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Murkowski Statement on Loss of Air Force Pilot

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement regarding the loss of Captain Jeffrey Haney who was killed when his F-22 crashed earlier this week: "I am deeply saddened to learn of Captain Haney's death from this tragic incident. Captain Haney paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country and we as a nation are forever in his debt. I extend to Captain Haney's family my most heartfelt sympathies and prayers as they mourn his loss." # # #… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Native American Challenge Act Heads to Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has announced that the Senate Indian Affairs committee passed the Native American Challenge Demonstration Project Act of 2010. The bill, championed by Murkowski, is cosponsored by Sens. Mark Begich D-Alaska, Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii and Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii. Passed by the Committee on Thursday, the bill would direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish the Native American Challenge Demonstration Project which would allow tribes, tribal or… Continue Reading


Murkowski Opposes an Earmark Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement regarding efforts to ban congressional earmarks: "Senate Republicans today adopted a non-binding resolution to ban congressional earmarks. I was unable to vote on the resolution because my re-election has not yet been certified, but had I been able to vote, I would have opposed the earmark ban. "The notion that Congress would abdicate its constitutional duty and turn federal spending over to government… Continue Reading


Murkowski Congratulates New President of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today strongly welcomed the selection of retired U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Thomas J. Barrett as the new president of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., the organization that operates the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Murkowski, ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said she could think of no one more qualified to lead Alyeska through the future challenges of operating and maintaining the 33-year-old pipeline that… Continue Reading


Murkowski Recognizes American Education Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has submitted a statement to the Congressional Record recognizing the week of November 15, 2010 as National Education Week. Sen. Murkowski's statement, in full, is attached. ###… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski Issues Veterans Day Message

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In observance of Veterans Day, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following message: "Veterans Day is a proud day for America. We rightfully take pause to do something we can never do too often and that is thank the men and women of our armed forces. We celebrate your courage, we recognize your sacrifice, and we honor your service. "In Alaska we are proud to be home to the highest number of Veterans per capita of any state in the nation. We embrace our serviceme… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski: Action on Emissions Possible with EPA Preemption

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, released the following statement today in response to President Obama's comments on Wednesday regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions on Jan. 1. "There are a great number of things we can do to responsibly reduce our carbon emissions without burdening our economy with an unworkable cap-and-trade scheme or command-and-control regulation by the EPA," Murkowski said. "Many of those p… Continue Reading


Murkowski Raises Concerns Over Obama Administration’s Warning That It May Not Support Renewal of Secure Rural Schools Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration has warned that it may not support reauthorization of a program that helps fund schools, road maintenance and public facilities in Alaska communities that border national forest lands. The warning came in a recent letter from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to Murkowski. Vilsack was responding to a letter Murkowski sent to President Obama in July asking that the president recommend reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Develo… Continue Reading


VA Investigation Finds Hundreds of Alaska Veterans Traveling to Lower 48 for Health Care Treatment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A VA investigation conducted at the request of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, found that nearly 600 Alaska veterans, during a one-year period, were required to travel to the Lower 48 to receive health care services, even though the treatment may be available privately in Alaska. A Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General's report examined the referral of Alaska veterans for treatment at VA facilities in the Lower 48 from October 2008 through September 2009. The g… Continue Reading


Murkowski Address to Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention

On Thursday, October 21, 2010, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, addressed the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention in Fairbanks. Following are Sen. Murkowski's remarks, as prepared for delivery: "I would like to honor your First Traditional Chief, Don Honea, Sr., of Ruby. This blanket is from the Doyon Foundation and was designed by the late Ron Minook of Nulato. The design is entitled "The Water People." And I join with you in wishing a very happy birthday to the interior's beloved … Continue Reading


