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Murkowski: Have the USCGC Healy Clear a Path For Fuel to Nome

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Murkowski today reached out to United States Coast Guard Admiral Papp, requesting that he make full use of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy's capabilities to clear an ice block outside the Port of Nome that is preventing the city from receiving a full winter's supply of fuel. In a letter written today, the Senator acknowledged the Coast Guard's heroic missions during the course of last month's massive winter storm. After giving the Coast Guard full credit f… Continue Reading


Murkowski Wants Answers on Reports of Earlier Salmon Virus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to news reports that Canada kept decade-old findings of a salmon virus secret, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is asking the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) what details, if any, were known by the U.S. and how this new information is being taken into account in plans to expand testing efforts. "Weeks ago, I was troubled to hear of the possibility of infectious salmon anemia in nearby fisheries. But now I am absolutely alarmed that this w… Continue Reading


Delegation Wants Equal Treatment for Alaska’s Fisheries

Washington, D.C. -Alaska's Congressional Delegation today sent a letter to Dr. Jane Lubchenco - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator - making the case that Alaska's waters should receive the funds necessary to improve operations, while similar endeavors are being funded on an ongoing basis in New England and on the West Coast. "You have made commitments to fund observers in other regions while they transition to catch share programs," wrote the delegation. … Continue Reading


EPA Rules Continue to Raise Electric Reliability Concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska today reiterated her concerns about potential threats to the reliability of the nation's electric grid posed by the Environmental Protection Agency's pending regulations. Murkowski's comments come in light of this week's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Annual Technical Conference on Electric Reliability, as well as the release of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) 2011 Long Term Electric Reliability Asses… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: Keystone Bill Promotes U.S. Jobs, Energy Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today cosponsored legislation that would require the Obama administration to issue a construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days. "A decision on Keystone is pretty straightforward - we're either serious about creating jobs and spurring economic growth or we're not. There's no downside here. The Obama administration has put politics ahead of common sense and I think this legislation will help ensure federal review of … Continue Reading


Murkowski Speaks to “Arctic Tough, Resilient and Brave” 4th Brigade

Senator Lisa Murkowski today spoke to thousands of members of the 4th AIRBORNE Brigade Combat Team - the "Spartan Brigade" - and their families as they prepare to for a year-long mission deployment to Afghanistan. Some moments from Senator Murkowski's speech: "Every American soldier is an ambassador of American exceptionalism. I am told that this brigade has a certain reputation. You are a cut above the rest. Arctic tough, resilient and brave. Blessed with strong officers and NCOs, you fight… Continue Reading


Murkowski to Obama: Rethink General Aviation Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Lisa Murkowski wrote a letter to President Obama, taking issue with the Administration's recent proposal to impose a $100 fee per flight on general aviation aircraft, as a way to reduce the nation's growing deficit. "I write to voice my opposition to your Administration's recent proposal to impose user fees on general aviation aircraft," Murkowski wrote. "While I agree that our nation's debt must be reduced, increasing taxes on general aviation aircraft through new u… Continue Reading


Murkowski Calls for Independent Investigation on Allen Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski has contacted the US Department of Justice (DOJ), calling for an "objective, thorough and independent investigation" to determine why the federal government is declining to prosecute Bill Allen over allegations he transported Paula Roberds across state lines for immoral and exploitive purposes. In a letter, Murkowski also asked two DOJ independent investigating offices to look into why the Justice Department halted the State of Alaska's efforts to prosec… Continue Reading


Interior Spikes Proposed BLM Restrictions on Gun Owners

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision to reverse a new Bureau of Land Management policy proposal that threatened to restrict recreational shooting and hunting opportunities on public lands. Salazar's decision comes just days after Murkowski questioned Interior officials about the proposed policy at a Nov. 17 hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Murkowski had also prepared legislation, to be intro… Continue Reading


Murkowski Wishes Alaskans Happy Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today offered the following reflections on Thanksgiving Day: "It has now been 222 years since George Washington himself designated Thanksgiving Day as 'a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God.' "Other countries have followed our lead in the centuries since, but this makes Thanksgiving itself an example of America leading by example, of our shared heritage - an… Continue Reading


