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Murkowski, Hastings Call on EIA to Clarify, Re-Release Federal Energy Production Data

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Washington, today sent a letter to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) urging expedited corrections to any potential errors in its data for oil and natural gas production on federal lands. Murkowski and Hastings believe it is incumbent on statistical agencies to provide auditable numbers so the debate can focus on policy, instead of the accuracy of production-related facts. On Jan. 26, EIA rescinded th… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Iditarod Is “National Educational Tool”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Less than 24 hours before the Iditarod's ceremonial start, Senator Lisa Murkowski is spotlighting teachers nationwide who use 'The Last Great Race' as a learning tool - opening up children's minds to Arctic issues and Alaska's unique role in the United States. Across the country, there is an effort to teach science, geography, language arts and other subjects through the Iditarod in elementary schools. Throughout the race, Senator Murkowski will be utilizing social media to sh… Continue Reading


Murkowski: President Continues to Repeat Failed Energy Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement in response to President Obama's call yesterday for tax hikes on domestic oil and gas producers: "There's a simple rule in economics: if you want less of something, tax it. What the president is proposing is a bad idea that has been repeatedly rejected by multiple Congresses, including this one, because it will do nothing to reduce gas… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on Introduction of SECURE IT Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today delivered the following speech on the Senate floor on the introduction of the "SECURE IT" Act to strengthen cybersecurity. (Click video to watch speech) "I've come to the floor today to speak about cybersecurity legislation that will soon come before the Senate. There is no question this is a critical issue that should be addressed by this Congress. I'm certain that every member of this body is concerned that our nation may be … Continue Reading


Murkowski: Iran Sanctions Vital to National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today sent the following letter to the White House calling on the president to fully enforce the sanctions on Iran, and to not tap America's emergency oil stockpiles prematurely, in light of the growing possibility of a major oil supply disruption: "Dear Mr. President: "I write to share my thoughts as you consider your next steps regarding Iran and oil supply. "I strongly urge you not to ease or waive sanctions on Iran. It is critical tha… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Cybersecurity

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dan Coats (R-IN), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced the Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information, and Technology Act (SECURE IT), their proposal to protect and secure our nation against cybersecurity attacks. "The SECURE IT Act strengthens America's cybersecurity by promoting c… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Administration’s Words Do Not Match Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today joined several of her colleagues to discuss high gasoline prices and Republicans' plans have to alleviate the pain at the pump. (Click picture to watch) "The president has stated that under his administration that we are seeing more increased production then at any other time. It's important to kind of peel back the onion here though and see where we're seeing the production. It's on state lands. It's on private lands. When you … Continue Reading


Murkowski Presses Salazar for Follow-Through on BIA Audits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today asked Interior Secretary Salazar whether the Bureau of Indian Affairs is collaborating with Alaska Natives as new oversight rules are being considered by the Obama Administration. "In last year's appropriations bill, we inserted language that stated that consultation with the tribes must occur before any changes to the 477 program move forward," Murkowski said. "How is that consultation coming along?" Secretary Salazar informed her that indeed, … Continue Reading


Interior Secretary Sees “Synergies” in NOAA Restructuring

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today asked Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar what he made of the recent White House proposal to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) move under the authority of the Interior Department. Secretary Salazar told Senator Murkowski he sees "synergies" in the concept and that reports indicate it is a good idea. "On the question of NOAA and the Department of Interior, there are synergies that could be developed if there was su… Continue Reading


