Press Releases

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04.01.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI URGES OPENING OF ANWR

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski yesterday urged her colleagues to support Arctic Alaskan oil development in an effort to help drive down the price of fuel for Americans. The Congressional Research Service recently released new estimates for the total federal revenues from ANWR's opening to $191.1 billion, or potentially $296.9 billion should the U.S. Geological Survey's high estimate of 16 billion barrels of oil be discovered. "There is a lot of hand wringing in Washington ab… Continue Reading


04.01.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI APPLAUDS EFFORTS OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD IN ALASKA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski late Monday commended the brave actions of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard who participated in efforts to rescue the 47-member crew of the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger in the Bering Sea on March 23, 2008. As a result of their heroic efforts, 42 members of the Ranger's crew survived. Murkowski honored the men and women of the Coast Guard in the Senate on the first day that the body returned after its Easter Recess. She noted … Continue Reading


03.26.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski is now accepting applications for summer internships. All Alaskan high school students in their senior year may apply for an opportunity to spend four weeks in Senator Murkowski's Washington D.C. office. The Senator will select a total of twenty students from all areas of Alaska to participate in one of two, month-long sessions. The first session for the summer of 2008 will run from June 9 - July 4 and the second session will be from July 7 - August 1… Continue Reading


03.25.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI ANNOUNCES DONATION OF COMPUTERS TO ALASKA SCHOOLS

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced the shipment of surplus Senate computers to five rural Alaska schools. Schools in Slana, Yakutat, Tanana, Hydaburg and Klukwan will receive five computers each from the United States Senate's Computers for Schools Program. "It is vital to our students' education that we provide them with adequate technology to prepare for the future," said Senator Murkowski. "I am proud to be able to donate this equipment, which will greatly improve th… Continue Reading


03.20.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI HONORS NATIONAL NATIVE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski last week won final passage designating today as National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The resolution encourages Federal, State and tribal governments to coordinate efforts in HIV/AIDS testing and in the promotion of prevention activities to further efforts in the reduction of HIV/AIDS infection rates among American Indian and Alaska Natives. "The spread of HIV/AIDS within American Indian and Alaska Native communities is alarming," said Senator Murk… Continue Reading


03.18.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI ADDRESSES STATE LEGISLATURE

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski today addressed the Alaska State Legislature. Below are Senator Murkowski's remarks as prepared for delivery: Speaker Harris, President Green, members of the Legislature, thank you for allowing me to address the Legislature today. I want to talk about making history together, but first let's thank those Alaskans who are making us safe. This morning I was honored to address the Joint Armed Services Committee. We talked about health care service… Continue Reading


03.14.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI OPPOSES PROPOSED MORATORIUM ON EARMARKS

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski last night voted against legislation that would ban all earmarks in the Senate for one year. The legislation failed to pass the Senate by a vote of 29-71. "One of my duties as Senator is to ensure that Alaska's needs are met," said Senator Murkowski. "I was born and raised in Alaska. I listen to my constituent's concerns and needs, and I understand Alaska's unique needs. I know better than bureaucrats who've never even been to Alaska how money should … Continue Reading


03.13.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI SADDENED BY LOSS OF AGRIUM COAL GASIFICATION PROJECT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski today expressed her disappointment that the Agrium Corp. was unable to secure financing to proceed with a coal gasification project on the Kenai Peninsula that could have permitted the company's urea and nitrogen fertilizer plant at Nikiski to reopen. "It is severely disappointing that after all the years spent trying to facilitate the Agrium Blue Skies project, it will not go through," said Senator Murkowski. "It is disheartening to not only the more… Continue Reading


03.13.08

SENATORS MURKOWSKI AND STEVENS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO OPEN ANWR

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski today introduced legislation to open the Arctic Coastal Plain in Alaska to oil development when the price of oil reaches $125 a barrel. Oil prices are likely to keep rising and are unlikely to slow unless oil development is increased. Senator Murkowski's legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Ted Stevens, the American Energy Independence and Security Act of 2008, would automatically open 1.5 million acres of the coastal plain of the 19-million-acre Arct… Continue Reading


