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Alaska Delegation & Governor Parnell Stand Together - Oppose BRAC

The Alaska Congressional Delegation and Alaska Governor Sean Parnell issued a united set of statements defending Alaska's military bases and expressing their importance to military operations and national security. The show of support follows an announcement from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to seek two new rounds of Base Closure and Realignment Commissions (BRAC). The last round of BRAC took place in 2005 and changes were completed in fall of 2011. Alaska's military constitutes more than 13 … Continue Reading


“We’ve Got a Few More Big Miracles to Brag About”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to laud the recent work of the United States Coast Guard and the Alaska National Guard - the USCG for the Icebreaker Healy's successful mission to cut a path hundreds of miles through ice to Nome, and the AK National Guard for the troops who shoveled out the community of Cordova earlier this month after their enormous snowfall. (Click boxes for excerpts) Here are few selected e… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Secure Rural Schools Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that the U.S. Forest Service is distributing more than $18.1 million to Alaska communities for improvements to public schools, roads and stewardship projects under the Secure Rural Schools program. The Secure Rural Schools program, which officially expired at the end of last fiscal year, has historically shared revenue from Forest Service timber sales with local governments and schools, including communities in the Tongass a… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on Blue Ribbon Commission Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commented on the release of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future's final report on managing the nation's spent nuclear fuel. "I've been working with Sens. Feinstein, Alexander and Bingaman to find a plan to deal with our nation's spent nuclear fuel. We have a lot of issues to address - not just the need for a long-term repository, but also transportation safety issues, the federal government's contractual liability … Continue Reading


Murkowski Disapproves of Debt Ceiling Raise

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski expressed her disapproval of the nation's rising debt in today's Senate vote. "I voted for today's disapproval resolution to join the millions of Americans - across the political spectrum - who agree that we need to rein in our nation's finances. Earlier this month, America hit a dubious distinction - our national debt is now as big as the entire United States economy. In other words, our yearly financial product in terms of goods and services now mat… Continue Reading


Murkowski Lauds School Breakfast, Lunch Standard Updates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture updated nutrition standards for public school breakfasts and lunches in Alaska and nationwide for the first time in fifteen years. This is the first step in a series of policy moves. Within months, the USDA plans to implement a proposal sponsored by Senator Murkowski and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that raises standards for foods and beverages sold outside of cafeterias during the school day, like vend… Continue Reading


Murkowski Responds to the President’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski tonight attended President Obama's State of the Union address and shared the following reaction with Alaskans afterwards: (Click to view) Some key excerpts: Overall: "There were aspects of his address that I was pleasantly surprised at. I had assumed there would be more of a campaign tone and campaign pitch, but I think he took a pointed effort to make sure that he was spelling out what he hoped to see in this next year. Somewhat aggressive propo… Continue Reading


Murkowski Encourages Bipartisan Seating at State of the Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today appeared on MSNBC with Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado to discuss their bipartisan seating arrangement for President Obama's State of the Union address tonight. Sens. Murkowski and Udall have led the effort to permanently end partisan seating during the State of the Union address. As of 9:40am (AKST), 202 federal lawmakers have agreed to sit with members of the other party at the President's speech. (Click to watch) ###… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces 2012 Service Academy Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced that she has nominated 37 young Alaskans for appointment to the U.S. military service academies for the class of 2016. "This year's nominees are stellar candidates who embody the leadership capabilities and strong characters we expect from our men and women in uniform," Murkowski said. "It is a privilege to nominate such accomplished Alaskans for admission to our service academies." Nominees were selected based on their academic reco… Continue Reading


Delegation Supports Gov. Parnell Disaster Declaration for Kenai Peninsula

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska delegation today sent a letter to President Obama in support of Alaska Governor Sean Parnell's request for a federal disaster declaration for the Kenai Peninsula Borough - battered by severe wind storms in November 2011. They urged the Obama Administration to act expeditiously on the request and approve FEMA support for the region."This winter has been exceptionally challenging to Alaska's emergency management community," the delegation wrote. "From November 1 thr… Continue Reading