Salazar to Murkowski: Mission is to “Bring the Whole of Government” to Alaska Native Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today asked Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar if he could do more to see that funding for the Indian Health Service keeps up with costs and comparable levels within the Bureau of Indian Affairs. "The budget for contract support costs in the Bureau of Indian Affairs is estimated to be at full funding to cover the costs and I thank you for that," said Murkowski. "But the same account for the Indian Health Service - which provides for the administrative… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Raising Royalties Will Reduce Production on Federal Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today questioned Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about his plan to raise royalty rates for oil development on public land from 12.5 percent to 18.75 percent. The senator's questions came during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Interior Subcommittee. "America's oil and gas producers have faced an increasingly hostile investment environment under the current administration that has resulted in less interest in federal leases. Secretar… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski Questions Interior Secretary Salazar on Alaska Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, made the following opening statement during today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Department of Interior's fiscal year 2013 budget request. During her remarks, Murkowski highlighted the enormous cuts to the Alaska Conveyance Program, the strained relations between Alaskans and federal management agencies and the additional and increased fees and royalties for leasing and production on federal lands. In h… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Strategic Reserve Critical to Long-Term Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement in response to calls to release oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in an attempt to lower gasoline prices: "Once again we are hearing calls from Democrats to tap our nation's emergency oil supplies to lower prices at the pump. Rising gas prices are painful for all of us, but the SPR is our nation's insurance policy against serious oil supply disruptions, not a political lever to b… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski's Floor Speech: Production Must be Part of an "All-of-the-Above" Energy Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today spoke on the Senate floor about rising gasoline prices and the need to increase domestic production of oil, especially from Alaska. "The President says that the Republican plan is just to drill, drill, drill, and he says we hear this every year. Why do we hear this every year? Because it is part of the solution. It's not the whole solution, but it is part of the solution. It shouldn't just be part of the rhetoric here." "We ha… Continue Reading


Murkowski: President's 'All-of-the-Above' Energy Statements Omit Many of the Facts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement in response to President Obama's recent comments about rising gasoline prices: "While I welcome the president's stated commitment to develop 'every available' energy source and his reluctant acknowledgment that increasing domestic production does help reduce prices, many of his recent comments and his administration's actions have been disappointing to those of us who have long been working to make en… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Hearing on Loan Guarantee Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­ U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed Chairman Bingaman's announcement that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee would hold a hearing on the Department of Energy's loan guarantee program next month. "If the loan guarantee programs are going to continue in this era of austerity, we must ensure that they are working as intended and that taxpayer dollars are not being put in unnecessarily risky investments," Murkowski said. "As the Senate committee… Continue Reading


Senator Murkowski Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Bill to Boost Housing Market

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Lisa Murkowski, Scott Brown (R-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced legislation to improve the housing market by expediting "short sales" - real estate transactions that must be approved by the bank because the seller owes more on their mortgage than the selling price. The legislation addresses the lengthy closing process that often comes with a short sale by requiring banks to respond to prospective buyers within 75 days. "There are neighborhoods across the coun… Continue Reading


Murkowski Applauds Approval of Shell’s Arctic Spill Prevention Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today congratulated the U.S. Department of the Interior for its approval of Shell's oil discharge prevention and contingency plan for Alaska's Chukchi Sea. "I appreciate Interior's final approval of Shell's contingency plan for the Chukchi," Murkowski said. "Today's decision confirms what we've known for some time - that Shell has put together a robust and comprehensive spill prevention and response plan that offers the highest level of env… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes To Extend Temporary Tax Cut on Alaskans’ Paychecks, Other Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today cast her vote in favor of extending the payroll tax cut provision for 160 million working Americans for the rest of 2012, as well as continuing Medicare reimbursements to doctors and a modification of the unemployment benefit program - which passed the U.S. Senate 60-36. Afterwards, she had the following statement about the vote: "I reluctantly voted to extend the temporary payroll tax cut for the rest of the year, but I did so because it means a… Continue Reading


Murkowski Celebrates Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In honor of Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, Senator Lisa Murkowski shared the following reflection with her fellow Alaskans: "Elizabeth Peratrovich is an iconic Alaskan figure because of her poise and vision. She is remembered as one of the greatest civil rights activists and female leaders we have ever known. Where Rosa Parks changed the face of history by simply telling a bus driver 'No," Elizabeth gained lasting change in Alaska decades earlier by reminding the Alaska state leg… Continue Reading

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