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Alaska Delegation Announces Grants to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants awarded to communities in the State of Alaska: U.S. Department of Agriculture: • $675,000 to South Denali, Denali State Park to purchase two tracts of land. Funds are provided through the Forest Legacy Program to help protect working forests that are in danger of becoming fragmented or disappearing altogether.• $1,200,000 from the Rural Development's Water and Environmental Program to t… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Veterans Secretary on Why VA Sends So Many Alaska Vets to Lower 48 for Medical Procedures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Top VA health care officials today promised U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, that they would look into why the VA sends so many Alaska veterans to the Lower 48 for medical procedures when those services could be purchased from providers in Alaska. Murkowski told Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki that she knew of veterans in Fairbanks who were sent down to Seattle for six-week chemotherapy treatments despite the fact that there are accredited cancer tre… Continue Reading


Murkowski Issues Tax Day Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following Tax Day statement: "That phrase 'the taxman cometh' is always an apt one every April 15, tax filing day, but it's particularly fitting this year with the recent enactment of the health care reform law which is going to levy hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes and penalties on millions of individuals and small businesses across the country. Besides the half trillion dollars in additional taxes, the new hea… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Coast Guard About Assets in Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today raised concerns that the Obama Administration has failed to provide enough funding for the Coast Guard to fulfill its missions in Alaska, particularly as they relate to operating in the Arctic. Murkowski raised the issue with Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad W. Allen, who was testifying before the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, on which Murkowski sits. "Our heavy icebreakers are reaching the end of their ser… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Welcomes Second Open Season Filing for Alaska Pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following statement regarding the BP-ConocoPhillips joint project Denali's filing of an open-season plan for an Alaska natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC): "Denali's open-season filing marks an important milestone in the development of a viable natural gas pipeline," Murkowski said. "We now have two separate projects vying to commercialize our North Slope resources. I'm… Continue Reading


Alaska Delegation Announces Grants to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants awarded to communities in the State of Alaska: U.S. Department of Agriculture: On March 30, 2010, the Secretary of Agriculture announced the following loan guarantees for Alaska to provide economic opportunities and promote job creation. The funding is made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act): • The Auction Block Company; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.: $1,26… Continue Reading


Murkowski Congratulates Shell on Receiving Air Permit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow Shell to explore for oil and natural gas in the Chukchi Sea this summer. "The EPA made the right decision for Alaska and the country," Murkowski said. "This decision will allow Shell to move forward with exploration vital to our energy security. Given the president's recent support for increased offshore drilling, this decision truly drives home the point that… Continue Reading


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

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