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Law Enforcement in Alaska to Get Needed Federal Support

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Murkowski announced today that justice programs with significant importance to Alaska had language approved by the Commerce Justice and Science subcommittee - and could mean millions in federal funding for Alaska's law enforcement. The bill received bipartisan support and now heads to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for a vote Thursday. Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) - crucial to Alaska law enforcement because they allow police across the state to… Continue Reading


“Without Healthy Oceans, We Do Not Have a Healthy Planet”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today to open up the discussions and mission of the newly launched U.S. Senate Oceans Caucus (SOC). Senator Begich and fifteen additional members of the SOC will also participate to create better informed and timely policy for America's coasts, estuaries and open oceans. After the SOC meeting concluded earlier today, Senator Murkowski shared her thoughts with the assembled media: "This is an opportunity for u… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Fall Interns to Washington, D.C. Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski today announced the names of her college interns who will work in the Senator's Washington, D.C., office this fall. "It's one thing to learn theory and models of political science or international affairs in a college classroom," said Murkowski. "But on Capitol Hill my office works hard every day on concrete, pressing issues that Alaskans deal with constantly. I hope these young people find it illuminating as they begin their professional lives." Sarah … Continue Reading


Murkowski To Co-Chair U.S. Senate Oceans Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski will be a leader of the new bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus when it assembles for the first time tomorrow, with the remaining co-chairs to be named at the event. "It's an honor to be a leader of this caucus, on behalf of the only state bordering two oceans," said Senator Murkowski. "The oceans are more than beautiful and important natural gifts, they are our farms, our factories of growth - and our future." The mission of the Senate Oceans Caucus (SOC… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Preemptive Veto Would Trample Scientific Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement in response to a news report that Washington Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell may seek a preemptive veto from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the proposed Pebble Mine: "Attempts to prejudge development in the Bristol Bay area before a permit application has even been submitted would make a mockery out of the federal environmental review process. A preemptive veto makes no more sense than a… Continue Reading


Murkowski: “America Stands Resilient, Vigilant and Strong”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski shared her thoughts with Alaskans on the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001: "Ten years ago, nearly 3,000 men and women lost their lives in New York City, at the Pentagon and in a quiet country field in Pennsylvania - simply for being Americans doing what we do: going to work, traveling to see relatives, or protecting our country and its citizens. "And while it happened a distance away from our state, it hit home for… Continue Reading


Murkowski Shares Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Speech With Senate Colleagues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced and passed a resolution commemorating today, September 9, 2011 as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day. "During my time in the Senate, I have given many speeches recognizing FASD day. In each of these speeches, I stated that in Alaska we have the highest rate of FASD in the nation," Murkowski said in a speech submitted for the record. "Approximately 160 Alaskan babies are born each year affected by materna… Continue Reading


Murkowski: “He’s Reheating the Same Failed Ideas”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama addressed a joint session of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives tonight, unveiling his American Jobs Act. Afterwards, Senator Murkowski responded to the President's plan: "Alaskans, I had hoped that tonight the President would hear the majority of Americans asking for solid, comprehensive solutions that can get bipartisan support - but tonight the President offered us nothing new. "President Obama spent a lot of time sharing his plan with the coun… Continue Reading


Alaska’s Post Offices Are “More Than Statistics or Traffic Rates”

ANCHORAGE, AK - Senator Lisa Murkowski is pleased to announce that the United States Postal Service has confirmed they have removed all but 5 post offices from the original list of those being considered for closure in Alaska. "I appreciate that as the post office has been running numbers to find efficiencies, it found that many post offices originally considered for closure or transformation to the Village Post Office model are more than statistics or traffic rates - they're the focal points … Continue Reading


Murkowski Calls on EPA to Address Electricity Reliability Concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson asking the agency to defer implementation of a stricter federal regulation of power plants, the so-called "Utility MACT" rule, until it receives a full analysis of the rule's impact on electricity reliability from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "We must consider the total impact this rule will have on the electric grid," Murkowski said. "The re… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Report on Spurring Energy and Job Creation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the release of a report by the Senate and Congressional Western Caucuses focused on the jobs that could be created through the responsible development of America's natural resources. Many of the bills highlighted in the report are awaiting a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, of which Sen. Murkowski is the ranking member. "I applaud Sen. Barrasso and the Western Caucuses for focusing on se… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Begich Laud Judiciary Vote For Christen, Gleason

