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Murkowski Comments on the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commented on the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan: "I am deeply saddened by the news of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan earlier today and my sincere condolences are with the Japanese people during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who have died and to those who are still waiting for information on the status of their loved ones." "The peo… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Attorney General Holder on Failure to Prosecute Bill Allen and Vows to Continue to Pursue the Issue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today questioned Attorney General Eric Holder on the Department of Justice's failure to prosecute imprisoned former Veco CEO Bill Allen on federal charges of allegedly transporting a minor across state lines with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the Department of Justice budget. On August 21, 2010, the Anchorage Daily News reported that "top officials of the U.S. De… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on Energy Efficiency Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following opening statement during a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "Mr. Chairman, thank you for convening this hearing today. We have two very different bills here to discuss. The first one, the Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreements Act (INCAAA), has been through several iterations, hearings, and markups over the last two years. This bill contains consensus agreem… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Need for Federal Government to Acquire More Land

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today questioned Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on why the Interior Department (DOI) was asking for a substantial increase in taxpayer funding to buy land now in private hands when it was cutting money, for the second year in a row, for long-overdue land conveyances in Alaska. "In order to fund these large increases for land acquisition DOI has cut other programs," Murkowski said. "The Bureau of Land Management's Alaska conveyance pr… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes in Favor of H.R. 1 In an Effort to End Budget Stalemate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U. S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today voted in favor of a measure that would fund the government through the end of Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11), which includes $57 Billion in cuts from last year's budget. "I voted for H.R. 1 because it was an important and necessary step to reach our ultimate goal of passing a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year," Murkowski said. "The package is clearly not the bill I would have written, but I felt it was essential to send a s… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Proposed SPR Sell-Off is Political Shortcut

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement regarding calls to raid the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to attempt to lower rising oil prices: "The SPR is our nation's insurance policy against serious disruptions in oil supply. It is not a political lever to be pulled when rising prices at the gas pump demonstrate our lack of a coherent energy policy. Right now, we do not face a supply crisis, but we could very well in the near future i… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Additions to Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has announced two new additions to her legislative team in Washington, D.C. Murkowski has added Jeremy Price as her Legislative Assistant for appropriations, transportation and telecom issues, and Kristi Williams as her Legislative Assistant for Alaska Native and Indian Affairs. "As I continue to work for Alaska, I am glad to have the support of dedicated and hard-working staff," Murkowski said. "I look forward to the contributions… Continue Reading


EPA Adds Hardrock Mining Financial Assurances to Growing List of Agency Power Grabs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today sent letters to Secretaries Salazar and Vilsack regarding actions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to impose financial assurance requirements on hardrock mining operations. "The EPA has repeatedly sought to duplicate or supplant the jurisdictional activities of other federal agencies and the states," Murkowski said. "In this case, either the EPA has failed to look at the facts, agencies with existing progr… Continue Reading


Murkowski Concerned about Economic Impacts of Roadless Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following comment on an Anchorage federal judge's decision to impose the 2001 roadless rule in the Tongass National Forest. "The decision further damages the economy in Southeast," Murkowski said. "The roadless rule was never intended to apply to the Tongass because ANILCA already set logging limits for the forest, as did the Tongass Timber Reform Act. This will make it all the more difficult for the few remaini… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Secretary Salazar over Punitive Fees on Oil Leases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Wednesday questioned Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on whether the Department of Interior will fine energy companies for failing to produce oil and natural gas on federal leases if those companies have been blocked from exploration or production by the actions of federal agencies. Exploration projects by ConocoPhillips - the CD-5 field in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska - and Shell have been stalled because of federal obstru… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano on Issues Important to Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, during a Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing yesterday, questioned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding a recent incident involving Alaska State Representative Sharon Cissna and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On a return trip to Juneau, Alaska, Rep. Cissna, a breast cancer survivor, passed through TSA's full body image… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Five Ways to Boost America’s Oil Production

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate today focusing on ways to improve America's energy policy, particularly the need for greater domestic oil production. The prepared remarks are attached and the speech can be viewed here. The combination of international events and domestic policy restrictions threaten both America's economic recovery and national security. Unrest and instability abroad have pushed oil prices to their hig… Continue Reading


Murkowski Commends NOAA for Resolution of State Boundary Conflict

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, today commended the National Ocean Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for cooperating with the state of Alaska on resolving a dispute over state water boundaries. NOAA acting under authority of the U.S. Baseline Committee, redefined the baseline and various offshore lines that determine state and federal waters off of Alaska. Some of Alaska's state water cod fisheries were to take place in these areas and would have been seriously disrupted by … Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Forest Service Spending, Timber Sales

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following comments to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell in her opening statement at the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee's hearing on the service's 2012 budget proposal: "Once again the Forest Service is recommending changes to the budget structure, including the combination of a significant number of programs into the Integrated Resource Restoration account. "Given the difficulty the Forest Service seem… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes in Favor of Continuing Resolution to Avoid Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today voted to continue providing funding for federal government operations until March 18, 2011, including $4 billion in spending cuts, and issued the following statement: "I am pleased to see such a bi-partisan effort, as the Senate voted 91-9 to continue funding the government until March 18th. This budget resolution contains spending reductions that help as we deal with overall federal spending. Today's action is a positive dev… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Proposed Budget for Interior Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following statement during the Department of Interior fiscal year 2012 budget hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee: "Chairman Bingaman, thank you for scheduling this hearing. "Before we begin, I would like to note with sadness the recent passing of former Chairman Jim McClure. Chairman McClure's strong work ethic and sense of fairness is a vital part of this Committee's legacy. He was one o… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Pace of Offshore Permitting Remains Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, commented on the Interior Department's issuance yesterday of the first deepwater oil drilling permit since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill: "Yesterday's announcement is the first step to putting us back into the race for greater energy security and economic recovery," Murkowski said. "While this approval for a bypass well isn't the new exploration we need to see, this does put the administration closer to compliance with the law as dir… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Rising Oil Prices Threaten Economic Recovery

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commented on the rapid increase of gasoline prices and the resulting impact on the United States' struggling economic recovery. "The recent dramatic increase in the cost of gasoline has an effect on every single American - from soccer moms, to senior citizens, to college students," Murkowski said. "The fragile recovery trajectory that we're on is threatened by the hits that every family is facing due to skyrocketing prices at th… Continue Reading


Murkowski Delivers Keynote Speech at ARPA-E Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today gave the following speech at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. "Good morning and thank you, Secretary Chu, for the invitation to join you here today. As I look around the room, I'm reminded of an observation by the astronomer Carl Sagan, who once wrote, "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." I think w… Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments on Libya

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement on the situation in Libya: "I strongly condemn the actions taken by Colonel Moammar Gadhafi and his regime. Libya, like many other North African countries is in the midst of generational political change. Col. Gadhafi's 42- year reign has come to a tipping point. I support recently imposed sanctions by the United Nations, United States and the European Union on the Libyan government, and ho… Continue Reading

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