Press Releases

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06.20.07

MURKOWSKI JOINS COLLEAGUES IN ADVANCING HIGHER EDUCATION ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today joined with other members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in advancing out of committee the Higher Education Access Act of 2007 and the Higher Education Amendments of 2007. The legislation increases students’ access to higher education and federal funding, authorizes the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program and helps military students access Pell Grants and loans by allowing them to deduct the value of housing whe… Continue Reading


06.19.07

Murkowski Commemorates 30th Anniversary of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today spoke on the floor of the United States Senate to commemorate the 30th anniversary of oil flowing through the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline System (TAPS). “At peak production, TAPS provided the United States with 2 million barrels of oil a day, or 30 percent more oil than Saudi Arabia provides our nation today and nearly as much oil as the entire Persian Gulf provides the United States,” said Senator Murkowski. “And Alaskan oil, unlike Middle … Continue Reading


06.13.07

MURKOWSKI SUPPORTS CLEAN PORTFOLIO STANDARD IN SENATE ENERGY BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today joined Senators Pete Domenici (R-NM), Larry Craig (R-Idaho), Robert Bennett (R-Utah), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) in introducing a Clean Portfolio Standard (CPS) amendment to establish a federal 20 percent Clean Portfolio Standard (CPS). The CPS amendment is an alternative to a proposal by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M) to establish a more narrow 15 percent federal Renewable Portfolio/Electricity Standard (RPS). The CPS alt… Continue Reading


06.11.07

MURKOWSKI COMMENTS ON NON-BINDING ATTORNEY GENERAL RESOLUTION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today offered the below comments following her vote against the motion to proceed on S.J. Res. 14. “While I no longer have confidence in the Attorney General’s ability to do his job effectively, I could not vote in support of this non-binding resolution. Rather than expend valuable Senate time in a game of political theater, we should focus our efforts on the important issues facing the nation, such as the pending energy legislation, as well as debate… Continue Reading


06.06.07

MURKOWSKI SUPPORTS THE ALASKA RAILROAD

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski introduced legislation, S. 1552, that would authorize the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of land in Ship Creek to the Alaska Railroad Corporation. Similar legislation sponsored by Congressman Don Young passed the House of Representatives on May 15. “This parcel of land is a key transportation component for the redevelopment of Ship Creek,” said Senator Murkowski. “This bill is highly beneficial to both the Alaska Railroad Corporati… Continue Reading


06.05.07

Senator Murkowski Comments on the Passing of Senator Craig Thomas

“Last evening the United States Congress lost one of its most distinguished public servants, Senator Craig Thomas. I had the honor to serve with him on the Indian Affairs Committee, where his dedicated advocacy on behalf of Native American communities was unmatched. I also had the privilege to serve alongside Senator Thomas on the Energy Committee and was deeply impressed by his commitment to craft our successful Energy Policy Act. He served as an inspiration to us all. During this time of lo… Continue Reading


06.05.07

MURKOWSKI SPONSORS GEOTHERMAL ENERGY BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sponsoring a bill to advance geothermal energy development. The National Geothermal Initiative Act of 2007 sets a national goal that America achieve 20 percent of its total electrical output from geothermal resources by 2030, sets an annual growth rate in the use of geothermal power and provides for research and development of geothermal resources. “When you look at the potential for geothermal power, i… Continue Reading


05.25.07

CONGRESS EXTENDS SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS PAYMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress last evening approved a one-year extension to the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. The program provides a dedicated funding stream for local municipalities and school districts dependent on forest timber receipts that have been unable to rely on consistent and sustainable payments due the continued controversy over timber sales in National Forests. “I will continue to push for a long-term extension to Secure Rural Schools,” said Senator… Continue Reading


05.25.07

Senator Murkowski Supports Iraq Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today made the following comments on the Iraq Supplemental Funding Bill. “After weeks of debate, leaders in the House and Senate have reached a compromise on an Iraq spending bill that the President has agreed to sign. I supported this bi-partisan spending measure and believe it strikes a good balance between giving troops the resources they need and requiring that Iraqi leaders meet certain benchmarks on political and security reforms. “Throughout t… Continue Reading


05.24.07

Murkowski Joins Bipartisan Effort To Expand Ocean Renewable Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sponsoring a bill that will provide research assistance, low-cost loans and a variety of federal aid for ocean renewable energy development. The Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Promotion Act of 2007 will also help level the playing field among new renewable energy technologies by establishing new permitting procedures to help ocean energy become a major source of renewable electricity for America … Continue Reading