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the nominations of Alaska Supreme Court Justice Morgan Christen and Alaska Superior Court Presiding Judge Sharon Gleason in a unanimous, bipartisan voice vote. The nominations now head to the U.S. Senate floor for a final confirmation vote. "I'm optimistic that today's vote is a clear signal of momentum for these candidacies and, very soon, Justice Christen and Judge Gleason will be the first Alaska women confirmed to the federal… Continue Reading


Alaskan Issues Get Funding, Support in Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Alaska's Coast Guard, energy projects, waterway and port improvements and Village Safe Water projects have had millions in needed funds allotted from several subcommittees' proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills -- and today were supported by Senator Murkowski and her colleagues in the Senate Appropriations Committee. The appropriations bills now head to the U.S. Senate floor for consideration. The following Alaskan issues also came up: Frankenfish legislation: Midwa… Continue Reading


Alaska’s Senators Join in Bipartisan Resolution Designating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich today joined 9 of their U.S. Senate colleagues to cosponsor a bipartisan Senate Resolution recognizing the week of September 12, 2011 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. The bill is designed to call attention to the fact that approximately 90 million American adults struggle with literacy, numeracy and English language skills, many of which are necessary to gain employment and help their children in school. "Literacy… Continue Reading


Alaska’s Coast Guard Gets Funding For Aircraft, Icebreaker Work

WASHINGTON, DC - Millions of dollars for Alaska have been included in the Department of Homeland Security's 2012 appropriations bill that passed the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee today on a bipartisan vote, including that of Senator Lisa Murkowski - a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The DHS appropriations bill now goes to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. The bill includes $10.351 billion dollars to help fund Coast Guard operatio… Continue Reading


Murkowski Gets Answers for Alaska’s Rural Educators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski took part in a Department of Education (Education) online forum yesterday to ask important unanswered questions surrounding the details of possible No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers for Alaska, learning Education's decisions will be made public in approximately two weeks, and educators are still welcome to contribute comments. She took advantage of the Department of Education's Rural Education Twitter Town Hall to do so. Department of Education Secr… Continue Reading


Murkowski Bolsters Policy Team With New Staff

ANCHORAGE, AK - Senator Lisa Murkowski has hired three new staff members to help her shape upcoming work with an Alaska-centric vision: a Legislative Director and two Legislative Assistants. "When Congress reconvenes next week, we are going to hit the ground running on issues crucial to our unique state," said Murkowski. "These new staffers bring years of expertise to the table and I welcome their contributions on behalf of Alaska." Tara L. Shaw is the new Legislative Director for Senator Mur… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments On Federal - Industry Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed an agreement between federal regulators and companies invested in the responsible development of Alaska's offshore resources in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. "This agreement recognizes both our need to continue to gather information about the waters that surround us and the fact that it is through responsible exploration by industry that we will get that information," Murkowski said. "We should always strive to gather more … Continue Reading


“Libya Is On The Verge of Becoming a Different Country”

ANCHORAGE, AK - With rebels overtaking Libya's capital city of Tripoli, the four-decade reign of Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi is ending. Senator Murkowski shared her thoughts of the events: "Muammar el-Qaddafi's loyalists are growing smaller in number every hour today, and Libya is on the verge of becoming a different country. Libyans have an opportunity to write their own chapter of freedom and liberty into their country's history books. "The days and weeks ahead will be difficult for the cou… Continue Reading


Murkowski on BOEMRE Releasing Final SEIS For Chukchi Sea Oil & Gas Lease Sale 193

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski released the following statement after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) released a final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Chukchi Sea Oil and Gas Lease Sale 193: "For the sake of Alaska and America, we've been working relentlessly to develop the resources under the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. The thousands of Alaskans who commented helped make this critical step happen. This will encou… Continue Reading

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