Murkowski: USS Anchorage Should Be Commissioned In Anchorage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski wrote Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, encouraging him to have the Navy commission the USS Anchorage - a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship - in Anchorage once it completes its sea trials. "Alaskan hospitality is legendary. It is well known through the Armed Forces that no people support our men and women in uniform more enthusiastically than the people of Alaska," Murkowski wrote. Murkowski concluded that "the commissioning ceremony p… Continue Reading


Murkowski Pushes Investigation of Stolen Military Medical Records

Washington, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced an amendment to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that calls for a Department of Defense Inspector General investigation into the theft of 4.9 million TRICARE records containing personal information of active duty service members, military families and retirees from the vehicle of a military contractor. TRICARE is the health care program serving the military, retirees and their families worldwide. "Our military families are justifia… Continue Reading


Murkowski Staffer Provides Details on "Human Side" of Storm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today received information and images from staff member Bob Walsh upon his return from a three-day, 11 village tour of Western Alaska storm damage. Walsh, a Nome native, visited communities impacted by the violent weather system in early November - including Nome, Unalakleet, Shaktoolik, Kotzebue and Kivalina - and provided Murkowski pictures, anecdotes and experiences he heard from residents. "The constant phone calls with officials and updates were he… Continue Reading


Murkowski Responds to Super Committee Result

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today had the following reaction to the news that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will not reach an agreement: "Americans expected and deserved a productive outcome. The 'Super Committee' failed to meet its deadline, not from a lack of trying, and this failure doesn't mean the debate is over. It means we must continue our efforts. If anything, we must double down on our efforts to resolve this issue through a combination of spending … Continue Reading


Murkowski Recognized for Award-Winning Websites

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski is being recognized this year for having two of the best websites in the U.S. Senate - both her personal office's website and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee website, where she is the ranking Republican. "I am proud that my web presence is being recognized as a high quality service for my Alaskan constituents - keeping them connected across the 4,000 miles and four time zones between home and DC," said Murkowski. "Whether it's utiliz… Continue Reading


Key Alaska Needs Cross the Finish Line on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today supported final passage of an appropriations bill that combines three appropriations bills - meaning millions for Alaska's infrastructure and industry in the next fiscal year have been sent to President Obama for his signature. Murkowski serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and 6 different Appropriations Subcommittees. When signed, many Alaskan imperatives can now count on resources for the next year, including: Village Safe Water:… Continue Reading


Murkowski Asks BLM to Clarify Proposed Recreational Shooting Restrictions on Public Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, ranking member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, questioned Interior Department officials about a proposed policy that would restrict recreational shooting on Bureau of Land Management land. (click to watch video) "I've got a real concern about this, as most of my constituents in Alaska clearly do," Murkowski said. "The last time the Department of Interior attempted to regulate guns…, we ended up with … Continue Reading


Oceans Caucus Co-Chair Murkowski Hosts Alaskan Expert

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Murkowski today convened a briefing of the Senate Oceans Caucus by bringing an expert on the changing ocean environment from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Senator Murkowski is co-chair of the caucus and selected Dr. Jeremy Mathis to speak before the group - spurred by a conversation the two shared during a recent Fairbanks visit. "I am very pleased Dr. Mathis accepted my invitation to present at the Oceans Caucus today," said Murkowski. "I think the information… Continue Reading


Proposed Merger Means Loss of Independence for Regulatory Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today expressed concern and frustration over Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's order to "consolidate" the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). "I'm not convinced the decision to merge OSM into BLM is legally valid or good public policy," Murkowski said at Thursday's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the issue. "The committees of jurisdiction were not consulted and the Interior's s… Continue Reading


November “National Native American Heritage Month” After Senate Passes Legislation Co-Sponsored by Senator Murkowski

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution co-sponsored by Senator Murkowski recognizing November as National Native American Heritage Month - and next Friday as Native American Heritage Day. "Forty percent of all the federally recognized tribes in the United States call Alaska home," said Murkowski. "So I am proud to call attention to our Alaska's First People - and American Indians and Native Hawaiians, as well - and celebrate their rich contribution to our… Continue Reading

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