Murkowski Speaks Against Protect Internet Protocol Act (PIPA) Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With a Senate vote scheduled for next week on the Protect Internet Protocol Act (PIPA) - that would prohibit U.S. Internet users from accessing foreign websites that don't respect U.S. intellectual property laws - Senator Murkowski today spoke of her intentions: "PIPA was envisioned as a way to fight intellectual property theft online, but the bill raises serious concerns about our civil liberties. That's why next week I plan to oppose the current PIPA bill." ###… Continue Reading


Murkowski: President’s Decision on Keystone XL is a Step Backward for American Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement in response to President Obama's decision to reject a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline: "Yesterday the President's Jobs Council called for an 'all-in' energy policy, including increased production of oil and natural gas, and construction of pipelines to deliver that energy to market. Today, however, election-year politics have trumped good policy, with the American people as the losers. "Given th… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Hold Tsunami Debris Fact-Finding Roundtable

Senator Murkowski today announced she is holding a roundtable discussion this Friday on the Alaskan impacts of last year's tsunami in Japan - exploring what debris has been found and informing the public discussion on moving forward. "It has been nearly a year since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a tragic loss of life and property, and Alaskans know that our coastlines are the frontlines in terms of dealing with some of the effects," said Murkowski. "Alaskans need to hear what is b… Continue Reading


Murkowski Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today offered the following reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: (Click video to watch) "I would like to take a moment with you to salute the life and teachings of Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would be his 83rd birthday. "Now it's said that the national holiday celebrating the life of the Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. should be regarded as a "day on," and "not a day off." I subscribe to that philosophy. This Nation o… Continue Reading


Murkowski Flying to Nome to Welcome Healy Crew

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today is joining United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo on a flight to Nome in order to personally thank everyone involved in the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy's mission to aid the community's winter fuel needs. Nome Mayor Denise Michels will join them aboard the ship to visit with the crew that extended their time on the sea through the holiday season to fulfill the mission. "Alaskans have a close relationship with the United States Coast Gu… Continue Reading


Murkowski Responds to White House Restructuring Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama today proposed a restructuring of the federal government, including many trade- and commerce-related agencies. One of the suggested changes would transfer the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration from the Commerce Department to the Department of the Interior. Senator Murkowski had the following reaction to the news: "Now more than ever, any proposal to move towards a smaller government needs to be welcomed for review. However, there are a lot o… Continue Reading


DoJ Tells Murkowski Preliminary Inquiry Launched Into Allen Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Professional Responsibility informed Senator Lisa Murkowski that an internal investigation regarding the Bill Allen case has been initiated in response to her November request. This action comes after nearly a year and a half of questioning by Murkowski into the DOJ's decision-making process in the form of letters, phone calls and Senate hearing testimony. The acting counsel for the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility responded… Continue Reading


Murkowski: “To Heck With Politics,” Leads Call for Permanent End to Party Seating at State of Union

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Murkowski today joined her colleague Senator Mark Udall of Colorado in suggesting that bipartisan seating at the president's State of the Union address become a permanent practice. The Senators pioneered the concept last year and today circulated a letter on Capitol Hill encouraging Senators and Representatives to participate. "There is a phrase that means a lot to many Alaskans, and that's 'The heck with politics, let's do what's right for Alaska,'" said Murkowski. … Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Approval of Air Permits for Shell’s Arctic OCS Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement regarding a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency's internal appeals board confirming the validity of two air-quality permits for Shell's Noble Discoverer drillship to explore Alaska's Arctic waters this summer: "The validation of Shell's first air quality permits is almost the end of what has been a long and exhaustive process," Murkowski said. "I'm relieved that the EPA's internal appea… Continue Reading


Murkowski to 143rd and Families: 'The Support From Alaskans Is With You'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski returned today from Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in Edinburgh, Indiana - after visiting 118 Alaska National Guardsmen of Company B, 1st battalion (Airborne) of the 143rd Infantry Regiment preparing for a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. "I can't tell you not to worry about your loved ones," Senator Murkowski said, "but I can tell you that with the level of training they are receiving at this moment, they will go to Afghanistan with … Continue Reading

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