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Murkowski: Does Drawdown Increase Risk For Alaska Troops?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to make certain the safety of Alaska-based troops recently deployed to Afghanistan does not decline as the military begins its planned drawdown this summer and reduces expenditures on the Afghanistan effort, asking "What assurances can you give me that our soldiers just now getting to Afghanistan and will be there for the next year, that their situation is not getting increasingly risky?" Secretary Gates… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Streamlined Process for Village Safe Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today applauded the new Memorandum of Understanding signed today - by Native, Alaska State and Federal representatives - as a crucial step forward in eliminating much of the bureaucracy delaying basic infrastructure such as water and wastewater projects in rural villages. "I am pleased that the language I made sure was in the 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Bill to streamline the Village Safe Water Program has gotten us to a simpler, smoother pro… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Begich Announce Mobile Office Visits to Kenai Peninsula

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich today announced that members of their staffs will visit the communities of Whittier, Cooper Landing, Seward, Ninilchik and Homer from June 20-23, 2011. Congressional staff members hold mobile office hours throughout the summer to meet with constituents and community leaders. During their mobile office hours, staff representatives will be available to take casework requests and listen to constituent concerns about issues related to… Continue Reading


Murkowski Votes to Reform Ethanol Subsidies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today signaled her support for reforming federal ethanol subsidies by voting for an amendment to repeal the ethanol tax credit and import tariff. "The time has come to reform the most costly and least necessary assistance provided by the government," Murkowski said. "It's difficult to justify the continuation of these policies with the deficit set to exceed $1.6 trillion this year alone, and other federal support for ethanol product… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Lack of Forest Management Contributes to Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, expressed frustration with the Forest Service's wildfire policies at a hearing today of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Murkowski, the ranking member of the committee, released the following statement: "Almost 10 years ago, we had a fire season very similar to the one we're now suffering. In response, Congress passed the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, which authorized thinning and other efforts to reduce the amou… Continue Reading


“More Questions Than Answers” in Federal Water Fish Farms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama Administration recently announced plans to create policy that allows fish farms in federal waters, in an attempt to cut the nation's dependence on imported fish. Today, Senator Murkowski responded with serious reservations: "While I recognize the motivation to increase aquaculture production in the United States, NOAA's new Marine Aquaculture policy raises far more questions than answers. My first question would be whether NOAA even has the jurisdiction to … Continue Reading


Murkowski Says More is Needed in Disaster Declaration

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich today released the following statement after the Obama Administration declared a disaster exists for the State of Alaska for flooding that occurred in the Interior between May 8-13, 2011. Sen. Begich and Sen. Murkowski sent a letter to the Administration on Monday asking FEMA to support the disaster declaration as requested by the Governor on June 1. "The President's declaration is a start but I continue to express concern that FEMA will not ma… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Legislation Needed to Address Critical Minerals Supply Chain

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today underscored the importance of developing a domestic supply of critical minerals during a subcommittee hearing held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "There is no question that a stable and affordable supply of minerals is critical to America's future competitiveness," Murkowski said. "Yet, our mineral-related capabilities have been slipping for decades, leaving the United States heavily dependent on forei… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Fund New Technologies with Revenue from Increased Traditional Production

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today expressed support for energy efficiency and vehicle technology legislation, while suggesting using revenue from increased oil and gas production to pay for such programs. "As we look to pay for legislation that comes before us, I continue to believe that our best path forward is to produce more of our own abundant resources and use some of the resulting federal revenues to fund alternatives that reduce consumption," Murkowski… Continue Reading


Murkowski Seeks FEMA Assurances On Alaska’s Protection Levels

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today pushed Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate for an assurance that Alaska is protected equally to the communities in the Lower 48. "Communities like Crooked Creek and Red Devil do not get news coverage like Joplin, Missouri or the Mississippi River communities affected by natural disasters," said Murkowski. "But I'm asking for an assurance on their behalf, because they worry our disaster response request is at the bo… Continue Reading