05.24.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI REFLECTS ON MEMORIAL DAY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today offered the following remarks for Memorial Day: “At Christmas time, we are reminded to step back from the presents, the parties and the merriment and remember the ‘reason for the season.’ This year, on the occasion of Memorial Day those who serve our country need you to do that more than ever before. Remember the Alaska National Guardsmen from communities across the state who have been serving in Kuwait for nearly a year. Remember the Marine f… Continue Reading


05.17.07

MURKOWSKI AND STEVENS RESOLUTION HIGHLIGHTING NEED FOR INTERNET SAFETY EDUCATION PASSES SENATE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate last evening passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Ted Stevens which designates June 2007 as National Internet Safety Month. The bipartisan resolution, S.Res.205, is designed to bring greater attention to the need for comprehensive Internet safety education. “The Internet has become one of the most significant advances in the twentieth century and, as a result, it affects people’s lives in a positive manner each day,… Continue Reading


05.11.07

MURKOWSKI APPLAUDS EFFORTS OF ANCHORAGE POLICE OFFICER CATHY DIEHL-ROBBINS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today recognized Anchorage Police Community Service Officer Cathy Diehl-Robbins for her successful efforts to honor a fellow officer who died from injuries sustained in the line of duty more than 50 years ago. Officer Diehl-Robbins is a 29 year veteran of the Anchorage Police Department who first took up the challenge of chronicling the department’s history on her own time. On June 9, 1953, Anchorage Police Officer William G. Pfalmer, Jr., was shot … Continue Reading


05.02.07

MURKOWSKI ADDS RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSTRUCTION GRANTS TO SENATE ENERGY LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to increase funding for renewable energy power projects, Senator Lisa Murkowski today won Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approval for an amendment to comprehensive energy legislation that will provide federal grants to help utilities build renewable energy projects. The amendment, which Murkowski drafted with Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, creates a Renewable Energy Construction Grant program that will provide up to 50-50 federal matching grants for t… Continue Reading


04.26.07

MURKOWSKI INTRODUCES SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY IMPROVEMENTS ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today introduced the “School Accountability Improvements Act.” This legislation is designed to amend No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in order to address Alaska’s needs including the ability to use a growth model that tracks individual student progress; provides flexibility on highly qualified teacher requirements; provides flexibility in calculating average yearly progress for special education and Limited English Proficient students; and improves the m… Continue Reading


04.19.07

MURKOWSKI RESOLUTION TO DESIGNATE NATIONAL AND GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY PASSES SENATE WITH UNANIMOUS APPROVAL

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski’s resolution to designate April 20, 2007 as National and Global Youth Service Day, S. Res. 158, last night passed the Senate by unanimous consent. For the past five years, Senator Murkowski has offered this resolution in the Senate as a way to raise public awareness of the valuable contributions young people make to their communities throughout the year. Since being introduced by the Senator in 2003, the resolution has passed each year with unanimous ap… Continue Reading


04.18.07

MURKOWSKI COMMENTS ON MEDICARE PART D VOTE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today offered the following comments following her vote on S.3, The Medicare Drug Bill. “Far too many seniors throughout Alaska know of the difficulties of finding a provider who will accept Medicare. Alaskans are waiting weeks for appointments and emergency rooms have lines out the door. Many go without care entirely. The government has already proven ineffective at negotiating Medicare reimbursement rates that benefit Alaska seniors and provide … Continue Reading


04.18.07

MURKOWSKI TAKES 3-2-1 PLEDGE TO HELP REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today met with Megan Waggoner from Palmer who is in Washington. D.C. to receive the President’s Environmental Youth Award on behalf of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA). At their meeting, Megan told Senator Murkowski about the AYEA’s current 3-2-1 Efficiency! Pledge Campaign. Those who sign the pledge commit to the following three simple steps: 1.) Replace three high-use incandescent bulbs in your home with energy-saving Compact Flores… Continue Reading


04.17.07

SENATOR MURKOWSKI INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE FOOD DONATIONS TO ALASKA NATIVES

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski today introduced legislation to help increase the amount of food donations going to Alaska Natives and American Indians. The legislation would amend the Federal tax code to make corporate charitable donations of food to Native tribes tax deductible. Section 170(e)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code allows corporations to take an enhanced tax deduction for donations of food inventory; however, the food must be distributed to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizati… Continue Reading


04.17.07

MURKOWSKI COSPONSORS ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today joined a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues to introduce major energy efficiency legislation that should save the nation 50 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year, conserve enough natural gas to heat a quarter million homes a year, and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Efficiency Promotion Act of 2007 provides federal aid to pioneer advanced lighting technologies, expedites new efficiency standards for household… Continue Reading

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