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Delegation Questions Possible Closures of Fairbanks Post Offices

The Alaska Congressional Delegation is expressing concern over the decision to move forward on possible closure of the post offices on Alaska's Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base. After learning yesterday that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has taken the next step toward closing the two offices, the delegation today sent a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe questioning the calculations used to arrive at the decision to consider closing. The letter expresses concern th… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Congressional Approval Needed to Change OSM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement regarding Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's order to combine the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) into the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): "I'm deeply concerned about this proposed unilateral action. If it were simply a consolidation of administrative functions, that is something I could support. According to Interior's release, however, it appears that the proposed merger would be much more extensive a… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Kip Knudson, Gov. Parnell’s New Director of State and Federal Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski today released the following statement on Governor Sean Parnell's announcement of Kip Knudson as Director of State and Federal relations in his Washington, D.C. office: "Governor Parnell informed me this morning that he has selected Kip Knudson to be Alaska's new Director of State and Federal Relations and I was happy to hear it. "I've known Kip since my time in the Alaska State Legislature, and worked with him on vital Alaska issues in Washington. He h… Continue Reading


Murkowski Meets With Nation’s Highest Ranking Military Officer

ANCHORAGE, AK - Senator Lisa Murkowski today met with General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during his first visit to Alaska since being confirmed in late September. General Dempsey serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council - by law, he is the nation's highest-ranking military officer. Taking advantage of the Chairman's brief stop in Alaska, Senator Murkow… Continue Reading


Delegation “Extremely Concerned” about SBA HUBZone Changes

Washington, D.C. - Alaska's Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills expressing serious concern over the decertification of several Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) areas in Alaska, which could cost 101 small businesses' working in the state's most distressed areas federal contract opportunities statewide. Firms located in the Aleutians West, Denali, Fairbanks North Star and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs were all notified o… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: Roadless Ruling Hurts Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement regarding the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the Clinton-era Roadless Rule prohibiting most economic activity in nearly 50 million acres of national forests. "I am disappointed in the court's ruling. The roadless rule never made sense for Southeast Alaska, where 98 percent of the land is federally owned. Previous agreements with the federal government recognized that fact and su… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes For Commerce Nominee Bryson

Senator Lisa Murkowski today voted for John Bryson, President Obama's Nominee to head the Department of Commerce, issuing the following statement afterwards: "I voted to confirm Mr. Bryson, but not without reservations. Though his experience in fisheries is lacking, he has received strong support across many sectors of our business community." "Just prior to the vote, I spoke with Mr. Bryson and received personal assurances that not only is he committed, but he knows and understands the signi… Continue Reading



WASHINGTON, D.C. -As Congress debates a path for long-term financial stability, Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced that during the upcoming October recess next week, she will be holding a series of economic town halls to share with Alaskans her view of the decisions ahead - and to hear from Alaskans about their thoughts. "While the 'Super Committee' works on Capitol Hill, I want to open up this process to all of Alaska," said Murkowski. "This issue touches every Alaskan and every town, and… Continue Reading


Murkowski Applauds Settlement of Seward Peninsula Lands Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, released the following comment upon Senate passage yesterday of the Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act, which ratifies a settlement between the state of Alaska, the federal Bureau of Land Management and the Bering Straits Native Corp., completing land conveyances promised in the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA): "As we near the 40th anniversary of passage of ANCSA, it is great news that legislation resolving the r… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Social Security COLA Increase is Welcome News

Washington, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski had the following reaction upon hearing the news that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 3.6% at the beginning of 2012: "America is facing a series of difficult decisions and rethought priorities when it comes to dealing with our nation's mounting debt and deficit, but for those who rely on social security -and can tell you the day of the month it comes in the mail - this is welcome news." Some other changes tha… Continue Reading


Murkowski: “Alaska is Not Just the Last Frontier. It is Truly Our Best Option.”