03.13.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO SPEED INVESTMENT IN CLEAN ENERGY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski recently co-sponsored legislation that will establish a government corporation dedicated to makings loans and facilitating investment in clean energy projects nationwide. The bipartisan bill, the Clean Energy Investment Act of 2008, is intended to speed the pace of construction of clean and renewable energy projects nationwide. "The Clean Energy Investment Bank will help our nation move toward energy independence," said Senator Murkowski. "While Con… Continue Reading


03.12.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI SPONSORS NATIONAL NATIVE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski last night won final passage of a resolution designating March 20, 2008 as National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day encourages Federal, State and tribal governments to coordinate efforts in HIV/AIDS testing and in the promotion of prevention activities to further efforts in the reduction of HIV/AIDs infection rates among American Indian and Alaska Natives. "The spread of HIV/AIDS within American Indian and Alaska Nati… Continue Reading


02.27.08

BREAST CANCER RESEARCH BILL APPROVED BY HELP COMMITTEE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today announced that the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act of 2007 was approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Senator Murkowski is an original cosponsor of the legislation which will now move to the Senate floor. "This legislation supports important research into the causes of and possible prevention strategies for breast cancer," said Senator Murkowski. "With three million women living with breast cancer today… Continue Reading


02.27.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI TO POST APPROPRIATIONS REQUESTS ONLINE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today announced that she will join Senator Stevens and Congressman Young in posting appropriations requests on her website. Her office received nearly 500 funding requests this year from local governments, organizations and the State of Alaska. "I am joining Senator Stevens and Congressman Young in taking this step to highlight the appropriations process that the delegation goes through each year," said Senator Murkowski. "By posting appropriations requests… Continue Reading


02.26.08

SENATE PASSES INDIAN HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENT ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Murkowski, the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced that the United States Senate passed S. 1200, comprehensive legislation to modernize the Indian health care delivery system. The bill reauthorizes the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which was last comprehensively reauthorized in 1992, and represents the first effort to comprehensively modernize the Indian health care delivery system in over 15 years. Senator Murkowski co-managed… Continue Reading


02.26.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI SPEAKS ON BEHALF OF EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL PLAINTIFFS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today made a statement on the Senate floor supporting the victims of the Exxon Valdez oil spill: Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear the appeal of the ongoing litigation between Exxon Mobil and commercial fishermen and other plaintiffs whose livelihoods were negatively impacted by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef at 12:04AM on March 24, 1989, spilling 11 million gallons of oil - about the same size as 125 Olymp… Continue Reading


02.14.08

ALASKAN SENATORS URGE UPGRADE OF INDIAN HEALTH CARE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski, the Vice-Chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today urged passage of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007. The legislation would reauthorize and update the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which governs the operation of the American Indian and Alaska Native health care delivery system. The Senate will resume consideration of the bill on Monday, February 25. "This bill is intended to bring new hope for Indian health, to … Continue Reading


01.30.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI INTRODUCES THE ROBERT JAMES ACT OF 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski last night introduced the Robert James Act of 2008. This legislation, which is co-sponsored by Senator Stevens, fixes an inequity in the Social Security Disability Insurance system by allowing the five month waiting period for disability compensation to be waived if an individual diagnosed with a terminal illness can demonstrate financial hardship. "My legislation would give the Social Security Commissioner the discretion to waive the arbitrary five month wa… Continue Reading


01.25.08

Alaska's Congressional Delegation Files Supreme Court Brief in Support of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska's Congressional Delegation, Senator Ted Stevens, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Don Young, today filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the victims of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in the case Exxon Shipping Co. and Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Grant Baker, et al. In the brief, the Delegation discusses the origins and legislative history of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the federal law that is central to the controversy. The brief incorporates l… Continue Reading


01.23.08

SENATOR MURKOWSKI URGES PASSAGE OF INDIAN HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today offered the following remarks on the need to pass the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007: I rise to join my colleague Senator Dorgan on S.1200, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007. As Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, we join to offer this legislation as a culmination of considerable bi-partisan efforts over several Congresses by Members on both sides of the aisle. We have worked th… Continue Reading


01.16.08

DELEGATION ANNOUNCES INCREASED FUNDING FOR HEATING ASSISTANCE IN ALASKA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Murkowski and Stevens and Congressman Young today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will release $3,558,253 to Alaska for the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This nationwide program is designed to help low-income families and senior citizens pay home energy costs. “The cost of energy is having a detrimental impact across the state, particularly in rural areas,” said Senator Murkowski. “This increase to LIHEAP … Continue Reading

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