WASHINGTON, D.C. - The senior members of Alaska's congressional delegation, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, today welcomed the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to not oppose a proposed railroad bridge across the Tanana River in Interior Alaska. The bridge was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the Alaska Railroad's Northern Rail Extension. The project would extend rail service 80 miles from North Pole to Fort Greely, home to the U.S. Army's mis… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Trio of Bills Support All of the Above Energy Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today expressed support for three proposals that would advance an all-of-the-above energy strategy by removing restrictions on the use of alternative fuels and promoting development of small modular nuclear reactors. Murkowski, the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is a cosponsor of all three bills, which were heard before the committee Tuesday. "Prioritizing the use of all of the domestic natura… Continue Reading


Begich & Murkowski Support State’s Disaster Declaration Request

Alaska's U.S. Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski are urging the Obama Administration to approve a federal disaster declaration for this spring's floods in Interior Alaska as requested by Governor Sean Parnell on June 1. In a letter to President Obama, Begich and Murkowski detail the devastation caused in the villages of Crooked Creek and Red Devil as the result of the seasonal ice jam flooding along the Kuskokwim River. "These isolated areas of Alaska make emergency response chall… Continue Reading


Murkowski Responds to Interior’s New Directive on Wild Lands Designations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement regarding Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision to abide by the prohibition, contained in the 2011 continuing budget resolution, on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) designating new public lands as "Wild Lands." "I appreciate Secretary Salazar's commitment to me that the BLM will not pursue wild lands designations in Alaska," Murkowski said. "Both the Senate and the House have been clear … Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces First Session Summer Interns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski today announced the names of her first session summer interns who will work in the Senator's Washington, D.C., office next month. These young Alaskans will observe the operations of a fast-paced Senate office and the legislative process from an up-close view. For the first summer session, running June 6-July 1, 2011, Murkowski has selected Graeme Campbell from Sitka, Joseph Kelly of Thorne Bay, Bernadette Mays and Cherise Beatus from Fairbanks, Sil… Continue Reading


Murkowski Reflects on Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today offered the following statement in observance of Memorial Day: "On this Memorial Day Weekend, with the promise of summer upon us, I invite you to enjoy the beautiful weather and the company of loved ones. But as we gather, it's important for us to recognize that we enjoy it, in large part, due to sacrifices made by those not here: men and women who fought to protect us. "Memorial Day is so much more than just the final day of… Continue Reading


Murkowski Proposes Bill to Streamline Road Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Lisa Murkowski today proposed the Project Delivery Improvement Act to strengthen and streamline the road construction and improvement process nationwide. "Alaska has over 15,000 thousand miles of public roads, nearly all of which could see faster improvements with this bill," said Murkowski. "Just as Alaska enters our summer construction season, I'm hopeful this bill will create a smoother road to safe and vital transportation in future years." The Project … Continue Reading


Murkowski: Roadless Settlement Handcuffs Southeast Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following comment concerning a federal judge's decision to accept a settlement proposal by the U.S. Forest Service in Organized Village of Kake, et. al. v. USDA. The settlement re-imposes the 2001 roadless rule in the Tongass National Forest. "The settlement catches the communities in Southeast in a terrible trap. While the agreement provides limited protection for a handful of energy and mineral projects, it e… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Critical Minerals Supply Chain

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced the Critical Minerals Policy Act, along with Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska), Jim Webb (D-Virginia), James Risch (R-Idaho), Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina), Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota), Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Dean Heller (R-Nevada), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), Clair… Continue Reading


Murkowski Statement on Budget Votes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Lisa Murkowski today released the following statement regarding the series of four budget votes, including her vote in favor of Senator Pat Toomey's (R-PA) proposal: "I share the views of Alaskans that inaction on the budget is no longer an option. After reviewing the available proposals, I concluded Senator Toomey's proposal was the best starting point to begin addressing the nation's deepening deficit from the spending side, and a step forward in negotiating t… Continue Reading

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