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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


USS Anchorage Will Be Commissioned in Anchorage

Alaska's Congressional Delegation is pleased today to announce the Commissioning Ceremony for the USS Anchorage will be held in Anchorage next September or October. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is personally delivering the good news to each member of the delegation via telephone calls today. The news comes in response to letters the delegation members wrote to Secretary Mabus in November requesting the ship be commissioned in the community for which it is named to give locals a chance to sho… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Administration’s Decision to Prevent Uranium Production Outside the Borders of the Grand Canyon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following response to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement that he was extending the million-acre moratorium on new uranium mining claims outside the borders of the Grand Canyon National Park. "The Grand Canyon deserves to be protected and it is, but this decision is part of a misguided effort to impose 'buffer zones' around national parks and other federal lands that effectively lock-up vast areas without Congre… Continue Reading


Murkowski Flying to Indiana for “Special Delivery” to Alaska National Guard Unit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski is visiting 118 Alaska National Guardsmen of Company B, 1st battalion (Airborne) of the 143rd Infantry Regiment tomorrow at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in Edinburgh, Indiana. During the course of her tour of training activities, Senator Murkowski will visit with the soldiers, express her appreciation and hand-deliver Alaskan silver salmon to the troops. "These brave Alaskans are getting ready to move to the other side of the planet -… Continue Reading


Murkowski Encouraged by Navy’s USS Anchorage Response

Senator Lisa Murkowski received a response from the Secretary of the Navy's office regarding her November request to have the USS Anchorage - a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship - commissioned in Anchorage once it completes its sea trials. "The Port of Anchorage would be an ideal location to commission the USS Anchorage," said Senator Murkowski. "I am encouraged that Secretary of the Navy agrees, and is going to give an Alaskan ceremony serious consideration." "The Secretary st… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Pentagon Cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama today introduced a new strategy for American forces that could involve significant reductions in Army force structure, changes in military pay, benefits and retirement, and major changes in weapons system procurement. Senator Murkowski had the following reaction to his remarks: "We are entering a new era for the American military - both in mindset but also in resources. As we rethink our military spending and prepare to meet 21st Century challenges, we need … Continue Reading


Murkowski Appreciates DHS Waiver Decision for Nome

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After hearing that the Russian Tanker Renda had received a waiver from the Department of Homeland Security for a statutory Jones Act requirement to transport fuel from Dutch Harbor to Nome, Senator Lisa Murkowski today had the following reaction: "Today is an important step in providing certainty to the Seward Peninsula region, in terms of heat and affordable heating prices through the winter, but it is only a step. We literally have hundreds of miles to go before resolutio… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Deal for Payroll Tax Cut Extensions, 20,000 Jobs for Americans

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) today announced a plan to approve the bipartisan U.S. Senate compromise reached Saturday - extending the payroll tax cut and other benefits - while accelerating negotiations toward a longer agreement. The bill also requires a decision from the Obama Administration on the Keystone XL pipeline within months. Senator Lisa Murkowski had the following reaction to the vote: "With many Americans facing high unemployment and underemployment, I'm pleased that th… Continue Reading


Delegation Lauds FAA Changes to Address Pilot Fatigue, Protect Passengers

Washington, D.C. - Today the Federal Aviation Administration released major changes in commercial airline rules to prevent dangerously-fatigued pilots from flying - changes that originally were scheduled to be announced in August. The new rules limit the amount of flight time that pilots can be asked to work and increase the amount of mandated rest hours. This development comes days after the Alaska Congressional Delegation wrote a letter to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Admini… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: Reliability Concerns Warrant Careful Review of Utility MACT Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commented on the Environmental Protection Agency's release of the final National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units, or Utility MACT. Murkowski has expressed concern with the rule due to its potentially significant implications for electric grid reliability. Murkowski has urged a greater role for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and expert or… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senators Concerned About EPA’s Overly Broad Diesel Fuel Definition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ranking members of the Senate Committees on Energy and Natural Resources and Environment and Public Works Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and James M. Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), today joined Sens. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) in sending a bipartisan letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to express concern about the approach the agency seems to be taking to regulate hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) when diesel… Continue Reading


Corps Decision Clears Way for Responsible Development of NPR-A

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to grant road access to the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) via construction of a bridge across the Colville River. "Today's decision clears the way for the National Petroleum Reserve's first oil production," Murkowski said. "NPR-A has long been cited as an example of the federal government's commitment to domestic oil production, but in reality the gates to NPR-A … Continue Reading


Murkowski Salutes “Mala the Magnificent” on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski took the occasion of the 105th anniversary of Ray Mala's birth to share the memories and the meaning of the nation's first Native film star. An Alaska Native and the first non-white actor to receive top billing in Hollywood entertainment, Mala was born on December 27th, 1906 in Candle, Alaska. Over the course of his career, he worked with cinema legends like Alfred Hitchcock and Cecil B. DeMille. "It is a great honor for me to reflect upon the life of … Continue Reading


Delegation Recognizes the 40th Anniversary of ANCSA

Washington, D.C. -Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, along with the support of Congressman Don Young passed a resolution recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. On December 18, 1971, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) was enacted to settle longstanding issues of the Alaska Native aboriginal land claims. "When Alaska Business Monthly recently announced the Top 49 Alaskan-owned business list, it was no surprise to see that 8 of the top 10 … Continue Reading


Omnibus Appropriations Bill Brings Alaska Vital Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced a number of funding priorities for Alaska addressed in the $1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The omnibus bill, which will fund the federal government for the remainder of the 2012 Fiscal Year, now heads to President Obama for his signature. The Senator sits on six different appropriations subcommittees, and is the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Interior, … Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes for Benefit Extensions, 20,000 Jobs for America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, which will continue to put added money into working Americans paychecks and keeps benefits going through February to those unemployed and looking for work. The act also extends the current medicare reimbursement rate and aid to needy families for two months. To make certain the bill does not add to the nation's deficit, it will be paid for by a bipartisan agreement to raise guarantee fees … Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on BOEM Release of Shell Exploration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) conditional approval of Shell's exploration plan for Alaska's Chukchi Sea, which requires Shell to stop drilling 38 days before ice forms around the drill site. BOEM has set Sept. 24 as the final day Shell can drill in the Chukchi next year. "Some of the conditions attached to this decision seem to be a response to newspaper ads, rather than founded in sc… Continue Reading

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