial regulatory reform bill, which passed the Senate 60 - 39: "Everyone agrees that reform of Wall Street is necessary, but this legislation doesn't do that. It is disturbing to me that this bill has garnered the support of the very banks that helped bring on the financial disaster and is opposed by the community banks, credit unions and small businesses that had nothing t… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Comments on the Passing of Maurice “Mo” Bailey

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of Maurice "Mo" Bailey, founder of Veterans Aviation Outreach, president of Vietnam Veterans of America Mat-Su Chapter 903 and 2007 recipient of the Alaska Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award: "I am profoundly saddened by the loss of my dear friend, Maurice "Mo" Bailey, who will long be remembered as one of Alaska's most significant veterans' leaders. Mo reminded us through h… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Murkowski-Boxer Legislation to Extend Moratorium on Discharge Permits for Commercial Vessels

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation that would extend the current moratorium on a permit requirement for commercial and charter fishing vessels and other commercial vessels under 79 feet long, sponsored by U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Barbara Boxer, D-California, passed the Senate tonight by unanimous consent. The bill would provide these commercial vessels a three-year moratorium extension from permits for discharges under the Clean Water Act. Two years ago, in the 110th Congress, bipa… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Reacts to White House Stimulus Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Conference, released the following statement in response to the White House's report on the Democrats' trillion dollar stimulus package: "While the Democrats tout their new report on stimulus spending most Americans are wondering: where are the jobs? The unemployment rate still hovers in the double digits in several states and many job seekers have simply given up trying to find work. "My constituents… Continue Reading


Murkowski Supports Bill to Rescind Onerous Health Care Law Tax Burden on Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today signed on to legislation that would rescind an onerous tax reporting burden on small businesses that was included in the new government health care takeover law. A provision in the new law requires any business that purchases more than $600 of goods or services from another business to submit a 1099 tax form to the IRS. The mandate will take effect at the end of next year and will result in small businesses paying the government $17 b… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Introduces Bills to Increase Hydropower Generation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing the production of electricity from renewable hydropower and creating badly needed jobs in America's energy sector. The Hydropower Improvement Act and the Hydropower Renewable Energy Development Act would boost federal support for hydropower projects. "We have an incredible amount of hydropower potential in my home state of Alaska, and elsewhere in the country," Murkowski said. … Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on Donald Berwick Recess Appointment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commented on the White House recess appointment of Donald Berwick to be Director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): "Appointing Donald Berwick before the Senate even holds a hearing on his confirmation represents breath-taking arrogance on the part of President Obama. This year, CMS will disburse $803 billion in benefits - making the agency larger than the economies of Denmark, South Africa and Israel combined. … Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski’s Independence Day Message

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In observance of Independence Day, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement: "July 4th is a day when all Alaskans join together in celebrating what makes America great. From the panhandle to the Arctic, we mark Independence Day with community gatherings, parades and picnics. As we come together today, let us remember that the freedoms we enjoy as Americans are not free. The men and women of our armed forces put their lives on the line daily to ensure… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Oppose Kagan Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that she intends to oppose the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court: "Over the past week I think those who followed the hearings came to appreciate Ms. Kagan's talents as a law teacher. She has a great command of Supreme Court precedents and strived to explain them in plain language. Yet, as Ms. Kagan acknowledges, the cases that come before the Supreme Court are difficult in nature… Continue Reading


Proposed Changes to Sealaska Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a dozen town meetings and the review of hundreds of comments and suggestions, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski today presented her recommendations for changes in a bill to permit the Sealaska Native Regional Corp. to finalize its ANCSA land selections in Southeast Alaska. Murkowski is proposing a major rewrite of the bill, removing all lands on northern Prince of Wales Island from possible timber selection to meet the concerns of Port Protection and Point Baker residents.… Continue Reading


Alaska and Hawaii Senators Disappointed that No Field Hearings on Postal Service Five-Day Delivery Proposal Will Be Held in Their States

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Mark Begich, Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka today expressed their disappointment that the Postal Regulatory Commission is unable to schedule field hearings in Alaska and Hawaii on a Postal Service proposal to reduce mail delivery to five days a week. The Commission has held hearings in seven cities in the Lower 48 on the proposal. In a letter last month to Ruth Y. Goldway, Chairman of the Commission, the senators said that mail delivery is differen… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Welcomes Board's Decision on Yucca Mountain

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, applauded yesterday's decision of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board denying the Department of Energy's motion to withdraw its application for a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. "This decision affirms what many of us have long suspected - that the Department of Energy does not have the authority to withdraw the license application," Murkowski said. "The department did their p… Continue Reading

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