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Sens. Murkowski and Begich Welcome New Plan for Federal Waters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich today released the following statement in response to the Obama administration's updated plan for offshore oil and natural gas development. Sen. Murkowski: "I appreciate the department's decision to allow valid existing rights to explore Alaska's huge offshore oil and gas reserves to go ahead," Murkowski said. "I will work with the administration on proceeding with important future lease sales off Alaska's coast, as well as along t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Calls for Protection of Electrical Grid

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today called for cyber protection of the nation's electrical grid after comments by a senior Obama administration official that "the cyber threat can be an existential threat - meaning it can challenge our country's very existence, or significantly alter our nation's potential." This warning comes on the heels of a recent overseas report that detailed how to attack a small U.S. power grid sub-network in a way that would cause cascading fail… Continue Reading


Murkowski: EPA Continues to Avoid the Tough Questions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today requested a meeting with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to clarify the impacts that EPA regulation of greenhouse gases will have on the nation's economy. Sen. Murkowski sent Admin. Jackson a letter March 5th with 13 questions on EPA's efforts to expand the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases. Admin. Jackson did not respond until March 26th, and then only answered two of the senator's 13 questions. EPA's formal announcement toda… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Sealaska Lands Bill Meetings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced two community meetings on the Sealaska lands bill to be held on Prince of Wales Island. "These meetings will allow those most affected by the Sealaska bill to have their concerns fully heard," Murkowski said. "I'm hopeful this effort will help us improve the legislation." Murkowski is sending her staffer Arne Fuglvog to conduct meetings at the communities of Edna Bay and Port Protection. Meetings scheduled in the communitie… Continue Reading


Murkowski Opposes Health Care Reconciliation Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement after the Senate passed a companion reconciliation bill to the health care legislation President Obama signed into law earlier this week. Murkowski voted against the reconciliation bill which passed 56 - 43, with all Republicans, and three Democrats, opposing it. "We are now on the way to spending $2.6 trillion on a health care bill signed into law earlier this week and a companion 'reconciliation' measu… Continue Reading


Murkowski Meets with Coast Guard Commandant Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The nominee for Commandant of the Coast Guard told U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today that he fully recognized the critical importance of Coast Guard missions in Alaska. In a courtesy visit to Murkowski's office prior to a Senate confirmation vote on his nomination, Vice Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., told Alaska's senior senator that a previous Coast Guard assignment in Alaska gave him a first-hand understanding of the weather and resource challenges Coast Guard personn… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Johnson Introduce Bill to Address and Reduce Fetal Alcohol Disorders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Tim Johnson, D-South Dakota have introduced legislation to strengthen and improve prevention, research, and support services to individuals and families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). The bill, called The Advancing FASD Research, Prevention, and Services Act, seeks to balance the distribution of federal resources to both prevention activities and to services for individuals and families living with FASD. The legis… Continue Reading


Murkowski Presses Defense Department on Case Last Year Involving Illegal Immigrants Working at Elmendorf

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today pressed a senior Defense Department official for details on what the service has done to close a loophole that allowed illegal immigrants to work on Elmendorf Air Force Base last year before the security breach was discovered. Murkowski questioned Dr. Dorothy Robyn, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment, at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction Subcommittee. Last October, acting on… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill Includes Provisions Important to Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced today that the Senate passed a $34.5 billion Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that contains several provisions important to Alaska, including one that would help ensure continued operation of Alaska flight service stations. Flight service stations provide vital air traffic and weather information to pilots. In the Lower 48, flight service stations are run by a single private contractor, while in Alaska, the FAA… Continue Reading


Murkowski Issues Health Care Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement tonight after the House of Representatives passed health care legislation: "Proponents of the partisan health care bill say that the public will like the bill once it is passed. Will they like the fact that Americans will have to pay four years of taxes before they get the benefits? That's like making mortgage payments for four years before you can move into your new home. Will they like that the legislation c… Continue Reading


Murkowski Reacts to House Health Care Strategy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement today on the unveiling of the revised Democratic health care bill, the latest CBO estimate of the measure and the U.S. House of Representatives' strategy regarding passage of the legislation. The legislation also includes another major government takeover - this one aimed at the federal student loan program. "The Senate-passed health care bill was bad enough, with its half trillion dollars in Medicare cuts and… Continue Reading


Murkowski Remarks to Arctic Parliamentarians Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today addressed the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region during the group's meeting in Washington. The Conference of Arctic Parliamentarians is the larger body of legislators and NGOs from around the Arctic and the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region is the head of that body. Every two years the Arctic Parliamentarians hold a conference on relevant issues important to all the Arctic nations. Be… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on Administration’s Proposed Overhaul of No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today raised questions about the administration's proposed reform of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), saying proposals to help the lowest-performing schools improve won't work in states with lots of rural and remote communities such as Alaska. Murkowski made her comments at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing to consider the administration's recently released NCLB reform blueprint. Education Secretary… Continue Reading


Murkowski Responds to Auto Industry Letter

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement in response to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers' letter regarding Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations: "Two weeks ago, it was reported that automakers were pressured to weigh in against the bipartisan, bicameral disapproval resolutions that have been introduced to halt EPA climate regulations. Today, we see a letter that stems from that pressure," Murkowski said. Before the cur… Continue Reading


Murkowski Blasts Army Corps of Engineers for Refusal to Re-Evaluate NPR-A Permit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today criticized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for refusing to reconsider its denial of ConocoPhillips' permit to place fill for a bridges and road to the CD-5 drill pad in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell had earlier this month requested the Corps re-evaluate its decision on the permit. The Anchorage commander of the Corps denied the Governor's request. "I'm disappointed that the Corps continues to… Continue Reading


Murkowski Congratulates Lance Mackey and His Team on Winning the Iditarod

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today congratulated Lance Mackey and his team on winning their fourth Iditarod Sled Dog Trail Race: "I congratulate Lance and his team on their fourth consecutive win of Alaska's last great race. From cancer, to blowing snow, to frigid temperatures, Lance continues to demonstrate the tenacity and drive needed to win under the toughest of conditions. His team of four-legged athletes has performed exceptionally, carrying Lance to an historic … Continue Reading


Murkowski Congratulates Pat Gamble on Being Named President of the University of Alaska System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement congratulating Pat Gamble on being named President of the University of Alaska System: "From his service in the Air Force, rising to the rank of general, to serving as the chief executive officer of the Alaska Railroad, Pat has a proven track record of leadership from which our university system will greatly benefit," said Murkowski. "I congratulate Pat on his new position and look forward to working wit… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Applauds Permit Extension for Red Dog Mine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today applauded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to grant the owners of the Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska a new mining permit. "Today's decision will extend the life of the Red Dog Mine, which provides badly needed jobs and tax revenue for the Northwest Arctic Borough," Murkowski said. I'm happy to see the Corps supporting responsible development in Alaska." The Red Dog Mine, owned by Teck Alaska Inc., a division of Teck Comin… Continue Reading


Murkowski Critical of Efforts to Drop Yucca Mountain from List of Options on Nuclear Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following speech on the Senate floor regarding the U.S. Department of Energy's motion to withdraw the Yucca Mountain license application: "Mr. President, recently the Department of Energy submitted a motion to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to withdraw its license application to construct a spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain. The latest rationale? Because we need it too much. … Continue Reading


Delegation Meets With NOAA and NMFS Administrators

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Don Young, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Senator Mark Begich met this morning with Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Eric Schwaab, the Assistant Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service. This meeting was called to discuss a variety of issues under NOAA's purview that will affect Alaska, including the proposed Critical Habitat for the Cook Inlet beluga whale, the upcoming biological opin… Continue Reading

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