Ted Stevens Mountain, Ice Field Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) today commended President Obama for signing into law their legislation naming a mountain and ice field after Ted Stevens. "It is a real tribute to all Alaskans that this bipartisan legislation passed quickly through both chambers and is now being signed into law on Alaska Day," Murkowski said. "Ted Stevens played such a vital role in Alaska's history and this ensures that he will be remembered by… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Administration Awards $5 Million for Yukon Salmon Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration today awarded $5 million, secured by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to help mitigate the Yukon River Chinook salmon fishery failure. The $5 million, which was released to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, was part of a supplemental appropriations bill signed into law July 29. Murkowski was able to secure the funding as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Commission will distribute the money and new nets to commercia… Continue Reading


Murkowski: Mountain, Ice Field Named in Honor of Stevens

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today unveiled legislation honoring the late Sen. Ted Stevens by naming a mountain and part of an ice field after him. "Sen. Ted Stevens was a true Alaskan and a great champion of the state," Murkowski said. "This is a fitting tribute for a man who was both a mentor and a personal friend to me, and to whom all Alaskans owe so much." The proposed Stevens Peak - commonly known as South Hunter Peak - is located in Denali National Park and Pr… Continue Reading


Murkowski Testifies on Proposed Reduction in Mail Delivery

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today testified before the Postal Regulatory Commission on the proposed plan by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to eliminate Saturday mail services. The USPS has proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery as part of an effort to balance its budget. In reviewing the USPS proposal, the Postal Regulatory Commission held a series of public hearings across the lower 48 this summer to receive customer feedback about this proposed change. In advan… Continue Reading


Murkowski Joins Governor in Calling for Immediate End to De Facto Moratorium

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today said she fully supports Gov. Sean Parnell's efforts to overturn the federal moratorium blocking development of Alaska's offshore resources. "The Obama administration has repeatedly ignored not only the wishes of Alaska in wanting to develop its offshore resources, but also the law," Murkowski said. "It's time for such federal overreach to end and allow responsible development of our resources to move forward." The Department of Inte… Continue Reading


Murkowski Welcomes Support for Hydro Energy Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, welcomed a decision by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to provide aid for two marine hydrokinetic energy projects in Alaska, part of an effort to increase funding for ocean renewable energy developments nationwide. DOE awarded Whitestone Power and Communications Co. of Delta Junction $142,000 to test an energy conversion device to permit "waterwheels" to survive in areas of high debris, sediment loads and extreme weather, including heav… Continue Reading


Murkowski Says Too Much Risk in Modified Fish; Encourages Public Comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not to approve genetically modified Atlantic salmon for human consumption. If approved, it would be the first genetically altered animal ever approved for human consumption by the FDA. The FDA will hold hearings later this month on whether to approve the modified Atlantic salmon, which has both the genes of a Chinook salmon and an antifreeze gene from an eel pout. The antifreeze gene allow… Continue Reading


Murkowski Praises Placement of Volcano Monitoring Equipment in Dillingham

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today praised the decision to place an acoustical array in Dillingham for use in the monitoring of volcanoes. The array placed in Dillingham will be part of a joint program of the U.S. Geographical Survey (USGS), the United States Geologic Service, the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the State of Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. "I am pleased to see more attention going to monitoring … Continue Reading


Murkowski Comments at Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Field Hearing on Offshore Development

Thank you Director Bromwich and thank you all for inviting me to provide this formal statement on the future of offshore energy development. While I am encouraged that representatives of the Interior Department are here to listen to Alaskans, I have reason to remain deeply concerned that not enough is being done, or will be done, to put our nation back on a path to economic and energy security. In 2009, I provided comment when Secretary Salazar held a hearing on the OCS 5-year plan here in Anc… Continue Reading


Murkowski Questions Apparent Decision by Obama Administration Not to Prosecute Bill Allen on Child Sexual Abuse Charges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder questioning why the federal government apparently has decided not to prosecute imprisoned former Veco CEO Bill Allen on child sexual abuse charges. Justice Department officials have declined to comment on news reports quoting Anchorage police officials saying that federal authorities decided not to charge Allen in the investigation. Murkowski's letter to Holder is attached. # # #… Continue Reading

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