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Murkowski Opening Statement before Senate Hearing on Alaska Native Contracting Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following is U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's opening statement today before the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, which is holding a hearing on government contracts awarded to Alaska Native Corporations under the Native American 8(a) program administered by the Small Business Administration: Opening Statement of Senator Lisa Murkowski Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee July 16, 2009 Today, the sub… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Meets With President Obama on Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, met with President Obama at the White House today to discuss health care reform legislation moving through the Senate. Obama asked Sen. Murkowski to come to the White House for an afternoon meeting that also included Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Susan Collins of Maine. "It was a good opportunity for the four of us to express our concerns with the direction that health care reform has taken … Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on Committee Vote on Democrats' Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today voted against a Democrat health care reform bill that was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) on a party line vote. Sen. Murkowski issued the following statement: "When the HELP Committee began debating the Democrats' health care reform bill four weeks ago, I agreed with the President and said that the legislation needed to meet several objectives -- reduce costs while providing affordable,… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Tongass Timber Sale

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the U.S. Forest Service's award of the Orion North timber sale in the Tongass National Forest to Pacific Log and Lumber. "This sale will help support the struggling Southeast timber industry, which depends on responsible access to the Tongass for survival," Murkowski said. The Orion North sale will produce approximately 3.8 million board feet of timber from 381 acres on Revillagigedo Island near Ketchikan. Roughly t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Calls for Mining Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today called for modernization of the 137-year-old law governing mining on federal lands. "The current mining law is woefully out of date," Murkowski said. "We need to overhaul the law to ensure that it strikes the right balance between protecting the environment, obtaining a fair return for taxpayers, creating jobs and maintaining a secure supply of American minerals." At a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing Tuesday on two … Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Second Session Summer Interns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has welcomed her second group of summer interns to her Washington, D.C., office. These young Alaskans will observe both the operations of a fast-paced Senate office and the legislative process from an up-close view. For the second session, Murkowski has welcomed Anne Bartholomew, Juneau; Dana Betts, Copper Center; Cameron Henton, Anchorage; Parker Haymans, Anchorage; Samuel Horton, Kodiak; Ealum Howe, Fairbanks; Kalli Kline, Ketchikan; … Continue Reading


Delegation Announces Grants to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants awarded to communities in the State of Alaska: U.S. Department of Agriculture - $430,300 to the State of Alaska for training of Remote Maintenance Workers. Rural Development funds will be used to provide on-site and classroom training for water and waste disposal operators. U.S. Department of Commerce: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration - $973,886 to t… Continue Reading


Alaska Congressional Delegation Announces Social Security Administration to Open Hearing Office in Alaska

Washington, D.C. -- Responding to requests from the Alaska Congressional delegation, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is opening a full Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) in Anchorage next February. Currently, the SSA sends judges based in Seattle to Alaska several times a year to hold hearings in various communities, but due to transportation challenges and inclement weather, many hearings are delayed or rescheduled resulting in further costs and delays for Alaskans. "Alaskans' ab… Continue Reading


Murkowski Appointed to Conference Committee on Homeland Security Appropriations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has been appointed to a U.S. Senate-House conference committee that will reconcile differences in the two chambers' appropriations bills to fund the Department of Homeland Security in the fiscal year that begins October 1. The Senate Thursday night passed a $42.9 billion Homeland Security spending measure that includes $32.5 million to enhance United States' polar icebreaker capability. The icebreaker funding, which was included at Murk… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Funding for Alaska Projects in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than $54 million in projects for Alaska has been included in the Energy and Water Development spending bill that cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee today, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Energy and Water Development appropriations bill now goes to the Senate floor for consideration. The bill includes $11.96 million for the Denali Commission. The Denali Commission money would continue to fu… Continue Reading


Murkowski Introduces School Accountability Improvements Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced the "School Accountability Improvements Act," legislation designed to amend the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in order to address the challenges Alaska faces in complying with NCLB. "My School Accountability Improvements Act is intended to fix six specific problems in the No Child Left Behind Act that Alaskans have told me are their highest priorities," Murkowski said. "While NCLB has brought many beneficial chan… Continue Reading


Kensington Mine Injunction Lifted

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the decision by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to lift its injunction regarding the Kensington gold mine's tailings permit. "The court's decision to remove the injunction will allow an important economic development project for the Southeast to move forward," Murkowski said. "This project has been held up by legal challenges for three years. I'm happy to see a resolution that will benefit Juneau and other Southeas… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Begich Announce Mobile Office Visits to the Kenai Peninsula

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska, and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, today announced that members of their staffs will visit the communities of Seward, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing, Kenai, Soldotna, Ninilchik and Homer July 13-17, 2009. Congressional staff hold mobile office hours in Alaska in order to meet with constituents and community leaders. During their mobile office hours, staff from each office will be available to take casework requests and listen to constituent conce… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Funding for Alaska Projects in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Defense Department would spend nearly $336 million in military construction on Alaska's Army and Air Force installations in Fiscal Year 2010 under a $133.9 billion Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill approved today by a Senate subcommittee, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a member of the panel. The legislation now goes to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. The bill, approved by the Military Construc… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Comments on Gov. Palin's Decision to Step Down

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following statement after Gov. Sarah Palin's announcement that she plans to step down as governor later this month. "I am deeply disappointed that the Governor has decided to abandon the State and her constituents before her term has concluded." Sen. Murkowski is in interior Alaska and communicating via satellite phone and is unavailable for follow up questions. She will be available on Monday afternoon.… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces Grants and Contracts to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants and contracts awarded to communities in the State of Alaska: U.S. Department of the Army: · $7,175,837 to Goldbelt Cedar, LLC of Juneau. Goldbelt has been awarded a contract to construct a tactical wheeled vehicle repair facility at Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas. · $41,292,586 to B.I.N.L., Incorporated for construction of privately owned vehicle stora… Continue Reading


Waxman-Markey Not a Solution to Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today expressed concern with passage of the Waxman-Markey climate change bill and criticized the process by which it was considered in the House of Representatives. "This bill was forced through the House in a process designed to minimize open, transparent debate and preclude a thorough analysis of what the bill actually does," Murkowski said. "Elected o… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces Grants and Contracts to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants and contracts awarded to communities in the State of Alaska: U.S. Department of Agriculture: · $19,650 to the City of Hughes for a preliminary cost and analysis associated with the preparation of a preliminary engineering and environmental report for a proposed water and sewer system improvement project. · $59,085 to the Homer Society of Natural History, Inc. (Doing Bu… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Begich Ask Obama Administration to Clarify Ruling Affecting Small Business Set-Aside Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich today asked the Obama administration to clarify that a recent federal circuit court ruling on the Small Disadvantaged Business program at the Defense Department does not apply to Alaska Native Corporations, 8a and other such small business set-aside categories. In November 2008 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the Small Disadvantaged Business program at the Department of Defense is unconstitutiona… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Elected to Senate Republican Leadership Team

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today was elected unanimously by her fellow Republican senators Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, the fifth-highest party leadership position in the United States Senate. "It is an honor to be elected to the Senate Republican leadership team, and I greatly appreciate the trust and confidence my colleagues have placed in me," said Murkowski, who ran unopposed. "As the only West Coast senator on the leadership team, this p… Continue Reading

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