Washington, DC - At times educational and historic, other times scathing and critical, Senator Lisa Murkowski today took to the U.S. Senate floor to commemorate the 144th anniversary of Alaska Day. She set a sober tone early in the speech when she shared that she is "worried about the future of Alaska - not because of the global economy, not because of high unemployment levels, but because of the treatment we experience at the hands of our own federal government." The Senator then reminded her … Continue Reading


Murkowski: Our Icebreaking Capacity as an Arctic Nation Just Simply is Unacceptable

Russia 33, United States 1 Murkowski: "Our Icebreaking Capacity as an Arctic Nation Just Simply is Unacceptable" Washington, DC - Senator Lisa Murkowski today highlighted America's shortfall of icebreakers in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing - in a question to United States Coast Guard Vice Admiral Brian Salerno. "The current status of our icebreaking capacity as an Arctic Nation just simply is unacceptable," Murkowski stressed. "I think those in the Coast Guard, whose… Continue Reading


Murkowski: U.S. Must be a Leader in Offshore Oil Production

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today stressed the importance of the United States being a leader in offshore energy production, as neighboring countries begin exploring for oil and natural gas along the U.S. maritime border. "It does us no good to complain that offshore drilling is too risky for us to pursue when other nations are busy reaping the benefits right along our borders," Murkowski said. "Neither geology nor ocean currents recognize borders, so we really have… Continue Reading


Alaska’s Senators Taking Actions Against Frankenfish

WASHINGTON, DC - In their latest efforts to stop Genetically Engineered (GE) fish from being a reality, U.S. Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski today filed two separate pieces of legislation - Begich by introducing the Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States (PEGASUS) Act to ban the interstate commerce of GE fish, Murkowski by filing an amendment to the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would prohibit funds from being used by the FDA to approve th… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: Ruling Reinforces Limits on Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following comment regarding a federal judge's ruling on the listing of the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act (ESA): "Today's decision reinforces the position of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the ESA is not an appropriate tool to address greenhouse gas emissions," Murkowski said. "The misapplication of well-intentioned statutes carries the risk of serious consequences for our struggling economy." ###… Continue Reading


Murkowski Fighting to “Alaskanize” No Child Left Behind

Washington, dc - Senator Lisa Murkowski is introducing two bills today in advance of a committee markup session to make needed changes for Alaska to No Child Left Behind - as the law is being reauthorized by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, on which she sits. "I am glad that [HELP Committee] Chairman Harkin wants to make long-overdue changes to improve No Child Left Behind," said Senator Murkowski. "After hearing from Alaskan educators with their ideas t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Joins First Ever Bipartisan Law Enforcement Caucus

WASHINGTON - Senator Lisa Murkowski joined 17 Senate colleagues in launching the first ever U.S. Senate Law Enforcement Caucus this week, with the goals of educating and informing each other about the programs and initiatives keeping our communities safe, while advocating for the policies law enforcement agencies need to carry out their missions. "Whether they're policemen patrolling Alaska's urban streets or our Village Public Safety Officers, Alaska's law enforcement officers deserve support… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Critical Alaska Projects in 2012 Interior Bill

Washington, DC - A number of key projects and priorities for Alaska are contained within the final draft of the 2012 Senate Interior Appropriations bill, made public today. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Ranking Republican on the Committee today made the following statement: "Today, Chairman Reed and I released a draft version of the Senate Interior bill to the public on the Senate Committee on Appropriations website," Murkowski said. "This is a very important piece of legislation for the State of A… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Introduces Bill to Name Anchorage Federal Courthouse

In an effort to recognize his decades of service to Alaska and the country, the Alaska Congressional Delegation has introduced legislation to name the federal courthouse in Anchorage after the late Judge James M. Fitzgerald. Judge Fitzgerald served Alaska from 1959 to 2006 on the first Alaska Superior Court bench, on the Alaska Supreme Court, and on the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. "Judge Fitzgerald was one of the finest jurists ever to serve the people of Alaska and the Uni… Continue Reading


Murkowski Congratulates Ft. Yukon Elder for Presidential Citizens Medal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski today made the following comment after receiving news that Fort Yukon's Clarence Lee Alexander will receive the Presidential Citizens Medal -- the second highest civilian honor from President Obama next week, for his contributions to his community: "I am proud that one of our very own Alaskans is the recipient of such a prestigious award. It reminds me of the famous Margaret Mead quote ~ Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people t… Continue Reading

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